Class Descriptions 2017-06-28T16:53:05+00:00

SASPA

Ballet Level Requirements

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**Continuing Student Rate

Only available to returning students who take a minimum of 4 weeks during the summer, pay the early registration fee and register for unlimited classes in the fall.

CHILDREN’S DIVISION CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Dance Basics 3/4 and 5/6  Ages 3, 4, 5, 6 
Students may start as young as 2, (restroom trained so the teacher doesn’t have to deal with this during class). Class is 1 hour in length. The class begins with a fundamental structured disciplined environment. Proper ballet terminology is emphasized from a young age. Special attention is given to the physical, emotional and mental developmental needs of our youngest students. In young children the muscles and bones are delicate therefore our focus is to teach an understanding of how the body works physically. At the half hour mark the students change to tap shoes. Here the young students develop good musicality, timing and rhythm. The teacher will decide which discipline will be performed in the end of the year recital. The five and six year olds continue to build upon Dance Basics 3/4. More steps and terminology are introduced both in ballet and tap. The levels in this division help the young student enter the intermediate division with more poise and confidence.

Ballet 1     Ages 6, 7, 8, 9
Class is 1 hour in length basically consisting of a 1/2 hour barre and 1/2 hour center. Continuing to build on the skills learned in Dance Basics, students are given more difficult steps and terminology both at the barre and center.

Ballet 2     Ages 7, 8, 9, 10
Class is 1 hour in length. Students learn the positions of the body, more complicated steps and continue to build and expand on the technique from Ballet A.

Ballet 3     Ages 10 and older with previous training
Class is 1 to 1.5  hours in length. Students learn the positions of the body, more complicated steps and continue to build and expand on the technique from Ballet A and B.  This level is where pre-pointe is begun for the more serious student.  It is recommended that the student start taking two classes a week at this point in development.

Jazz 1     Ages 6, 7, 8, 9
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a warm-up and then simple steps across the floor.

Jazz 2     Ages 7, 8, 9, 10
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a warm-up and then simple steps across the floor followed by short combinations developing the memory skills of the dancer.

Jazz 3     Ages 10 and older with prior training
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a strength warm-up and short combinations across the floor building on the training from levels A and B.

Hip Hop 1/2    Ages 5, 6, 7, 8
Class is 1 hour in length. Students are introduced to the basic movements of Hip Hop and isolations. Students who study ballet and jazz definitely progress faster in hip hop.

Tap 1/2    Ages 6, 7, 8, 9
Class is 1 hour in length. Terminology, technique and quality of sounds is tap A emphasizes. Students who have had Dance Basics and retain training may possibly skip this level.

Tumbling Class 1/2    Ages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and older beginners
Class starts with a ten to fifteen minute warm-up This allows the muscles to get prepared for class and helps to prevent injury. The the class will move on to mat work, working on everything from forward and backward rolls to handstands, cartwheels, back bends and much more! The class will also be introduced to a low balance beam. Every class will end with a stretch and a dialogue, to see what was learned each day.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

SASPA DANCE COMPANY OPPORUTUNITES

SASPA  offers Flamenco, Folklorico, Highland, Hip Hop, Lyricla / Contemporary, five levels of Tap, eight levels of ballet and jazz, and partnering as a complete curriculum of dance styles.  Dance is a performing art, therefore students in Ballet A and above may also participate in school dance companies to develop performance skills and experience.  In this environment the students learn to understand how steps taught in all classes relate to choreography and production numbers.  Company members are given more chances to perform throughout the year at different invited functions and they are featured in a Fall Performance, The Nutcracker, The Spring Perrformance and in the end of the year school recital.

Ballet 3 w/ Pre-Pointe

Class is now 1 1/2 hours in length and the serious student is required to start taking two

classes per week. Students should now know all the positions of the body and all the basic exercises at the barre. Students are asked to have a good understanding of what the purpose of each exercise is. Some exercises are preparatory for pointe work in the last half hour of class. Students on track will be introduced to pointe shoes in their second year in this level.

NOTE TO ALL BALLET STUDENTS :

Students with poor attendance, not meeting class requirements, maturity problems and any other problematic issues will be required to take a lower level. ALL PLACEMENT IS FINAL BY THE DIRECTOR AND TEACHERS.

Ballet 4 Pointe 4 

Is for 11 years of age and older.  The student must have completed several years of training and the must student must be approved by the Director and teachers as ready for pointe and in most cases must be at least 11 years of age. At this time the student is required to take a minimum of two classes with pointe per week.

