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La Belle Vie Dance Company

Our main priority as a dance company is to put the dancer first while maintaining a faith-based mentality in every class. This means that before their dance career, comes the mental and physical health and stability of the dancer. We believe that each student should be mentored with the idea that dance should not become their sole identity in life. As a Christian dance company, we will help mentor our students to place their identities in Christ and model what that looks like.

Beyond that, students will find a place that will challenge them appropriately to build good habits, attitudes, and technique within their ballet training. Our elite training provides functional training principles, biomechanics and ROM training, neuromuscular and structural balance, increased power and endurance, and proper facilitation of joint movement. Teachers will be there to support the dancer so that they can experience a smooth transition to a professional career, if the dancer so chooses, and maintain their bodies in order to ensure a pain and complication-free retirement or continued learning.

Our focus has and always will be injury prevention. We take these concepts very seriously with our dancers. La Belle Vie is focused on preparing each and every person who walks through our doors with the tools they need to prevent injury and illness from inhibiting their daily lives.

Each student is corrected individually in order to make sure that they grow in their own way and are placed in classes accordingly so that they are never held back or left behind.

Students will study various techniques including Finis Jhung, Balanchine, Vaganova, the Australian Ballet School, and Royal Academy of Dance.

Each year, La Belle Vie Dance Co. will be auditioning for their Holiday and Spring performances. Students of the company receive priority access to auditions, however, dancers from other studios are welcome as well. Audition dates will vary but will take place around the months of August and January. Dancers not part of the performances will be a part of an end-of-year showcase to share what they have learned.

View our dress codes here and our dance policies here.

 

"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
Philippians 4:4

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."
Matthew 5:14

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
Psalm 19:14

Classes

Ballet Class

Beginner Ballet

Ages 6-7

Students will learn all of the basic ballet terms and how to perform them correctly. We will be focusing on basic technique and center work to encourage both strength and coordination.

Students enrolled in Beginner Ballet have priority access to auditions throughout the year.

1 hour

1 class/week

Ballet School

Ballet 3

Ages 16-adult

Ballet 3 will continue to work on the student's flexibility, coordination, strength, and technique. Students taking Ballet 3 should already be taking a Pre-Pointe or Pointe class in addition to their ballet training.

 

It is required that dancers in this class take our annual Dance Health and Wellness class.

It is recommended but not required that they take 2 extra elective classes (Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and/or Conditioning/Injury Prevention).

At least 1 Variations/Repertoire class is required for dancers not participating in company rehearsal.

Students enrolled in Ballet 3 have priority access to auditions through the year. Ballet 3 students will also be assessed for principle dancers and soloists.

1 hour

2 classes/week

Ballet Shoes

Pointe

Ages 12+ (preliminary assessment required)

This class is recommended for dancers in Ballet 2 and 3, however, it is not required. It is required that dancers wishing to take pointe take 1 year of pre-pointe in preparation. The preliminary assessment (by invitation) is also required and can be scheduled with the teacher at not additional cost.

Taking everything they learned from their pre-pointe class, students will begin to learn how to properly break in their pointe shoes while encouraging excellent technique. It should be mentioned that dancers who do not choose to take pointe cannot be considered for certain principle and/or soloist positions.

45 minutes

2 classes/week

Ballet Dancers

Junior Pas de Deux

Grades 5-8

Students will learn partnering and how to perform steps in sync with each other at a junior level. This class is open to younger students as well as students who are not yet en pointe as pointe shoes are not required. Students are invited to attend this class as a precursor to our more advanced pas de deux or if they are not sure whether or not they would like to pursue a more advanced level of dance. (limit 6 couples to a class)

This class is currently not available for the 2024-25 dance season.

45 minutes

1 class/week

Teen Ballet Dancer

Dance Health & Wellness

Ages 8-adult ($10 for additional family members)

This class is required of all of our students to maintain healthy physical, mental, and emotional health outlooks throughout the dance year. As a company that focuses their efforts on maintaining the health and stability of the dancer first and foremost, we provide these health and wellness classes annually and address issues such as proper conditioning practices, flexibility "secrets", nutrition guidelines for athletes, common injuries and how to reduce the risk, common health issues and how to reduce the risk, eating disorders, body image, and much more.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend alongside their student(s) as a support. Please bring pencils/pens and paper to take notes.

View the schedule for this year's date and time.

2 hour workshop

1 class/year

Ballet school

Ballet 1

Ages 8-11

Students will be expected to know all of the basic ballet terms and should be able to perform them correctly. We will be focusing on more challenging technique and center work as well as incorporating floor barre for strength and conditioning.

