11th Avenue Ballet School
engaging children through the arts
As a parent, you want the experience of dance lessons to be productive, positive, and enjoyable. The benefits of dance are immense. Children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.
"There is no way to fast forward and know how the kids will look back on this; but I have seen the joy in their eyes, and have heard it in their voices; and I have watched them take a bow, and come up taller."
-Willie Reade, 52nd St. Project, NYC.
For over 13 years, the 11th Avenue Ballet School has been providing the Yakima Valley with outstanding dance classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults.
Instructor Noël Manderville is a professionally trained dancer with a commitment to providing high quality training and individual attention in a friendly atmosphere.
This program is specifically designed to expose children 3-5 years old to ballet in an imaginative and magical setting such that they will anticipate coming to ballet class each week.
The use of a story, props, and music in each class is a means of capturing the child's attention and providing them with a framework in which to learn basic ballet steps and creative movement.
Ages 6 & 7
We know that entering grade school doesn't mean you're ready to put aside the joys and magic of fairy tales, story telling, and twirling through space.
Pre-Ballet, for 6 and 7 year olds, is still part of the Storybook program. Beginning ballet instruction is entwined with classical ballet stories and danced to the strains of Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Bach.
Our specially designed ballet curriculum is an integration of the Ballet Russe training, Bournonville technique, and Russian Vagonova methodology.
Each level prepares the dancer for advancement through a carefully developed progression that builds a lyrical upper body, strength, precision, agility, alignment, and musicality.
Ballet I is called The Most Important Year; proper placement for muscle memory is a must.
An exciting transformation takes place at this stage where the children are ready to comprehend the more careful and complex concepts of movement.
Emphasis is on slow, careful footwork, alignment, and the verticality of the body.
To ease them into this new discipline, the joy and freedom of Pre-Ballet is kept alive with creativity and new choreographic challenges.
Building on the steps and good habits of Ballet I, strength-building and coordination between arms and legs are emphasized. More allegro is introduced, as well as more complex adagios.
As students move up, they begin to understand the subtleties of classical training. Corrections become more astute. Attention is directed to a strong, lengthened balance and a fluidity of the upper body. With dancers preparing for pointe, strong ankles and hip joints are emphasized.
Students add to their ballet repertoire pirouettes and batterie. Pointe work is introduced.
During this level, the concepts that lead a dancer toward transforming technique into artistic expression are explicitly addressed.
The vocabulary of barre work is complete. With progression, pointe class may be added one or two times a week. Combinations, or enchantments, become more complex.
Ballet V, VI, VII
During the final years of intensive study, there is an intellectual understanding of the kinetic experience of classical technique and of what makes movement happen. Grand pirouettes are added.
Center adagios are performed on demi-pointe.
The subtle adjustments and an understanding of the body begin to make the dancer a truly expressive artist.
Open to adult and teen students who've had no formal ballet training and to those who've studied in the past and wish to resume training. Emphasis is on on correct placement, body alignment, toning, and stretching.
Ballet training reshapes body lines, tones muscles, improves balance, strength, grace, and memory, in addition to deepening an appreciation of the art.
Adult Beginning Ballet
Designed for adult students new to ballet class; focus is on proper alignment and ballet basics.
Beg/Int Ballet and Ballet IV
For those who have had some ballet training.
A one-hour joyous, after-work class for adults.
Cost: $8.00 per class
Sabra Nelson, Instructor
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P.O. Box 2074 yakima, Wa. 98907
Registration requires a $25. per class non-refundable registration fee, applicable toward 1st month’s tuition.
A costume fee of $10. a year is included in price of tuition.
Noël Manderville, instructor
Ms. Manderville trained under Perry Brunson, Raymond Bussey, Flemming Halby, Sara de Luis, and Jacques d'Amboise. She is an NDI teacher (National Dance Institute), and current Artistic Director of Art in Motion.