skip to Main Content

Class Descriptions

Eugene Ballet Academy strives to cater to new and current students with a variety of classes for all levels of experience. The following is a list of current Academy classes and descriptions.

Creative Movement
This class exposes the young child to the art of creative dance in a nurturing and inspiring environment. Spatial awareness, movement comfort, basic rhythm, coordination and locomotor skills are developed.

Talls and Smalls
This class includes a parent, guardian or loved one as the joy of dance is introduced to young dancers. The knowledgeable instructor will guide dancers with through exercises that will develop spatial awareness, movement comfort, basic rhythm, coordination, and locomotor skills. The extra benefit of this class is that parents get to take an active role in encouraging the dancer as they try new things and use their imagination!

Pre-Ballet
Instilling a love and an appreciation for the art of dance, this class lays the foundation for the development of the future ballerina and danseur. Basic ballet vocabulary is introduced and strength, flexibility and musicality as it relates to classical ballet technique are developed.

Ballet—Levels 1-3
Traditional classical ballet, with influences of English and Russian methods, is taught. The training follows a sound curriculum that guides the dancer through a methodical process of technical advancement. The student develops strength, flexibility and movement quality with attention to correct body placement, and the development of line and grace as demanded by the classical discipline.

Ballet—Levels 4-6
Pointe work is added to the curriculum and emphasis is placed on the development of strength, speed and proficiency of battierie, pirouettes, ballone and preparation on a professional level.

Ballet Foundations Classes
*No experience necessary​* These classes are geared towards dancers between the ages of 8-14, wanting to take the leap into becoming a dancer. With no experience necessary, we take the time to teach your dancer the basics positions, vocabulary, and positions of ballet.
Tours and Turns
This advanced level class will explore classical ballet variations that have been historically performed by male ballet dancers. These classical variations include technical skills such as tour en l’aire, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro, and more. In addition to learned repertoire and technique, dancers will also perform supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. This class is open to all genders and dancers who wish to broaden their classical ballet technique. Placement required.
 
Pointe/Variations
This class will explore classical ballet variations that have been historically performed by female ballet dancers. These classical variations are traditionally performed en pointe by an advanced level dancer. This class is open to all genders and dancers who wish to broaden their classical ballet technique. Placement required.
Technique Explorations
Technique Explorations is designed for the upper- level dancer who already has a sound foundation of classical and modern technique. The class will offer specific technical training with an in-depth exploration of the methods and techniques found in different styles of classical and contemporary dance. The class is designed to enhance versatility and development of the total dancer and will support and increased understanding and use of foundational technique.  Curriculum will include a wide variety of training experiences with variable faculty and focus.

Partnering *on hiatus*
Partnering class is designed to help dancers learn the art and skill of partnering. Co-taught by a female/male professional pair, this class teaches essential partnering techniques and skills for both male and female dancers. This class is uniquely structured, as it incorporates one-on-one instruction from experienced professional male dancers from Eugene Ballet Company. Within each session, students will also learn a variety of partnering repertoire to support the development of dance vocabulary and repertory.

Modern
Modern technique classes focus on developing fundamentals, including asymmetry of the body, moving off-center, working with internal rotation, movement of the spine in all planes, yielding to gravity, floor work and inversions.

Contemporary Dance
Contemporary dance is a mix of classical ballet, modern, and jazz dance. This class is designed for the younger student interested in expanding their versatility and experience in the contemporary dance style. The class incorporates the concepts and esthetic lines of classical ballet, the contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance and the varying musical rhythms and styles of jazz.

Contemporary/Hip Hop 
This class is great for your dancer age 8+ interested in exploring multiple forms of dance, on a tight schedule. This hour-long class will go through the articulate movements of contemporary dance, as well as exploring the energetic body exploration of hip hop dance. No suggestive movements or lyrics are used.
Technique Explorations
Technique Explorations is designed for the upper- level dancer who already has a sound foundation of classical and modern technique. The class will offer specific technical training with an in-depth exploration of the methods and techniques found in different styles of classical and contemporary dance. The class is designed to enhance versatility and development of the total dancer and will support and increased understanding and use of foundational technique.  Curriculum will include a wide variety of training experiences with variable faculty and focus.

Jazz/Tap Combination Classes
Jazz/Tap Combination classes are designed to stimulate the young child’s interest in dance by offering a diversified experience. Students are exposed to the styles of jazz and tap and are taught basic technique and choreography in both disciplines. This class develops a wide range of skills including rhythm, coordination, movement comfort, spatial awareness and flexibility.

Jazzy Jets
A beginning level class designed to teach students ages 5-7 basic jazz skills. Fundamental jazz techniques, terminology, combinations and choreography are taught in a fun and stimulating environment. This class supports the student’s development of rhythm, musicality and coordination.

Jazz—Levels 1–5
Upper division jazz classes follow a specific curriculum designed to achieve mastery of complex rhythms and patterns and support the development of a well- rounded dancer. Students are exposed to various styles of jazz from traditional to contemporary. Class curriculum is based on a foundation of ballet technique and incorporates traditional jazz movement. Class follows a structured format, including warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and combinations. As student’s progress through each level, the curriculum becomes increasingly complex and intricate.

Lyrical Jazz
Lyrical Jazz is designed for intermediate to advanced students with previous training in ballet and jazz. Combining dance techniques from ballet and modern, this class provides students with an exploration in partnering, weight sharing, floor work and basic tumbling exercises. This style of jazz dance utilizes the lyrical structure of the music to create interpretive dance with movement that can be fluid or abstract.

Syncopated Shuffles
Syncopated Shuffles focuses on the development of a strong technical foundation to support more intricate rhythms and footwork. Students in upper division classes work on improving speed, clarity, dynamics and the ability to execute increasingly complex rhythmic combinations. Students utilize fundamental technique to increase vocabulary, new steps, rhythms, patterns and combinations.

Hip Hop 6.1/6.2
Hip Hop 6.1/6.2 is a high-energy upbeat class that teaches our Level 6 academy students advanced hip hop skills and choreography. Hip hop dance combines jazz technique and street dance movements which support the development of overall body strength, flexibility, and coordination. In this fast-paced and fun class students also have opportunities to explore spontaneous self-expression through movement. No suggestive movements or lyrics are used.
Contemporary/Hip Hop 
This class is great for your dancer age 8+ interested in exploring multiple forms of dance, on a tight schedule. This hour-long class will go through the articulate movements of contemporary dance, as well as exploring the energetic body exploration of hip hop dance. No suggestive movements or lyrics are used.
Stretch Flex
Stretch Flex is designed to supplement your dancer’s training, by strengthening, stretching, and toning your dancer. Deep conditioning is gained by using core abdominal, spinal, hip, and thigh muscle groups. The sequence of exercises lengthens, strengthens, and corrects muscular and skeletal imbalances.
Tumbling 1
Tumbling 1 helps students progress through a variety of beginner tumbling skills and basic form and technique. This class supports the development of physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, grace, balance, and control. Designed specifically for dancers, the Tumbling learned in this class can be applied to other dance classes.
Tumbling 2
Tumbling 2 progresses students through a variety of tumbling skills and advancement in form and technique, specifically with leaps and turns. This class supports the development of physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, grace, balance, and control. Designed specifically for dancers, the Tumbling learned in this class can be applied to other dance classes.
Back To Top