Class Subjects

Ages 2-3 

Topsie Twirlies- Emphasis is on Ballet basics, Acro/tumbling, creative movement, locomotive movements such as walking, running, hopping, leaping, jumping, and galloping. 


Ages 3-4 

Ballet/TapEmphasis is on Ballet & Tap basic skills, Creative Movement, and locomotive skills. Dancers also learn basic terminology.

Ballet/Acro - Emphasis is on Ballet Basics, Acro & Tumbling basics to include Creative Movement and locomotive skills. Leaps & turns. Dancers also learn basic terminology.

Age 4-6

Ballet/Jazz- Emphasis is on basic ballet technique and basic jazz technique to include isolations and locomotive skills well as terminology for both.

Age 4-7

Hip HopEmphasis is on basic hip hop movement to include warmups w/cardio, stretching for flexibility, and tricks as well as basic terminology.


Ages 5-6  

Ballet/TapEmphasis is on creative movement, Ballet & Tap basic skills, Creative Movement, and locomotive skills. Dancers also learn basic terminology.

Ballet/Acro - Emphasis is on creative movement, Ballet Basics, Acro & tumbling basics to include locomotive skills. Dancers also learn basic terminology and staging.

Musical Theatre/Jazz - Dancers work on basic jazz technique to include warmups w/cardio, stretching for flexibility, and movements of musical theatre to include games and acting activities, Dancers also learn basic terminology and staging.

Lyrical - Emphasis is on basic lyrical movements to include turns and leaps. Warmups with cardio & stretching for flexibility, across the floor progressions and choreography as well as basic terminology and staging.

Hip Hop- Emphasis is on basic hip hop movement to include warmups w/cardio, stretching for flexibility, and tricks as well as basic terminology.

Age 7 & up

** At the age of 7 Dancers need more concentrated classes so subjects are separate classes. Please keep in mind that Ballet is the basic of all dance subjects. Classes are first broken into age groups (7-9, 10-12, and Teens) then levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.  Some younger more experienced dancers may be placed in an older age group and some older dancers may be placed in a younger age group depending the level of training and dance experience they have.



Creative Movement

Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore the world of dance and movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. Creative movement uses body actions to: communicate an image (the wind), communicate an idea (a journey) or communicate a feeling (strength). Locomotive skills are also explored as well as learning to focus, work on concentration, and following directions.

Ballet

Ballet is classical placement of foundational principles of body movement. Emphasis in on classical ballet technique with precise body form and movement developing flexibility and strengthening in the legs, feet, and body core. Developing turnout, learning ballet terminology and meaning of terminology associated with movement.  Cecchetti is the main method of ballet we teach with a little Vaganova and Balanchine style. As dancers advance they learn more advance turns and foot work. Barre work, Adagio, Petitie allegro and Grande allergo are incorporated.
 

Pointe

After learning basic ballet technique and developing sufficient strength and flexibility, female dancers begin to learn pointe technique in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet on specially designed and handcrafted pointe shoes. Factors such as age, experience, strength and alignment is considered when deciding whether to allow a dancer to begin pointe work.



Tap
Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and ball of the foot. Beginners learn basic steps, rhythms, terminology and meaning of terminology. Advance dancers learn more intricate steps, rhythms, and combinations and well as varies styles and techniques of tap.

Jazz
Jazz dance is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely tap, ballet, jazz music, and African-American rhythms and dance. Jazz dance is the performance dance technique and style that emerged in Brazil and includes ragtime dances, Charleston, Lindy hop, and mambo. Terminology, body alignment, warms ups to include cardio and strengthening as well as flexibility and body isolations are incorporated.  Dancers also learn various walks, leaps, jumps, and turns associated with jazz. Ballet is strongly recommended for jazz.

Lyrical
Lyrical dance has been defined as a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics & modern. Lyrical displays emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, and illustration of song lyrics. This dance style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. Ballet & Jazz are strongly recommended simultaneously or before taking lyrical. Acro is also helpful in lyrical class. Terminology, body alignment, warms ups to include cardio and strengthening as well as flexibility and body isolations are incorporated.  Dancers also learn various walks, leaps, jumps, and turns associated with lyrical.



Progressions

Progressions class is a class that focuses on walks, leaps, jumps, and turns used in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro class and choreography of all these subjects. Focus is on alignment, technique, execution, various skill levels of difficulty, to include connecting the different movements together.

 

Hip Hop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music evolved by hip hop culture but various other music styles are used now as well to include classical.  Hip Hop includes a wide range of dance styles such as break dance, jazz/funk, isolations, popping, locking, krumping, as well as video & commercial style dance. Fun and less technical as far as leaps and turns but technique and body alignment are still concentrated on. Acro and Jazz are helpful with hip hop training.

Contemporary/Modern

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements with controlled legwork of ballet and with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Modern dance is where music and rhythmic bodily movement come together with influences  Caribbean and African movement and without the structured movement of classical ballet allowing the body to perform contract-release, fall and recovery movements. Jazz, ballet, and lyrical help with contemporary and modern dance styles.

Acro 

Acro combines smooth, graceful transitions between dance and acrobatic movements as it blends classical dance technique of ballet, jazz, lyrical, yoga, pilates, and modern with the precision elements of acrobatics. Some acrobatic movements and acts of balance performed in acro are forward and backward rolls, handstands, walking on hands, elbow stances, various cartwheels, aerials, walkovers front and back, bridges, round offs, back handsprings and more.  Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength. Dancers also focus on body alignment, warms ups to include cardio and strengthening as well as flexibility. 

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre dance combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content (humor, love, anger, hurt) is communicated through dance and movement. Musical theatre dancing is less of a particular style, and more of a description of dancing that is rooted in the diverse history of Broadway musicals. Dancers rely heavily on a knowledge of ballet, tap, and jazz so these subjects are highly recommended to take before or  simultaneously with musical theatre. Dancers also focus on acting as well as musical interpretation of songs and characters they portray while dancing therefore musical theatre games and skits are a part of this dance class. Terminology, creative movement, and stage directions are also learned.

PBT Training

Progressive Ballet Training is an innovative program designed to train dancers in muscle memory to improve technique, flexibility and longevity in dance, while gaining a greater awareness of their muscles and how to use them properly to achieve their goals in ballet.



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