Dance 205

DNCE 205: Low-Intermediate Ballet

Credit Hours: (1) Four hours technique


Based on the Vagonova System, a scientific, thorough, and highly expressive classical ballet training method. Basic barre and centre practice, including adagio and allegro techniques on a low-intermediate level.

Note(s): May be taken for a total of eight semester hours of credit.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Addition of demi-pointe to adagio at the barre and center; learn turns and transitional movements from one pose to another by using plie, releve, and tombe; Begin to learn battues (beats)


  • Battements Tendu Pour Batterie
  • Flic-Flac en face
  • Battement Developpe Ballotte
  • Grand Battement Balance
  • Grand Rond De Jambe Jete
  • Grand Temps Releve
  • Battement Sountenu en tournant
  • Tour en dehors and en dedans


  • Battement Tendu en tournant
  • Battement Soutenu en tournant
  • Pas De Bourree dessus-dessous en tournant
  • Temps Lie (90 degrees)
  • Tour Lent in different poses
  • Preparations for Grand Tours from 4th and 2nd positions
  • Tours sur le cou-de-pied from 4th, 5th, 2nd positions and Degage (1 turn)
  • Tours sur le cou-de-pied from Grand Plie from 5th position



  • Echappe Battu
  • Royale
  • Entrechat-quarte
  • Assemble battu
  • Entrechat-trois
  • Entrechat-cinq
  • Ballonne battu (from 5th postion and from coupe)
  • Brise forward and back
  • Jete battu
  • Emboite (45 degree)
  • Pas De Chat
  • Sissonne Tombe
  • Pas Failli
  • Rond De Jambe En L’air (45 Degree)
  • Pas De Basque en tournant
  • Balance en tournant
  • Sissonne Ouvert to all poses (90 degree0
  • Grand Assemble from 5th position and from Coupe
  • Temps Leve
  • Tour en Pair for boys (1 Turn)
  • Changement De Pied
  • Pas Couru


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A professional approach in which the fundamental technique and theory of the Vagonova method of training in classical ballet is solidified and the nuances of the art form are introduced to the student with a basic ballet background.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will . . .

1. Demonstrate technical competency in the executing of classical ballet technique at a low-intermediate level.
2. Possess a general understanding of the Classical aesthetic and how it relates to technical principles.


Assessment Measures

The student may be measured through direct observation by the instructor, digital/video taping for analysis, practical and written exams, and class attendance.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Revised April, 2009

June 20, 2015