BALLET

FABULOUS FEET ACADEMY OF BALLET offers a full ballet program rich with opportunity to optimize student growth. From Master Classes, community events, collaborations with dance companies to full Ballet Productions, students receive top quality instruction, and will be immersed in the full ballet experience. Students gain performing experience in a variety of settings. They will learn classic variations, how to master auditioning, presentation and artistry with stage experience side-by-side strong technique. Life skills are incorporated into syllabus, as classes have a holistic approach to developing not just the dancer, but the individual creating an enriching program for both recreational and serious students.

 FACULTY 

Melissa Miller Port | STUDIO DIRECTOR

Tracy Trotter | NUTCRACKER DEVELOPMENT & BALLET INSTRUCTION

Elizabeth Wilson | BALLET INSTRUCTION

Trisha Miller | BALLET INSTRUCTION

Andrea Locke | BALLET INSTRUCTION

Hana Getsinger | BALLET INSTRUCTION

Tacia Medrano-Sabedra | BALLET INSTRUCTION

Katie Spurbeck | BALLET INSTRUCTION

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FALL NEWS

Eugene Ballet Company’s “Mowgli: The Jungle Book Ballet”

The Eugene Ballet Company visited the valley again this year with a new and exciting production. We were so excited and honored to have some of our very own students from the Fabulous Feet Academy of Ballet participate in their production and perform among professional dancers. Fourteen of our students were invited to perform with the company’s dancers during their stop in Wenatchee. We are so proud of our students and everything they continue to accomplish through their constant growth and dedication.

 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS 

Fabulous Feet Academy of Ballet classes are not based on level, but on skills required to progress through a high level of ballet training. Fundamentals such as postural alignment, weight placement and turn out are the beginning stages of a dancer’s development. Once these are achieved, dancers learn how to work through their limbs, and begin transferring their weight into steps and movement. Tempo, agility and muscle control become intermediate steps and turns. As skill and technique progress, the dancers are able to safely execute more advanced steps. For proper class placement, all students require assessment by Ballet Director. *Please be aware that students’ progress at different paces. Each child has a natural pace of growth. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ pace. It takes time and repetition to build muscle memory, and can often take more than one year in a class for the muscle memory to set in. Have faith and know training your child safely is on the forefront of their instructor’s mind. Ballet training is slow, tedious and repetitive. This is why all other forms of dance are built upon a ballet foundation. “Train the body, so the heart can move it as desired.”

 SPRING BALLET SHOWCASE

Taking pride in the progress of our students, we set out to achieve the total fulfillment of dance by showcasing our ballet academy students in an exclusive show. The years work is brought to an exciting climax as students feel the thrill of dance the goes with performances. Our annual Spring Ballet Showcase premiers at the Riverside Playhouse and features numerous variations and routines in the styles of classical ballet, contemporary, and modern, learned throughout the year in addition to a specially-featured mini-production. This year’s Spring Ballet Showcase is on May 19th, 2018. Performing classes will dance in both shows.

BASIC FUNDAMENTALS 

For young dancers’ first introduction to ballet training, this class teaches musicality, the wonders of imagination in dance, emotional expression, basic rhythm and counting, beginning stretches and beginning ballet exercises and traveling steps. There is a short Barre, with some very basic introductory exercises.

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SECOND STAGE 

This class focuses on the building blocks of ballet training. In order for steps to be safely executed, correct placement, muscle use and posture must become muscle memory. In this class, students will learn how to support their spine through use of their core, use the correct turn out muscles, where to place their weight to activate correct muscle groups, how to work through their feet with safe alignment, stretching through the joints, muscle use in preparation for steps.

BALANCE QUO 

This class reinforces the skills developed in Second Stage, and builds upon the strong foundation, as students begin to set the fundamentals into action. Tempos, preparation for turns, and more advanced exercises enter syllabus. As the challenges increase, two days a week are needed to maintain strength and the muscle memory needed for more advanced steps in Terrific Technique. In addition, students will learn basic anatomy such as types of joints and names of bones, translation of ballet terminology such as “Plié means to bend”, how to ‘listen’ to their body and make good choices such as safe stretching “Pain means STOP –slow and steady wins the race.

