MAY 6TH & 20th- TEST INFORMATION UPDATE
5th en face
1-4 arms to 5th arms, 1st open 2nd
5-8 chasse en avant 2nd arabesque tendu lift to arabesque.
1-4 Come in to passe, developpe a la seconde
6-8 lower leg to tendu, coupe pas de bouree
1-2 soutenu to R
3-4 Chasse en avant prepare
5-6 plié pirouette en dehors land 4th
7-8 pirouette en dehors land 5th front
1 2 Glissade to R
3-6 Tendu Croise devant temps lie en avant & arriere close
7-8 arms port de bras to first then 2nd
1-4 4 changements
5-8 2 echappes
1-4 Jete L temps leve jete R temps leve
5-6 Pas de chat L
7-8 glissade to r changing feet
1-4 Echappe sauté 4th, jump to 2nd, 4th (r front) close 5th
5-8 Repeat echappe 4th, 2nd 4th close
1-8 4 royales
Repeat starting L
1-2 pique arabesque on R plie saute arabesque
3-4 step L assemble R (brushing side) land en face
5-6 balance L balance R
7-8 Glissade assemble to L
1-4 Pique passe en avant balance (side) pique turn to R
5-8 Pique passe en avant with L pique turn to L
croisse r foot front arms open to 2nd
1-4 Port de bras 5th, 1st open to 2nd
5-8 developpe croise devant (R)
1-4 Enveloppe through passe to 1st arabesque
5-8 promenade (to L) all the way around
1-4 passe developpe ecarte
5-8 passe, sus-sous balance
1-2 plie 5th
3-4 tendu Croise devant
5-8 prepare, inside pirouette, close croisse L in front. Port de bras to 2nd
1-4 royale 2x
5-8 echappe battu
1-4 brise 2x
5-8 entrechat quatre 2x
repeat other side
1-2 pique arabesque plie saute (efface)
3-4 pas de bouree (end en face)
5-6 sissonne ferme downstage 2x
7-8 Jete R and L
1 pique arabesque on R
2-3 chasse tour jete
4 close 5th
5-6 passes arriere to 4th
7-8 pirouette en dehors close to other side
5th en face
1-4 grande plie
5-6 plie passe R releve to croisse lunge (corner 2)
7-8 pirouette en dedans (to L) arms in 5th close croise to corner 8
1-2 chasse croise to attitude derrier
3-4 extend to arabesque
1-2 chasse upstage (L)
3-4 assemble en tournant close R front face en face
5-6 brush R leg a la seconde
1-4 petit ronde de jambe en l’air en dehors 2x
5-6 tendu a la seconde
7-8 close 5th back
1-2 2 assembles arrier
3-4 sissonne ferme en avant 2x
5-8 ballotte (face en face) front and back pique arrier plie 5th
1-4 coupe fondu developpe a la seconde L on releve close 5th front
5-8 entrechat trois assemble changement
start croise to corner 8
&1 pas de basque
2 plie 4th
3-4 pirouette close 5th front
5-6 sissonne de cote with L sissonne with R
7-8 step cabriole derrier
1 brush front assemble (still facing corner)
2-3 Royale 2x
4 Pas de chat upstage
5 & 6 balance upstage
7-8 step sauté de basque
Vocabulary test will be May 11th for Ballet 1-6. Below are Quizlet study guides
Ballet 5/6 Quizlet study guide
Ballet evaluations are Saturday May 23rd. They will be via zoom. You will need to sign up like usual and will receive a zoom link.
Sign up Gene Click here
Ballet Vocabulary- get your study on…
Ballet 1 Vocabulary -Click here-
Ballet 2 Vocabulary -Click here-
Ballet 3/4 Vocabulary -Click here-
Ballet 5/6 Vocabulary -Click here-
Ballet Evaluations can be picked up at the front desk starting TODAY (Wednesday 12/11)
Ballet testing will take place after break.
Ballet Vocabulary went home this week.
There will be no ballet testing for Ballet 1 at this time.
Time TBA You will be notify on Thursday.
If we feel your child should wait for testing we will let you know by Thursday as well.
Please fill out this form CLICK HERE. Your student must have completed 6 months in their current level before signing up. ( if they just moved up in August they are not eligible to test) Teachers May decide not to hold this test due to lack of interest or if they feel students are not ready.
Ballet Vocabulary Testing
What is the written Ballet Vocabulary Test?
