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Ballet 1, 2, and 3/4 (by placement): Ballet is often called the "foundation" of dance training. Ballet helps students develop an awareness of body placement, coordination, poise, balance, flexibility, agility, and strength. Students who enjoy taking other styles of dance (such as jazz, tap, or hip hop) will benefit from taking ballet. For serious ballet students, it is imperative that they add additional hours of weekly ballet training, as they advance, to see continued progress.
*Beginner/recreational ballet students ages 11+ can take Teen Ballet at teacher's discretion.
Pointe: Careful consideration is made prior to allowing students to dance en pointe. Factors include: age, years of ballet training, hours of ballet taken currently per week, strength of ankles/legs, and proper use of technique in flat work. If students are placed en pointe prematurely, they can suffer from damage to growing bones, other types of injury, and can develop of poor technical habits in ballet.
*Pointe classes are for advanced ballet students (ages 12+) and they must receive an invitation from their ballet instructor.
Modern/Lyrical 1 & 2 (by placement): *Pre-Requisite: Students must be in Ballet Level 2 or higher to take Modern/Lyrical classes. Modern dance was born in the early 20th century and focuses on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps (such as those seen in classical ballet training). Modern dancers reject the limitations of classical ballet and lean towards expression of their feelings through movement. Pioneers of modern dance include Martha Graham and Lester Horton. Lyrical and Contemporary dance mixes ballet, jazz, and modern techniques. It is an emotion based movement style with choreography that often focuses on the lyrics of a song.
Combo 1: Students in Combo 1 will learn a combination of tap and jazz (descriptions below). Students in this class are encouraged to enroll in ballet.
* Combo 1 performs a tap routine in recital.
*Once students have advanced into Jazz 2/Tap 2, or higher, they are no longer required to take both tap and jazz. They will perform a recital routine in each class that is taken.
Jazz 2, 3 & 4 (by placement): There are multiple styles of jazz, but most know it as the style seen on Broadway. Bob Fosse and Gus Giordano are credited as two of the originals in creating this style of dance. Jazz is known for being both sharp and smooth. Students develop style and musicality in jazz classes. This is a great class to round out a student's dance training. High energy and lots of sass...bring it to jazz class. An emphasis is placed on kicks, leaps, and turns; therefore, jazz is also a great class for students who want to prepare to audition for their school's dance team.
Tap 2, 3, & 4 (by placement): Tap is all about rhythm...primarily with your feet! Students will start with the basics. Over time, they will develop an ability to tap in advanced arrangements of sounds using a variety of steps and techniques. Some well known tap dancers include Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.
Musical Theatre: Bring on the drama! This class is part dance, part acting! Students explore being "in character" while learning a variety of dances from various musical productions. Think BROADWAY!
Hip Hop 1 & 2 (by placement): Our hip hop classes focus on musicality, dynamics, and technique. Students will do warm-ups, progressions, and learn routines to strengthen their choreography retention. We focus on isolations and patterns for visual effectiveness along with having fun and learning to express one’s self through dance moves. Age appropriate choreography and music is used in all classes!*We STRONGLY encourage hip-hop students to enroll in technique classes so their training is well rounded and complete.
Tumbling 1, 2, & 3 (by placement): Our tumbling program focuses on proper technique, flexibility, and strength. We train students starting from the most basic tricks such as somersaults and cart wheels to more advanced tricks such as back handsprings and back tucks. Tumblers work on mats with spotters. We do not utilize beams, bars, or other gymnastics equipment, but rather focus on tricks that can be perfected using mats only. Some refer to this class as acrobatics or acro.*We STRONGLY encourage tumbling students to enroll in technique classes so their training is well rounded and complete.