Classes

AGE 2 1/2

TINY TOTS - A unique and exciting program constructed especially for the very young dancer. A delightful introduction to the joy of movement, for 2 1/2 year olds who are not ready for the decipiline of ballet or tap. This class meets weekly for 30 minutes. - Dress Code

 

 

AGE 3-5                                 

PRE-SCHOOL - A special dance discovery program for children which introduces ballet and tap on a beginner level. This program is designed to stimulate the imagination and creativity of each child while encouraging strength, coordination, and a sense of rhythm. This class meets weekly for 1 hour. - Dress Code


COMBINATION CLASS

A class offering instruction which combines two or more forms of dance into a weekly session of 1-hour or longer.

Ballet is the foundation of all dance movement and is emphasized in all of the combination classes we offer.

BALLET: Ballet develops the coordination of mind and body. It can improve and correct poor posture and can help to strengthen a child who is physically weak. Ballet builds confidence and promotes self-decipline. It also gives children a sense of movement, rhythm and an appreciation of music. Good posture, grace, strength and agility are all derived from ballet training.

TAP: A form of dance, which greatly improves rhythm, balance and coordination. A tap dancer uses his or her feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.

JAZZ: In jazz class, our students expand on what they have learned in ballet and tap and perform it to today's popular music. There is an emphasis on learning how to isolate body movements as well as mastering tricks like kicks, jumps and splits. It is a good first step toward future hip hop and theatre dance instruction.

AGE 5-6

Ballet/Tap

A weekly class consisting of 30 minutes of ballet and 30 minutes of tap dance. Proper technique is emphasized in a fun and energetic environment. These classes help to minimize childhood awkwardness while continuting to enhance the motor skills necessary for future dance training. - Dress Code

Age 7

Tap/Ballet/Jazz  *  Ballet/Tap  *  Ballet/Jazz

A weekly class of ballet, tap and/or jazz at 30 minutes each. At this age, classes are designed to build strength and refine coordination through more complex combinations of movements. Students will leave each week feeling a sense of accomplishment with our fun and challenging curriculum. - Dress Code

Age 8-11

Tap  *  Ballet  *  Jazz

A continued study of dance designed for students with emphasis on more advanced steps, terminology, and technique. Combination classes in this age range are 45 minutes each for ballet, tap or jazz and are on the same day for the convenience of the busy parent. Children are grouped by similar age as well as ability because both are important factors in placing children properly in these classes. - Dress Code


Other classes offered:

ACROBATICS

The study of basic tumbling skills leading into more advanced aerial stunts, combined with exercise, dance and music. It involves difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination. All technique is taught on floor mats with no gymnastic apparatus. (Age 4 and older) - Dress Code

 

THEATRE DANCE

This is not 'just' a dance class. Combined with singing and acting, it is designed to broaden every student's understanding and appreciation of Broadway dance styles through the eras. Be prepared... this class promises to be exciting and fun while challenging ALL your dance training! (Age 7 and older) - Dress Code

 

HIP HOP

Hip hop is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. This class is offered to children age 8 and older and is designed to strengthen the student's ability to adopt jazz and funk movement as well as some tricks and breakin' skills. - Dress Code

 

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz techniques while telling a story through the lyrics of music. Emotional expression and interpretation of movment are critical elements while displaying balance, flexibility and control. In order to participate in this class, students must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

 

POINTE

  The continuation of classical ballet training on pointe.  The most important requisite for pointe work is good coordination of the whole body, which is established through MANY YEARS of serious ballet training both at the ballet barre and center floor.  This class is by invitation ONLY and relies completely on the discretion of the teacher.  

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