nurturing athleticism & artistry
Some Perks of our Programs!
no registration fees
flexible payment options
10% off Family Discount
optional performance opportunities
complimentary program advisors
*click on the program menu above to see class times and pricing.
*Visit Danzar in Jax or St. Augustine for NOVA's uniform tights and shoes
Leotard, hair tied back
ballet shoes optional or bare feet
Boys: light gray athletic shorts, and
leotard, tights, and skirt
hair in a bun, optional uniform scrunchie
Boys: light grey tights, white shirt, white ballet shoes
Acro & Conditioning:
leotard, shorts, and tights are optional
hair in bun
Boys: light grey athletic shorts, white shirt
Contemporary & Modern:
leotard, shorts, tights optional
hair in ponytail
*ask the instructor for shoe preference
Boys: light grey tights, white shirt
Primary A & B
comfy loose fitting athletic wear
*new sneakers with a flat bottom
and not worn outside
uniform shorts, solid colored tank or tee
*new sneakers with a flat bottom
and not worn outside
NOVA jacket or light cover-up optional
Athletic Training for Dancers
Providing dancers with athletic training and conditioning that supports the technical demands of the dance profession.
BODY MIND & SOUL
- providing targeted strength building that will improve STABILITY, STRENGTH, and STAMINA
- teaching dancers to develop a habit of conditioning at home and on their own time
- equipping students to listen to, support, and train their bodies
- inspiring a love for wellness and healthy living
Our Curriculum at a Glance
Ballet Technique Classes
NOVA is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Pre-Primary through Level 5 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teachers, Aubrey Van Benthem, Morgan Sanborn, Kendra Frank, Bekah Hostetter, Patrick VanBuren, who have successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
NOVA's pointe curriculum is uniquely crafted by our founder, Aubrey Van Benthem, and based on a series of technical assessments, targeted exercises, and conditioning, based on years of success in training and re-training pointe students. The curriculum is based on the research and published work of, Lisa Howell, a world renowned ballet physiotherapist.
Pointe class placement is tracked separately from regular ballet classes allowing students the option to choose whether they want to pursue pointe or not.
Pre-pointe begins when students enter Level 2 Ballet. The class time is focused on assessing and instructing students in key exercises that target the strength and flexibility needed for safe and enjoyable pointe work. Students work on their exercises at home throughout the week and will begin to become students of their own athletic training. Before going on pointe students must pass their technical assessment for pointe for their benefit and safety.
This class is a fusion of research-based curriculum from ABT, Harkness Center, Lisa Howell, and NOVA's founder. Designed as a safe and gradual introduction to pointe this class meets twice a week for 30 min at a time, allowing the bones in the feet to slowly build up strength and endurance, and culminates with fun center combinations that help students fall in love with their first few years on pointe.
Advanced Foot Control
This unique class is a must-have for intermediate to advanced pointe dancers. The barefoot barre and challenging foot and ankle exercises will fine-tune the dancer's strength and foot articulation, improving the dancer's ability to work through their shoe and access their full pointe range. This class is designed as the next step after beginning pointe but is also wonderful for advanced dancers who want to improve the quality of their pointe work or increase their endurance on pointe.
A fun and upbeat class for advanced dancers, you'll enjoy learning classical variations on pointe, creative choreography, and partnering work taught by one of The Florida Ballet's principal dancers. This class is designed to work on pointe-specific advanced ballet skills, such as runs, turns, and footwork. Students will fall in love with the artistry and creative expression known only to pointe work.
NOVA brings cutting-edge research and athletic training to the dance world. Our conditioning classes for levels 1B - Level 5 are comprised of three key components.
Conditioning classes start out the semester with Progressing Ballet Technique, an internationally accredited program for dancers. It focuses on training core stability, weight placement, and alignment through a gradual approach of carefully designed exercises and repetitions of these exercises that trigger muscle memory. Students will gain a greater sense of body awareness, posture, placement, and correct muscle engagement. NOVA's classes are taught by some of the best licensed PBT instructors in the Jacksonville area. Check out our staff page to read their bios.
A necessary supplement to any dancer's conditioning regimen, functional yoga focuses on simple bodyweight exercises that enhance basic functional movements. Whether unloading the dishwasher or performing a classical ballet, functional yoga provides the strength and stability to prevent injury and improve athletic performance. The key focuses of this class are hip and core stability and increased fascial and dynamic flexibility. Students will leave confident in their strength and dynamic movement.
As important as physical conditioning is, it's equally important to address a dancer's mental wellness. Yoga has countless benefits in teaching us how to listen to our bodies and find stillness, peace, and grounding. At NOVA we believe in training dancers in body, mind, and soul in order to help them find their own rhythm of wellness now and in their futures. Ending our conditioning semester with mindful yoga, allows students to find their center, connect with the present and process the stressors of everyday life.
Pre-Primary acro will be offered using the Acrobatic Arts© curriculum. Classes are an exciting way for little ones to explore body awareness, and movement, and to further their dance skills. Basic acro movements such as summersaults, cartwheels, handstands, and more will be taught while hands-on instruction is provided to ensure safety. Classes are full of movement, and variations of fun activities, and focus on helping your child move onto the next levels.
Primary - Level 1A
NOVA's acro classes are based on the Acrobatic Arts© curriculum. Our certified instructors will be working with students on building both specific dance skills and athleticism. The purpose of acro in our dance programming is to develop a student's dynamic core strength, coordination, and proprioception necessary for not only dance but sports and other recreational hobbies. Some of the skills they will learn include bridges, cartwheels, summersaults, partner exercises, and much more. Acro is an ideal complement to ballet, and we highly recommend that our ballet students take both acro and ballet. This upbeat, varied class will give your child confidence in their body awareness, and daily activities.