What you will learn
In Ballet Elementary towards Intermediate, extend your skills, knowledge and understanding of the technical and expressive elements of ballet that are features of study suitable for those with a minimum of at least two years regular and current study. Class will help you to explore particular aspects of technique that are associated with an elementary level as relates to the framework of RAD and Cecchetti training. Skills practised regularly at this level will then help you to further progress towards an intermediate level. , , Learn how to dance more challenging combinations - or enchaînements – that include several key elements in a continuous arrangement. Such combinations may include the following elements: chassé, pas de bourrée, sissonne, glissade, assemble, balloné and petit jeté., , You will practise simple beats - or batterie – when performing jumps. Develop your ability to perform turns – such as chaine and posé - across the studio. Another turning skill will be the pirouette - executed either en dedans or en dehors., , Achieving aligned balance and also the ability to manage change of weight smoothly and gracefully will be objectives. With regard to adagio – or slow movement – study will include practise of port de bras, développé, grand ronds de jambe and fouetté. , , Learning about how to perform the features of grand allegro – the bigger jumps across the studio – usually executed towards the end of class when the body is fully-warmed-up – will include such elements as waltz steps, cabriole, grand jeté and grand fouetté., , This course will provide an excellent study opportunity for those with developing proficiency who wish to experience the joy of ballet in motion. , ,
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Perform the dance actions with better control and energy and without unnecessary tension
- Have worked with a range of musical qualities, involving sharp, quick action as well as smooth, elegant and more sustained movement
- Perform small dance enchaînement so that each given element – each ‘step’ – is clear and so that combinations flow as a whole
Class format and activities
Study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
At least a year's prior and recent dance study
What you need to know before you enrol
You will be encouraged and guided by your tutor to develop your skills, dancing solo, with a partner and as part of a group.
What you will need for your class
Bottle of water
What you can do next
Ballet Partnering in the Autumn term.