Los Angeles Ballet Academy's Program incorporates Classical Ballet, Pointe technique, Pas de Deux, Reportoire, Pilates, Master Classes, RAD examination preparation and performance opportunities. Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. In order to become truly proficient in contemporary, modern, jazz, Broadway or partnering the dancer needs ballet training. Classical ballet is the most formal of the dance styles. It is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities. Free movement introduces the neo classical side of ballet and dance. It encourages dancing with dynamics and emotion. Character dance refers to special steps and movements that are unique to particular regions and countries. These Character dances remain in the repertoire of classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. All of these elements and styles are taught in the classical classes at LABA from Primary to Grade 8. Vocational students at Intermediate Foundation level also transition to purely classical technique classes that include pointe work, pas de deux and repertoire. Once the foundation of basic technique has been laid, women begin to wear pointe shoes while men continue to wear soft shoes and learn more advanced jumps and turns. The age at which dancers start pointe work varies from student to student. Strength is paramount in being able to wear pointe shoes for extended periods of time. Premature wearing of pointe shoes or insufficient training can result in injuries and/or disabilities in later life. LABA students are evaluated for pointe work in Grade 5
What is RAD Ballet?
LABA students have the opportunity to study the Royal Academy Ballet Method and participate in annual evaluations. The Royal Academy offers Teacher Training Programs and support for it's members that benefit teachers and students. RAD teachers must be certified and tested through the academy in order to enter students for examinations. All LABA teachers participate in continuing education and teach methodology and techniques that are current and innovative. Our goals are to encourage young dancers to progress in dance while avoiding injury and remaining physically and emotionally healthy.
Contemporary Dance Program.
Los Angeles Ballet Academy is fortunate to have access to some of LA's best Jazz, contemporary and tap teachers and choreographers who also teach at the Edge Performing Arts Center, on the Convention Circuit and for television and film in Los Angeles. Many of them continue to perform on TV, music videos, commercials and in concert dance. Not only do they teach at LABA on a regular basis, but they have been available to teach Master Classes, choreograph for our Company and mentor aspiring dancers. Los Angeles Ballet Academy also brings in Master Teachers for our Master Class Series that is held in the Fall.
The Pilates Method is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles. "The Pilates Principles" were designed to condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement. Thus, Pilates is essential and complementary to improving one’s dance technique and abilities. Pilates and dance stress excellence in movement. Therefore, with both disciplines, as we apply at LABA, there is an emphasis on purity of the form, and perfecting the execution of each and every movement.
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