The Intermediate Curriculum
Within the Intermediate Curriculum are four distinct Lesson Plans for children in the six to ten year age group, in which we begin to instill the vital Barre Work. This is training provided in legitimate ballet academies throughout the world, that actually teaches the body methods of behavior: warming, stretching, limbering, pointing, disengaging, lifting, circling, tempo, focus, and aplomb – tools with which the body is able to absorb technique. This learned physical behavior is taught in conjunction with patterning for the feet to acquire precise and deliberate foot movement, upper and body carriage, and total body structure alignment. Tempo change within the technique and horizontal carriage is introduced with leaps, turns, beats, and vertical carriage within advancing centre floor work.
Intermediate Tap and Jazz Curriculums continue within these same theories and exercises as they become increasingly more intricate and difficult. The Four Intermediate Levels coordinate heightened focus on these dance forms and their genuine reliance upon one another.