About the Division
The Academy Senior School Division classes continue to build upon fundamental skills and muscle development of previous studies in the Pre-School, Junior & Intermediate Divisions. In this level there is a further development of strength, the students are required to perform more complex and controlled exercises on demi-pointe in the centre as well as en pointe, working towards developing the correct muscle strength and control. Exercises are now performed in an accelerated tempo with an introduction of movements en tournant and with battus.
The increased focus in this division is on the continuing development of coordination in all movements throughout each lesson, as well as the development of expressiveness in each exercise. Students continue to develop their understanding of advanced weight placement by developing flexibility and cohesiveness in transitions from one pose to another. The Senior Division allows students to refine and polish the foundations of everything they have learned in previous years, as well as develop and enhance their artistic sense and knowledge of stylistic differences in combinations depending on the character of each piece of music.
There is further development of combinations in adagio, allegro, and exercises on pointe, with the use of both classical and contemporary music. The main focus is on the development of exceptional technique and specialties, artistry, and individualism. Students continue their study of age-appropriate repertoire, theory and dances.