Class Descriptions

Creative Movement for 2 – 3 year olds

This class is designed for our youngest dancers who want to express their independence without the assistance of mom or dad. Dancers will have fun learning movement to popular children’s music through singing and movement games. Props such as, hula-hoops, scarfs and bean bags are used to enhance the learning experience. Class sizes are kept small to assure plenty of individual attention for our youngest dancers. During the year, opportunities for motor development, movement exploration, creative play, and problem solving are given in directed activities. Our program is designed to gently introduce the young student to the discipline that will be required for study as well as to provide fun activities for learning basic dance elements.

 

Pre-Ballet for 4 – 5 year olds

This class exposes the student to a formal ballet class as well as to establish the acceptable classroom behavior. Basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination are taught, practiced, and developed through creative movement, music, and mime in a supportive and supervised environment.

 

Tap/Jazz for 4 – 5 year olds

This class will introduce dancers to both tap and jazz.  For the first part of class, dancers will learn basic tap techniques, steps, and combinations that will encourage rhythm, and coordination.  Part way through the class, dancers will change shoes and learn jazz steps, body shapes, movements, stretches, and have fun dancing to upbeat kids songs.

 

Tiny Hip Hoppers for 4 – 6 year olds

This class is fun and high energy!  Dancers will learn basic movement, freedom of expression, the art of freestyle, musicality, and class etiquette.  They will have fun warming up, stretching, doing isolations, and learning essential hip hop techniques.  We will go across the floor and learn choreography.

 

Tiny Tumblers for 4 – 5/6 year olds

Our tiny tumbler program prepares students by teaching them body awareness, balance, plyometric, basic floor tumbling skills, and class etiquette.   Tiny Tumblers will learn creative play, strength and stamina exercises, and movement combinations.

 

 

Ballroom

An introduction to the rumba, cha cha. samba, salsa, waltz, tango, quickstep and swing. Besides learning the basic steps in each dance, students will learn techniques for partnership, proper leg action, and how to listen to the music and identify the various rhythms. This class is open to all, even those with two left feet!

 

Ballet

Our ballet classes stress correct placement (body alignment), and correct classical ballet technique. Students will learn ballet fundamentals and terminology while developing strength, confidence, balance, and flexibility. Our program is designed to develop grace, flexibility, and coordination. It teaches classical ballet techniques, which include barre work, ballet stretches, center work, variations, and choreography. Class level is determined by the instructor, and is based on an individual assessment when the student takes a trial class. All students receive corrections during class to help them advance.

 

Tap

Our tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles, exercises, and choreography. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

 

Jazz

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on technique and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

 

Hip Hop

A high-energy class – it develops strength, endurance, and rhythm, by learning the latest hip choreography from the hottest music videos and current leaders in the genre.  Dancers will warm-up with simple movements, isolations, stretches, followed by across the floor progressions and choreography.  This class also covers floor-work and simple tricks and freezes.

 

Musical Theatre

These upbeat classes teach Broadway-style choreography, show-stopping stage presence, and acting, with a focus on learning song-and-dance numbers from a variety of musical productions, past and present.

 

Yoga

This yoga class is for all skill levels. Practitioners will have opportunities to build bone strength with standing poses, develop greater body awareness with balance work, and rejuvenate the spine and stretch the front body with back bends and hip openers. This is not necessarily a “gentle” yoga class; without effort, there is no ease.  Whether you are new to the practice of yoga, are looking for a safe way to burn some calories, or if it’s simply a match for your schedule know that you will find challenge, encouragement, and peace here. *NEW THIS YEAR* We will have Yoga workshops once a month on Saturdays to replace our weekly class.  Classes will be posted on our Google Calendar on the website.

 

Technique

This class focuses on development of strength and foundational dance technique.  Dancers will be pushed hard mentally and physically and challenged in their stamina and execution. Serious dancers or dancers looking to improve their level should be in technique class.

 

Lyrical/Contemporary 

This class develops lyrical and contemporary styles through a variety of combinations and exercises. Dancers will learn new pieces often and will perform a lot during this class.