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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.
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Preston Li's Academy of Dance - Youth (ages 3-18) Class Offerings