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Class Descriptions

*** Note: Listed ages are intended to serve as a guide; questions about appropriate class placement / level will be answered by the Class Instructor or Artistic Director.

Ballet:

  • Pre-Ballet I:  Age 3-5 years (pre-school). In Pre Ballet, the students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. The students will focus on legs and feet, fingers and hands and facial expressions. They will also learn spacial awareness and class formations.
  • Pre-Ballet II: Age 5-6 years. In Pre Ballet II, the students will continue to learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. Students will add a greater focus on arms and head placement, jumps and leaps. Spatial awareness and class formations are still important aspects of the class curriculum at this age.
  • Grade 1: Age 6-8 years.  This class is slightly more advanced and technical than Pre Ballet II. The students will continue to learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games, with added focus on arms and head placement, jumps and leaps.
  • Grade 2: Age 7-9 years. Grade 2 Ballet runs twice per week. At this level there will be increased class structure, including simple ballet exercises at the barre. The students will focus on legs and arms, and work on exercises such as transfer of weight, gallops, springs and step hops.
  • Grade 3: Age 9-11 years. In Grade 3 Ballet the students will add more steps and ballet terminology to their curriculum. They will increase their time at the barre, and start working on turns in the center. 
  • Grade 4: Age 11-14 years. In Grade 4 Ballet the students will spend more time at the barre, and advance in steps and ballet terminology. The students will begin their dance study, learning short dances with specific steps to be performed and memorized. This class runs three times per week.
  • Grade 5/6: Age 14+ years. Grade5/6 is for students who wish to achieve a high level of technical and artistic ability in ballet. The class runs three times per week. This level is technically demanding and comprises classical ballet and pointe (and pre-pointe) work. Placement by teacher only. 

Tap:

  • Beginner Tap: Introduction to tap focusing on weight changes, basic steps and finding rhythm.
  • Jazz/Tap Fusion Levels 1 & 2: Fun classes that focus on confidence building and igniting passion for dance. Each class will include set jazz and tap warm-ups and exercise sequences that introduce students to the technical and rhythmic elements of each style. This repetition will help students build a solid technique vocabulary. Monthly combinations will allow students the chance to apply technical elements and challenge muscle memory. This will be a mid-class break for shoe changes, bathroom/water breaks and transition from one style to another.
  • Intermediate Tap (age 10+ or by placement): Starting from the basics of rhythm and core tap steps and quickly moving into focusing on developing a solid understanding of basic tap steps and their integration into music. Will include foundations of improvisation. Students may stay here for a few years, advancement does not happen each year necessarily.
  • Tap Technique: Master class style with drop-in options. Students can use this class to show their interest in moving to the advanced class and practicing additional skills. This class will be warm up, across the floor drilling of basic steps and choreography. No recital or performance. Students can join intermediate tap if they want to perform!
  • Adult Tap: Tap for adults!

Jazz:

  • Jazz/Tap Fusion Level 1 & 2: Fun classes that focus on confidence building and igniting passion for dance. Each class will include set jazz and tap warm-ups and exercise sequences that introduce students to the technical and rhythmic elements of each style. This repetition will help students build a solid technique vocabulary. Monthly combinations will allow students the chance to apply technical elements and challenge muscle memory. This will be a mid-class break for shoe changes, bathroom/water breaks and transition from one style to another.
  • Jazz Tech & Choreography I and II (by placement or audition): These classes will focus heavily on the technical elements of jazz and emphasize clean, controlled movement. A comprehensive warm-up focused on strength and flexibility will lay the foundation for extensive work on turns, leg extensions and leaps. Each class will build on progressive choreography so that students have an opportunity to apply technical elements to performance and personal expression.

Hip Hop:

  • Creative Movement I: Creative Movement provides an opportunity for students to explore imagination, self-expression and creativity while introducing basic elements of dance. In this class students learn proper dance alignment, rhythm, tempo, levels, spatial awareness, and patterns through dance technique, creative movement activities and props. This class is a great introduction to dance for those who like to move, but are not necessarily interested in ballet. 
  • Girls & Boys HH Mini: This is an introduction to Hip Hop, where the students will be exposed to the different styles and basic steps within the Hip Hop culture. They will start learning short dance combinations; implementing simple Hip Hop steps and movements with focus on rhythm, musicality and coordination. All students must have turned 6 years by the start of the semester. 
  • Beg/Int HH Workshop: Hip Hop workshops focus on physical conditioning, rhythm, self-expression and choreography. These are large-scale classes to give a more “urban” feel. Students will receive minimal stylistic corrections and will be encouraged to push themselves to experiment with provided choreography. Students will be given ample time to dance in smaller groups so they can receive more individualized feedback. This class will be high energy and high intensity. Students will be encouraged to push themselves through stamina and performance. Students will leave feeling challenged, motivated and tired!
  • Adv. HH Workshop: See above Hip Hop Workshop description.

