Ballet-Tap Class (6-8 year olds) is one of BPA’s best classes! It incorporates more structure and requires more focus than the Ballet/Tap/Tumble class. The first half an hour focuses on the basic Ballet technique. And the second half an hour will be dedicated to basic Tap technique. They will need both ballet and tap shoes. The ballet shoes should be pink, the tap shoes black.
BPA’s Ballet-Tap Class starts at the barre. They will learn all of the positions of the feet and the arms. The barre starts with plies in each position. They will learn various exercises of tendu and degage from first and fifth positions. They will move onto rond de jambe, en dehors and en dedans. They will gradually progress to fondu and develope. They will learn stretching exercises at the barre and on the floor. The barre will end with Grand battement and then they will move to the center where they will mimic some of the same steps as they did at the barre to develope balance. Eventually they will learn short combinations incorporating petite allegro. The ballet portion of the class will end with a grand allegro across the floor.
They will then change into their tap shoes. The tap portion of the class starts with a basic warmup of toe taps in all directions. Then they will progress to a shuffle, brush, heel toe and a scuff. Eventually they will add a ball change, flap, spank and a cramp roll. By the end of the year they will be doing a single time step! In BPA’s Ballet-Tap class we utilize the proper terminology of the steps so that the student corresponds the name to the movement. Ultimately, they should be able to do the movement just by hearing it’s name.