Please refer to the dance registration form, Winter/Spring Schedule 2012 (with fees), forms to the right.
Our program is a pre-professional program that aims at giving the opportunity to young dancers to pursue a career in dance, if desired. We are performance based and not recital based. Developing a healthy respect for the stage helps the young dancer appreciate the extremely hard work of an overall production. A good ballet school trains its students to view the stage – whether PPAC or Lincoln Center, – as the ultimate goal of training, and the dancers who perform there are those who have worked the hardest and who have developed their talent to a point where performing is the appropriate reward. Being on stage is not the reward for class attendance.
The difference between recitals and productions: recitals are annual events and most everyone performs, whereas productions are only planned if the ensemble is up to the task and auditions determine the roles danced. Productions teach an overall respect of ALL personnel involved in producing a staged ballet, it also teaches, self discipline, self control, self awareness, and an overall appreciation for the story being told through dance on stage.
The MAIN focus of our program in all our classes is training and technique.
Our schedules contain, ballet, jazz, modern, and more classes are being added every semester.
We are affiliated with Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Stephens College Dance Dept. We assist any student interested in furthering their dance experience through summer intensives, workshops, and programs during and after High School, in programs all over the United States.
Fernando Rodriguez, is originally from Port Huron, Michigan. He has graduated from Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage and attended Grand Valley State University as a dance major. At Grand Valley Fernando has performed in faculty works by Jefferson Baum, Lisa Catrett-Belrose, Calin Radulescu and Shauna Steele and professional works by Robert Battle, Thang Dao, Pascal Rioult and worked with guest artist such as Micahel Phillips, George Smallwood, Thang Dao, Daniel Ulbrich and Chicko Imada. While at Grand Valley he performed principle roles in Coppelia, Nutcracker and Pas De Six. He also performed with Grand Rapids Ballet Company in George Balachine’s The Prodigal Son. During his summers Fernando has studied on scholarship at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre as well as American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor and with the Thang Dao Dance Company, where he performed in works by Paul Taylor, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott and Jessica Lang.He is currently in his third season dancing with Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Fernando gives a special thanks to Gerry Schultz for introducing him to the beautiful world of dance, and now being able to share the art with Presser Performing Arts Center.
Ballet is not only for dancers who want to be ballerinas. Ballet is the first structured dance form. It has become a basic to any performing dance field. In addition to special terms, jazz dance, modern dance, and even ballroom dancing uses many ballet terms! Most good film and Broadway choreographers use ballet terms when talking to their dancers. Many choreographers prefer and expect that their dancers have a strong ballet background, even the ones that dance jazz and hip-hop.
Ballet gives a dancer grace and presence. Ballet gives the dancer the technical expertise to turn out ones legs, to point toes, to extend legs higher and with ease, to dance with correct posture ( resulting in less injury) and more. Exercises learned in ballet class build coordination and muscle development that is needed in so many different styles. Unfortunately, these techniques are usually only taught correctly in a good professional ballet school, it just isn’t taught in the night club or on the street. The instructor should vary the steps and styles of the routines. A good instructor can teach many styles of dance, while keeping ballet as a base. Ballet is a dance basic.
Presser Performing Arts Center Dance Program uses ballet as the base for Modern Dance and Jazz, which is part of the curriculum.
Our schedules may vary from semester to semester.