Ballet is fundamental to the study and understanding of other dance forms. A student must take Ballet in order to understand jazz, lyrical, modern and tap, as many of the movements found within other dance forms are rooted in the movements, terminology and techniques introduced through Ballet training. In addition, Ballet conditioning informs the dancer's body regarding proper alignment, strength, flexibility, control, turn-out, footwork, arm use and the brain and muscle memory necessary for most other dance forms. Therefore, we require Dance Performance Track students to attend regular Ballet classes if they wish to be eligible to study additional dance styles.
NDC offers Ballet classes rooted primarily in the Cecchetti Method, created by Italian dancer and master instructor Enrico Cecchetti near the beginning of the 1900s. The Cecchetti Method focuses on the correct alignment and use of the anatomy to maximize a dancer's safety and athletic longevity. The technique also stresses quality over quantity and the proper execution of technique over "flash" while dancing. The Cecchetti Method is one of a handful of top techniques known to the Ballet world and is of optimal use for dancers who have goals in all styles of dance. NDC also integrates the terminology and stylings of other Ballet techniques, (such as Vaganova and RAD), from time to time, in an effort to provide students with a well-rounded education.
Many elements of a dancer's training and progress must be evaluated to determine their eligibility for pointe work. Therefore, a dancer will only be admitted to pointe class according to the discretion and permission of their Ballet instructor(s). Some of the factors involved in pointe work readiness assessment include, but are not limited to:
Alignment of the heel and ankle in relationship to the leg while on demi pointe
Height of demi pointe
Number of years of training/level of training
Number of Ballet classes each week*
Rotation and ability to hold rotation
Strength and alignment of core
Stability of knees
Flexibility of arch
*A student must attend Ballet classes at least 2-3 times per week, on a regular basis, to be considered for pointe training.
Northridge Dance Center, 2360 Montebello Square Dr. Ste D, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719-632-7665