Curriculum & Class Schedule
"Covenant manages to provide a very high level, quality education in a very nurturing and positive environment." -- Academy Parent
Safety is our top priority. Our dedicated use of the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum is your assurance of safety and dependability.
The AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum is a breakthrough 8 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.
End of year ballet exams are required of all student program ballet students in order to determine progress and advancement. The exams help students understand the significance of the classroom work for their development as dancers. Also better objectivity and feedback is achieved when several faculty members, some who may have never met the students, administer the exams and determine advancement.
Students who are 8 years and older, who have had previous experience, and who are interested in enrolling, must make a placement audition appointment to determine level. Call 718-891-6199.
MODERN - CONTEMPORARY - MODERN JAZZ CURRICULUM
The Academy also provides classes in modern, contemporary and modern jazz dance to broaden each student's movement range.
Early Steps Classes
CREATIVE MOVEMENT (3 & 4 years)
A fun, loosely structured 45 minute class introducing simple exercises and creative games to build coordination, stretch, musicality and strength.
PRIMARY 1 (5 years)
Continued development of coordination, stretch, musicality and strength through creative and imaginative games.
PRIMARY 2 (6 years)
Building more structure with greater demand for focus. Continued development of coordination, stretch, musicality and strength.
PRIMARY 3 (7 years)
A 60 minute class, preparing students for the beginner ballet curriculum, thus increasing more structure and demanding more stamina and focus.
Student Program Ballet Classes
GARNET 1 & 2 (8 years and up)
2 classes per week
Teaching and building on the fundamentals of the ballet technique (as per the ABT® National Curriculum).
SAPPHIRE 1 & 2 (9 years and up)
3 classes per week
Solidifying the fundamentals with increased ballet vocabulary. Girls evaluated and prepared for pointe shoes.
AMETHYST 1 & 2 (10 years and up)
3 classes per week
Moving beyond the fundamentals. Pointe work for approved girls.
EMERALD (12 years and up)
4 classes per week
Elementary ballet with greater emphasis on artistry and epaulement. Pointe work.
LAPIS (13 years and up)
5 classes per week
Intermediate ballet vocabulary. Pointe and Variations work.
ONYX (14 years and up)
5 classes per week
Advanced ballet vocabulary. Pointe and Variations work.
Student Program Modern Classes
MODERN 1/2 (8 years and up)
A dance class introducing the structures and shapes found within Lester Horton technique. The students will learn how to achieve these shapes in predictable sequence, and have time to explore dynamic movement and rhythm through creative and varied choreography.
MODERN 3/4 (pre-requisite Level 1)
Building and expanding on the structures established in Modern 1 while challenging students with increased athleticism and longer phrases of varied choreography.
BOYS CONTEMPORARY 1/2 (8 years and up)
This class for Boys Project students offers a creative and enjoyable class that teaches the fundamentals of contemporary dance technique.
CONTEMPORARY 3/4 (pre-requisite Level 1/2)
Based on the Release technique and the Limon technique, this class challenges students to take their previous knowledge of technique and develop a sense of artistry through movement. The class explore approaches to choreography and improvisation.
MODERN JAZZ 2/3 (8 years and up)
Jazz dance is a hybrid of tap, latin, Afro-Carribean movement and more. This class blends this american genre with some ballet and modern dance technique. Students are introduced to the syncopated movement and rhythms of jazz along with the broad athleticism of modern dance helping them gain strength, speed, coordination, musicality and creativity.