Technique Ballet Classes
All Adult and Youth Classes Pre-Ballet through Levels 1-6 receive weekly classes in Ballet Technique.
Ballet technique is the foundational principles of body movement and form used in ballet. Classes in ballet technique are important because ballet puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement.
Pointe Ballet Classes
Levels 4, 5, and 6 receive weekly Pointe classes.
Pointe technique is the part of ballet technique concerned with dancing on the tips of fully extended feet with special shoes. Pointe work is undertaken when the student has learned basic technique and when her legs and feet are sufficiently developed, usually after a minimum of three years in ballet technique classes.
Repertory Ballet Classes
Levels 5 and 6 receive weekly Pointe and Repertory classes.
Students will learn and be coached in solo variations and corps de ballet (group work) from the famous classical ballets and learn original choreography from the Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans and SJDT faculty. Students will be chosen to perform these pieces of choreography in San Jose Dance Theatre performances.
Conditioning: Yoga and Pilates
All youth classes, pre-ballet through Level 6, receive Conditioning class once a week.
This class includes stretching of all muscles and core conditioning to ensure the stomach, back, and gluteal muscles are strong. It incorporates elements from yoga and pilates. Both the stretching and conditioning exercises are vital to the success of the dancer, but also helpful for sports and gymnastics, injury prevention, and stress release.
Chinese Tumbling & Stretching
Chinese Tumbling is offered during regular season to all levels of dancers.
A combination of acrobatics and floor gymnastics for dancers. Class focuses on basic tumbling inverted skills, core strength, flexibility, control and balance. Students are teached by a former professional chinese dancer. Chinese tumbling offers many advantages, including greater versatility and skill.
Pas de Deux Ballet Classes
Weekly Pas de Deux classes are offered year round to Level 6 students.
Advanced students will receive Pas de Deux classes. This is specialized training in how the male and female dancers work together in classical ballets. This training is specifically helpful for dancers who are pursuing professional careers as ballet dancers. For their safety, students must be deemed ready and invited to attend Pas de Deux classes by the Artistic Director.