Class Descriptions 2017-12-08T22:41:53+00:00

SASPA

Ballet Levels and 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 for ages 2, 3, 4 
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 fundamentally structured disciplined environment. Proper ballet terminology (French) 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.  We use basic tumbling to aid this process.  As the teacher works thru class 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.

NOTE:  At this time acrobatics/tumbling are offered.  This expedites the development of the student’s core strength, limberness and total body strength.

Dance Basics 5/6 for ages 5, 6, 7 
Class is 1 hour in length. The class begins with a fundamentally 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 old students continue to build upon Dance Basics 3/4. More steps and terminology are introduced both in ballet and tap.

Ballet 1     Ages 6 and older for beginners
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a 1/2 hour barre and 1/2 hour center. The goal of Ballet 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality.  Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work.  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 8 and older
Class is 1 hour in length. As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level.  Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress.  This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary.  This class level is recommended to meet twice per week.  Students learn the positions of the body, more complicated steps and continue to build and expand on the technique from Ballet 1.

Ballet 3     Ages 10 and older with previous training
Class is 1 to 1.5  hours in length. In ballet level 3 attention is paid to the  proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance’.  Student swill see an in crease in difficulty in barre and center work.  Students begin focus on repetition and retention.  This class is recommended to meet three times per week.  This level students learn the positions of the body, more complicated steps and continue to build and expand on the technique from Ballet 1 and 2.  This level is where pre-pointe is begun for the more serious student.  It is recommended the student start taking three classes a week at this point for continued development and the required strength in working toward pointe work.

NOTE:  With this level, students are given the option to add additional classes to strengthen their core.  Increase flexibility  and round out their movement vocabulary.  Students may choose from: Extra Ballet, Modern, Intermediate Jazz, Youth Company, tap and several ethnic styles of dance offered.

Jazz 1     Ages 6 and older for beginners
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a warm-up of exercises to stregthen and stretch the body.  Then students learn basic steps progressing across the floor.

Jazz 2     Ages 8 and older
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a warm-up developing an understanding of strengthening and stretches properly done.  Then more difficult steps across the floor building on material covered in level 1.  Short combinations develop memory skills the dancer need must have.

Jazz 3     Ages 10 and older with prior training
Class is 1 hour in length consisting of a strength warm-up and combinations ever lengthening across the floor building on the training from level 2.

Hip Hop 1/2    Ages 6 and older for beginners
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 and older for beginners
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 and older for 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 1 and above may also participate in school dance companies to further 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 Performance and in the end of the year school recital.

NOTE TO ALL STUDENTS :
Ballet is the foundation of all successful dancers and is required if the dancer wishes to be member of company within the school.  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.

JR. ALAMO CITY DANCE COMPANY must be in ballet 4 and older (Ages 12 and older)  Audition is annually in August.
This is the last company before a dancer has attained the skills required to be an Alamo City Dance Company member.   Students needing more work on classroom attitude, technical skills, attendance (both in class and rehearsals) may not be asked to audition for the semi-professional company until these aspects are understood.

SASPA DANCE COMPANY must be in ballet 2, 3, 4  (Ages 8 and older)  Audition is annually in August.

 

SASPARILLAS DANCE COMPANY must be in Dance Basics 5/6, ballet 1, 2 (Ages 6 and older)  Audition is annually in August.

 

TAPSATIONS DANCE COMPANY must be in Tap 3 and higher (Ages 9 and older)  Audition is annually in August.

 

SASPA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY must be in Flamenco 4-6 (Ages 9 and older) Audition is annually in August.

 

SASPA FOLKLORICO DANCE COMPANY must be in Folklorico 4-6 (Ages 9 and older) Audition is annually in August.

 

BOYS DIVISION 

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.