|| Class Placement
(Graded from elementary to intermediate to advanced) Children are placed in
classes according to their prior experience, their aptitude for dance and their
age. Usually we put no more than two years together in a class, i.e. 5 and 6 year
olds. Children will be placed after an audition or a discussion between Roberta
and the parents. The first 4 weeks after registration is a trial period. Children
are welcome to try several different classes until the perfect placement is achieved.
Our staff carefully watches your child’s progress and occasionally is moved up or
promoted during the year. For the best progress in dance training we strongly recommend
taking two classes a week; two classes or more are required on the higher levels.
Over the last 28 years, Roberta Senn, School and Company director, has developed
curriculum based on sound anatomic principles of correct body placement. Today’s
professional dancer is the result of schools, and Great Neck School of Dance has
developed a syllabus which combines the Imperial Russian, Italian Cecchetti, and
the Paris Opera Method. In July 1997, Roberta completed a course of study with the
directors of the Paris Opera Ballet School , Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine. Henceforth,
there will be a strong emphasis on the Paris Opera Method of training. Children
begin Classical Ballet at age 6 and progress through the various levels until they
are advanced or professional. The aesthetic lines and techniques of classical ballet
are taught in a positive and enjoyable environment while encouraging each student
to achieve his personal best. We strongly recommend that children take more than
one class a week if they wish to advance in ballet and perform on pointe.
(Combo) (4 – 5 year olds) A fun filled introduction to two forms of dance; a half
hour of each gives children a taste of both and rudimentary training in each.
Students of The Great Neck School of
Kids' Ballet 'n' Jazz
(Age 2 – 5 years) It’s beneficial and important for children to study dance because
it has been proven that there is a direct link between basic motor skills and cognitive
development. Locomotor patterns like rolling, crawling, walking, skipping, leaping,
etc. are prerequisites for proper language development. Kids' Ballet 'n' Jazz hones
these skills and ensures this necessary coordination all while using delightful
movement games, imaginative play (i.e. acting out Cinderella) and basic movements
from ballet and jazz. Children who dance at a young age will avoid most physical
and developmental problems and remain flexible and coordinated in the coming years.
Hip Hop Jazz
The latest moves as seen on MTV. Jazz warm-ups, isolations, across the floor movements,
stretches plus a dance combination-all of the above add up to hip hop jazz. All
current dance styles are being taught, including street jazz, funk, popping, locking,
b-boying and latin.