South Coast Conservatory

27652 Camino Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Call us at (949) 367 - 0099

Ballet is a beautiful and precise discipline that requires dedication and passion. It is often considered the foundation for all dancers to become well-rounded performers. Our expert instructors focus on the Vaganova method for the majority of our classes. Cecchetti and Balanchine methods are also used to give dancers a larger perspective of the ballet world. Our emphasis is on the rigorous physicality required for correct posture and alignment, leg rotation and extension, and overall control of the body. Using ballet terminology, spoken in French, students are taught coordination, rhythmic awareness, and strengthening exercises. Our dancers eventually learn pre-pointe material to prepare them to dance “en pointe” or on their toes using special ballet shoes. Pointe shoes are constructed to support the foot while dancing “en pointe”.


Vaganova Method

The Vaganova method, developed in Russia over the course of 300 years, embodies the classicism of the Russian Imperial Ballet (now known as the Kirov or Mariinsky Ballet). Its goal is the creation of classical ballet dancers who are instruments of artistic and creative perfection. Derived from earlier Italian and French forms of ballet instruction, the Vaganova (Vah-GAH-no-vah) method used by instructors of the Ballet Conservatory provides students with a structured, scientific and methodological approach to dance which takes the human anatomy into consideration. Hallmarks of the Vaganova system are the continual flow of the body with the coordination of arm and head positions. The Ballet Conservatory prides itself on providing students with the best professional ballet training available and made possible by employing a systematic and consecutive method of instruction.

SCC also expands upon this eight-levels system of training to include a specially designed Preparatory Program for students ages approximately 3-9 to fully prepare them for entrance into the levels of the Vaganova method curriculum in the Pre-Professional Division. As a professional trade school, students progress through the eight levels of Vaganova training and graduate at the age of 18, fully prepared to join professional companies or college dance programs.

Pre Academy Ballet

Kids fall in love with the strength, grace, and beauty of Ballet with a fun and imaginative connection to music.

Progression

  • Tiny Dancer (ages 2-3)
  • Combo 1, 2, 3 (ages 3-7)
  • Pre-Ballet (ages 6-7)
  • Academy Beginning - Level 4 (ages 6-14)
  • Ballet Conservatory Levels 1-8, or Commercial Conservatory, Levels 1-8 (ages 6-17)

Academy Ballet

Fall in love with the strength, process, and beauty of the Vaganova Ballet Method, the most tested and used ballet progression worldwide. Our teachers are Bolshoi Masters who present a comprehensive and fun approach to this graceful artform.

Progression

  • Academy Beginning-Level 4 (ages 6-14)
  • Pointe available at Level 4 (ages 10-14)
  • Ballet Conservatory Levels 1-8 or Commercial Conservatory, Levels 1-8 (ages 6-17)

Ballet Conservatory

An audition only program for dancers seeking a high level of ballet taught by Bolshoi Masters who present a comprehensive and fun approach to this graceful artform. Using the Vaganova method, derived from other methods such as Cecchetti, students progress through 8 levels of training. The Ballet Conservatory’s goal is the creation of classical ballet dancers who are instruments of artistic and creative perfection.

Progression

  • Pre level through Level 8 (ages 6-17)
  • Pre-Professional (ages 14+)
  • Company (ages 14+)

Attire

Pre-Academy

Colored leotard with skirt, convertible tights, and pink ballet shoes

Academy

Class Colored leotard with convertible tights, and pink ballet shoes

Ballet Conservatory

Class Leotard (assigned color), Classical Pink Transition Tights, Split-sole Pink Ballet Shoes with attached ballet ribbons. Ballet Belt* (color belts will be assigned by level) Blue Theraband (for stretch & conditioning classes) Pilates Mat (for stretch & conditioning) Slicked back tight ballet bun. Hair Accessories are fine. Black Jazz Shoes (for jazz/lyrical class) Black Character Shoes (for character class) Black Character Skirt (for character class) Hair is to be worn in a neat bun for all ballet classes including Character and Modern. No jewelry is permitted in class, and nail polish is not allowed.


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