KMAB Classes

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Ballet Preparatory

Through the use of music and props very young children are taught to participate in group activities and direct their imaginations. Students begin the development of musical and spatial imagery with yogic stretching and various choreographic patterns. Later they begin simple rudimentary barre exercises.

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Beginning Boys Class (Ages 8-11)

The training for males, until the end of the Beginning Level, is very much the same academically, however young boys do require, at times, a slightly different approach to discipline and manner. It should be noted that the job of a male dancer is not in any way the same as that of the female. The sense of self tends to be more heroic and natural. Port de bras (arms) never acquire that ethereal quality that is sought after by female students. In the more advanced levels the split between the two widens as males work on their own vocabulary of virtuoso technique.

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Ballet 4 to 6 (Intermediate Level)

The Fourth year focuses on the strengthening of stability (aplomb) and the plasticity of arms and upper body. Of course, as with all levels, new movements are constantly being introduced; first with a preparatory method and then the finished step, movement or pose. The Fifth year continues the mastery of technique, particularly with regard to beats, turns from various preparations, the study of turns in various poses, and a concentration on the development of plasticity and suppleness in moving from one pose to the other. More attention is given to the development of elevation in big jumps at this level.

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Ballet 7 - 8 (Advanced Levels)

n the Seventh year the work is aimed at polishing all that has been covered thus far including all the basic movements of classical dance. The Eighth year works further on perfection of the vocabulary to make them stage worthy. The emphasis is in performing artistry and virtuosity. Here students become acquainted with various styles of ballet outside of the Russian tradition such as that Balanchine and Bournonville.

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Character Dance Study

Character dance is a relative body of information crucial to the mastery of classical ballet. In essence, character is the study of national styles of dance that are encountered in the classical repertoire. Spanish, Russian, Hungarian and Polish dance forms, for example, are commonly found in the works of Marius Petipa, the 19th century choreographer of most of the classical ballets performed around the world. Character is not the study of folk dance, but rather a theatrical expression of it. Students at KMAB begin learning the very basic fundamentals of these styles beginning at Ballet Prep.

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Ballet 1 - 3 (Beginning Level) 8 years old and up. (1)

In the First year, elementary exercises are practiced to develop habits of movement and co-ordination. At first, exercises are learned facing the barre, then with one hand on the barre. For the more correct adaptation of turnout, the series of exercises are learned first to the side, then to the front and finally to the back.

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Ballet 1 - 3 (Beginning Level) 8 years old and up. (2)

In the Second year exercises that have already been learned are repeated in greater quantity and at a faster tempo. The emphasis here is on strength through the use of demi-pointe as well as exercises on the whole foot.

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Ballet 1 - 3 (Beginning Level) 8 years old and up. (3)

The Third year begins the study of center exercises on demi-pointe and movements en tournant (turning). There is also some acceleration of tempo. Here also begins the study of pirouettes and beats.