Ages 18 months-12 years / Levels Baby & Me-Level 2
Orlando Ballet School’s Young Dancer Division is for students ages 18 months through 12 years old. From young toddlers to pre-teens, the goal of this division is for dancers to gradually learn the fundamental movements through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Students will obtain technique, strength, and flexibility. Students ages 7+ require a placement to determine the appropriate level.
Baby and Me
For Toddlers – Must be 18 mo. by start of first session
Classes run September 3, 2019 to May 2, 2020
Introduce them to the magic of dance while enjoying the company of other parents and babies in our studio. This 45-minute class focuses on coordination, direction, balance, dance movement, and rhythm concepts that are great for early development of kinetic skills. It will also introduce discipline while they learn to dance alongside other students. Designed for one dancer and one parent or designated guardian, this class is perfect for moms, dads and other immediate family for exercise and bonding with their little one. Limit: Two attendees per registration only.
A fun class for three-year-old children without parent participation. Since children naturally respond to music and movement, the activities are presented through music. This 45 minute class consists of movement activities meant to develop coordination, direction, balance, and rhythm through fantasy and the utilization of colorful props. It is a perfect preparation for our Primary level class as it introduces some very basic ballet vocabulary in a creative setting for your child’s imagination.
This structured program is designed for the early development of technical ballet and movement. It provides carefully paced sequence of exercises to develop physical conditioning with poise and grace. In the program, children learn self-discipline, listening skills, coordination skills, left and right discrimination and patterns in movement.
This ballet class for the young dancer focuses on coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, and basic kinetic skills, as well as creative expression through dance. The class is set to music and will introduce students to the foundational steps and vocabulary of ballet.
This ballet class introduces basic classical movements while building strength, rhythmic skills, and discipline. Ballet vocabulary and technique is taught through barre and center floor work, including movements across the floor.
Students take 3 classes, 2 days per week. These classes ensure the student’s understanding of the fundamental movement methods. Students will advance according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, and flexibility. As students’ progress, they will be presented with a more challenging ballet vocabulary and quicker pace. It is designed to elevate the dance student’s knowledge of ballet.
Students at this level take 3 classes that include two Ballet and one additional class in Character. Boys who are placed and register in this level at the South Campus have the option to register for the Boy’s Class on Tuesdays as an addition.
Students at this level take 4 classes a week: three Ballet and one additional class in Character. Boys who are placed and register in this level at the South Campus have the option to register for the Boy’s Class on Tuesdays as an addition.
The Adaptive Dance Program is a 10-week program (offered in the Fall and Spring term) at the South campus designed to encourage children with Down Syndrome ages 3-5 to express themselves creatively through music, movement and dance. Students will take a weekly ballet class and be parented with an Orlando Ballet School student from the Pre-Professional program. Students enrolled in the Spring session will perform in the “Spring into Dance” Showcase with their OBS buddy. An OBS teacher will be instructing each class with physical therapists present.
Meet the Teacher
Michelle Baxley, MA, R-DMT, a former student at Orlando Ballet, is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with a Masters of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling. Michelle specializes in working with children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays and explored the impact of FMT on children with Down Syndrome in her Master’s Thesis. Currently, Michelle is working towards her mental health counseling license and her broad certification in DMT.
Offered only at the Central campus, this unique program gives children with varying abilities, the opportunity to express themselves through the art of dance. “Come Dance With Us!” has brought together Orlando’s Ballet School’s professional dance educators, health experts and some of the brightest children and given them all the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and experience dance in a beautiful new way.