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Preston Li's Academy of Dance - Class Offerings
Youth classes (including children, junior and pre-professional levels) are offered mainly after school, in the early evening, and on Saturday afternoons. Adult classes are held on weekdays (primarily in the mornings and evenings) and on Saturday evenings.
Children (ages 3-8 years old)
We emphasize creative expressive response to music and the development of strength, poise, and group interaction skills. Special attention is given to the physical, emotional and mental developmental needs of young students. We carefully watch for proper body alignment and positioning. Ballet class levels are determined primarily by student’s age. The levels in this division gradually introduce students to the balletic syllabus and prepare them for more advance classes. Students will build the foundation that is crucial to further develop a lifelong love and appreciation of dance, movement, and the arts.
Intermediate (ages 8-12 years old)
The primary focus of this division is on developing technique, musicality, proper placement, strength and poise. Pointe work may be introduced if the student is ready. Students learn to understand how steps taught in ballet class relate to choreography.
Pre-Professional (12-18 years old)
Focusing on professionally oriented students, the pre-professional division emphasizes commitment, artistic integrity, performance quality, and technical excellence. This division is designed to nurture and develop dancers for a professional dancing career. The intensive curriculum requires a high level of motivation. Students receive thorough training in classical ballet technique and repertoire, pointe, variations, pas de deux, among others. A placement class is required for this division.
Adult (Beginning, Intermediate or open; 15 years old+)
We offer several ballet classes specifically for adults who wish to enjoy the physical and aesthetic benefits of dance in a more recreational atmosphere. We have an introduction to ballet class designed for adult ballet dancer without prior ballet or dancing experience. Our beginner adult ballet class is ideal for those new to ballet or revisiting a former pastime. The intermediate and advanced classes are designed for adults with intermediate to advanced dance experience. All classes emphasis not only proper alignment and coordination, but also muscle tone, flexibility, learning to count music, learn variations (dance routines), and focus on artistry. Ballet is also a perfect complement to other forms of dances and exercise. Adult ballet students have several opportunities throughout the year to perform on stage and display their hard work and commitment to ballet.
Private Lessons & Coaching
We are available for private lessons & coaching. We also offer choreography in a variety of dance disciplines and for special events. Please contact us for more information and for availability.