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Class Schedules

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Class Descriptions

Musical Theatre
(ages 8-18)
This class will delve into the art form that is musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting! Students will learn all that it takes to be successful in musical theatre from learning choreography, to singing WHILE dancing, and telling stories through song. Students will also work on scenes from various musicals and work on improvisation to build their creative and storytelling skills.

 

Creative Movement
(ages 3-5)
Creative Movement is the very young child’s introduction to dance in a classroom setting. This class sparks the imagination and develops motor skills while the dancers move joyfully with music. Young students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and all exercises are age appropriate.

DRESS CODE
Any color leotard, tights, pink ballet slippers and skirts and tutus of your choice.

 

Primary Ballet/Jazz
(ages 5-7)
Primary Ballet/Jazz will continue the young dancer’s exposure to ballet and jazz fundamentals and vocabulary. Barre work and center work are presented along with across the floor large motor movements.

DRESS CODE
Any color leotard, pink or black tights, pink ballet slippers, simple wrap skirts are optional.

 

Ballet
Ballet 1 (ages 8-11)     Ballet 2 (9-12)      Ballet 3 (10-14)
Ballet Levels 1-3 focus on foundational training in placement, strength building, traditional French ballet vocabulary, musicality and expression.

Ballet 4 (ages 11-15)     Ballet 5 (12-17)     Ballet 6 (13-17)      Ballet 7 (14-17)
Ballet Levels 4-7 focus on the refinement of technical and performance skills with the goal of attaining pre-professional artistry. Musicality and presentation are strongly emphasized, with athleticism being every bit as important to the ballet experience as elegance and grace.

DRESS CODE
Ladies - all ladies wear tights and pink ballet slippers, with drawstrings tucked in. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.

Gentlemen - all gentlemen wear black ballet shoes. Hair should be worn away from the face. Males in Level 1 and up must wear an appropriate dancer belt and undergarments, as well as thick black elastic belt over the waist.

 

Pre-Pointe
Pre-Pointe is the prerequisite to “going on pointe”. This class emphasizes proper placement and develops the dancer’s strength for pointe work. Students attend this class for 12-16 months for insured readiness for pointe work. Dancers must be at Level 4 in order to begin working toward pointe. One year of two ballet technique classes must be complete for proper strength building prior to attending pre-pointe class.

DRESS CODE
Ladies - all ladies wear tights & pink ballet slippers, with drawstrings tucked in. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.

 

Pointe 1-4
These classes are designed to train the serious ballet student on pointe. As students
progress to higher levels, variations and partnering work will be included in class work.

DRESS CODE
Ladies - all ladies wear tights and pointe shoes. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.

 

Teen Beginning Ballet 1&2
(ages 12-18)
Teen Beginning Ballet introduces ballet barre and center movement, epaulement (angles of the body) and traditional French vocabulary.

DRESS CODE
Leotards and tights, or form-fitting leggings and a tank top.

 

Jazz
Jazz 1 (ages 8-11)      Jazz 2 (9-12)      Jazz 3 (10-14)
Jazz Levels 1-3 focus on foundational training in core strength, coordination, jazz vocabulary and musicality. Jazz class explores traditional, Broadway and contemporary styles with fun upbeat energy. Flexibility, coordination and strength are focal points of the warm up, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Beginner students learn basic jazz steps and vocabulary through across the floor exercises and simple combinations.

Jazz 4 (ages 11-15)      Jazz 5 (12-17)      Jazz 6 (13-17)      Jazz 7 (14-17)
Jazz Levels 4-7 focus on continued progress in strength, flexibility, while continuing to develop styles and performance with introduction to a wide range of jazz music. Intermediate classes focus on body placement and proper technique, stretching and development of skills. Advanced classes emphasize quality of movement in addition to perfecting technique, performance skills and varied styles.

DRESS CODE
Ladies – any color leotard, jazz pants, capris or tights and black jazz shoes. Hair pulled back.
Gentlemen – any solid color, form fitting t-shirt, black jazz pants and black jazz shoes. Males in Level 1 and up must wear an appropriate dancers belt and undergarments, as well as thick black elastic belt over the waist.

 

Teen Jazz
(ages 12 and up)
Teen Beginning Jazz introduces basic jazz technique and styles. Strength and flexibility are emphasized. Center warm up, isolations and basic dance combinations will be part of each class.

DRESS CODE
Comfortable, but for fitting attire with black jazz shoes. Leotard and tights are not required.

 

Beginning Contemporary Dance
(ages 11-15)
Beginning Contemporary students must have studied another dance discipline (ballet or jazz) for at least one year. The class concentrates on body awareness, exploring different levels, traveling movements and positions and increasing the body’s strength and flexibility. The concept of fall and recovery, contractions, jumps, turns, improvisation and exploration of different musical rhythms and their dynamics are introduced.

DRESS CODE
A solid color leotard, black form fitting capri pants or tights, and foot protection.

 

Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary
(prerequisite Beginner Contemporary Dance)
These  classes includes exposure to Horton, Limon, Graham and other foundational techniques. Contemporary combines ballet and jazz for an expressive form of dance.  Work in improvisation and choreographic principles are introduced. Ballet class required.

DRESS CODE
Solid color leotard, black form fitting capri pants or tights, and foot protection

 

HipHop
Primary HipHop (ages 5-7)
Primary HipHop introduces the young dancer to the basic jazz moves used in Hip Hop, Funk and Street dance. Isolations and attention to rhythm will be stressed.

Beginning HipHop (ages 8-14)
This class is an introduction for students who are just starting out or have minimal hip-hop experience. Class includes a warm-up that concentrates on building stamina, strength and flexibility and rhythm isolations. Level I focuses on building a foundation of basic hip-hop movements, across the floor exercises and short combinations to age appropriate music.

Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (ages 11+)
This class is for students who have developed a foundation of basic hip-hop movements and sequences. Hip hop 2 places more emphasis on body conditioning and developing and ear for rhythms and syncopation. Students will be expected to execute challenging combinations.

DRESS CODE
Any color leotard, jazz pants and black jazz shoes.

 

Tap
Primary Tap (ages 5-7)
Primary Tap introduces the young dancer to basic coordination exercises while working on simple rhythms. Listening skills are important for identifying downbeat.

Beginning Tap (ages 8-11)
In beginning tap dancers will gain knowledge of basic tap vocabulary and steps. Shuffles, flaps, flap heel, scuffles, running flaps, and riffs will be the focus and maxi-fords, Irish, buffalos and beginning time steps will also be introduced.

Intermediate Tap (ages 9-12)    Advanced Tap(ages 12-18)
Intermediate and advanced tap prepares the dancer for pullbacks and wings and more complex movements.

DRESS CODE
Any solid color t-shirt, black pants, black tap shoes

 

Spectrum Class
(ages 11-adult)

Spectrum classes will include exposure students to many aspects of arts and athleticism not touched on in a regular dance class. These classes are meant to enhance the knowledge and artistic understanding of dance in theater as art forms.

  • Visual Art appreciation
  • Music appreciation (various genres)
  • Art and Music History
  • Dance History
  • Core strengthening
  • Isometric stretching
  • Self Defense
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Stage Make- Up
  • Costume and Set Design

 

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