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ALASKA DANCE THEATRE SCHOOL
Our Philosophy- The School is based on classical ballet with a syllabus reflecting a blend of Vaganova, Checchetti, and other Classical Ballet techniques, as well as a variety of contemporary dance styles. Classes are offered for students age 3 through adult who enjoy dance as well as those who would like to pursue a career in the field. ADT School Faculty and Associate Artistic Director assign appropriate placement of all the students. Our accompanist program provides live piano music for many ballet classes. Workshops with guest teachers and residencies with professional dance companies are offered throughout the season.
The School of Alaska Dance Theatre instructors endeavor to help all students learn dance technique through careful attention to proper alignment as well as anatomical differences and physiological conditions. Pedagogy is introduced at a pace matching the student’s ability to physically and mentally absorb the challenge of more strenuous activity. Students and parents should be reminded that dance is an artistic and athletic skill. Class curriculum is based on a nine-month academic year. Placement beyond introductory classes is dependent upon successful mastery of skills in previous classes’ curriculum, age and placement audition for upper levels.
Ballet- Teaches the students fundamentals of ballet technique combined with the joy of self-expression through dance. The curriculum presents a blend of French, Russian and Italian technique.
Jazz- Focusing on technique, musicality improvisation and overall dance fitness. The progressive elements, encourages a blend of distinct styles using music from both traditional and contemporary jazz greats.
Modern- Designed to introduce rhythm, level and direction changes, differences in movement qualities, and dynamic action between dancers and music.
Contemporary- A class that combines modern and jazz. Explore the performer in you by learning a variety of routines that will explore and strengthen all elements of your diverse technique.
Creative Dance- Explore the joy of movement through the elements of space, time and energy. The course develops the creative potential, builds self esteem and helps all students experience success.
Tap- Our tap program is dedicated to honoring the truly American art form of tap dance and its cultural traditions. Although heavily influenced by the tap-jazz style, our syllabus consists of terminology and concepts of all tap genres.
Hip-Hop- Come break, lock and pop with ADT. For the experienced technical dancer or the dancer who just wants to have fun! Explore the styles of hip hop through choreography and hip hop music.
Broadway- Step into the spotlight with great moves and music! A class for the dancer and musical theater lover in us all.
Pilates- Core work and muscle tone.
Boys Dance- FOR BOYS ONLY. A great way to build strength, balance, and control. Students will learn to tumble and tour all in one class.
Dance Industry Skills- Conditioning and technique for the dancer who wants to add skills in tumbling, turning, leaping, and falling. Beneficial for the Advanced Dancer in all Disciplines.
Stretch and Conditioning- This class will help you improve your technique and performance by strengthening your core while improving your alignment, flexibility, coordination, and balance.
Thanks to support from our Scholarship sponsors Alaska Dance Theatre awards financial need and merit based scholarships each semester to deserving students. And starting in 2011, ADT announced the beginning of the Darl Schaff Performance Fund (DSPF), a new scholarship program to award funds to support performance opportunities to young students. The first awards of the (DSPF) were given Fall of 2012. Through an extensive application process each dancer is evaluated on need, merit and potential. Scholarships are awarded 2-3 times per year. Recipients and their families are also asked to contribute time outside of their dance studies to contribute to the organization and support its programs.
Our Scholarship Partners enable us to offer assistance on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you to Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Key Bank, and First National Bank Alaska