Texture Ballet School offers professional instruction and performance experience from the beginner to professional level. Texture guides young dancers through the world of ballet from pre-school levels to professional levels in a positive, nurturing environment. Our faculty of outstanding teachers appreciates the opportunity to share the excitement, challenge, and beauty of dance. We are committed to the belief that ballet improves confidence, concentration, coordination, memorization and discipline. The creativity, grace, and love of dance will enhance your child’s life forever.
Children's Division For ages 18 months to 6 years old, we offer a fun introduction to dance designed to stimulate creativity and imagination while encouraging a love of dance. Along with teaching pre-ballet technique, the class will focus on rhythm, basic motor skills, coordination activities stretching, and creative movement. Performing opportunities are available for ages 3 and up.
Dance with Me ~ Ages 18 months - 3 years (accompanied by their grown-up!)
Student Division Children are taught the fundamentals and language of ballet in an atmosphere of encouragement, discipline, and warmth. Emphasis is on correct body placement and developing a love of dance. This division offers excellent training for the serious student, as well as those interested in developing an appreciation of the art. Classes included in our student division curriculum : Level 1 ~ Ballet - Acro Level 2 ~ Ballet - Acro Level 3 ~ Ballet - Acro Level 4 ~ Ballet - Acro - Tap - Contemporary - Pre-pointe Level 5 ~ Ballet - Acro - Tap - Contemporary - Pre-pointe - Pointe Boys Class ~ Ballet/Conditioning - Acro
Pre-Professional Division These levels are designed to prepare students to achieve their dance dreams. Instruction at this level concentrates on perfecting previous skills, speed of execution, cleanliness of line, extension, stamina, complicated batterie, multiple pirouettes, and preparation on a professional level. Classes included in our pre-professional division curriculum: Level 6 ~ Ballet - Acro - Tap - Contemporary - Pointe - Variations - Partnering Level 7 ~ Ballet - Acro - Tap - Contemporary - Pointe - Variations - Partnering Level 8 ~ Ballet - Acro - Tap - Contemporary - Pointe - Variations - Partnering - Modern - Pilates
Open Division These classes are open to anyone age 12* to adult. Drop in at your convenience for a fun and artistic way to stay in shape. Work at your own pace, all levels are welcome! Class options are:
Ballet ~ This class is perfect way to have fun and stay in shape with a classical ballet class.
Ballet/Contemporary ~ This class will start with a ballet barre to get moving and warmed-up then will finish with learning a piece of contemporary choreography.
Tap ~ Have fun with musicality and rhythm while you tap your cares away.
*anyone under the age of 12 who would like to attend open classes must get prior permission from a member of Texture's teaching staff
Our curriculum is designed to create classical ballet dancers who are overall well-rounded in many different kinds of classical and contemporary styles of dance. While providing exceptional ballet training, we also provide classes which are more varied and diverse than those offered at the majority of the professional level classical ballet schools across the country. The inclusion of different styles of dance in our curriculum supports and enhances the progress of our students in their ballet training, while also making them versatile in those other forms of dance.
Class Descriptions & Benefits
Ballet - Ballet is beautiful, ballet is hard, ballet is the basis and underlying technique for almost all forms of dance. We teach an eclectic mix of different styles of classical ballet which incorporate elements of the Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Balanchine methods. Ballet builds strength, flexibility, discipline and self-confidence. Acro - Acrobatic Arts - Our acro class builds flexibility, core strength, stamina, balance, control, and overall body awareness. Acro will help a dancer maintain technique and composure when their feet are not on the floor, which which aide them in contemporary floor work, their jumps, and also classical and contemporary lifts and partnering.
Tap - Tap is a wonderful way to help dancers listen to and hear different timings, rhythms, and intricacies in music. Additionally, tap dancing can act as cross training for pointe work, because it builds ankle and foot strength and dexterity while using the muscles in an opposite way than one does when dancing on pointe.
Contemporary - Our contemporary classes cover a wide range of different movement styles. We include elements of jazz, modern, pointe work, floor work, and everything in-between.
Pre-pointe - Pre-pointe are activities and exercises which focus on developing proper placement and building the strength required for a dancer to begin pointe work.
Pointe - Training on pointe begins only after a strong, comprehensive basic technique has been achieved and the feet, core and legs are sufficiently strong. Permission of the instructor is required.
Variations - We will introduce a range of both classical and contemporary variations.
Partnering - In partnering class, we teach fundamental skills which are required for many different works of choreography.
Pilates - Pilates is a wonderful way for dancers to work and understand their bodies better. Through thoughtful controlled exercises, Pilates builds strength, improves placement, and helps with injury prevention.
Boys Class - This class will help to build overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and will provide a positive avenue to burn off extra energy which is invaluable for all young growing boys.
Texture Contemporary Ballet P.O. Box 100176 Pittsburgh, PA 15233