The Ballet Vocabulary test is administered in class and consists of a list of vocabulary words that the student needs to be able to identify, define and or describe.
We facilitate ballet terminology tests because:
Ballet is a foreign language, these are not words that we use in our everyday speech
By knowing the definition of the word it helps a dancer learn and execute the step correctly
It important for a dancer’s advancement to be able to identify dance terminology.
The terminology a ballet dancer learns is universal, ballet has a language and learning the language is vital to communicating.
Dates of written testing:
Test #1 First week of December. Test # 2 Second week of April
Retests will be administered a week later, students who miss the retest will be tested on an individual basis. Study guides will be handed out in class, and sent home via email 2 weeks before the tests. Additional study guides are available at the front desk.
What happens if they don’t pass?
Dancers have a second chance to pass the test. Dancers are required to earn a 70% on the test in order to pass. Dancers cannot advance to the next level of ballet without passing the written test. Although a passing grade does not guarantee advancement.
Ballet Level Advancement Test
The Ballet Level Advancement Test is a demonstrative test required for level advancement. Dancers will be given 3 different combinations of skills or phrases and where they will be graded by adjudicators.
What if a dancer cannot attend?
Since the test is offered multiple times throughout the year dancers can wait until the next test time or schedule a private test with the Ballet Director and one other instructor for a fee of $70
Why do we do level testing?
To ensure the quality and consistency of each level of ballet.
How does the test work?
Groups of 5-20 dancers sign up for testing time of 1 hour. Dancers will be asked to complete a series of steps across the floor, at the barre and center floor.
Each skill or phrase gets a grade of 0-5. Each skill or phrase must get a grade of 3 or better from all adjudicators to pass.
What are dancers tested on?
Dancers should expect to be evaluated on the execution of the skills on the Ballet Vocabulary Test for their current level.
What happens if a dancer does not pass?
Passing the BLAT is necessary to advance to the next level of Ballet. If a dancer does not pass he or she has the option of taking the test again at the next available testing day. The test is offered multiple times throughout the year and over the summer.
At East County Performing Arts Center our Ballet program is the largest and most comprehensive in the area. We offer 8 levels of Ballet for various ages within each level where dancers will be able to experience both contemporary and classical styles.
Building Ballet and Building Ballet Level 2 are our introductory levels of Ballet. Because we offer multiple age groups beginning dancers can feel comfortable while learning their basics
Graded Levels of Ballet
To advance to the next level of class dancers must pass their written vocabulary tests attend a demonstrative ballet test.
Level 1-2 is where dancers will be advancing their vocabulary and knowledge of the basics. Dancers will develop a good foundation of technique, strength and flexibility. Dancers can take a single class per week or multiple classes per week. The more classes a dancer takes the faster she or he will advance.
Level 3 is the beginning of our Pre-professional program. Although taking 2 classes a week at this level is not mandatory it is highly suggested for advancement.
Level 4-6 is for dancers who are dedicated to personal advancement and growth and show an interest in pursuing dance beyond high school graduation. It is required for dancers in level 4-6 to take 2 class per week.
Pre-Pointe and Pointe
Dancers who have studied Ballet for a number of years and who are at least 11 years old may have the opportunity to be considered for pointe shoes. Pointe is an extension of serious ballet training and all students will be evaluated and placed at the discretion of the Ballet Director. We offer our Pre-Pointe class to dancers 8 and older to help prepare them for pointe shoes when they turn 11.
Common Questions and Answers
Q: How many classes a week should he/she take?
A: This will depend on how serious the dancer is and how quickly he or she will want to advance. The more classes a dancer takes the faster she or he will advance. Once a dancer has graduated out of the entry levels we do recommend attending class twice a week. It is very difficult to advance out of the levels of Ballet, sometimes it take years for a dancer to master a level before he or she can move on. Please do not expect your dancer to be advanced to the next level each year, and please do not let your dancer get discouraged when she or he does not advance. This is a process and it can be a long process!
Q: When will my daughter be ready for Pointe Shoes
A: Your dancer’s health and safety is our biggest priority. A child’s body develops and achieves certain milestones in time and because of this girls are not evaluated for pointe shoes until they are 11 years old and in Ballet level 3. Once a dancer earns her pointe shoes she will take class twice a week in regular ballet shoes and attend pointe classes in her pointe shoes.