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Curriculum

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COVENANT BALLET is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

BALLET LEVELS

Tiny Toes: Playful and creative movement-based class for toddlers. Nurtures gross motor, emotional and social development through movement concepts, circle dances, free exploration, songs and rhymes, and sensory activities. 
Intellidance® Dance and Movement Class 

Creative Movement: Classes introduce ballet technique through fun, age-appropriate and simple exercises, imagery, and creative games that develop focus, coordination, stretch, musicality and strength.
Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Pre-Primary Level.

Primary 1/2/3: As above, developing basic positions, traveling movements, simple positions, basic ballet vocabulary, posture, turnout, flexibility, musical dynamics, focus and spatial awareness according to age and stage of development. 
Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Primary A/B/C Levels.

Garnet 1 & 2: Fundamentals of the ballet technique, including posture, placement, turnout, footwork, extensions, preparation for turns, travelling movements, and jumps.
Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Levels 1A and 1B. 

Sapphire 1 & 2: Building on the fundamentals of ballet technique listed above, with added positions, coordination, musicality, epaulement, and more complex movements. Beginner pointe and pre-pointe for girls, if approved (minimum age 11).
Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Levels 2A and 2B. 

Amethyst 1 & 2: Continue to establish simple and complex positions, movements, and artistry for the advanced beginner ballet student; elementary pointe for approved girls.
Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Levels 3A and 3B. 

Emerald: Pre-professional intermediate ballet technique, men's work, pointe, variations, partnering. Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Levels 4A and 4B. 

Lapis/Onyx/Diamond: Advanced pre-professional ballet, pointe, variations and partnering. Based on American Ballet Theatre Curriculum Levels 5A/5B and 6. 

MODERN LEVELS

Modern 1: Introduces basic concepts of modern dance movement, positions, conditioning, group work, fine and gross motor skills, musicality and performance quality.

Modern 2: As above, with increased difficulty of positions and movements in beginner Horton and Graham technique, infused with basic modern and jazz dance concepts.

Modern 3: Building on the Horton and Graham modern dance styles, conditioning, coordination, and developing mastery of more complex movement patterns.

Contemporary 1/2 (Summer Intensive only): Introduction of beginner Release Technique.

Contemporary 3 (Summer Intensive only): Building on the Release Technique.

Composition (Summer Intensive only): Contemporary dance style along with composition work and dance making skills.

Modern/Jazz 1/2/3: A blend of modern and jazz dance for the beginner, intermediate or advanced pre-professional student. 
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