Education

Class Descriptions
  • Early-Childhood

  • Early Childhood Development

    Tiny Toes (2-3)
    Imaginations soar in this class for the littlest dancers. Through the exploration of basic movements (hop, spin, roll, walk, run), creative games and familiar silly songs toddlers are introduced to class etiquette, rhythm and timing, and dance vocabulary.

    Crazy Legs (3-4)
    As your child continues to develop, this class will introduce basic ballet skills, confidence and musical appreciation. Whether jumping like frogs, exploring under the sea or creating an imaginary forest all dancers will learn elementary dance technique and teamwork while engaging ever expanding imaginations.

    Dance Tales (4-5)
    Dance Tales uses age appropriate literature as the springboard to investigate concepts such as over/under and around/through/between. Young dancers learn self-discipline, sharing and working together along with basic ballet vocabulary.

    Ballet/Tap (5-6)
    Students investigate elementary rhythms and ballet skills through imagination activities, movement and singing. Dancers enjoy learning ballet and tap terminology while engaged in fun games which act as a bridge to technical dance concepts.

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  • MINIMUM AGE 6

    Begin to lay the groundwork for experiencing and harnessing the body’s momentum in space.  In Basic Ballet students learn the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all the steps in ballet. These students also move into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre. 

     

    • Basic Ballet:  InBasic Ballet students learn the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all the steps in ballet. These students also move into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre. Register Now

    • BASIC JAZZ – is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. Students will start with age appropriate skills and other technical aspects, paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, memorization, and terminology. Register Now
    • BASIC CONTEMPORARY – Explores freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. This class allows students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register Now
    • BASIC TAP – Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the dancer’s shoes. Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Register Now
    • BASIC HIP HOP – This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music.  Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory.  This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move and are not excited about the traditional ballet and tap classes Register Now
  • Minimum-Age-6

  • Minimum-Age-7

  • Minimum Age 7

    • Ballet 1 – The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, French terminology, anatomy and physiology. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and to elementary momentum and change of direction through space during center work. Single pirouettes and grande allegro are introduced. Register Now
    • Basic Jazz – is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. Students will start with age appropriate skills and other technical aspects, paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, memorization, and terminology Register Now
    • Basic Contemporary – Explores freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. This class allows students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register Now
    • Basic Tap- Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the dancer’s shoes. Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Register Now
    • Hip Hop – This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music.  Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory.  This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move and are not excited about the traditional ballet and tap classes Register Now
  • Minimum Age 9

    • Ballet II – These students have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Attention to body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. Dancers will be secure in quicker changes in direction through space. This class will include a complex use of arm positions, changes of body direction and increased movement vocabulary. (Twice a week, choose any two) Register now
    • Basic Jazz – is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. Students will start with age appropriate skills and other technical aspects, paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Register now
    • Junior Broadway Jazz – Classical based jazz incorporating performance styles and techniques from the Broadway/musical theater genre. Register now
    • Basic Contemporary – Explores freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. This class allows students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register now
    • Junior Contemporary – Intended for students who have already mastered Basic Contemporary, this class continues to build students’ individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register now
    • Basic Tap – Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the dancer’s shoes. Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Register now
    • Junior Tap – This class continues the development of tap technique & terminology. Students will further develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed, and developing style. Intermediate level tappers should expect to learn double and triple time steps, 3 & 5 beat riffs, pull-backs, pick-ups, more advanced turns, as well as more intricate rhythms. Class begins at the “tap barre” and progresses to center floor combinations and repetitive exercises, instilling a strong skillset for the intermediate tapper. Register now
    • Hip Hop – This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music.  Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory.  This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move and are not excited about the traditional ballet and tap classes Register now
    • Junior Urban Dance – For more experienced Hip Hop dancers. Moves are jazz based with a mixture of pop and lock techniques and street funk. Register now
  • Minimum-Age-9

