Creative Movement Ages 2.5-4: (1-hour class per week) - Our pre-school classes include the fundamentals to participate in future dance classes, as well as begin school. The students study ballet, tap and AcroDance. They exercise with movement games and sing children’s songs. Their creative ability is encouraged, and they work on musicality and coordination. They are taught basic dance steps, with correct terminology and beginning combination skills. These classes perform one dance in our annual recital.
Combination Ages 5- 7: (1-hour class per week) - Our 5 - 7 year old dancers take a combination class of tap, ballet and acro. These classes teach the building blocks of each technique, working towards mastering the basic terminology and steps and preparing for taking longer classes in each of the dance techniques. These classes perform two dances in our annual recital.
Level I Ages 7+: (30-minutes class lengths) - These levels are very exciting, and are where the children really begin to dance. They begin understanding the concepts of technique and learn more complicated combinations. They are taught performing skills and begin to learn some advanced steps. Progress at this level is great. It is where we begin to divide children by ability and experience instead of ages. They are offered tap, ballet, jazz and acro. These classes perform a dance in the recital for each of the types of dance they study, except acro.
Level II Ages 9+: (30 to 45-minute class lengths) - This level can have very advanced 8 year old and 11 year olds with little experience. These classes begin to move into much more complicated combinations, as well as advanced steps. Flexibility, strength, endurance and dedication begin to factor into these developmental years. They are offered tap, ballet, jazz and acro. These classes perform a dance in the recital for each of the types of dance they study, except acro.
Hip Hop Ages 6 and up: (45-minute class length) Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. These classes perform in our recital.
Level III – Level VI Classes:
Acrobatic Arts: (1-hour per week) - This is an intermediate/advanced floor work tumbling class which improves flexibility, strength, balance and coordination, while building on basic acrobatic skills. Students are in a class, but given individual attention and allowed to progress on tricks individually.
Ballet: (1-hour to 1-hour 30-minute class lengths) - As with each level, students are invited to upper level ballet after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. These classes will focus on proper alignment, positions of the arms, direction of the body, flexibility, strength, advanced technique and increased movement vocabulary. All classes perform in our recital.
Advancement to the next level is not automatic in one year. These classes study alignment, rotation, and the technique aspect of ballet. They are much more in depth than combination classes. More advanced steps and combinations are included. Ballet is the building block of all dance, and these classes bridge the gap between the intermediate and advanced dancer. All ballet classes perform in the recital.
Pointe: (1-hour class length) - By permission of instructor, after a minimum of 1 year in Ballet III or equivalent at other studios. Current levels are Pointe with Ballet IV or Senior Pointe. Advanced ballet dancers learn to dance en pointe (on the toes). Repetition strengthens the foot and ankle muscles until the beginner pointe dancer is strong enough to leave the barre. The dancer must “start over” in her training, when beginning pointe classes and learn to stand up, progressing from there. The intermediate and advanced dancers continue to strengthen their bodies and train, transitioning the steps and technique from soft shoe to pointe. All classes perform in our recital.
Tap: (45-minute class length) - Advancement is attained as the skills of each level are mastered. All classes perform in our recital.
Jazz: (45-minute class length) - More complex combinations and increased memory skills are required in this class. These classes present a rounded class of stretching and increasing flexibility and strength. Turns, leaps and complex combinations are taught at these levels. All classes perform in our recital.
Lyrical: (30 to 45-minute class length) - Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy, and anger. All classes perform in our recital.
Contemporary: (30 to 45-minute class length) - 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. All classes perform in our recital.
Private Lessons: Students may sign up for private lessons if teachers have available time slots for them. Sometimes students take these classes to catch up on missed choreography or attain needed skills to advance to the next level.