The dance program at Solo School of Art was added to the curriculum in 2014.  The offered program is tailored to  students ages, taught in Russian, and has a traditional structure: warming up, working on technique, learning choreography, cooling down. Below you can see a syllabus of lessons for different age group.Technique comes from the Greek word meaning “skill”. For a dancer, technique is the ability to use physical movements effectively, and we  pay close attention to how a child learns to execute different steps.We realize that children will continue to dance if they are enjoying it. The element of play must be included. Kids are encouraged, motivated and challenged. We laugh, we listen to good music, and we learn to dance together. The learning of dance steps helps in our real lives as well. We explain why stretching is good for the body although it hurts sometimes; why do we have to walk  with a straight back, although in the beginning it feels very  strange. Creative dance is a very important part of the lessons. We learn about body, energy, space, force,time and  incorporate it into our compositions. During lessons teacher uses musical pieces written by famous composers. Camille Saint-Saëns is one of  the guests. Kids read about, listen to and dance to different personages from “Carnival of animals”.  Older kids learn the history of ballet by watching Plisetskaya, Zacharova, and Makarova dancing “Swan”. Most of the kids come to the school for several hours. Along with dance lessons they take singing, art, drama classes. All together kids are taught different aspects of Russian and world cultures. There are often themed lessons; for example, teacher asked kids to read a story of Vladimir Odoevesky  “City in the music box”. In class they pretended to dance like music box dolls, little hammers and the springing princess. Our art teacher Sophia Logvinova is always happy to take part in the project and during her lessons  kids made illustrations to the book. Along with traditional dance classes we teach character dance. As part of a Russian school we feel a necessity to learn Russian culture through dance.

Age 3-4


Age 5-6


  1. 1st Position (very little turnout)
  2. 2nd position (very little turnout)
  3. Demi- plie with turnout
  4. Tendu side
  5. Tendu devant/derriere (turnout towards the end of the year)
  6. Degage (parallel/devant)
  7. Weight Shift forward & backward
  8. Temps Lie
  9. Saute (jumps) parallel
  10. Saute in 1st
  11. Echappe (parallel) (jack in the box)
  12. Skips
  13. Polka steps
  14. Skating
  15. Jump vs. hop
  16. Pas de chat (parallel) *jump like a cat
  17. Assemble (parallel) *rabbit hole jumps

Age 7-8


  1. Demi- plie with eleve
  2. Tendu en croix
  3. Degage (turnout to 2nd)
  4. Demi Rond de jambe en de hors (frontward)
  5. rond de jambe en de dans (backward)
  6. fondu (parallel)
  7. Grand Battement (parallel, to the front)
  8. tombe a la second
  9. tombe devant (turnout)
  10. Pas de bouree (flat)
  11. Waltz
  12. Run, run leap

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  • Posted May 27, 2016

    Екатерина Кузнецова

    Я очень рекомендую класс Танца и класс Народного Танца под руководством Ирины Гуревич. За короткий срок и ограниченное количество занятий девочки разучили несколько танцев и очень успешно выступали на различных концертных мероприятиях, включая “Международные вечера” в школах нашего округа. Наибольшей популярностью пользовался русский народный танец “Хоровод”. Ирина — талантливый педагог. Она смогла научить девочек любить музыку, движение, ритм, красоту танца, научила их работать в коллективе.
    Спасибо, Ира! Желаем тебе творческих успехов в новом учебном году, и с нетерпением ждем наших новых выступлений!

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