Ballet for children and teenagers
The Ballet Academy starts its actual ballet education upon school enrollment. It is at this stage of development that the child is physically and mentally mature enough for more challenging work. A well structured lesson plan, based on the latest medical dance research , guides the ballet students through the different class levels according to their ages and development.
Progressively the students learn various ballet steps and refine them. The steps and movements are linked together into enchainments or a choreography. Every three years, the students of the Ballet Academy have the opportunity to perform and gain stage experience when various dances or one of the big story-line ballets of the classical ballet literature are staged.
Modern dance and jazz dance elements are integrated further in the more advanced lesson plans, thus providing a comprehensive education in dance. All students may attend several classes per week if desired.
The classical dance education at the Ballet Academy renders an important contribution to the physical, emotional and intellectual maturity of young people. The students build self-esteem and acquire body awarness resulting not only in a better carriage but also overcoming the awkwardness they may experience during their adolescent growth. Dance promotes concentration, discipline and memory skills which are obvious assets to the total development of the students.
The ultimate aim of the Academy is always in compliance with the latest medical dance findings and the promotion of healthy physical development. Pointe-shoe technique is deliberately introduced only after several years of ballet lessons and not before the age of 12. Only then, the metatarsals are ossified to such an extent that the pointe-work, which has always fascinated ballet lovers, can be safely introduced to enrich the repertoire of movement.