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TINY TOT BALLET

2017-18

Our Tiny Tot Ballet program is specifically designed to provide a fun and supportive environment for developing a positive attitude toward ballet that encourages a life-long love of dance and a desire to grow into a confident and capable ballerina- and adult.

Using frequent praise, laughter, and small rewards to make class time fun and enjoyable, our Tiny Tot Ballet teachers encourage students to develop creativity, musicality, and dramatic expression. We foster an environment where students relate easily to teachers, so they are comfortable following lessons with their classmates. Tiny Tot Ballet lays the critical foundation for our youngest students to develop the confidence essential for the freedom of movement that will remain with them forever.

Tiny Tot Ballet utilizes the RAD’s Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, delightful and fun lessons designed to motivate our youngest dancers. This gentle and playful introduction to the classical ballet world includes: skipping, galloping, hopping, jumping with two feet, running, free movement, using hands to express feeling, and even twirling your skirt. These elements of coordination and strength are the early building blocks of dance training that often entices our student to fall in love with ballet and inspires them to continue developing dance skills with us for years. Many of our students remain at our studios throughout their childhoods because we provide opportunities to receive RAD instruction through high school, audition for our para-professional training company, and explore tap, jazz, character, and modern dance.  The depth and breadth of our program is unparalleled in the Santa Clarita Valley.

 

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES - PETITE BALLET

 

Each May our youngest dancers are invited to participate in a show designed to meet the needs of the pre-ballet student. This stage performance builds confidence and provides the experience for these children to later move into our Company productions at our community Performing Arts Center, once they are a little older.

  • PROGRAM GOALS

    • Building confidence while having fun in an engaging group setting

    • Developing nurturing and supportive relationships with teachers and classmates

    • Developing musicality and self-expression

    • Building strength and coordination

    • Providing age-appropriate class assignments: Creative Movement, Pre-Primary, and Primary

    • Providing a variety of age-appropriate performance opportunities

    • Providing a teaching staff of registered and certified members of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD),
       an international educational organization that establishes standards for excellence in ballet instruction.

    • Participating in RAD class presentations

  • CLASS SCHEDULE

    CREATIVE MOVEMENT

    PRE-PRIMARY

    PRIMARY

    CREATIVE MOVEMENT 3 & 4 years old

     

    Tiny Tot Ballet students aged three and four may participate in Creative Movement class. Creative Movement students enjoy weekly classes set to playful music that emphasizes rhythm, flexibility, and coordination while using props. Parents can observe classes through observation windows.

     

    PRE-PRIMARY 5 & 6 years old

     

    As our Tiny Tot Ballet students grow and learn, opportunities for further ballet exploration deepen. Children age four and five years old may participate in Pre-Primary level classes.

    PRIMARY 6 & 7 years old

     

    As our Tiny Tot Ballet students grow and learn, opportunities for further ballet exploration deepen. Children age six and seven years old may join Primary level classes where their large and fine motor skills are further developed, and opportunities for performances and dance enrichment expand.

     

    Tuesday          4:00 - 4:45  
    Thursday       10:00 - 10:45
    Saturday         9:30 - 10:15

    Monday           4:30 - 5:15     
    Thursday         3:45  -  4:30        
    Saturday        10:15 - 11:00

    Monday           3:45 - 4:45  (Studio D)
    Wednesday     4:45 - 5:45
    Friday              4:00 - 5:00
    Saturday        11:00 - 12:00

    Creative Movement  (3 - 4 ½ yrs)

    Pre-Primary  (5 - 6 yrs)

    Primary  (6 -7 yrs)

  • TUITION & POLICIES

    Monthly Rates

    Student Dress Code

    Classes per week

     

    Creative Movement &

    Pre-Primary

     

    Primary

     

     

    1

     

    $65

     

     

    $70

    2

     

    --

     

     

    $140

    10% sibling discount

     

    No refunds, extensions or transfers of classes.

    Please NO exceptions

     

    Returned checks $25

    GIRLS
    Leotards:
    CM/PP/P - Light Pink

    Pink tights and shoes. No t-shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters over leotards.
    Hair must be in a neat bun.
    Creative Movement through Primary need pink skirts purchased from the studio.

