Contemporary and Conditioning

The Toledo Ballet offers much more than just classical ballet classes!

 

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Jazz & Lyrical Jazz

Jazz is a rhythmic, percussive dance form and lyrical jazz incorporates elements of ballet and modern dance to create a smooth, lengthened look and lyrical quality.

Student Attire

Females

Black jazz pants or shorts, leotard, dance tights, or leggings. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Males

Plain T-shirt, black jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Tap

This class will help develop rhythm, musicality, and fine motor control skills. As students progress, increasing emphasis will be placed on clarity of sounds, speed, intricacy, precision, and execution of movement.

Student Attire

Comfortable clothing and tap shoes.

Tumbling

This fun and nurturing environment will help develop fine motor skills, coordination, flexibility, confidence, and strength. Professional mats and tumbling equipment provided.

Student Attire

Leotard or tight fitted T-shirt or tank top with bare legs, shorts, or leggings.

Voice

Students learn how to sing in a group atmosphere. Emphasis is on proper technique, using vocalization to develop muscles used in singing. Songs will be learned and used in conjunction with the Musical Theatre class.

Acting

This class includes instruction in acting, dance, and voice to work on scenes from musical theater and plays. Students will learn the structure of what it takes to become successful in musical theater. Voice class is required for students who take musical theatre class. Tap is highly recommended for at least one year for musical theater students.

Musical Theater/Acting

Lead by Broadway veteran Michael Lang, our musical theater program is designed to teach the student everything he or she needs to know from audition to final curtain. Students will focus on scene work, presentation of songs, and Broadway styled dances from everyone’s favorite musicals and plays. Tap is highly recommended for at least one year for musical theater students. Leggings are required.

Introduction to Junior Contemporary Fusion

This class explores natural movement (combined with technique) while playing with space, time and dynamic. Prepares the student for Contemporary Fusion.

Student Attire

Females

Black jazz pants or shorts, leotard, dance tights or leggings. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Males

Plain T-shirt, black jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Contemporary Fusion

This class explores the freedom and joy of movement itself. Through structured improvisation, imagery, work, and the analysis of time, space and dynamic, each student will rediscover that uninhibited inner child that used to dance around the living room.  It is a perfect addition for those ballet students who are feeling rigid or stiff in their dancing. Technique will not be the main focus of this class. All Contemporary Fusion students must be enrolled in at least one Ballet class.

Student Attire

Females

Black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights or leggings. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Males

Plain T-shirt, jazz shoes, paws or bare feet. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Dance Composition/Choreography

Students will be introduced to the principles of composition in relation to time, space, and dynamics. Each student will build a solo or group piece with a focus on: 1) awakening one’s observations to creativity and inspiration; 2) how to use time, space, and dynamics to express an idea; 3) various tools to deal with choreographer’s block; 4) appropriate music selection; 5) how to create a collaborative environment.

Student Attire

Females

Black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights or leggings, jazz shoes, paws or bare feet. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Males

Plain T-shirt, jazz shoes, paws or bare feet. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Dance Lab

Dance Lab is a dance collective and performance research class founded by Michael Lang. Through multiple dance genres (jazz, modern, world dance and ballet), dancers will have the opportunity to contribute to movement composition and to creative concept generation for choreography. This class explores natural movement (combined with technique) while playing with space, time, and dynamics. Prepares the student for Contemporary Fusion. Dancers must have approval of the instructor.

Student Attire

Females

Black jazz pants or shorts, leotard, dance tights or leggings. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Males

Plain T-shirt, black jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Pilates & Wellness

Pilates puts a strong focus on learning how to exercise mindfully.  After practicing Pilates, one will become more aware of proper breathing and how to engage the intrinsic muscles along the spine before moving his or her strength toward the outer limbs and larger muscle groups.  Pilates also focuses on developing one’s full range of motion within the joints to maintain or even increase one’s flexibility.

Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness focuses on functional fitness & pain management that is uniquely designed to help every individual discover his or her ultimate physical potential while living a pain free life! Our services include Pilates, Qigong, Therapeutic Stretching, Rossiter, & more!

Whether one’s goal is to be an elite athlete, a professional dancer, or merely to stand up straight and move with more confidence, Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness can be your coach & guide!

Strengthen and Stretch

Learn how to stretch in a healthy manner to gain more flexibility, while also strengthening the joints to support the increased flexibility. This class isn't offered every semester.

TRX/Warrior Ballerina

This is a class that combines TRX & Metabolic Blast Conditioning with Self-Defense for females. Along with getting in tip top shape, students will learn self-defense techniques derived from Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Chin Na and more while developing a mindset to deal with and avoid precarious situations. Females only.

Floor Barre

For dancers, non-dancers, and beginners: Floor Barre strengthens, elongates and works turnout using ballet exercises done primarily on the floor. Floor Barre is also is used by those who have injuries or who are recovering from injury. Because the majority of these ballet-based exercises are conducted from a position on the floor, students do not need to fight gravitational pull. For ballet dancers, a Floor Barre class will enhance and strengthen turnout and body positions, providing focus on proper alignment in ways that will help to elongate the musculature and make dramatic improvement in ballet technique. Floor Barre is highly recommended for students pursuing serious ballet training. This class is not offered every semester.

Yoga

Students will learn the fundamentals of yoga. Class begins with a centering warm-up, followed by active fun poses that guide the students to find balance, strength and flexibility. Each class finishes with relaxation time to help ease tension.

Corrective exercise helps to create a balance within one’s muscular system in order to improve posture, avoid injuries and increase overall physical performance.  After a postural assessment, one will learn which muscles are weak and which ones are overly tight.  Using the technique of Pilates, Active Isolated Stretching, and Muscle Release Technique™, he or she will be given a specific program which will enhance physical performance and help avoid injuries.

Corrective Exercise sessions are appropriate for parents and siblings as well as Toledo Ballet dancers.

Sessions are privates or duets and by appointment only. This class isn't offered every semester.

 

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