 

It is required for our dancers in this class take our annual Dance Health and Wellness class.

It is recommended but not required that they take 1 extra elective class (Pre-Pointe and/or Conditioning/Injury Prevention).

At least 1 Variations/Repertoire class is required for dancers not participating in company rehearsal.

 

Students enrolled in Ballet 1 have priority access to auditions throughout the year.

1 hour

1 class/week

Dance Performance

Company Rehearsal

Ages 8-adult

Because we want everyone to have a chance to perform and show off what they have learned at the end of the year, we offer an end-of-year showcase for dancers who are not cast in our annual dance performances. The annual showcase will have rehearsal during the required Variations/Repertoire class.

Company rehearsal is for dancers who have been cast in any of our annual performances (Holiday and/or Spring). All three rehearsals are mandatory for company castings.

Please note that this class isn't mandatory for all and you cannot register for it as an official class. Auditions will determine whether a student must attend Company rehearsals. Pricing will include costumes, 2 tickets per dancer, a group photo, and event program.

Company rehearsal is not available for the 2024-25 dance season.

1 hour

3 classes/week

Ballet Dancer

Conditioning/Injury Prevention

Grades 5-adult

Students will learn proper conditioning exercises that will focus on strengthening muscle groups used in their particular field of dance, increasing aerobic endurance, and increasing flexibility. This class involves free weight exercises, floor work, low-impact cardio, balance training, and exercise ball workouts. Unlike our regular conditioning class through La Belle Vie Fitness, this class is specific to dancers, using movements and techniques that are designed for those involved in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, etc. (limit 10 students to a class)

45 minutes

1 class/week

Ballet Show

Pas de Deux

Grades 7-12

Students will learn partnering and how to perform steps in sync with each other en pointe. Partnering classes are important for students who are more serious about pursuing dance as a career, or for those who want to add another level of expertise to their dance training. This class prepares students for performances, and it is recommended that students who are more geared toward pursuing a professional career also sign up for our Performance class. (limit 6 couples to a class)

This class is currently not available for the 2024-25 dance season.

45 minutes

1 class/week

Ballet Practice

Ballet 2

Ages 12-15

To build overall strength, balance, and coordination, floor barre and center barre will be incorporated more often.

 

It is required that dancers in this class take our annual Dance Health and Wellness class.

It is recommended but not required that they take 2 extra elective classes (Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and/or Conditioning/Injury Prevention).

At least 1 Variations/Repertoire class is required for dancers not participating in company rehearsal.

 

Students enrolled in Ballet 2 have priority access to auditions throughout the year. Ballet 2 students will also be assessed for junior soloist roles.

1 hour

2 classes/week

Dancer Legs

Pre-Pointe

Grades 5+

This class helps prepare younger students, or students who are not yet strong enough for pointe, for a regular pointe class. Young dancers are more at risk, even at 12 years old, for foot and ankle injuries. Taking a pre-pointe class allows them to become more aware of the movements that will occur during a typical pointe class, how to prevent common injuries, and how to strengthen the areas in which pointe works the most. Students will work to strengthen their ankles, feet, and legs to make the transition to pointe much easier. They will learn proper technique, combinations, choreography, and conditioning exercises that will eventually be performed in a pointe class.

This class is required for dancers wishing to take our Pointe class. They must take at least 1 year of Pre-Pointe before their pointe assessment.

45 minutes

1 class/week

Ballet Dancers

Variations/ Repertoire

Grades 5-adult

This class will allow students to learn famous variations and excerpts from a variety of famous ballets (i.e., Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Serenade, etc.). Students will be turning their technique into art as use their whole bodies to perform and tell a story.

 

During variations class, dancers will learn how to use basic performance acting techniques, using their hand, feet, arm, and head movements to tell a full story. (limit 6 students to a class)

Students enrolled in this class will be performing their finalized piece for the end-of-year showcase. This class is required for dancers not participating in our annual Holiday and/or Spring performances.

1 hour

2 classes/week

Rehersal

Private Dance Lessons

Grades 5-adult

These private lessons are meant to enhance the dancer’s overall training. Private lessons can be booked separately, or in addition to regular class training. Pricing will vary depending on the number of classes per week as well as the level of the dancer.

We know that there is often a demand for specialized scheduling, especially for homeschoolers. However, due to our current rental situation, we will not be scheduling any private lessons for the 2024-25 dance year. We apologize for any inconvenience.

45 minutes

Pricing for this differs from our regular classes.

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