CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


COMBINATION CLASSES –
A great way for students to experience different types of dance in a one-hour instructional time. The main focus is on students having fun and enjoying dance as an everyday activity. Class placement is based on age as well as a student’s ability to learn.

TINY DANCERS (Ages 2 – 3) This class is designed for our youngest dancers who want to express their independence without the assistance of mom or dad. Dancers will have fun learning pre-ballet movement to popular children’s music through singing and movement games. Props such as pom pons, hula hoops, parachutes and bean bags are used to enhance the learning experience. Class sizes are kept very small to assure plenty of individual attention for our youngest dancers.

COMBO I – (Ages 3 – 4) Introduces young students to ballet, tap, and basic tumbling skills through imagination activities, movement games and singing. Students will have fun learning dance along with the use of props such as pom pons, hula hoops, parachutes and bean bags.

COMBO II – (Ages 4 – 5) This class is built on the basic movements learned in the Combo I class, but is still appropriate for the first-time dancer. At this level, students will learn more challenging tap and ballet skills and terminology through imagination activities, creative movement games, and singing.

COMBO III – (Ages 5 – 6) Dancers will enjoy this interactive class that builds on basic movements learned in the 4’s Ballet/Tap combination class but is still appropriate for first-time dancers. Includes an introduction to the ballet barre, learning more challenging patterns and steps combined with across-the-floor progressions and mini combinations.

BALLET – Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vagonova and Cecchetti methods as students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Level II/III meets twice per week and includes work en pointe.

TAP – Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress, steps will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

JAZZ – This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations.

CONTEMPORARY –  Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. It emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.

ACRO  Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced Acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience. And it’s fun, too!

HIP HOP – Contains a blend of several styles of hip hop (including some break dance skills), popular dance and jazz. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements. We pride ourselves on being a family oriented dance studio and go out of our way to find clean age-appropriate music.

STRETCH & STRENGTH / TURNS & LEAPS – This class is designed to improve a dancer’s range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength. Through a variety of stretches and strengthening exercises, dancers will also increase their awareness of their own body’s potential as it connects to expression through movement. Classes will be designed to help each dancer identify and work on specific techniques and skills needed to improve their understanding and performance of these specific moves.