class descriptions 2020-2021

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Creative Movement and Preschool Classes

A class that focuses on an introduction to dance. The class will develop motor skills, finger plays, creativity, coordination, creative thinking, group play, cooperative play and spatial awareness. Class will be thirty minutes of ballet and movement with basic tumbling and fifteen minutes of tap including introduction of basic beginning tap steps. Dancers will perform two dances in the recital, with one costume.

Kinderdance & Combo II Class

A class that will focus on proper technique with focus on proper body placement and alignment, barre work across the floor and center technique. Tap will introduce introductory skills with a focus on creating rhythms and dynamics of sound. A warm up cross the floor progressions and center work will be completed. Combo II will include a 15 minute jazz introduction and dancers will perform two dances in the recital, with one costume.

Ballet

A classical focus mostly based on the Cecchetti method. This form of dance focuses on technique, terminology, and choreography. Class will consist of barre work, adagio, allegros, across the floor exercises, vocabulary comprehension, and focus on correct body placement, and alignment.

Pre Pointe

A class designed to help get dancers ready for pointe. Dancers are instructed on proper feet stretching and alignment through barre center and across the floor work. This class has no recital commitment.

Pointe

Dancers are invited into the Pointe class. Class will focus on proper alignment, correct placement, weight distribution, knowledge of pointe shoes and work towards overall stability.

Lyrical Dance

Focuses on the combination of ballet and jazz movement as well as proper technique. Movement is used to express emotions. Class will consist of warm up, across the floor, combinations focusing on fluidity and connection to lyrics. Also explore the art of improvisation allowing the dancer to create their own movement.

Contemporary Dance

Focuses on the combination of modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet techniques. Strong focus on floor work, improvisation, and fluid movements will be offered in this course.

Irish Step

Step dancing is distinctively Irish, combining artistry, grace, and physical ability. The class begins with a basic knowledge of the techniques such as an appreciation for the rhythm of the music, proper arm position, turning out the feet and stance. Students will learn soft shoe dancing called reels and slip jigs, which is similar to ballet. Following the soft shoe steps will come hard shoe steps, where dancers create rhythmic beats similar to tap.

Jazz Dance

A creative dance technique that focuses on creating flexibility and strength providing energy for leaps, lifts, turns, isolations, and fast footwork. The class consists of center warm up, across the floor progressions and center combinations.

Tap Dance

An understanding of creating intricate footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor focusing on musicality and timing. Class consists of warm ups and center progressions, across the floor combinations and choreography. This class encourages dancers to use and find the beats in the music.

Hip Hop

A high-energy style of dance that plays age appropriate music. Children will learn confidence in creating fresh, funky moves including locking, popping, freezing and breaking. Class consists of center warm up, across floor movement and combinations.

Modern

While moving freely through space dancers explore an innovative and creative dance form in a structured class environment. Core strength is developed through extensive center floor warm up and across the floor exercises focusing on the techniques of Horton, Limon and Dunham.

Acro

A combination of jazz technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic movement. This class will increase a dancers core strength, flexibility and tumbling skills.

Musical Theater

A study of Broadway dance and other dance styles to create a fun and energetic class. Acting and jazz movements will be included along with a jazz stretch and across the floor progressions. This class will engage dancers self esteem and creativity while they enjoy acting and dance combined.

Jumps & Turns/ Stretch & Conditioning/ Dancer Fitness & Open Ballet

Are all mandatory classes for our competitive dancers enrolled in our competition program. These classes are designed to better all dancers through strength, stability and control. These classes are open to all with no recital commitment.

Rhythm Works Integrative Dance

Rhythm Works is an inclusive specialized dance class for people with individual learning differences and other special needs. This class benefits children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other individual learning differences and physical challenges. It is a fun class based on a Hip Hop dance program. Classes are designed to use music, rhythm and purposeful movement to fully integrate the body and mind. This class focuses on skill development, self-empowerment and celebrating our differences.

Latin Fitness

Latin Fitness is a fun and easy workout that combines high energy, Latin rhythms and dance moves to ensure a dynamic fitness workout. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Drop the workout and join the dance party! No previous Pilates, Yoga, or Dance experience is required.

Progressive Ballet Technique

Progressive Ballet Technique is a class designed to train muscle memory. PBT focuses on core stability, weight placement and proper alignment.