Youth Program Schedule 2023-2024
Our youth classes start at 3 years old and continue up to the teen years (placement is always dependent on the individual student, their abilities, maturity and understanding). Once students reach the highest youth levels they have the option to move to the pre-professional program or, if they prefer a less intense schedule they can join the Adult/Open program.
Performance opportunities include roles in company productions. At Thrive Ballet rehearsals for Level 3 and up are separate from technique class in order to maintain learning and growth in class while focusing on performance in rehearsals. Performances are optional and, with rehearsals separate from classes students who prefer not performing do not lose valuable class time.
Kinesioplay: (pre-ballet/creative movement): for students 3-5 years old - Kinesioplay taps into children's natural curiosity to help them explore dance, movement, and music. Students learn about rhythm using their bodies, poems, rhymes, percussion instruments, and music. Improvisation, acting, scarves, and ribbons are all part of the fun. Kinsesioplay provides a safe, nurturing environment for growth in areas including: sensory awareness, self-awareness, dynamics, focus, music recognition, listening skills, coordination, self-control, spatial awareness, rhythm, creativity, self-esteem, arts appreciation, balance, speed/tempo, flow, and imagination. Kinesioplay students take one class per week.
Saturdays 10:45-11:30am with Quinn
Level 1 Ballet: For students 5-6 years old - this class introduces some formal ballet technique, trickier coordination and putting steps together in combinations, while maintaining the connection to imagination and creativity. Learning to align the body for proper posture and placement, learning about the muscles and bones, and applying that knowledge to dancing and learning about energy patterns begins here. Level 1 dancers start to learn more ballet terminology. Expression, artistry and love for ballet is emphasized in a fun, inviting class. Level 1 dancers participate in one class per week.
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm with Quinn
Level 2 Ballet: For ages 6-9 - Level 2 builds on the foundation of Level 1, incorporating barre work, more ballet steps and enchainments. Students begin to work on waltzes, balancing on releve, jumps from 3rd and 5th position and grand allegro. Port de bras are incorporated into more complex coordination. Students continue to work on alignment, placement, turn out, and learning to move without tension. Level 2 dancers participate in one class per week.
Mondays 4:30-5:30pm with Quinn
Level 3 Ballet: For ages 9-11 - In Level 3, dancers progress to a more complete barre including more port de bras and begin to work on switching standing legs. In center, pirouette and adagio training start. More petit allegro steps are included in this level as well as more technical across the floor work like waltz turns and piques. Level 3 dancers acquire more terminology and build on their understanding of how their body moves. Artistry and expression are incorporated into more technical steps. Students on the older end of level 3 have the opportunity to be evaluated for pre-pointe and pointe work. Level 3 students take two classes per week.
Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm with Quinn
Fridays 4:30-6:00pm with Quinn
Level 4 Ballet: For ages 11+ - Building on what was mastered in Level 3, Level 4 dancers are learning to bring components together to create technically strong and artistic ballet movement. More pirouettes are added in addition to battus in petit allegro. In addition to new steps, dancers master more complex combinations and continue to add to their understanding of anatomy in ballet, energy patterns, weight placement and body usage. Level 4 students have the opportunity to be evaluated for pre-pointe and pointe work.
Mondays 4:30-6:00pm with Jill
Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm with Jill
Fridays 4:30-6:00pm with Jill
Tap Level 3
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm with Quinn