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Mommy and me

Creative movement class based in several dance styles including ballet, jazz and acrobatics, offered to our youngest preschoolers. A wonderful bonding experience between parent (or any available adult relative) and child. These classes are similar to those at the Predance Level, but allow the child the security of having a trusted parent or family member in the room and participating with them. The curriculum is play orientated, where students learn basic co-ordination movements, and develop both gross and fine motor skills through a variety of games and nursery rhymes. The class will progress to actual dance exercises and terminology towards the end of the year, however the main emphasis is on participation, freedom of expression and having fun . Classes are 45 minutes.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Pink leotard of choice
– Ballet pink tights
– Pink leather ballet slippers
– Optional Items: dance skirt, dance shrug or wrap sweater (must be snug)
– Hair must be tied back and off of face.

Predance (age 4)

class_predanceCreative movement class primarily based in ballet offered to preschoolers. Classes are play orientated, where students learn basic co-ordination movements, and develop both gross and fine motor skills through a variety of exercises, games and nursery rhymes. The class will expand on the skills learned in Mommy and Me, and introduces a variety of basic dance skills and terminology , however the main emphasis is on having fun, participation and developing concentration skills. Classes are 45 minutes.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Pink or black leotard of choice
– Ballet pink tights
– Pink leather ballet slippers
– Optional Items : dance skirt, dance shrug or wrap sweater (must be snug)
– Hair must be tied back and off of face

Ballet (ages 5 and over)

classes-balletThe Russian Method (Vagonova) of ballet is studied, however various Cecchetti steps and terminology are also taught. Students develop a strong sense of body awareness and poise, as well as excellent muscle control and flexibility. All serious dance students should take ballet class. C.D.T.A. exams Primary to Advanced are offered. Classes are usually one-hour minimum.
Dress Code Requirements:

– Black body suit (style of choice)
– Beige Tights ( ballet pink tights will be need for exams and possibly for recital)
– Pink Canvas Ballet slipper / split sole
– Optional items: Black form fitting dance shorts or ballet skirt (for students beginner level and younger)
– Hair must be tied back off of face ( for students at the junior level and higher hair must be in a bun)

Boys
– Black or White Tank Top or Tight fitting T-Shirt
– Black Shorts
– Black Ballet Slippers

Tap/Jazz Combo

An introduction to the very basic and beginning steps in both tap and modern jazz dancing. Both tap shoes and soft ballet slippers are required. The course alternates with one week of tap, then one week of jazz. Tap work is mostly stationary and focuses a lot on footwork, while jazz allows freedom of movement, focusing on rhythm and energy. Classes range from 45 minutes to one hour in length.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Black Body Suit (style of choice)
– Beige Tights
– Black patent tap shoes (oxford for boys, Mary Jane for girls)
– Pink or black ballet slippers for jazz portion
– Hair must be tied back and off of face.

Tap (Ages 7+)

classes-tapBeginner to advanced tap history and terminology are taught. Basic steps and rhythms to advanced footwork and synchopations are studied. A.D.A.P.T examinations from primary to advance may be offered. Students will learn various tap styles ranging from vaudeville and Broadway to more urban inspired rhythms. Classes are one-hour minimum.

Dress Code Requirements:

-Black Body Suit (style of choice)
-Beige Tights
-Black Tap Shoes ( Mary-Jane style tap shoes for Junior levels and lowers, oxfords for Intermediate to Advance)
-Optional Items: Black Dance Shorts
-Hair must be tied back off of face ( for students at the junior level and higher hair must be in a bun)

Jazz (Ages 7+)

classes-jazzBasic jazz technique, which is similar to a free-form ballet, is the basis of this course. Urban, Latin and Broadway styles are also taught as students skills advance. Strong technique and athleticism is required for more advanced leaps, turns and jumps. The focus in jazz is on strength, flexibility, rhythm and energy. A good dance form for the high-energy student. A.D.A.P.T exams may be offered at all levels. Classes are one-hour minimum.

