Pre-Ballet – These classes teach young dancers the fundamentals of dance. Dancers will learn basic skills such as hopping, galloping, and marching. Dancers will also learn how to coordinate steps and move right and left. Tumbling will be introduced as well as singing and moving with props. This class is designed to build self confidence. Pre-school children must be at least 3 years old by September 1st, potty trained and able to part from a parent/guardian for the length of the class. The studio door will remain closed for the duration of the class after the first four dance classes.
Attire: Leotard, tights (tan or pink), black tap shoes (no ties) and pink ballet shoes.
Ballet & Pointe – Ballet is the foundation for all styles of dance. The first portion of class time will be spent at the barre for warm-up and technique exercises to prepare dancers for across- the- floor and center floor work. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, grace, and proper body placement. Pointe ballet is offered to students with at least three to five years of classical ballet training at our studio or with the recommendation from our ballet instructors.
Attire: Black leotard, pink tights and pink Pointe shoes. Sheer ballet skirts may be worn at the discretion of the instructor.
Contemporary – Contemporary tells a story through dance and combines classical ballet, modern and jazz technique. This class develops strength, flexibility and balance with a strong ballet base.
Attire: Black leotard, tights (tan or pink) and tan Contemporary shoes. Sheer ballet skirts or dance shorts may be worn at the discretion of the instructor. You must be actively participating in a regular ballet class.
Modern – Concentrates with expressing your own feelings, it is a very flexible kind of dance. Style that uses body contractions, flexed feet and off-center body shapes.
Attire: Leotard, tights (tan or pink) and tan dance paws. Dance shorts may also be worn. You must be actively participating in a regular ballet class.
Tap – Movements of tap are concentrated in your feet and ankles. Wearing shoes with metal taps, you tap out the rhythm of the music you are dancing to. Arms, head and hands are important but complementary to the actions of the feet. Designed to help dancers acquire a good sense of rhythm, expression of style, and ability to translate musical rhythms into tap patterns. Learn the various styles of tap dancing-ranging from Broadway tap to the latest jazz tap styles.
Attire: Leotard, tights (tan or pink) and tan tap shoes (additional black oxfords required for advanced classes). Heel height will depend on the class level. May also wear dance short or capri length dance pants.
Jazz – Style is angular and disjointed. It employs hip isolations, shoulder shrugs and head rolls. Dance movements tend to be pedestrian, emphasizing walking, hand clapping, finger snapping and general body isolations.
Attire: Leotard, tights (tan or pink), tan slip on jazz shoes. May also wear dance shorts or capri length dance pants.
Hip Hop – A form of street dance, the newest trend in jazz dance. Movements are bouncy, fast and funky. Extremely foot oriented but uses isolation movements, popping and break-dancing.
Attire: Street clothes are ok with a clean pair of sneakers.
Acro – This class begins to teach the fundamentals of gymnastics/acrobatics as well as enhancing self-esteem, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, form and focus. Students will focus on tumbling (forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, headstands and handstands).
Attire: Leotard, tights (tan or pink) and white acro shoes.
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