School year Programs – Fall/Spring
Early Childhood Dance Program (ECD)
This program is designed to provide children between three and six years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement. Classes are grouped into levels by age, developmental skills and dance class experience. All ECD teachers are adults with children of their own and have had extensive dance training as well as instruction in the ECD syllabus, under the guidance of Academy director, Kathleen Sinclair.
The heart of the Academy is the Ballet Program. Students are divided into six levels, starting at age seven. Each successive year, the number of technique classes increases as the skill and ability of the student progresses. Pointe work begins upon individual student readiness, no earlier than Level 3.
For upper level students, two tracks are available – Academy and Ballet Yuma. Academy levels meet three times a week for ballet technique, pointe and contemporary dance. The Ballet Yuma level is an intensive program for the serious young dancer, age twelve and up. Study is required five or six days a week and stage training and performing opportunities are provided by Ballet Yuma.
Four progressive levels teach dance vocabulary in a less structured environment than a classical ballet class. Improvisation and individual creativity are also explored. Enrollment in ballet classes is encouraged but not required. Students must be in at least fourth grade to enroll.
Contemporary Dance Program