Ballet 5 Pointe 5 

Is for 12 years of age and older. Class is 2.0 hours in length. Students at this level are required to take 3 classes per week.

Stretch Class Levels 3-6

Is one hour of stretching. Incorporating Pilates, Yoga and other techniques even some Tai Chi. Students benefit from this slow paced steady challenge to the body to increase flexibility and overall stretch. The serious ballet student definitely benefits from this class. This in turn benefits the dancers extension, leaps and overall body conditioning.

Jazz 3

Is for 9 years of age and older. Class is 1 hour in length. Students learn strength exercises and then short combinations across the floor. Turns are emphasized.

Jazz 4

Is for 12 years of age and older. Class is 1 hour in length. Students learn more difficult exercises and now leaps are added to the emphasis of turns. Combinations are now longer.

Hip Hop 3 

Is for levels Jazz or Ballet 1, 2 or higher. Class is 1 hour in length. Students must have a basic understanding of their body and dance movement in general to excel in this level. Combinations are longer with moves that are much more difficult than Hip Hop 1. Without previous training students may develop bad habits that are hard previous class.

Tap 2

Is for 8 years of age and older. The class is 1 hour in length. The emphasis is on more difficult technique than Tap 1 and more speed in the execution of steps. Students get basic combinations and routines.

Tumbling Class 3/4

Starts with a ten to fifteen minute warm-up This allows the muscles to get prepared for class and helps to prevent injury. The the class will move on to mat work, working on everything from forward and backward rolls to handstands, cartwheels, back bends and much more! The class will also be introduced to a low balance beam. Every class will end with a stretch and a dialogue, to see what was learned each day.

Turns & Jumps Class  3-6

Class is one hour of practicing all various types of turns and the theory behind them. This includes pirouettes, character turns, piques, tours, pas de bourree, saute basques etc.  This class also works on different jumps both in classical ballet, jazz and musical theatre.

Boys’ Division  Boys 1-6 

We are proud to present our program just for boys ages 7-18. The arts, dance and especially ballet, have often been regarded by boys in the United States to be a girls only endeavor.   However, once a boy has experienced a ballet class he learns that dance is definitely not for “sissies” and learns the elegance and gentlemanly deportment that are part of the classical arts.   The boy’s class(es) are geared toward a male dancer’s technique and abilities, requiring focus, strength, stamina, discipline and effort.   Boys develop the physicality necessary to move with grace and strength in a different rate than females. Motor skills improve, enhancing all physical activities. Self discipline and respect for others is stressed, and a love and respect for the art of dance begins to develop.  In a boys-only class, young men excel in an atmosphere where they can interact with each other in a challenging and disciplined setting, without feeling self-conscious. Whether or not the male student pursues dance as a career, the mental, physical and social skills he acquires in the ballet class will benefit him throughout his life.  He will also have the knowledge and experience to appreciate the value of the arts in today’s world.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet 4-6 

Is for 13 years of age and older.  Class is 2 hours in length emphasizing more difficult steps and pointe work across the floor.   Focusing on professionally oriented students, the pre-professional division emphasizes commitment, artistic integrity, performance quality, technical excellence and a high level of motivation.  Students continue their training thru continued classical ballet technique and repertoire, pointe, variations, pas de deux, flamenco, character dance, jazz dance, modern, hip hop and body dynamics. Dance related academic classes include anatomy, injury prevention, nutrition, dance history and the study of great ballets and dancers.  Selected students from the pre-professional division perform with the Alamo City Dance Company in all major productions.

Pas de deux (Partnering Class)  Ballet levels 5/6

Is for ballet levels 3, 4, 5 by invitation only. It is a full hour of pointe, needed for a professional career. Students may not participate if they have not taken the previous hour class for warm-up.

Jazz 4

Is for 12 years of age and older. Class is 1 hour in length. Students now develop a stronger are longer and much more difficult to remember and execute. Warm-up is limited as students must be warmed-up from a previous class.

Jazz 5 

Is for pre-professional students 14 of age and older. Class is 1 hour in length. Combinations are difficult requiring strong technique. Warm-up is limited as dancers must be warmed-up from a previous class.

Hip Hop Levels 5/6

Class is 1 hour in length. Students must have an understanding of their body and dance movement. Combinations are longer and attempt much more difficult moves than Hip Hop 2. Without previous training in jazz students may develop bad habits that are hard to correct and feel incapable to keep up with the class. Students must be warmed up from a previous class.

