Class Descriptions

Center for Ballet Arts Class Descriptions

From Pre-Ballet to Tap, Jazz, and even aerial/circus training, Center for Ballet Arts offers a variety of dance options, classes and times to accommodate your busy schedule. Find one today and join us at the Center for Ballet Arts of Denton TX.

DRESS CODE:  Tights, Leotards, and Pirouette Shoes are available at CBA. For all your additional dance needs, please visit Costume & Dance World in the Triangle Mall located on Loop 288 in Denton.  All students and parents of CBA will receive a 10% discount at purchase!

Life Spirit Dance

Life Spirit Dance

Center for Ballet Arts is proud to offer the first and only dance class for children with Autism in Denton County.  This 45 minute class meets once a week uses the medium of dance and rhythmic music to enable children to break through their shells and connect to their surrounding world! We incorporate a guided hands-on, modeling, and cue based approach utilizing strengthening and stretching exercises, body isolations, relaxation and touch therapy techniques, repetition, individual and partnering movement combinations, and free expression while using invigorating rhythmic music. All Rights Reserved ©

Price: $40/month

Mom & Tot

Mom & Tot

Mom & Tots mommy and me classes provide just the right amount of structured activities to stimulate a toddler’s senses and teach them valuable skills – all while having fun!  Class includes music & movement, bean bags, puppets, instruments and marching parades, theme and color-related art exploration, free-playtime, and story-time. Dads are welcome too! Ages 2.5-5 years. All Rights Reserved ©

Pre-Dance Programs

Pre-Dance Programs

Pre Ballet/Tap Combo

Ages 2.5-4 years. Combo classes are designed to introduce age appropriate coursework for the young dancer’s physical, emotional, and social skills. We develop the basic elements of creative movement, tap, and ballet as well as vocabulary, and music. All Rights Reserved ©

Combo I (Ages 2.5-4)
Combo II (Ages 4-6)

DRESS CODE:

Pink convertible tights. Solid color leotard. Pink ballet shoes. Black tap shoes. Ballet skirts are allowed.  Tights and Leotards are available for purchase at CBA.

Jazz/Hip-Hop Combo

Ages 5-7 years, Our Jazz/Hip-Hop Combo classes are designed to introduce age appropriate technical skills for the young dancer. We will develop the basic elements of jazz and hip-hop movement, as well as vocabulary and its relationship to music. All Rights Reserved ©

Tumble Tots

Tumble Tots

Ages 3-5. Creative Movement & Tumbling Builds on necessary gross motor skills. We use fun, upbeat music to learn basic skills like hopping, skipping, jumping, galloping, and balance coordination. Students will engage in dramatic music movement and learn introductory ballet steps.  Students who are in this class are encouraged to enroll in the ballet/tap combo class as well to enhance the dance and learning experience. All Rights Reserved ©

DRESS CODE: Bare legs. Leotard or Unitard. No socks please. Bare feet. Unitards are available for purchase at CBA.

Pas de Deux (ballet & contemporary)

Pas de Deux (ballet & contemporary)

In partnering class students work to instill a strong sense of balance, musicality, physical timing and the unity of movement with a partner. Boys are paired with age and technically appropriate girls. The class starts with exercises exploring trust, and progresses to mastering of the basic hand positions and holds. Once strength and coordination are evident, the class moves forward and learns more advanced lifts and turns. This class is offered in classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques. *CLASS IS BY INVITATION ONLY*
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Pas De Duex:  Pink Seamed Tights. Pink Ballet Shoes.  Any Colored Leotard. No skirts in Pas de Duex.

Aerial Silks, Yoga, Fitness, & Lyra Hoop

Aerial Silks, Yoga, Fitness, & Lyra Hoop

Aerial Dance is the newest and most sought after technique featured within the theater arts.  Aerial classes are a great introduction to aerial arts and starting your own aerial practice. In beginner classes you will build upper body and core strength as well as leg and shoulder flexibility. These classes focus on the fundamental moves and the aerial vocabulary that is necessary to progress into wider aerial skill sets.These classes focus on more complex skills, fluid transitions, and short sequences. You’re going to spend more time up in the air building endurance and stamina, and well as building strength to smoothly invert in the air. All Rights Reserved ©

Ballet

Ballet

Intro to Ballet: Pink tights. Custom Pink skirted leotard. Pink ballet shoes. Leotard and tights will be purchased at enrollment.

Ballet I: Pink tights and custom Blue leotard will be purchased at enrollment. Pink ballet shoes. Skirts are allowed.

Ballet II: Pink tights and Custom Gray Leotard will be purchased at enrollment. Pink ballet shoes. Ballet skirts are allowed.

Ballet III: Pink Seamed convertible tights and custom Red Leotard will be purchased at enrollment. Pink Ballet Shoes. Ballet Skirts are allowed.

Ballet IV: Pink Seamed convertible tights and Black Leotard will be purchased at enrollment. Pink ballet shoes. Ballet skirts are allowed.

