Modern is a free, expressive style of dance, developed in the early 20th century as a response to classical ballet. Modern classes at Portland School of Ballet explore the foundations and roots of modern dance, including a mix of modern techniques such as Horton, Limon, Taylor, and Cunningham.
In this class, students work on strength, flexibility, and conditioning in a safe, non-impact way. Core exercises will strengthen and tighten the abdominal muscles while protecting the lower back, aiding in injury prevention, posture, and spinal health. Flexibility exercises are incorporated to increase the range of motion. Conditioning exercises will work to promote strength in the muscles.
In Repertory, dancers are introduced to a variety of repertory and classical ballet variations. Dancers will learn choreography to be presented in performance at Portland Ballet Studio Theater. You must attend all syllabus classes at your level to be eligible for these class.
This multi-level class is designed to introduce dancers who are just starting pointe, as well as strengthen dancers who are more advanced. Barre work will focus on building and maintaining strength in feet, ankles, legs, and core. Center combinations begin when dancers are ready and will focus on mastering individual elements of technique before they are used in combinations.