Though our name says Toledo Ballet, we also offer many other exciting dance forms for those students who like to study other disciplines or styles.  The focus is primarily on ballet technique, which is the foundation of many dance forms.  Students are encouraged to explore classes in tap, musical theatre, modern, and jazz.  The exposure to other disciplines will aid in the development of a technically strong and versatile dancer. Toledo Ballet rotates Contemporary offerings; not all classes are offered every session.

Contemporary Fusion

This class explores the freedom and joy of movement itself.  Through structured improvisation, imagery, work, and the analysis of time, space and dynamic, each student will rediscover that uninhibited inner child that used to dance around the living room.  It is a perfect addition for those ballet students who are feeling rigid or stiff in their dancing.  Technique will not be the main focus of this class.  All Contemporary Fusion students must be enrolled in at least one Ballet class.

Ages:  Intermediate II level & up

Attire:   black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights (females), plain t-shirt (males), jazz shoes, paws or bare feet; hair must be secured away from the face

Introduction to Contemporary Fusion

This class explores natural movement (combined with technique) while playing with space, time and dynamic.  Prepares the student for Contemporary Fusion.

Ages:  8 – 12 as of Sept 1

Attire:   black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights (females), plain t-shirt (males), jazz shoes, paws or bare feet; hair must be secured away from the face

Dance Composition / Choreography

Students will be introduced to the principles of composition in relation to time, space and dynamic.  Each student will build a solo or group piece with a focus on: 1) awakening one’s observations to creativity and inspiration; 2) how to use time, space and dynamics to express an idea; 3) various tools to deal with choreographer’s block; 4) appropriate music selection; 5) how to create a collaborative environment.

Ages:  Intermediate II & up; non-Toledo Ballet students upon evaluation

Attire:   black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights (females), plain t-shirt (males), jazz shoes, paws or bare feet; hair must be secured away from the face

Dance Lab

Dance Lab is a dance collective and performance research class founded by Michael Lang.  Through multiple dance genres (jazz, modern, world dance and ballet), dancers will have the opportunity to contribute to movement composition and to creative concept generation for choreography.  Dance Lab is open to Intermediate II level students & above.  Dancers must have approval of the instructor.

Ages:  Intermediate II & up with approval of the instructor

Attire:   black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and convertible dance tights (females), plain t-shirt (males), jazz shoes, paws or bare feet; hair must be secured away from the face

Jazz & Lyrical Jazz

Jazz is a rhythmic, percussive dance form and lyrical jazz incorporates elements of ballet and modern dance to create a smooth, lengthened look and lyrical quality.

Ages 7 & up as of Sept 1

Attire:  black jazz pants or shorts, leotard and dance tights (females), plain t-shirt (males), black jazz shoes; hair must be secured away from the face

Musical Theatre / Acting

This class includes instruction in acting, dance and voice to work on scenes from musical theatre.  Students will learn the structure of what it takes to become successful in musical theatre.  Voice class is required for students who take musical theatre class.  Tap is highly recommended for at least one year for musical theatre students.

Ages 9 & up as of Sept 1

Tap

This class will develop rhythmic sensitivity and fine motor control.  As students progress, increasing emphasis will be placed on clarity of sounds, speed, intricacy, precision, and execution of movement.

Ages 4 & up as of Sept 1

Attire:  Comfortable clothing and tap shoes

Voice

Students learn how to sing in a group atmosphere.  Emphasis is on proper technique, using vocalization to develop muscles used in singing.  Songs will be learned and used in conjunction with the Musical Theatre class.

Ages 11 & up as of Sept 1