Curriculum

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Polaris Dance Theatre’s repertoire embodies a vast range of dance styles and movement qualities. For this reason, PDT dancers must be strong in multiple dance techniques, ranging from ballet to dynamic contemporary or from Horton to contact improvisation.
Here we list some of the techniques that will be taught throughout the program:

  • Ballet

    • Vaganova / Cecchetti / Royal Academy of Dance
      Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet techniques, allowing students to approach learning movement from several angles as well as absorb the history of ballet. Classes often contain lots of imagery and experimentation in addition to practical advice.

  • Contemporary / Modern

    • Horton
      This class features the preludes and fortifications of Lester Horton’s technique. The technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination of body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. It is a technique that will correct physical faults and prepare a dancer for any type of dancing he or she may wish to follow.

    • Release Technique
      Our approach to this class goes beyond the release technique. Besides release itself, we will emphasize deep, grounded movement as well as aiming for big range of movement and the connection throughout the entire body. There will be a very substantial focus on transitioning from various standing positions to the floor. Fluid, silent and strong floorwork technique will be applied to the principles of Release.

    • PDT artistic director’s signature movement


  • Partnering

    These classes will take an in-depth look at the rules, relationships and responsibilities required for partnering. As well as principles and techniques of partnering from different disciplines.


  • Improvisation

    Improvisational dance, its concept, its creation and execution is probably one of the misunderstood aspect of a dancer’s arsenal. In this class you will learn theory and application of improvisation as well as its construct, parameters and rules which make improvisation one of the most challenging aspects in today’s dance.


  • Choreography

    In this series of classes, we will not only cover basic rules and elements of creating movement, but we will approach it from the dancers perspectives. Dancers truly are the brushstrokes and hues of color on the choreographer’s canvas. Whether you aspire to create new works of movement or not, it is important for all dancers to understand the creative process and their role in its execution, and/or as a participant in its creation.


  • Aerial


  • Body Conditioning

    • Pilates
    • Yoga
    • Endurance/Strength

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