Classes

CORE CLASSES
Ballet lays a strong foundation for future dance training and is emphasized in all the combination classes we offer.

Tiny Tots                                
Age 2 1/2.  A unique and exciting program constructed especially for the very young dancer. A delightful introduction to the joy of movement.

30 min
  

Pre-School Dance      
Ages 3-5.  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.

1 hour



Ballet/Tap Combination Class 
Ages 5-6. A weekly class consisting of 30 minutes of ballet & 30 minutes of tap dance. Proper technique is emphasized in a fun and energetic environment. These classes help to minimize childhood awkwardness while continuing to enhance the motor skills necessary for future dance training.

1 hour



Tap/Ballet/Jazz Combination Class 
Ages 7-9.  A weekly class of Tap, Ballet, and Jazz at 30-45 minutes each depending on age and level. 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.

1.5 - 2.25 hours

Ages 10-12. A continued study of dance designed for students with emphasis on more advanced steps, terminology, and technique. Combination classes in this age range are 1 hour each for Ballet, Tap, and 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.

3 hours



Ballet
Ages 13 & up. 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-discipline. 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.

1 hour

Jazz
Age 13 & up 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 great accompaniment to theatre dance and hip hop training.

1 hour



Tap 
Age 13 & up. 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.

1 hour

 

SUPPLEMENTAL CLASSES
We strongly recommend our dancers register for the CORE classes (ballet, tap, and jazz) as your child's foundation for any supplementary dance classes.

Acrobatics                                
Ages 4 & up.  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.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACROBATICS & GYMNASTICS?  READ HERE.

45 minutes - 1.25 hours depending on age & level
  
Theatre Dance      
Ages 7 & up.  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! 

45 minutes - 1 hour depending on age & level



Hip Hop 
Ages 8 & up (age 7 only if also enrolled in Tap/Ballet/Jazz) combination class). 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 their own personalities. This class is designed to strengthen the student's ability to adopt jazz and funk movement as well as some tricks and breakin' skills.

45 minutes - 1 hour depending on age & level



Lyrical / Contemporary 
Ages 10 & up.  Lyrical and Contemporary dances are a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern techniques while telling a story through the lyrics of music. Emotional expression and interpretation of movement are critical elements while displaying balance, flexibility, and control. Must also be enrolled in weekly ballet class.

1 hour depending on age and level



Pointe 
The continuation of classical ballet training on pointe. The most important requisite for pointe 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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