Extension Division

ANBC's Extension Division is a comprehensive training program designed for dance students of all ages and backgrounds. Students will train from world class teachers and staff under "A Ballet Education's" official training curriculum. With hands on training from ANBC's certified teaching staff, under the direction of ANBC Executive Director - Beth Bogush,  students will have unparalleled opportunity to receive instruction from top quality teachers.

ANBC's Extension Division is made up of three main sections: Ballet (ages 3-18) Jazz (ages 10-18) and Contemporary (ages 13-18)

 

Admission to the Extension Division is by first come first served basis. No audition required. Though classes are paired with age groups, final class placement is at the sole discretion of ANBC's faculty. 

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all classical dance movements. Students will train under ANBC's master teachers following "A Ballet Education" official training curriculum.                           Ballet classes listed below with level description:

Pas de Tot: Beginning dance movements for students ages 3-4. A 45 minute class that incorporates music to inspire new movements as young dancers begin to learn the basics of body awareness and musicality.

Intro to Ballet:  A dancer's first look at classical positions and movements for students ages 5-6. Students will learn basic ballet terminology in a 1 hour class that focuses on body awareness and musicality.

Beginner Ballet: Structured training in classical ballet movements and positions that give students a firm foundation. Students ages 7-9 will train in a 1 hour class with options for one or two days a week as they continue to gain knowledge of ballet terminology and proper body placement and musicality. 

Intermediate Ballet 1: Students ages 10-12 will begin to explore more advanced movments as female students begin to prepare for dancing on Pointe. Classes will have a strong focus on strengthening and body placement as they continue to build a firm foundation for more advanced technique. Students who wish to begin Pre-Pointe classes must attend 2 days a week in classical ballet. Once a week options also available.

Intermediate Ballet 1 Pre-Pointe: Female students ages 10-12 will begin preparing for dancing on pointe with a comprehensive strengthening routine once a week in a 30 min intensive class. First half of the year will be spent preparing feet for work in pointe shoes, and the second half of the year will begin work en pointe at the barre with strengthening exercises with a strong focus on proper body placement, awareness and technique. Placement in this class is at the sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff.

Intermediate Ballet 2: Students ages 13-15 will train 3 to 5 days a week in classical ballet classes ranging between 1.5 and 2 hrs long. Classes will focus on executing more advanced combinations including jumps and turns both on flat as well as pointe.  In addition, students in this level are eligible to take additional classes such as Pointe, Variations, and Pas de Deux 1 based on teacher recommendation and placement. 

Intermediate Ballet 2 Pointe: Female students will work on strengthening with specific pointe exercises both at barre and in the center. Pointe will follow Intermediate Ballet 2 classes twice a week. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take pointe, students must be present in ballet class prior. 

Intermediate Ballet 2 Variations: Female students proficient with pointe work will learn choreography from internationally renowned choreographers in a 1 hour long class following Intermediate Ballet 2 one day a week. Variations may include lead roles from classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty - Aurora, Nutcracker - Sugar Plum Fairy,  Balanchine works and many others. This class allows aspiring dances the opportunity to dance principal and soloist roles and begin to build a repertoire of choreographies. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take variations, students must be present in ballet class prior.

Intermediate Ballet 2 Pas de Deux 1: Male and female students will learn the basics of partnering dance. Professional male dancers from American National Ballet will partner female students in an hour long class once a week directly following Intermediate Ballet 2 class. Students will learn basic lifts and turns as well as short combinations as they work on strengthening, placement and proper technique. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take Pas de Deux, students must be present in ballet class prior.

Advanced Ballet: Students ages 16-18 will train 3 to 5 days a week in classical ballet classes ranging between 1.5 and 2 hrs long. Classes will focus on executing advanced combinations including jumps and turns with pointe incorporated in to class work multiple days a week.  In addition, students in this level are eligible to take additional classes such as Pointe, Variations, and Pas de Deux 2 based on teacher recommendation and placement. 

Advanced Pointe: Female students will work on advanced pointe technique both at the barre and in center including jumping and turning combinations. Pointe will follow Advanced Ballet class twice a week. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take pointe, students must be present in ballet class prior. 

Advanced Variations: Female students proficient with pointe work will learn choreography from internationally renowned choreographers in a 1 hour long class following Advanced Ballet one day a week. Variations may include lead roles from classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty - Aurora, Nutcracker - Sugar Plum Fairy,  Balanchine works and many others.This class allows aspiring dances the opportunity to dance principal and soloist roles and begin to build a repertoire of choreographies. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take variations, students must be present in ballet class prior.

Advanced Ballet Pas de Deux 2: Male and female students will learn intermediate and advanced partnering technique with a strong focus on proper placement and body awareness as well as artistry and musicality. Professional male dancers from American National Ballet will partner female students in an hour long class once a week directly following Advanced Ballet. Students will work on turning combinations as well as jumps, lifts and choreography. Placement in this class is at sole discretion of ANBC's teachers and staff. In order to take Pas de Deux, students must be present in ballet class prior.


Jazz

Beginner Jazz: Male and female students ages 10-12 will learn the fundamentals of Jazz movements and body placement as they dance to current music they already know and love. A one hour class will be offered one day, a week directly after Intermediate Ballet 1 which we encourage students to take beforehand. Dancers will work on jumps, turns and learn fun combinations across the floor as well as center work.

Intermediate Jazz: Male and female students ages 13-15 will build on the basics of Jazz movements and body placement as they begin to work on more advance steps and combinations both in the center and across the floor. This is a one hour class offered once a week which will use current music students already know and love.

Advanced Jazz: Male and female students ages 16-18 will learn and execute advanced jazz technique with combinations and choreographies incorporating jumps, turns, and floor work. Class is one hour once a week. 


Contemporary

Intermediate Contemporary: Male and female students ages 13-15 will explore contemporary movements, musicality, and body placement as they learn combinations both in the center and across the floor. Class is one hour once a week. It is recommended that contemporary students also take ballet a minimum of one day a week.

Advanced Contemporary: Male and female students ages 16-18 will execute advanced contemporary movements as they continue to work on body awareness and placement, as well as musicality and artistry when executing combinations in the center and  across the floor. Class is one hour once a week. It is recommended that contemporary students also take ballet a minimum of one day a week.