Illinois Classical Ballet

Welcome to the Magical World of Ballet


Classes Offered at ICB

Ballet Technique:
This is a foundation of entire ballet training for the ballet dancer.We train our students using Vaganova method as it allows a strong foundation to be built regardless of dancer's age.Students will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control in an age-appropriate manner needed to execute ballet moves.Each class will emphasize barre exercises and include a combination of center floor work and across-the-floor combinations

This class introduces students to various excerpts from the classical ballet repertoire
Students will learn classical variations as solo,duets,and  trios. Variations class is of particular importance for those students striving for a professional career, and can be an added opportunity for a student to grow in technique, artistic awareness, performance quality, and endurance and stamina all at once

This class introduces students to various excerpts from the classical ballet repertoire.But unlike the Variations class,Repertoire class provides more training on large sections of ballet performed as group or corp de ballet

Turns & Progressions:
Progressions is a class that focuses on combinations of movement meant to travel across the floor. Each combination emphasizes leaps, jumps and turns while also using elements of technique such as direction change, weight change, level change and use of space. This is a technique only class

All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
Pointe class can be taken at the teachers discretion

This class has a number of benefits for all dancers, from prep to pro. Stretching helps keep muscles long and supple, enhancing flexibility, increasing range of motion, improving tone and posture

Floor Barre Knyazev Method:
This class takes the basic ballet barre training from the standing position to the floor,significantly reducing chance of been injured for ballet dancers,especially for beginners,strengthens the body, lengthens the muscles, encourages concentration on alignment and efficiency of the muscles.The body moves through patterns common in ballet,but free from the usual affects of gravity. This provides opportunity to correct bad habits and gain deeper understanding of movement principles

Character Class :
Character class introduces students to character technique and dances through the set of special barre and center exercises. It helps students to understand the distinction and differences between many characters, styles, and music in order to reveal the correct feelings and emotion for each piece.
A good example of character dance within ballet would be Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Nutcracker to name few

Historical Dance Class:
The class focuses on the study of dances originating from different nationalities and time periods, which are learned either in their original version or in their classical ballet form. This class is also the introduction to partnering, teaching the methods of stage etiquette between boys and girls.
The primary goal of Historical Dance is to develop and instill coordination, artistry, and musicality.

Pas de Deux Class :
Pas de Deux class introduces the art of ballet partnering. Students must learn to develop complete trust in their partners, and the male dancer should be strong and confident enough to lift his partner easily and carefully. Stress is placed on developing strength and coordination of each pose and movement, for both the male and female dancers. Class exercises, as well as famous pas de deux from the classical ballet repertoire, will be taught.

Jazz :
Combination of technique, style, and spontaneous movement that jazz offers serves as a tool of strengthening the body, increasing speed and improving coordination, while also providing a personal and highly creative means of expression. Basic jazz techniques are taught in the beginning level, while added technique, style, rhythm, and faster paces are introduced as students progress through the intermediate and advanced levels of jazz classes at ARB

Contemporary :
Contemporary classes utilize the classical ballet foundation, while helping students explore moving outside of the basic frame of the body. Contemporary dancing keeps the beautiful lines of classical ballet, and uses more flexibility of the entire body to stretch those lines in order achieve a fuller range of motion, which in turn helps the students to build an understanding of the different ways of expression through dance.

Lyrical :
Lyrical is a combination of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Students’ dance vocabulary will be expanded using off-balance movements and transition steps through floor connection. Stage presence will also be enhanced with the use of musicality and improvisation. Modern is also essential to a dancer’s education in that it provides a broad concept of rhythm, interpretation, expression, and full-body movement