Terrific Technique

With the strength, placement and technique gained in Balance Quo, dancers with postural alignment and consistently engaged turn out are now ready to execute more challenging movement. Combinations and intermediate steps are introduced, muscle memory and technique refined through repetition. Students gain balance through increased center-work, pirouettes, and side barre exercises. Hip placement and pelvic strength begin to develop in this level for extensions and advanced steps requiring specific muscle use. Stretching draws emphasis, and previously learned steps at the barre are now practiced in center. Students will learn to train their ‘ear’ and place movement to music by listening in an intuitive manner. As children of this age will soon enter the pre-teen years, creating a healthy self-image is folded into instruction. Topics that help build a healthy self-esteem and life skills are discussed – such as learning to set goals, maintaining a healthy perspective, accepting yourself and learning to love who you are brought up in class to prepare for the upcoming challenges in dance and life. In addition, students will learn about muscle care, injury prevention, and healthy habits. *Students in this class are cleared to take Ballet Concepts

Ballerina Basics

This teaches  intermediate steps including allegro steps such as glissades, pas de chats and more. Additionally, dancers will learn ballet turns such as soutenu, pique, and more. Under the gentle guidance of Katie Spurbeck and notorious eagle eyes of Tracy Trotter teen dancers are sure to develop an excellent vocabulary while gaining strength, balance and confidence. *Students in this class are cleared to take Ballet Concepts

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Pointe Partners/Primas & Danseurs

The body is now fully trained to begin more intermediate/advanced steps, syllabus continues to move even faster. Extensions now rise well above demi-hauteur. All steps previously learned are executed in center combinations. Adagio and allegro become longer, finessing student’s muscle control, balance and creating endurance. Grande allegro takes forefront, and petite allegro combinations become quicker, including ¼ and ½ turns. Artistry is developed within movement, and students are taught to adapt to various methods of ballet. Pointe work is taken to center; dancers become more agile on their toes and confident with their balance as strength is gained through practice several times a week. Turns are now performed on pointe, at the barre and in center. Students prepare for partnering, and are ready to learn Classical Variations. Performance presentation is molded in this level. Students begin to study artistry of famous ballet dancers, discuss dance as a hobby or career, and are considered for Protégé’s and Protégé training. More serious discussion of body care for dancers is present.

*Students must attend three hour and a half classes a week to obtain the bodily strength needed to rest their entire weight upon their toes. A full year of pre-pointe is required for proper alignment and strength prior to beginning pointe. Pointe-work begins once a dancer meets the safety requirements: safe body mechanics, adequate strength, and the bones of the foot have fused enough to provide a safe structure to put weight upon. (Average age of bone fusion is occurs 11 and 12 years of age. It is standard, in Professional American schools, to begin pointe-work around this time.) Parents are educated during the pre-pointe process, and receive reliable resources to accommodate explanation and guide them through process.
**Primas & Danseurs is an advanced ballet class. This class is for students who have had (minimum) one year pointe training and/or took an average of four and a half hours of ballet a week the previous year. They must be technically efficient to safely execute advanced ballet steps, practice pointe work in center and have a high work ethic.

Ballet Concepts 

This is a supplementary class for Terrific Technique & Ballerina Basics. It is primarily geared towards students seeking a well-rounded dance repertoire in all styles. The purpose of this course is to educate dancers on the application of ballet technique to various styles of dance including, but not limited to: Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Understanding how ballet is applied to the various styles is essential in achieving accurate and precise technique. This course will allow students to learn the concept of ballet through barre, center combinations, Adagio, Allegro, and across the floor combinations.

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Adult Adage 

All of the fun of ballet, with no performing pressure. This class is geared for older teens and adult who wish to use Classic Ballet as a form of fun and challenging fitness. Ballet works the entire body, from head to toe, including your brain as you navigate combinations in the air, on the floor and at the barre. Floor barre and dancer’s conditioning are also included to create a nice, shapely dancer’s body!