Dress Code Requirements:

-Black Body Suit (style of choice)
-Beige Tights
-Black Jazz Shoes
-Optional Items: Black Dance Shorts
-Hair must be tied back off of face ( for students at the junior level and higher hair must be in a bun)

Acrobatics (Ages 5+)

classes-acroThis course combines the floor work of gymnastics with the dance styles of both ballet and jazz. The courses main objective is to increase muscular flexibility and strength. A demanding and challenging course physically. All acrobatic students must enroll in one ballet class. Boys interested in acrobatics must enroll in one ballet or jazz class. Basic dancewear is required, and students dance barefoot. Classes are 45 minutes to one hour. There are two qualified teachers present to teach this course at all times, to insure proper spotting and the safety of our students.

Dress Code Requirements:

-Black Body Suit (style of choice)
-Beige footless or convertible
-Dancers dance bare feet
-Optional Items: Black Dance Shorts, black tight fitted tank top or t-shirt, black leggings
-Hair must be tied back off of face ( for students at the junior level and higher hair must be in a bun)

Pointe

classes-pointeOnce ballet students have demonstrated a good understanding of proper ballet technique, they may be allowed, upon the teacher’s discretion to join Pointe class. This is advanced ballet work where the students learn to execute steps on the tips of their toes. Pointe work is physically demanding, and some students may have a physical anatomy that is not suited for this work. Pointe students must take a minimum of two ballet classes per week, or one ballet and one lyrical or technique class. Classes are 45 minutes to one hour.

Dress Code Requirements:

-Black body suit (style of choice)
-Beige Tights ( ballet pink tights will be need for exams and possibly for recital)
-Properly fitted pointe shoes
-Optional items: Black form fitting dance shorts
-Hair must be tied back off of face in a bun.

Contemporary (Ages 11 and up)

classes-contemporaryThis class concentrates on expression, energy, movement and space, using the concepts of fall and rebound, & contract and release. Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz with the focus on expression, requiring strong body placement, control and technique, balance and extension. Contemporary is an ever evolving dance style deeply rooted in ballet, jazz and modern technique, with many organic and urban influences. Students require regular dancewear, and dance barefoot (foot thongs or half soles can be used). This class is available to students 11 and up with previous ballet or jazz training. Students taking lyrical must also enroll in ballet, jazz, or technique. Classes are one hour.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Black body suit (style of choice)
– Beige Footless or Convertible Tights
– Dancer Dance Barefoot
– Optional items: Black dance shorts , black tank tops and form fitting t-shirts

Hip Hop (Ages 5 and up)

classes-hiphopA fun and energetic urban style of dance available to students 8 and up. Students learn to keep their center of gravity down instead of up, as in jazz and ballet. Students will learn basic rhythm and funk movements, progressing to more difficult styles such as popping, locking, glides and slides. Hip Hop concentrates on intricate isolations at a very quick tempo. Basic dancewear is required, and students wear jazz sneakers. Classes are one hour.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Any loose Clothing ( no buckles, zippers, or belts)
– No inappropriate logos or saying on t-shirts
– High tops/ running shoes (black)

Musical Theater Jazz (Ages 10+)

A fun and challenging choreography and perfromance based class focusing on stylized jazz from a variety of eras. Students practice acting and performing, as well as more intricate footwork and arm placements. This class focuses on presentation,style, musicality and performance rather than the technical skills associated with balances, leaps and turns. An excellent addition to any serious dancers repertoire. All students in this program must also enroll in one regular jazz class, and must have a minimum of two years previous jazz training. Classes are one hour.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Black Body Suit (style of choice)
– Beige Tights
– Black Jazz Shoes
– Optional Items: Black Dance Shorts
– Hair must be tied back off of face in a bun.

Boys Only Hip Hop (Ages 8 and up)

This class is one hour in length. We incorporate all elements of hip hop dancing with an emphasis on strong, male movements.

Dress Code Requirements:

– Any loose Clothing ( no buckles, zippers, or belts)
– No inappropriate logos or saying on tshirts
– High tops/ running shoes (black)