  • Minimum-Age-11

  • Minimum Age 11

    • Ballet III – In this class attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing longer movement sequences, complex arm patterns and long secure balances. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work. Students begin to focus on repetition and retention.  This class meets three days a week, and one MUST be Saturday. Register now
    • Pre-Pointe w./ Ballet III – The focus of this class is on lower leg flexibility and strength to make sure the introduction of pointe is done in a safe and knowledgeable manner. Students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Single pirouettes and grande allegro are introduced.  Students may register for this class when invited by the CBC Director. Register now
    • Basic Jazz – is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. Students will start with age appropriate skills and other technical aspects, paired with music that is popular and upbeat.  Register Now
    • Junior Broadway Jazz – Classical based jazz incorporating performance styles and techniques from the Broadway/musical theater genre.  Register now
    • Basic Contemporary – – Explores freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. This class allows students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register now
    • Junior Contemporary – Intended for students who have already mastered Basic Contemporary, this class continues to build students’ individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register now
    • Basic Tap – Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the dancer’s shoes.  Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Register now
    • Junior Tap – This class continues the development of tap technique & terminology. Students will further develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed, and developing style. Register now
    • Hip Hop – This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music.  Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory.  This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move and are not excited about the traditional ballet and tap classes. Register now
    • Junior Urban Dance – For more experienced Hip Hop dancers.  Moves are jazz based with a mixture of pop and lock techniques and street funk. Register now
  • Minimum Age 13

    • Ballet IV/V –  Multiple pirouettes in various positions and intricate petit allegro are introduced emphasis is now placed on sensitive musicality and artistic interpretation of movement.This class meets three days a week.  Register now
    • Pointe w/ Ballet IV/V – This is an introduction to classical ballet repertoire for solo ballet performers, emphasizing strength, stamina, artistry and performance.. Dancers must take 3 ballet technique classes per week in addition to Pointe. Register now
    • Senior Broadway Jazz – Advanced classical based jazz incorporating performance styles and techniques from the Broadway/musical theater genre. Register now
    • Senior Contemporary – Intended for students who have already mastered Junior Contemporary, this class continues to build students’ individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. Register now
    • Senior Tap – This class continues to develop tap technique and vocabulary. Intermediate level tappers should expect to learn double and triple time steps, 3 & 5 beat riffs, pull-backs, pick-ups, more advanced turns, as well as more intricate rhythms. Class begins at the “tap barre” and progresses to center floor combinations and repetitive exercises, instilling a strong skillset for the intermediate tapper. Register now
    • Senior Urban Dance – for Intermediate Hip Hop dancers. Moves are jazz based with a mixture of pop and lock techniques and street funk. Register now
  • Minimum-Age-13

  • Open Classes

    Open-Classes

    • Yoga

    Yoga focuses on teaching basic postures, healthy alignment of the spine, as well as strengthening the musculature that supports the body. If you have been wanting to begin a yoga practice to reap all of the health benefits that yoga has to offer…now is the time! The class will be built around the experience levels of the students in the class. Register now

    • Adult ballet – intermediate

    This class welcomes student’s teen/adult with at least 3 years of committed ballet training. Students attending this class are expected to be competent in barre and center vocabulary as well as petite allegro, batterie, pirouettes, and grand allegro. Like all of our open classes, this class is tailored t to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. Register now

    • Adult ballet – Beginning

    This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training as well as dancers who need time to revive their practice. The class will introduce students to basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Like all of our open classes, this class is tailored to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. Register now

    • Adult broadway jazz

    Classical based jazz incorporating performance styles and techniques from the Broadway/musical theater genre. Register now

  • Educational Philosophy

    Educational-Philosophy

    • early childhood development; primary; intermediate; open/adult

    Chicago Ballet Center founder and director Paul Abrahamson was the first dancer in the US to go through the Cuban teacher/training method in La Havana.  The Cuban methodology was developed by Cuban prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso and her husband Fernando , however it was their daughter Laura Alonso who brought the technique to international attention, when she brought the first wave of Cuban dancers to international competitions.

    The innovative Cuban approach is really about having a sports approach to physical education, although there is a lot of artisitic training. The Cuban method is focused on strengthening creative minds through body awareness as the foundation of technique.  

    This approach is particularly beneficial for young children beginning ballet because it uses age-appropriate exercises that have a limited vocabulary and are implemented in as wide a variety of manners to increase the speed of physical development The youngest children at Chicago Ballet Center learn to use their entire body in movement right from the beginning, making as many brain/body connections as possible so that by the time they are 8-11 they can handle multiple and complex muscle control and coordination. This advanced coordination then leads to an educated body being able to dance more fully as an artist at a younger age.

    Older children and adults also benefit from this approach, using their bodies in a full athletic scope for artistic purposes.