Pre-Professional Division (Ages 10 & up)
The Pre-Professional program is for serious dancers (young and old) who are training to pursue careers in dance. These students commit to attending two classes (Ballet and Riddick Technique) at a minimum of four days a week and attending dance workshops to maintain the technique at high levels. Dancers in this program are required to participate in community outreach activities as a part of their training. These dancers are training to be professionals in the field of dance. Pre-professional students are required to perform twelve hours of dance training a week. Students will have diverse educational and performance opportunities through on-site and in community outreach events, and will also gain valuable experience working backstage.
Pre-Professional Track Program
Preparatory Dance Fine Arts Program
This program is for students who would like to pursue dance as a professional career. BFACSD will assist the student in pursuing dance professionally by: coaching, providing audition support, assessment of skills and enhancement of placement and technique. BFACASD partnered with The Homeschool Academic Counselor which will additionally provide the following services: SAT, ACT prep, resume creation, portfolio support and more to aid students on the college track. Prep students must audition to join the B4AYDE.
Preparatory Program for Dual /Non-Majors
This program is focused towards students who may not pursue a major in Fine Arts, but are college-bound. For those students who would like to highlight their dance experience as a part of a wider application to higher education, BFACASD offers this Preparatory Program. BFACASD has partnered with The Homeschool Academic Counselor which will provide the following services: SAT, ACT prep, resume creation, summer program research, portfolio support, and more to aid students on the college track. Prep students must audition to join the B4AYDE.
Dance Class Schedule
Description of Dance Classes
Ballet I (ages 9-above)
The goal of this class is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. The student will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations, along with an emphasis on proper body alignment. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French and Vagonova methods of ballet. As a student progresses through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. This class is designed to improve a dancer’s range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength.
Ballet II (ages 10 and above)
This class is designed for students who have demonstrated a full understanding of Ballet I. The positions of the arms, directions of the body and increased ballet vocabulary are the focus for Ballet II. The students will develop a strong understanding of movement and alignment, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), body, head and arm movements coordination and synchronization (port de bras). The focus will be on intermediate ballet technique and will include combinations at the barre using reléve and balances on one leg. Simple jumps are embellished with beats(batterie). This class is also designed to improve a dancer’s range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength. More variations of pirouettes, turns across the floor and jumps are learned, and are mastered including fouette turns as well as jumps on both or one leg.
Riddick Technique (ages 9-until)
The class integrates various traditional disciplines of modern dance and ballet foundations with current contemporary styles that enhance all styles of dance. The class is for the dancer who likes physical, complicated floor work, patterns of movement and self-expression. Elements of improvisation are also introduced. Our student will gather a strong understanding of movement and alignment, and proper use of turn out and parallel feet. There is an infusion of the Laban principle of dance. With the focus on technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, while also employing the contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. The students will be exposed to unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. We will explore non-western dance forms from Africa, Japan, China, and India.