Youth Division

Overview

 

The Youth Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance brings high-quality, Joffrey training to students at all levels in a variety of disciplines. Beginning students can discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students can enhance their training. Students from the Youth Division may have the opportunity to advance to the Pre-Professional Division by audition.

Youth Division ballet classes are geared for ages of approximately 9-16 years old.

 

Free Trial Class Day!

Students ages 8 and up are invited to take a FREE Trial Class in the Youth and Children's Divisions on Saturday, August 29. This is a great opportunity to get placed in the appropriate class level by a teacher, take a class you've always wanted to try, or bring a friend with you to your favorite class! Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class (no payment info necessary). 

Trial Class Day Schedule - Saturday, August 29

10:00-11:30 AM – Ballet (ages 8-11) with Daielma Decker 

10:00-11:30 AM – Jazz (ages 12-16) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Jazz (ages 8-11) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Ballet (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker 

1:00-2:00 PM – Tap (ages 9-16) with Star Dixon

1:00-1:30 PM – Pre-Pointe (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker

2:00-3:00 PM – Classical Modern Duncan Technique (ages 10-14) with Jennifer Sprowl 
 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Youth Division Fall Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 25 - June 5, 2016

 

Registration

Fall Semester Registration

Priority (current students) - August 10, 2015

Open (new students) - August 17, 2015 

 

Youth Pre-Pointe and Pointe Placement Class and Registration: Students interested in being approved for Pre-Pointe or Pointe should attend a placement ballet class. Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class. Students wishing to take Pre-Pointe or Pointe must register for 2 Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet class immediately preceding the Pre-Pointe or Pointe class. 


Attire

Ballet

Girls Required: Black leotard, pink tights that cover the feet, pink ballet slippers Recommended: Mirella leotard M207 (either Child or Adult size) or Motionwear style 2516, Canvas split sole ballet slippers

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black shoes

Jazz/Tap

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Classical Duncan Modern

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black footless/convertible tights

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black shorts


Classes

Classes

Youth Ballet I

This class is designed for students who want to learn the fundamentals of ballet. Students are introduced to ballet vocabulary as well as musicality, discipline, and class structure.
 

Youth Ballet II

Students continue to build their ballet vocabulary and technique, and as they build strength and coordination, their musicality and discipline will also deepen.

Youth Ballet III

Students will continue training in the fundamental concepts of ballet technique, vocabulary and studio etiquette. This level builds on the development of technique and coordination, and students will begin to gain musical understanding and graceful expression. 

Youth Ballet IV

Students in this class will be using a more extensive ballet vocabulary, as they focus on artistry and gain precision as an advanced dancer. 

Youth Tap

Youth Tap is designed to help students develop rhythm, style and sound with exercises that focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.
Ages: approximately 9-13 years old.

Youth Jazz I

Students will learn basic dance techniques in this upbeat class, and will develop artistic creativity, flexibility, coordination and musicality. Taking jazz in addition to ballet will help to create a well-rounded dancer. 
Ages: approximately 11-13 years old.

 

Youth Jazz II

This class is good for students who would like to supplement their ballet training with an Intermediate level jazz class. Taking jazz in addition to ballet will strengthen the student's adaptability to other dance forms. Youth Jazz II will help develop their endurance, strength, and musicality through more complex steps.  
Ages: approximately 13-15 years old.

 

Youth Pre-Pointe - NEW!

Students will prepare for pointe in this class with theraband and strengthening exercises on the floor and at the barre. This class will further develop the muscles needed to dance on pointe. Dancing on pointe requires proper spine alignment, turn out from the hips, strong ankle strength, proper foot-pointing technique, and good balance. In Youth Pre-Pointe, students will work on strengthening calf muscles, ankles, and the arches of the feet. 

Class is to be taken in flat dance shoes. Pointe shoes should not be purchased prior to class. All students will be recommended to go on pointe on an individual basis when the teacher feels the student is strong enough and ready. At that time, information about pointe shoe purchasing will be discussed with the teacher. 

Requirements: Recommended for Youth III and IV students, with teacher approval.  

Students need Joffrey teacher approval before enrolling, including students who are currently taking pointe at another studio. Students who are interested in being approved for Pre-Pointe should attend the placement ballet class. Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class. Students wishing to take Pre-Pointe must register for 2 Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet class at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings immediately preceding the Pre-Pointe class. 

 

Youth Pointe - NEW!

Students will begin to work on pointe in this class. Dancing on pointe requires proper spine alignment, turn out from the hips, strong ankle strength, proper foot-pointing technique, and good balance. In Youth Pointe, students will continue to work on further strengthening calf muscles, ankles, and the arches of the feet. Youth Pointe will include exercises at the barre and in the center to increase strength and practice balance.

All students will be recommended to go on pointe on an individual basis when the teacher feels the student is strong enough and ready. At that time, students will be recommended to a pointe shoe fitting at Allegro Boutique once they receive teacher approval for Pointe class.

Requirements: Recommended for Youth III and IV students, with teacher approval. Youth Pointe requires students to have more experience than Youth Pre-Pointe.  

Students need Joffrey teacher approval before enrolling, including students who are currently taking pointe at another studio. Students interested in being approved for Pointe should attend a placement ballet class. Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class. Students wishing to take Pointe must register for 2 Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet III/IV class Wednesday at 5:00 PM immediately preceding the Pointe class.  

 

Youth Classical Modern - Duncan Technique - NEW!

Experience the technique of Isadora Duncan including floor, barre, locomotive movements & improvisation.

 
Content

 

The Youth Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance brings high-quality, Joffrey training to students at all levels in a variety of disciplines. Beginning students can discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students can enhance their training. Students from the Youth Division may have the opportunity to advance to the Pre-Professional Division by audition.

Youth Division ballet classes are geared for ages of approximately 9-16 years old.

 

Free Trial Class Day!

Students ages 8 and up are invited to take a FREE Trial Class in the Youth and Children's Divisions on Saturday, August 29. This is a great opportunity to get placed in the appropriate class level by a teacher, take a class you've always wanted to try, or bring a friend with you to your favorite class! Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class (no payment info necessary). 

Trial Class Day Schedule - Saturday, August 29

10:00-11:30 AM – Ballet (ages 8-11) with Daielma Decker 

10:00-11:30 AM – Jazz (ages 12-16) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Jazz (ages 8-11) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Ballet (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker 

1:00-2:00 PM – Tap (ages 9-16) with Star Dixon

1:00-1:30 PM – Pre-Pointe (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker

2:00-3:00 PM – Classical Modern Duncan Technique (ages 10-14) with Jennifer Sprowl 
 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Youth Division Fall Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 25 - June 5, 2016

 

Registration

Fall Semester Registration

Priority (current students) - August 10, 2015

Open (new students) - August 17, 2015 

 

Youth Pre-Pointe and Pointe Placement Class and Registration: Students interested in being approved for Pre-Pointe or Pointe should attend a placement ballet class. Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class. Students wishing to take Pre-Pointe or Pointe must register for 2 Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet class immediately preceding the Pre-Pointe or Pointe class. 


Attire

Ballet

Girls Required: Black leotard, pink tights that cover the feet, pink ballet slippers Recommended: Mirella leotard M207 (either Child or Adult size) or Motionwear style 2516, Canvas split sole ballet slippers

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black shoes

Jazz/Tap

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Classical Duncan Modern

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black footless/convertible tights

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black shorts


Designed For: 
Approximately 9-16

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