At the Teenage Drama Workshop, dance class is a requirement for all students in the performance track. Basic ballet is taught and students also work on core strength and posture. By the end of the workshop, the students work in groups to choreograph their own dance numbers, a few of which will be showcased at the Munch and Crunch review on Aug. 2. Pictured, Level 1 students in this morning's dance class working on their battements across the floor.
Definition according to the American Ballet Theatre: Battement: [bat-MAHN] Beating. A beating action of the extended or bent leg. There are two types of battements, grands battements and petits battements. The petis battements are: Battements tendus, dégagés, frappés and tendus relevés: stretched, disengaged, struck and stretched-and-lifted.