So, you may ask yourself... what makes a studio state-of-the-art in 2016 besides its talented and hard working dance faculty and students???... the FLOORING!!!
"Designed and manufactured exclusively at L'AIR's facility in Texas. The Excelle III sprung flooring has the ultimate strength and durability, while providing
the light, lievely feel of plywood. Excelle III sprung flooring is mostly constructed of void-free recycled materials, and manufactured with non-toxic, water
based cements". - L'AIR International All of these components in the flooring, which were custom-made for Campaneria Ballet School, are consciously essential
for today's environment, our dancer's performance abilities and especially for their overall injury prevention. L'AIR International was chosen after our dancers experienced these floors while dancing in NYC. Compromise on quality was not an option here at Campaneria Ballet School!
The Foundation Division features the beginning levels for learning ballet technique. As standard procedure, students of all ages begin learning the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre and the French vocabulary that defines all the steps in ballet. These students also move into beginning centre work, away from the support of the ballet barre. Students progress through these levels as through grades in any school; however, all students move at different rates. Advancement is based on ability, not age. In this way, the student begins to assimilate the layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet.
The Intermediate Division features more advanced levels of ballet technique. Students begin learning the progression of a more advanced ballet barre and the French vocabulary that defines all of the steps in ballet. Intermediate students will be challenged with intricate centre work and the ability to reverse combinations given by the instructor in barre and centre. Instructors will introduce Russian and Cuban technique in this level. At this level, ideally, students ages 12 and up will be introduced to pointe shoes. The age of this transition to pointe shoes is largely dependent on the dancer's muscle strength to support the foot without harming the normal growth of the student's feet. Not all students will develop at the same age, so it is not unusual to see some younger students that are ready for pointe shoes and conversely some students older than 12 may need more time. The division of students into levels is based solely on ability, NOT AGE.
Students in the Pre-Professional and Professional Divisions have earned their placement in this level with hard work, determination and discipline. Those who have achieved proper technique qualify to participate in pointe, pas de deux, variations, modern dance and men's class, in addition to the regular technique classes. Guest teachers and permanent guest faculty are invited to teach the Pre-Professional and Professional Divisions on a regular basis. It is expected that students, at a minimum, invest five to six days of training per week.
This level is intended to provide instruction to those students who desire to embark on a professional career path. Professional level students will demonstrate the above attributes of the Pre-Professional level, as well as engage in a highly advanced curriculum. Broadened performance opportunities will develop proficient knowledge of the rigors and expectations of how to function as a successful member of a professional dance company. Also, the Artistic Director will try to assist to coordinate in arranging "guestings" both nationally and internationally. In this level, and unique to this program itself, the director will suggest and guide the dancer in identifying which dance company would provide the most suitable fit according to his or her individual technique and style. The Artistic Director will be instrumental in assisting the dancer in getting into a professional company based on his/her unique professional network.
The Campaneria Ballet School's Men's Program is part of the Pre-Professional and Professional Division. The Men's Program curriculum combines comprehensive training with performance experience to train and develop male dancers. Each program component builds upon the previous to culminate in the creation of a strong, well-rounded dancer poised for success in the dance world. Students in the Men's Program take a complement of technique, men's and partnering classes including the Cuban technique, which is one of the best in the world for partnering. In addition, strength training class prepare the dancer for the physical requirements of the art form. Performance opportunities provide students with experience in working with choreographers across a broad range of repertory. The Director will recommend customized strength training based on individual physique and needs.
This class is a place for critical thinking, moving and crafting. The class begins slowly with practices that activate a sense of availability in the body and that allow the discovery of ways to let go of tension while expanding movement potential. Phrase work allows us to research musical accuracy, detail, line counter point and the fluid relationship between the legs and arms. Each exercise is designed to develop both technical execution and artistry through the use of continual motion, sequential articulation and momentum while encouraging effortless epaulement. Throughout class the students are encouraged to embrace and expand their physical range as empowered, confident movers through a myriad of neoclassical style.
Jazz instruction will focus on showcasing a dancer's individual style and originality. Students initially will demonstrate the ability to learn and perform beginning jazz combinations. Exercises will progress from the basic to the more complex as the dancer builds technique. The curriculum is designed to develop skeletal and muscular awareness through movement, improve body alignment and coordination and increase balance, focus, and clarity, both mentally and physically. Jazz dance combinations involving movement and synergy patterns, as well as jumps and turns in center and across the floor are some of the tools in the process. Goals of jazz training are to increase flexibility, strength, and endurance while cultivating and refining musicality in dance, including rhythms and phrasing, which ultimately develops each student's individual expression. Dancer's who excel in jazz have a solid background in ballet as it encourages fluidity and grace.
Hip Hop is an incredibly expressive dance form evolving from 1970's urban street performing genre to what is now a global language spoken through movement by dancers all over the world. Through an amazing positive release of energy, the dancer's own creation of identity, productive physicality and freedom of expression within the original steps of the hip hop styles is emphasized. Steps will include, but are not limited to up-rocking, breaking, popping, locking, dancing in the "cypher" and other improvisational structure. Personal style and the expression of positive messages and ideas will be encouraged in each student to come across through their own dance "language". Inherent in the form, there is often the "competition" challenge to out-perform and challenge one's individual skill and body with taking each student to their own "next" level each and every class.
Required Attire for Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical & Contemporary
Long pants or tights
Instuctor approved footwear
Required Leotard for Ballet
Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement - Pink
Foundation 1 - Light Blue
Foundation 2 - Royal Blue
Foundation 3 - Purple
Foundation 4 - Red
Intermediate 1 - Burgundy
Intermediate 3 - Black
Advanced & Professional - color of choice
Mens/Boys - White shirts, black tights, pants or shorts
*Pink tights and hair secured in a neat bun
Required Attire for Tap
Appropriate dance attire
Black lace up leather Oxford shoes for older/advanced dancers &
Black Mary Jane shoes for beginner and combination classes