Boys: Black jazz/dance pants or black men’s tights. White t-shirt, preferably fitted. Black or white ballet shoes.

Company/Pre-Pro/Pas De Duex: Pink Seamed Tights. Pink Ballet Shoes. Any Colored Leotard. No skirts in Pas de Duex.

Tap

Tap

Tap Dance is a timeless art that combines dance and percussion. Tap Dance classes explore the two traditions of rhythm tap (hoofing) and Broadway tap. Class begins with warm up exercises in the center that increase control, coordination, and rhythm, followed by across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, shading, phrasing, and musicality, concluding with extended rhythmic phrases and improvisation exercises. The goal is to develop tap dancers that are equally strong musicians, dancers, and performers. All Rights Reserved ©
DRESS CODE:

Form fitting clothing such as jazz/yoga pants, shorts, tanks, and T-shirts. Leotards are suggested but not required. Appropriate length fitted shorts are allowed. Flat sole tap shoes. High heel tap shoes not allowed.  LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURELY TIED UP – Ponytails are allowed.  High heel tap shoes are not allowed. No Short Shorts.

Jazz

Jazz

Jazz technique focuses on energy, variety, and vitality of movement and explores contemporary and classic jazz dance, rooted in the vernacular (social dance) forms, that draws inspiration from a wide range of music. Jazz classes begin with a warm-up to develop strength, flexibility, correct alignment and coordination, followed by progressions across the floor, and culminates in extended dance combinations. The movement explores a range of styles in both lyrical and percussive disciplines with a focus on jazz elements such as isolations, swing, and rhythm. The goal is to develop dancers who are expressive, dynamic, musical and passionate. All Rights Reserved ©

DRESS CODE:

Form fitting clothing such as jazz/yoga pants, shorts, tanks, and T-shirts. Leotards are suggested but not required. Appropriate length fitted shorts are allowed. Jazz shoes only. Jazz sneakers are not allowed. LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURELY TIED UP – Ponytails are allowed.

Jazz Sneakers are not allowed. No Short Shorts.

Acro

Acro

Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience.

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop classes at CBA are known for their highly energetic, fun and friendly atmosphere. A mix of Street Dance Style foundations including Hip-Hop, House Dance and Locking with an LA choreography-style influence. The result is musically diverse choreography designed to challenge every dancer of every level, through the dynamics of movement and body control. This high energy dance class will introduce students to the latest trends in hip hop and break-dancing. Hip-hop classes utilize age appropriate movement in a variety of hip hop styles. Students will work on all fundamentals of hip hop and understanding body placement and movement patterns. All Rights Reserved ©

Our Teachers aim to bring out the best of each dancer in every class by insisting on a performance that showcases personality and individuality. This will not only help the student evolve but also equip any dancer with the tools to face the professional world.

DRESS CODE:

Students should wear comfortable fitting clothing that will allow for a good range of movement.  Loose fitting sweat pants and t shirt is recommended.  Tennis shoes and socks must be worn on at all times.

Contemporary/Modern

Contemporary/Modern

This class will provide instruction in diverse and unique movement structure that encourages individual expression and development of a solid technical base. Classes focus on alignment, kinetic awareness, placement of the body, and coordination. This class incorporates movement concepts such as over curve/under curve and contraction/release of the torso, and articulation of the spine. Modern dance vocabulary will be taught and reviewed. All Rights Reserved ©

DRESS CODE: Form fitting clothing such as jazz/yoga pants, shorts, tanks, and T-shirts. Leotards are suggested but not required. Appropriate length fitted shorts are allowed. Bare feet or pirouette shoes are allowed. No foot thongs please. Jazz Sneakers are not allowed. No Short Shorts.  LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURELY TIED UP – Ponytails are allowed.

Broadway

Broadway

Broadway Dance class will focus on scenes, songs, and choreography from musicals old and new.  Topics learned will include: bringing characterization to a song and choreography, defining a character, and mastering the various musical theatre techniques and styles. All Rights Reserved ©

DRESS CODE: Form fitting clothing such as jazz/yoga pants, shorts, tanks, and T-shirts. Leotards are suggested but not required. Appropriate length fitted shorts are allowed. Jazz shoes only. Jazz sneakers not allowed.  LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURELY TIED UP – Ponytails are allowed.  Jazz Sneakers are not allowed. No Short Shorts.

Dance Conditioning

Dance Conditioning

Dance conditioning is a practice that focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching different parts of the body.  Within the different genres of dance, students use a plethora of body parts and muscles.  The goal of dance conditioning is to provide a regimen of exercises for the development of a dancers physical endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Our dance conditioning classes include a variety of exercises and techniques.  Students will work at the barres, on floor mats, across the floor, and more.  The teacher typically focuses on isolated body parts to work out for an allotted period of time within each class.  While the classes are work-intensive and require a great deal of perseverance, our dancers appreciate the chance to rigorously work out their muscles and thus improve their overall ability. All Rights Reserved ©

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