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.
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.
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.
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.