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160 Ballet Novice – This course is an introduction to and appreciation of ballet vocabulary and its principles of movement. In this course the student will be introduced to, and physically experience, fundamentals of human movement as it applies to ballet technique. Ballet terminology and history will also be introduced.
One credit Yetzke Fall & Spring Semesters


162 Ballet I –This course is designed for the student with at least one semester of ballet. The purpose of this course is to continue the development of an understanding of ballet technique and principles. The student will be expected to develop a basic understanding of ballet technique and theory, focusing on correct placement and fundamental technique. The student is expected to analyze, understand, and execute ballet movement. Correct use of terminology, movement concepts, and ballet history are integrated into course studies.
One credit Graham/Yetzke Fall & Spring Semesters

163 Ballet II – A continuation of Ballet I, this course is designed for the serious dance student with a minimum of two semesters of ballet. The course develops a deeper kinesthetic understanding of ballet fundamentals and sharpens physical presentation of technique. For selected students only, beginning pointe work is introduced in this course.
One credit Powell Fall & Spring Semesters

165 Ballet III – This course is designed to continue the process of enlarging and strengthening some areas of ballet technique beyond the novice levels. Emphasis is to be placed on accurate and consistent execution of technical skills, efficient use of energy, and expressive performance in the context of a contemporary application of the balletic forms. Large sweeping spatial patterns and travels, complex adagios, unusual phrasings, and other performance challenges will be introduced. Theory will be discussed to include and integrate prior experience and training with historical perspective and the instructor’s current approach.
One credit Powell Fall & Spring Semesters

167 Ballet Pointe – This course is designed to further develop ballet performance skills. Pointe work is introduced; a basic understanding of the physics behind pointe will be integrated into course studies, with emphasis placed on a demonstrated understanding of pointe principles. Honing fundamentals of technique through a physical understanding of rhythm, dynamics, spatial awareness, ensemble, and projection will be explored as a means to create variety in ballet performance.
One credit Powell Fall & Spring Semesters

170 Movement Fundamentals: In this class student will analyze and discuss the basic principles of movement with specific attention paid to the proper use of alignment, turnout, core stability, strengthening, stretching, the role of plie, and other structural movement parameters. Student will be given the opportunity to practice these principles while executing analyzed fundamental exercises that target specific muscle groups. This class requires a basic physical and verbal vocabulary used in a ballet class. One Credit Yetzke, Both Semesters

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