San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts Center
1321 Calle Avanzado
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 498-7571
info@sanclementedance.com
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Ballet Conservatory & San Clemente Ballet Theatre


Michael Houston
BALLET DIRECTOR

Kristine Houston
BALLET MISTRESS

We are proud to provide a pure and traditional program of classical Ballet

training strongly based on the principles of the Vaganova system.

The Vaganova method is a system of classical ballet training developed by
Agrippina Vaganova. The system has progressed over many years since its
original codification, under the masterful guidance of Russian pedagogy.
Vaganova is a tiered system that breaks down ballet movements into their
separate elements in a logical progression. Classes are consistently taught in a
specific structured manner in each lesson. Discipline and focus are expected in
each lesson, so the mind and body can work together most effectively and
progress is maximized. Technical precision and proper body placement are
greatly emphasized during the foundation of training, including developing the
use of the low back as an essential part of core strength. Students are taught use
of arms, head and torso from the beginning of training so as to develop
harmonious and coordinated use of the whole body with complete physical
expression in dance movement and combinations in their future. Musicality is
also emphasized in each lesson.


Ultimately, the Vaganova method provides an overall education to develop the
dance artist. Technique, strength, stability, impeccable precision, flexibility, and
endurance allow for the dancer to move freely without strain and explore
personal expression on stage with emotion evoking grace and power

Conservatory 1 Weekly Requirements:

3 weekly ballet classes (one can be substituted with a Contemporary class)

1 Pre-Pointe Class until promoted to Pointe

2 Pointe Classes once promoted

1 Combined Stretch & Conditioning/History Class

 

Conservatory 2 Weekly Requirements:

4 1.5 hour Ballet classes

( One can be substituted with Contemporary class).

3 One hour Pointe Classes

1 Variation Class

1 Combined Stretch & Conditioning/History Class

Saturday Conservatory class attendance

Nutcracker participation and all other productions associated with SCBT (invitation)

Conservatory students will be eligible for classical competition at YAGP and the Los Angeles music center Spotlight Awards Competition.

Conservatory students will be chosen by invitation or audition  only.

Note: Students involved in other dance related programs such as OSHA, May be given credit for classes they are unable to take at SCDPAC, in terms of being eligible to be in the Conservatory.

 

Conservatory 3 Weekly Requirements:

5 weekly Ballet 1.5 hour Technique classes( up to two can be substituted with Contemporary with director approval)

2 weekly Pointe Technique

1 Week Variation Class

1 Combined Stretch & Conditioning/History Class

1 weekly Pas de Deux class

Requirement for Saturday Conservatory classes

Nutcracker participation and all other productions associated with SCBT (invitation)

Conservatory students will be chosen by invitation or audition only.

Note, students involved in other dance programs at schools and related facilities may be given credit for classes taken at those personalities relative to their eligibility for Conservatory. This will be considered on an individual  basis.

 

Repertory Ballet San Clemente, under the direction of Michael & Kristine Houston, is a performing non-profit created to give the passionate dancers in our community the opportunity to perform the works of classical ballet masters and contemporary choreographers while providing the highest technical and artistic standards.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts Center  •  1321 Calle Avanzado  •  San Clemente, CA 92673  •  (949) 498-7571  •  info@sanclementedance.com

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