Lyrical / Contemporary Levels 3-6 

Students who do not have a solid foundation in ballet may have a confusing experience. Modern teaches the dancer to breath, develops a core strength and ultimately helps the dancer explore other movement, which would normally be breaking many of the rules of ballet. Modern does this in a conscientious manner. To the young inexperienced student this can be very confusing. Students must be warmed up from a previous class.

Adult Ballet

Is for ballet levels beg. – advanced. See levels C, 1, 2 and 3. It is a full hour class working teen who does not want to take class with younger students. Pointe is an option only if a student has had enough proper training and the director feels the student can approach pointe properly.

Tap 3/4 

Is for 9 years of age and older. The class is 1 hour in length. Students typically have had two to three years of previous tap training. Students learn difficult routines and develop their performance abilities on top of their technical achievement.

Tap 5/6 

Is for 11 years of age and older.  The class is 1 hour in length.  Students must demonstrate a solid knowledge of tap skills, classroom focus and maturity as these combinations are challenging and require extreme focus.  Performance skills in addition to strong tap skills are a must above and beyond just the execution of tap technique.

NOTE:

Students who are unable to meet the required number of classes per week in regards to ballet should just drop a level or more and continue their studies.  Students not fulfilling the required number of classes will not be challenged with harder technique for their own safety.  The body can not keep up with the demands of more stamina, increased technical difficulty and more challenging pointe work if not in class on a regular basis.

ETHNIC DANCE and ZUMBA DIVISION CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Flamenco

With its origins in Spain, is for students who have had little or no tap and have the desire to learn a

beautiful ethnic style of dance. Flamenco is concise and strict with attention to every detail. Flamenco also incorporates the use of castanets and fancing foot work.

Folklorico

Heavily influenced by Flamenco has its origins in Mexico. This beautiful ethnic style of dance often represents the state in which it comes from. The style of dress, the shoes performed in and the use of the legs and arms vary from state to state often telling a story or the dances origin.

Irish Step Dance

is a style of competitive solo and group dancing dveloped in the Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, where it is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. A terrific example today would be the ever popular show “RIVER DANCE”. It is performed around the world.

Scottish Highland Dancing

Is a technically challenging ethnic style of dance originating from Scotland. It is for students seven and older who desire to learn the authentic style of dance performed by the clans of Scotland usually performed to the bagpipes. Heavily influenced by ballet from across the English channel it also shares similarities with

Irish step dance at times. This style of dance is not to be confused with Scottish Country dancing which is square dancing.

Zumba

Is for adults and it is a high energy Latin-Inspired, (musically and steps wise) easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party. Feel the music and let loose.

ACTING, MUSICAL THEATRE DIVISION CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Acting (TV/Screen, Stage)
Is for students who are ages 7 years of age and older. This class is for students who desire to study both for the stage and screen. Students learn trust exercises, scene study, how to do cold readings, how to slate and actual screen experience seeing themselves and being evaluated on overall technique through the camera and then on screen.

Musical Theatre Camps of San Antonio
Is for students who desire to study the triple threat of musical  theatre. No previous experience is needed. These summer camps offer a complete week of performing arts experience including dance, acting, singing and stage craft. Offered three times in the summer, it combines fun and knowledge of the performing art skills necessary to be in a professional production. Campers can do one, two or all three camps.  Each camp is one week long, campers receive lunch everyday, a camp T-shirt, a performance program and every age group learns a different Broadway Review wrapping up with two performances at the end of the week.

PRIVATE MUSIC DISCPILINES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Guitar and Bass
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on theory and composition for the purpose of writing music and performing diverse genres. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.SASPA has two guitar teachers.

Percussion (Drums)
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on developing hand / eye coordination to create proper rhythms to enable the student to eventually pursue the genres of music desired. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.

Piano
Is for ages 5 and older. It is beneficail for students to be able to read. Emphasis is on classical but may also include Broadway and contemporary styles. Lessons include music theory and history. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.

Violin
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on theory and composition for the purpose of writing music and performing diverse genres. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.

Voice
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on basic vocal technique and exposure to various types of composition.
Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.

Woodwinds (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe)
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on basic fingering technique and exposure to various types of composition. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.

Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba)
Is for ages 7 and older. Emphasis is on basic fingering technique and exposure to various types of composition. Students volunteer to perform twice a year in a recital but it is not required.