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Classical Ballet

A dancer’s ultimate goal, after spending years in training, is to be able to use the body as an expressive instrument of communication. To do so the dancer must first master a very precise  “movement vocabulary”. This “language” of classical ballet was first systematized in the  Academie Royale de Musique et de Danse, founded by Louis XIV in 1661.

In its basic forms and principles, ballet technique has changed little since that time.  However, the scope of the “vocabulary” as well as its level of difficulty has greatly increased. More and more complex movements have been added and dancers all over the world have been influenced by each other’s styles and techniques.

ballet2Here at Dutchess School of Performing Arts we help our dancers meet these challenges by utilizing the most successful methods (syllabi) of the best-know international schools of dance. Placement in our levels of instruction are based on; Experience (if any), Understanding the technique, and an ability to execute the technique correctly. Each student is placed in the level that will provide them the greatest opportunity to study, to grow, to discover and to excel as an individual dancer.

Dutchess School of Performing Arts offers professional training at all levels of classical ballet technique, beginning with 3-4 year olds in Creative Movement or Introduction to Ballet and continuing through the Advanced level.

Denyse Looney and Jennifer Fuchs Hart teach ballet and pointe technique at the Dutchess School of Performing Arts. Check the Class Schedule page for class times.