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Delight in the brilliance as your little one explores the wonderful world of Ballet in the BE Petit Passport to Dance Program! Hang on tight, this thrilling experience will leave your child longing for their next adventure!

BE Petit is a program developed to ignite your child’s love and passion for dance! Themed, multi-sensory classroom learning will assist in the development of cognitive skills, motor skills, musicality, body awareness, and artistry. These skills aid in building confidence and increase knowledge in young students preparing them for more formal ballet training when they reach level I. BE Petit levels focus on nurturing students’ creativity and the joy of dance, guiding them to discover their true potential. Students learn in an educational and creative environment.

Ballet technique and vocabulary are introduced progressively. By the completion of Preparatory II, students have learned the basic steps and the structure of a classical ballet lesson.

Each student will receive a passport to dance and will focus on completing tasks that correspond with the curriculum of each level. Each level has its own characteristics and structure according to the student’s age.

 

 

THE CURRICULUM

Our mission is to inspire a love and appreciation of dance through our educational programs, enriching performances and challenging choreography while promoting both artistic and academic excellence.

Our curriculum was curated to help students of all levels develop a high caliber of knowledge, skill, and passion for the art of Ballet.

We take special consideration with regard to each child’s emotional development and physical maturity to provide a unique experience and solid technical foundation.

Our program is based on the progression of steps. The steps are accompanied by appropriate music to help facilitate learning and retention and are important elements for the development of proper technique. The lessons are structured according to age and class level.

Our classes focus on teaching the correct placement of the body, coordination of movement, use of space, proper movement dynamics, and musicality.

Students are taught to treat their education with integrity and responsibility. All of our students adhere to a firm classroom etiquette and work ethic to prepare them for a professional environment in the future.

As artistry and the love for ballet are important components of our program, we encourage our young dancers to express themselves through ballet stories, educational ballet games, and pantomime. We introduce the students to choreography from a young age in simple forms that become more intricate as they mature in their training.

We offer Character, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique, Stretch and Strength, and Acrobatic classes to help promote well-rounded and versatile dancers. For the intermediate and advanced levels, Ballet Repertoire, Pas de Deux lessons, Pointe and Composition work are added to their training.

 

 

Pre-Primary (Ages 3 - 4) & Primary (Ages 5 - 6)

  • Develop the ability to follow directions

  • Develop proprioception when walking

  • Transfer of weight through walking and introduce balancing on one leg

  • Direct the positioning of the feet outward for future turn out when walking

  • Develop the understanding of space

  • Develop the concept of holding and standing still

  • Develop motor skills through playful activities

  • Develop musicality through rhythmic activities and counting

  • Stimulate/develop hip flexibility for future use in turn out

  • Stimulate/develop the abdominal muscles for future stabilization of the lumbar spine and the positioning of the pelvis

  • Develop the muscles on the legs and feet in preparation for the future work on demi pointe

  • Stimulate/develop the muscles on feet and toes

  • Develop the knowledge about body parts and the ability of bending and straightening the joints

  • Introduce the work of arms, hands, and head movements

  • Develop active eyes for future focus and spot for turns

  • Develop the understanding of oppositions

  • Develop the understanding of Right and Left side

  • Establish discipline, and the student’s attitude toward the class activity

  • Introduce the understanding of colors, geometric forms (circle, triangles, lines, diagonals) to help develop spatial awareness

  • Develop good posture

  • Socialization

 

 

Preparatory (Ages 6 - 7)

  • Develop balance and control of posture in 6th and 1st positions, at the barre and center, on a flat foot

  • Balance in 6th position on demi pointe

  • Develop general spatial awareness

  • Strengthen back muscles for future arabesque

  • Strengthen abdominal muscles for the control of lower back and hips

  • Develop feet muscles for arch support

  • Activate and strengthen the flexibility of the coxo-femoral articulation to facilitate the turned out position.

  • Perfect the students’ placement and distance when standing (facing the barre)

  • Develop general flexibility, including splits

  • Rhythmic exercises, reinforcing the ability to count, hold, and listen.

  • Develop the ability to jump, balloon

  • Laterality

  • Musicality

  • Follow directions

 

 

Preparatory II (Ages 7 - 8)

  • Balance in 1st, and 2nd positions, at the barre and center on flat and on demi pointe

  • Introduce 3rd position (4th quarter)

  • Develop spatial awareness through dynamic exercises

  • Develop back muscles through exercises on the floor and facing barre (cambré), for the future use in arabesque

  • Develop abdominal muscles for better support the lumbar spine and the use of turned out legs

  • Develop feet muscles for better support the arch

  • Stretch and strengthen coxo-femoral articulation to facilitate the use of turn out

  • Hands and arm placement at the barre and in the center. • Develop active eyes and head movement for future use in turns

  • Develop general flexibility

  • Rhythmic exercises through claps, marches, and combination of steps

  • Coordination

  • Develop elevation and use of feet through jumps in 6th, 1st, and 2nd positions

  • Develop the understanding of the weight on the supporting leg

  • At this level, the students should have acquired some knowledge about their own body and how to use it in the movement

  • Students should be able to hold for longer period of time between the steps.

  • Musical tempo gets a little slower for some exercises