Personal attention and analysis of a student’s abilities, progress and achievement are all important factors in the successful training of a dancer. Dance training develops self-esteem, listening skills, discipline, physical fitness, musicality, responsibility, respect and many more qualities, that last a lifetime.
The schedules reflect class placement to begin the year, but as a student continues he/she will be evaluated for placement in different groupings throughout the year as not all Students advance together as a class, just as in any other form of group instruction.
PHOTO, RIGHT: Student Abby Z poses en pointe at the old Battery Russell, an Army installation on the Oregon Coast during WW2. History tells us that the Japanese actually shelled it ... from a submarine!
Regular attendance insures progress. My faculty and I are very serious about our art. Our classes are planned with progressions on every level. When a student misses those introductions to a new step, or misses the “adding on” to a combination, it is detrimental to the student’s over all progress. Regular attendance is part of the discipline of dance! Dancers involved in activities that take them away from class will be placed in groupings from the time they return to class; Missed choreography cannot be repeated. The dancer will be placed according to their attendance.
Dancers selected for Little Ballet Theatre have reached a technique level necessary to perform the company repertoire. All students are encouraged to study several times a week with a focus on one category or a mix of styles.
Remember, a dancer is only as accomplished as his or her ballet discipline. It is central to the philosophy of our school to encourage each student to give forth the very best effort of which he or she is capable. The teachers are dedicated to this purpose and spend many hours outside the classroom developing lesson plans and seeking additional resources to help meet our students’ needs.
All Students will be presented on stage in costume each June at the Astoria High School in Astoria, Oregon.