    Approved leotards are available from
    Skin-Tite or A Chorus Line. Each store has our dress code requirements on file.

    BOYS
    Black tights and shoes, white t-shirts and socks. This dress code policy is FIRM.

    No jewelry including watches, bracelets, necklaces or large earrings.

  • RAD EXAMS

    Santa Clarita Ballet Academy is a credentialed Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) school.  All teachers are advanced and certified members of RAD. As such, we adhere to the highest standards of ballet instruction and utilize techniques proven to be physically, emotionally, and socially appropriate for each class level we teach. As part of our commitment to RAD instruction, students in all levels of our Tiny Tot Ballet are encouraged to participate in annual Class Presentations held each spring. These exams are administered in a friendly group setting, where Tiny Tots students present what they have learned to a visiting examiner, accompanied by live piano, and observed by parents and teachers. Because students in our regular Academy classes participate in exams annually, we find Tiny Tots are eager to be included in this important aspect of dance instruction and are proud to demonstrate their skills during exams.

     

    To learn more about the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the importance of certified ballet instruction, click here.

     

  • FACULTY

    Pamela Sosa

    Pamela Sosa (Ballet) is an Advanced Member and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She was a member of the Kern Classical Ballet Company. While with KCBC, she performed roles including the Ballerina in The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tigerlily and the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. She also performed the lead Mirliton as a guest artist with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. She has been on the teaching staff at SCB for the past 10 years.

    Lennon Hobson (Jazz, Ballet) is a Los Angeles based dancer and choreographer well-versed in many different styles of dance. She began her training in RAD classical ballet technique, at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy where she received her Advanced 1 certification. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Theater from Loyola Marymount University in 2013. While attending Loyola Lennon choreographed numerous shows, worked closely with choreographers Rosalynde Loo, Mark Tomasik and Page Porter. Her dance credits include events with Sypher Art Studios such as the Labyrinth Masquerade and the Stanley Kubrick LACMA Exhibit, working alongside choreographers such as Nichelle Bane and Kasmira Buchanan. Her work is seen in music videos with Veva Entertainment Co. and Player Piano as well on stage performing as a guest artist with Louise Reichlin’s modern dance company, LA Dancers & Choreographers. Lennon’s choreography spans many styles and genres for a variety of audiences including commercial work, music videos, musical theater and diverse live events throughout the Los Angeles area. www.lennonhobson.com Lennon will be teaching upper Jazz as well as Creative Movement through Grade 1.

    Emily Lamont-Arellano (Ballet) trained at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy and holds her Royal academy of Dance Advanced 2 Certificate. She was a member of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company performing lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker. Emily was on the teaching staff of Santa Clarita Ballet between 2000 and 2004. We welcome her back this year and she will be teaching Creative Movement through Grade 4.

  • SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

    Summertime offers an opportunity for all Tiny Tot Ballet dancers to attend SCBA Petite Dance Camp; a week long workshop of ballet, art, friendship, new skill instruction, and a final performance for parents our students eagerly anticipate each summer.

     

    Students who have completed the Primary program are ready for a greater challenge and may participate in Junior Workshop, a two-week dance experience for students aged six to nine.

     

    For more on our summer workshop experiences, click here

     

SPRING PERFORMANCES

NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES AT SCPAC

To culminate the instructional year, Creative Movement, Pre-Primary, and younger Primary students are encouraged to participate in our Petite Ballet to show-off what they have learned. Performing in front of a supportive and enthusiastic audience of friends and family, students enjoy a recital featuring freshly imagined costumes and adorably choreographed dances set to a unique annual theme.

 

With studio approval, older Primary students may participate in our June production at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

 

When children are six-years-old and are participating in Primary classes, they are invited to appear in our annual holiday Nutcracker production at the gorgeous Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, wearing professionally designed and tailored costumes. This unique experience allows students to integrate into ballet culture under close adult supervision, gain exposure to the poise and artistic beauty of advanced and professional ballerinas, and begin gaining comfort on a real stage.

 

Once our Primary-aged Tiny Tot ballerinas participate in a full-scale production, they have acquired invaluable physical and social skills for navigating many of life’s challenges, have collected treasured childhood memories, and have laid an unshakable foundation for pursuing more rigorous ballet instruction.

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