Dance is a beautiful way to foster a love for fitness and to engage in unique and fun artistic expression. Whether your child loves to move to the beat or has dreams of competing, we have a variety of ideal classes that offer both great instruction and individualized attention. Our partnership with Central Illinois Ballet allows for many class offerings!
Central Illinois Ballet (Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts) was established in 2012 as a non-profit organization with the vision of cultivating a thriving arts community in the greater Peoria area. Academy Director Rebekah von Rathonyi set out to accomplish this by providing the highest quality pre-professional ballet training and emphasizing collaboration and community outreach all across Central Illinois. In 2015 the Board of Directors officially separated the Academy and its performing ensemble, creating a new, professional ballet company - Central Illinois Ballet. The Company now employs 8 professional dancers and will be concluding its second full season of performances. Cornerstone Academy students will be highlighted in Central Illinois Ballet's upcoming production of Peter Pan, to be held at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, May 25 & 26.
Consider the following class offerings!
Children learn the art of movement that will lay the foundation for instruction in all dance forms. We introduce dance through playful exploration that is appropriate for age and ability. Goals are to improve motor skills, gain self-control, and create joy in movement.
This marks the start of formalized classical ballet training. Emphasis is on learning proper alignment, use of turn out, classroom etiquette, developing agility and strength of the feet, and developing students’ movement vocabulary. Curriculum may vary weekly and focus on developing fundamental motor skills, strength, rhythm, French vocabulary, and coordination. Children learn self-expression, self-discipline and respect for others.
Students focus on expanding their knowledge and perfecting the skills that they have acquired at previous levels. Instructors begin teaching a more in-depth exploration of locomotor skills concentrating on control of posture, alignment, strength, coordination, and flexibility. Students are introduced to all of the movements that are contained during traditional ballet “barre” as well as exercises designed to prepare the body for pointe shoes. We encourage each child’s natural abilities and their continued passion for dance.
Students will be introduced to the basics of jazz technique, which is heavily influenced by ballet technique and vocabulary. The curriculum will emphasize isolations of the body and combinations of basic jazz steps, both in the center and travelling across the floor. Students will also begin practicing simple leaps and turns. Precision of movement and musicality are the goals for this class.
This class builds upon the basics learned in Beginning Jazz, adding more challenging combinations and requiring more artistry from the students. Class warm-ups will include a “center barre,” utilizing ballet technique and vocabulary. Elements of stretching and strengthening will also be incorporated into the warm-up. Leaps and turns will be polished in greater detail and combinations will be executed with a stronger emphasis on showmanship in addition to precision and musicality.