Class Descriptions

(age is only a recommendation and used as a reference-students are placed in levels based on ability-Students often remain in a level for multiple years).

Creative Movement  Age 2.5-4 depending on experience) In this class

children will explore moving to music and rhythms. A great first class for children who are too young for our Beginner Dance Class. Creative Movement is the exploration of dance movement with the use of imagery. We focus on creative movement which builds on the necessary gross motor skills needed for primary dance instruction. We use fun, upbeat music to learn basic skills like hopping, skipping, jumping, galloping, and balance coordination. A variety of educational props, instruments, and manipulatives used in class.

Beginner Dance (Age 4  and up)– During this stage of dance development, introductory technique is the primary focus in ballet. Students learn the 5 positions of the feet, arm positions, and participate in basic center/ floor exercises such as plies, tendus, and rond de jambe. Tap technique includes steps like stamp, shuffles, stomps, and flaps. Students will dance a series of repetitive movements which build upon each other. Students learn to use movement as an expression of themselves while developing strength and poise.

Intermediate Dance (Ages 5 and up)-2 years of dance experience preferred-All of the above with the addition of an emphasis on more advanced techniques and terminologies while increasing the student’s awareness of proper body alignment and musical comprehension.  Students will begin basic barre work in order to further strengthen balance and alignment.

Ballet 1 (age 6+) Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts learned in Pre-Ballet and then gradually moves the students into the traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. The process is gradual to ensure that students develop their muscles correctly and do not force turnout. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. Character dance steps are incorporated into classes.

Ballet 2 (age 7+) Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts learned in Ballet 1 and then gradually moves the students into the traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. The process is gradual to ensure that students develop their muscles correctly and do not force turnout. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. Character dance steps are incorporated into classes. More complex combinations are given as students’ progress.

Ballet 3 (9+ or by invitation)  This level of training is designed for children who want to advance their studies and, for girls, prepares them for pointe. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized. More complex combinations are given as students’ progress.

Ballet 4 and Pointe 1 (10+ or by invitation)Ballet 4 and Pointe offers intense training for the intermediate to advanced dancer in technique and pointe work. The curriculum includes difficult adagio work, multiple pirouettes, complicated allegro with beats, and greater attention to artistry and performance qualities. We will continue to work and achieve proper lines of the legs and feet, along with flexibility and strength while executing the appropriate steps for this level. Attendance is required 3 times per week.

Ballet  5, 5X, and 6 (12+ or by invitation)– These classes offer more intense training for the advanced dancer in technique and pointe work. The curriculum includes difficult adagio work, multiple pirouettes, complicated allegro with beats, and greater attention to artistry and performance qualities. We will continue to work and achieve proper lines of the legs and feet, along with flexibility and strength while executing the appropriate steps for this level. Advanced students are encouraged to participate in all performance opportunities as part of their training. Attendance is required 4 times per week.

 

Variations 1 (For advanced pointe students/by invitation only)-Designed to put our advanced dancers’ skills into practice by learning excerpts from classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, and the Nutcracker. A new classical piece will be introduced every 2-3 weeks.

Advanced Variations (For advanced pointe students/by invitation only)Same as above with more advanced and complex variations.

Jazz 1For students in ballet 1.  A combination of traditional jazz, contemporary, modern, and lyrical dance

Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical-2 or 3-For students in ballet level 2 or 3 ballet- Same as above with more complex combinations.

Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical 4-6-For students in ballet level 4, 5, 5x or 6  ballet- Same as above with more complex combinations, when applicable the opportunity to choreograph along with instructor

Tap 1/2- For students in ballet 1 and 2- dynamic classes focusing on basic tap rhythms and steps

Tap 3 or 4- For students in ballet 3 or 4- dynamic and percussive classes focusing on tap rhythms, styles and execution- More complex steps and combinations are given as students’ progress.

Tap 5, 5x or 6- For students in ballet 5 or 6- dynamic and percussive classes focusing on tap rhythms, styles and execution- More complex steps and combinations are given as students’ progress.