2017-2018 Curriculum & Classes

This page hopes to provide a guide for your child's dance education and progression. It also includes class attire and any prerequisite requirements. Please contact the studio with any questions or for class advice.
The curriculum has three main divisions:

  1. Pre-Dance -- Ages 3 to 6
  2. Elementary -- Ages 6 to 12
  3. Regular -- Age 12 to pre-professional

Pre-Dance Division: Ages 3 to 6

The Pre-Dance program consists of three levels designated by age. In all classes the main emphasis is on ballet. The ballet instruction includes age-appropriate lessons using classical and child appropriate music. These classes help children develop strong and flexible limbs, good balance, and body awareness. The children are introduced to the world of classical ballet using age-appropriate lessons. The class hopes to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and a love of movement. Some classes combine classical ballet with an introduction to tap, classical jazz, or modern. All recital dances will be ballet only for this age.
All classes are 45 minutes. Please see PRE-DANCE INFORMATION AND POLICIES for policies and requirements.

Class Ages Prerequisites Attire
Preschool 3 to 4 None. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Preschool/Tap 4 1/2 to 6 None. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and black tap shoes.
Please wear tap shoes and bring ballet slippers into the classroom.
Pre-Ballet/Tap 5+ None. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and black tap shoes.
Please wear tap shoes and bring ballet slippers into the classroom.
Pre-Ballet/Jazz 5+ None. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Pre-Ballet/Modern 5+ None. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.

Elementary Division: ages 6 to 12

The classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap Elementary programs consist of six levels each, designated by age and experience. Specific skills are taught at each level. Each level therefore builds on the previous one. The Elementary Division also includes various Modern classes.

Classical ballet

The classic ballet technique taught is based on the Vaganova method of classical dance. Each class emphasizes feet and arm positions, correct terminology, strength, and stretching. They are educated on famous ballet such is Coppélia, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and the Firebird. Students are also educated on the classical music, composers, and famous dancers associated with these ballets.
The opportunity to perform in Radomile's Annual Nutcracker Ballet is given to all students if they so choose.
They are encouraged to achieve a mastery of the skills taught in each class and level.

Class Prerequisites Attire
El. Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Each subsequent level requires completion of the previous level. Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.

Note: After El. Ballet 3, two classes per week are strongly recommended.


Pointe

Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet training. Students are ready for point based on their technical level and understanding of ballet, muscular strength, body structure, and emotional maturity. To achieve proper pre-pointe training, students must take two (2) or more ballet classes per week. It is suggested that students in level 4 and who wish to study pointe take two (2) ballet classes per week. Ballet students are required to attend two or more ballet technique classes per week to continue the study of pointe. Please read the article "To The Pointe".

Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Modern

These classes include technique, stretching, coordination exercises, and age-appropriate combinations. The teachers incorporate classic techniques as well as contemporary dance. As ballet is the basis for all dance forms, it is recommended but not required for these dance classes. The study of ballet is strongly recommended for progression to the higher levels of training in the Regular Division. All jazz classes include hip-hop technique except for lyrical jazz.
Some classes combine the study of tap, jazz, and hip-hop.
Students who would like to be accomplished in Jazz are recommended to take more than one jazz class per week.

Class Prerequisites Attire
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 1 None. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel jazz shoes, and caramel tap shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 2/3 Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 1 Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel jazz shoes, and caramel tap shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 4/5 Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 2/3 Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel jazz shoes, and caramel tap shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 1 None. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 2/3 Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 1 Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 4 Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 2/3 Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 5 Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop 4 Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Child Modern: 7+ None Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel footless or convertible tights, and foot undies
Elementary Modern 5/6 None Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel footless or convertible tights, and foot undies

Additional classes

These classes may be available for students ages 6 to 18, graded by age.

