Ballet Technique classes (for students age 6 and up) are the foundation for training at the CPAA and focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), and use of arms (port de bras). CPAA syllabus exposes students to aspects of traditional Vaganova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian), and American techniques. Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in a grand allegro combination or variation. Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment. Students 11 and older with strong ballet technique, sufficient core and ankle strength, and a teacher's recommendation go on to study 'en pointe'.
- Center Work
- Levels I-IV
- Must master skill sets required in each level prior to moving up. All upper level classes must have instructor approval
- Black leotard
- Pink tights
- Pink canvas or leather ballet slipper
- Tied back in a bun