The Upper Division offers year-round classes focused on a dancer's development and progression toward becoming a member of the Valley Dance Theatre Company. Instruction is offered in classical ballet and contemporary dance for ages 10 and up. Attendance of class three times a week is strictly required when student advances to pointe work. A fourth Upper Division class is offered at VDT and may be used as an extra class or a make-up class.
Ballet lV / Junior Company (Pointe) ~ Advanced by Instructors
Pointe work begins at this level. When students demonstrate sufficient maturity, dedication, strength, technique and proper body alignment, the instructor will notify students when they are eligible for pointe classes. Students in Ballet IV level are required to take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which includes one pointe class and two technique classes.
Ballet V / Apprentices (Pointe) ~ Advanced by Instructors
Pointe work and technical development continues in preparation for advancement to the Company. This level requires a significant time commitment, as many of the dancers may perform in Company productions. Students in Ballet V Pointe class are required to take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which includes one pointe class and two technique classes.
Company (Pointe) ~ Placed by Director
Significant movement quality and understanding of proper placement and alignment are required. Technical ability, strong work ethic, self-motivation, and self-discipline are also required. Advanced technique and pointe work continue. Performance quality is refined. Students in Company Pointe class are required to take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which includes one pointe class and two technique classes.
The class is to prepare dancers, both male and female, for the classical “pas de deux” work that classical ballet is so famous for. Beginning Partnering is for Ballet V students that have not had prior partnering experience. Teacher recommendation is necessary.
Advanced Partnering is for Company dancers that have had at least some Beginning Partnering or pas de deux experience. They must have a strong recommendation from either of the two directors of the Valley Dance Theatre to participate in the Advanced Partnering class.
Contemporary Ballet (Ballet IV, Ballet V, and Company levels only and adults)
Contemporary ballet uses the technique of ballet and modern dance and adds other elements of movement to give a very free, released style of dance. Contemporary ballet is not only fun, it compliments a classical dance education to make a well-rounded, strong dancer.