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 what that looks like.
No dancer should ever feel that they don't measure up, that they need to compete for a position, that they are left behind, or that they don't matter. Each dancer will feel cared for and loved on by their instructors through the love the heavenly Father.
Beyond that, students will find a place that will challenge them appropriately to build good habits, attitudes, and technique within their chosen style of dance. 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.
Each class opens with a memory verse and prayer time. This allows each student to meditate on God's word and begin class with a readiness to glorify him with their dancing.
Students will study various techniques including Finis Jhung, Balanchine, the Australian Ballet School, and Royal Academy of Dance.
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."
"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."
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
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.
Junior Pas de Deux
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)
Musical Theater Dance
This class incorporates elements of various famous Broadway dances and techniques as well as our Performance class. Styles of dance studied will include jazz, creative movement, ballet, and modern to create theater performances and choreography. As this will be a very dance-focused class, students will not be learning the additional aspects to musical theater such as singing. Students will be taught choreography skills and how to create their own performances. Part of the way into the year, students will randomly be divided into two groups to choreograph and create a Broadway-style dance performance that they will be required to perform at the end of the year during the showcase. These showcase performances will require the students to choose, not only the choreography, but also the costumes, makeup, and hair, creating a full musical theater production. During class time, the teacher works with the groups one-on-one to correct technique and guide the dancers through their choreography.
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)
Pas de Deux
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)
Private Dance Lessons
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.
Pricing for this differs from our regular classes.
This class will allow students to learn famous variations from a variety of famous ballets (i.e., Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, etc.). At the start of the year, students will be assigned repertoire from a ballet that will be worked on in class as a group. Halfway through the year, each student will then be required to select their own variation which they will continue to work on throughout the rest of the dance year, guided by their teacher. They will use their class time to perform their piece for the rest of the class, individually, and receive critiques from the teacher on proper technique and performance ability based on what they learned from the first part of the year’s repertoire. (limit 6 students to a class)
Dancers use their whole bodies to perform on stage and tell a story. This performance class is focused on teaching dancers how to use wordless acting in their performances. Students will learn basic acting techniques as well as how to use their hand, feet, arm, and head movements to tell a story. They will also be required to choreograph and perform their own piece, telling a story of their choice, at the end of the year for the rest of the class, teacher(s), and parents.