Class Description Attire
Musical Theater Jazz and dance styles used in various musicals from older, classic musical styles to modern, big dance musical styles. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Contemporary Dance A combination of lyrical and expressive movement. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and foot undies
Classical Jazz Old-school jazz in Bob Fosse style choreography. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes
Lyrical Jazz Fluid style jazz with interpretive movement. Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, and caramel jazz shoes

Regular Division: ages 12+

Classical Ballet: level B, C, D, E

All levels are based on age and experience. All levels are a continuation of the Vaganova method of classical ballet taught in the elementary levels. Most classes include pointe. Two classes per week are recommended for enrollment beginning in level B and for progression into the next level. Three classes are required for enrollment in level C.

Class Prerequisites Attire
Classical Ballet B, C, D, E Completion and mastery of skills taught in El. Ballet 6.
Each subsequent level requires completion of the previous level.
Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink belly slippers, point shoes

Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap: level B, C, D

All levels are based on age and experience.

Class Prerequisites Attire
Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap B, C, D Completion and mastery of skills taught in Elementary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Tap 5/6.
Each subsequent level requires completion of the previous level.
Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel jazz shoes, and caramel tap shoes

Modern: level B, C, D

Modern dance was born in America during the turn of the 20th century when a number of dancers and choreographers wished to move away from the two prevalent dance styles at the time, Ballet and Vaudeville. Louis fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth Saint Denis, and Ted Sean are considered to be the pioneers of modern dance in America and each have their own unique and distinct styles. Because of its freedom, creativity and focus on personal style, modern dance has evolved throughout the years and varies from instructor to instructor. The modern dance classes taught at Radomile are inspired by all the great founders of modern, but primarily explore more smooth and lyrical motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Thomas.
Our classes always start with a warm up that aims to strengthen and stretch the students before they begin the rest of class, which consists of both upbeat and slow-moving combinations.

Class Prerequisites Attire
Modern B, C, D Completion and mastery of skills taught in Elementary Modern 5/6.
Each subsequent level requires completion of the previous level.
Leotard or stretch camisole, stretch shorts, caramel jazz shoes, and caramel tap shoes

Company

Petit Ballerinas

Radomile Academy's Petit Ballerinas are a group of young dancers who will be performing age-appropriate parts with our Ballet Company in the Nutcracker Ballet and Spring Ballet Performance. Students in levels 5/6 are eligible to join.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Dancers must REGISTER FOR TWO EL. BALLET classes as well as the Petit Ballet REHERSAL CLASS, TOTAL OF 3 CLASSES.
  2. Friday EL. BALLET CLASS SHOULD BE THE SECOND class, because the petit ballet rehearsal class will follow. The rehearsal class could run longer if necessary.
  3. Dancers must conduct themselves in a professional manner.
  4. Dancers must be dressed appropriately for every class.
  5. Dancers will be charged a performance fee to participate.
  6. Dancers must be able to attend extra rehearsals if necessary on Thursday evenings, Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons. Sufficient notice will be given on these occasions.

This experience will provide the dancers an opportunity to better understand the commitment necessary to join the Ballet Company.

Ballet Company

In 1997 the Radomile Academy of Dance Ballet Company was formed to provide the most serious classical ballet students the opportunity to advance their technique and train for a professional career in ballet, if so desired. Students who have completed mastery of the skills taught through elementary ballet level 6 can audition in the Spring for the company. One's participation in the company also provides performance opportunities to further the dancers' artistry and stage presence.
Students who do not wish to intensify their ballet experience can continue with dance in levels B and C.

Jazz Company

More information coming soon!

2017-2018 Upcoming Dates

AUG 29
Registration 4-7PM
SEPT 5
Registration 4-7PM
SEPT 6
First Day of Class
NOV 22-25
Thanksgiving Vacation
DEC 3
Nutcracker Ballet
DEC 19-JAN 1
Winter Vacation
MAR 26-APR 1
Spring Vacation
APR 7
Company Spring Performance
MAY 26-28
Memorial Break
JUNE 8-10
Targeted Recital Dates


Click here for 2017-2018 Schedule and Registration Forms.

RADOMILE ACADEMY OF DANCE
564 - 566 Brookline Blvd
Havertown, PA 19083