Any dancer age 12+ to adult who would like to attend, may drop-in to any of our open ballet classes San Jose. Cost: $17 to drop in, or $160 for a class card of ten.
Open Ballet Classes Descriptions
Open Class Floor Barre/Pilates Beginning Ballet (1.5 hours)
No prior dance training is required. This is a class that thoroughly introduces proper alignment, use of turn out, positions of the arms, legs, and head, basic movements and sequences of ballet from the barre to center work. Students are also taught how to safely and properly stretch as well as use some floor barre and Pilates exercises to improve their strength, flexibility, and dancing. More advanced dancers are welcome to join us to further clean their ballet technique, or to get back into shape after a break, or to take the class on pointe shoes.
Open Class Intermediate Ballet (1.5 hours)
Ongoing training for students with previous ballet experience. This class continues to emphasize proper alignment, use of turn out, and correct and safe ballet technique in a progression toward advanced ballet. Use of “epaulement” (the head and arms working together), musicality, and artistry are encouraged in all dancers along with progressing barre and center work. Semi-professional and professional dancers sometimes grace our class and are welcome.
Open Class Repertory (1.0 hour)
Students have a choice of taking this class on pointe or not. Exercises to strengthen the foot and improve the aesthetic line of the foot for ballet will be given via Pilates theraband and floor barre exercises, as well as work at the ballet barre and center. Students will also have an opportunity to learn solo variations and corps de ballet (group work) from classical ballets and learn original choreography from the Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans. It is advised that students take at least 2 weekly ballet classes from an instructor in addition to this class.
“Friends and Family Showings” of material learned in this class will occur in Winter, Spring and after the Open Class Summer Intensive each year to show progress of the ballet technique work and learned choreography. Past showings have included excerpts from La Bayadere “Kingdom of the Shades”, “Paquita”, “Flower Festival”, “The Nutcracker”, “Pas de Quatre” and Linda Hurkmans’s original choreography, “Arise”, “Chopin’s Etudes” and “Rachmaninoff’s Taunt”.
Students who attend on a regular basis will have the opportunity to invite their friends and family to this informal, in-studio showing. It is completely the student’s choice if s/he would like to perform in the in-studio showings at San Jose Dance Theatre.
Open Ballet Class Schedule (Drop in for age 12+ to adult):
*Please note that Linda’s Open Class is not currently being held, but will resume at the start of the Fall Session. The SJDT Open Class on Thursday night and Saturday will continue through the summer.
Tues. 10:15-11:45am, Linda Hurkmans’ Open Class – Ballet
Tues. 11:50am-12:50pm, Linda Hurkmans’ Open Class – Pilates & Repertory
Thurs. 10:15-11:45am, Linda Hurkmans’ Open Class – Ballet
Thurs. 5:45-7:15pm, SJDT Open Class – Ballet
Fri. 10:15-11:45am, Linda Hurkmans’ Open Class – Ballet
Fri. 11:45am-1:15pm, Linda Hurkmans’ Open Class – Pilates and Beginning Ballet
Sat. 10:45am-12:15pm, SJDT Open Class – Ballet