Contemporary:

  • Creative Movement I & II: Creative Movement provides an opportunity for students to explore imagination, self-expression and creativity while introducing basic elements of dance. In this class students learn proper dance alignment, rhythm, tempo, levels, spatial awareness, and patterns through dance technique, creative movement activities and props. This class is a great introduction to dance for those who like to move, but are not necessarily interested in ballet. 
  • Junior Contemporary: In this class the students will be introduced to contemporary choreography. Contemporary dance is a relaxed, free style of dancing, often danced in bare feet and looser costumes. Contemporary dancers often use emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines, as opposed to following a structured code of technique, as in classical ballet.
  • Adv./Senior Contemporary: Building on the structure and styles Junior Contemporary, this class allows more advanced dancers.

Dance/Acting:

  • Dance / Acting (Juniors+): This class is team taught with one day a week focused on acting through exercises and games while the other will work on basic dance technique and vocabulary. The end goal is to apply character motifs to well-executed choreography.

Aerial:

  • Aerial Movement & Strength (age 10+): Fly in the air using aerial silks with a focus on creative movement and core strength. Perfect for the dancer wanting to explore a new, creative way of expression while also strengthening and toning.

Competition:

  • Competition Technique (8+): Technique class for all involved in competition. Classes will vary styles based on the choreography needs of selected competition pieces.
  • Mini Comp (up to apx. age 9): Competition class for dancers interested in competing.
  • Junior/Teen Comp (age 10+): Competition class for dancers interested in competing ages 10+.

 

 

 

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MONDAY RHYTHM AND DANCE I 6 weeks (2-3 years)

Age 2-3 years. This is a 6 week session, Sept 12 - Oct 17. In the Toddler class the teacher will focus on engaging the children in playful and creative movement to music. The children will have room for tumbling, and they will have access to Rhythmical Instruments and other props. For the youngest students we welcome the parents to join the class until the child feels comfortable in the new environment and away from mom/dad. The student must have turned 2 years old before the semester starts.

THURSDAY RHYTHM AND DANCE I 7 weeks (2-3 years)

Age 2-3 years. This is a 7 week session, Sept 8 - Oct 20. In the Toddler class the teacher will focus on engaging the children in playful and creative movement to music. The children will have room for tumbling, and they will have access to Rhythmical Instruments and other props. For the youngest students we welcome the parents to join the class until the child feels comfortable in the new environment and away from mom/dad. The student must have turned 2 years old before the semester starts.

 

 

PRE BALLET I (3-5 years) - spring session

Age 3-5 years (pre-school). In Pre Ballet, the students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. The students will focus on legs and feet, fingers and hands and facial expressions. They will also learn spacial awareness and class formations. Class Attire: white color short-sleeve, tank or camisole leotard, w/white skirt, white socks and white or pink ballet slippers. Hair in a bun or two pigtail buns. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black slippers.

PRE BALLET I (3-5 years)

Age 3-5 years (pre-school). In Pre Ballet, the students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. The students will focus on legs and feet, fingers and hands and facial expressions. They will also learn spacial awareness and class formations. Class Attire: white color short-sleeve, tank or camisole leotard, w/white skirt, white socks and white or pink ballet slippers. Hair in a bun or two pigtail buns. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black slippers.

PRE BALLET II (5-6 years) - MONDAY

Age 5-6 years. In Pre Ballet II, the students will continue to learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. Students will add a greater focus on arms and head placement, jumps and leaps. Spatial awareness and class formations are still important aspects of the class curriculum at this age. Class Attire: purple color camisole or tank leotard with purple color crepe skirt, footless pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair in a bun or two pigtail buns. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

PRE BALLET II (5-6 years) - THURSDAY

Age 5-6 years. In Pre Ballet II, the students will continue to learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games in a fun and structured environment. Students will add a greater focus on arms and head placement, jumps and leaps. Spatial awareness and class formations are still important aspects of the class curriculum at this age. Class Attire: purple color camisole or tank leotard with purple color crepe skirt, footless pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair in a bun or two pigtail buns. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

GRADE 1 BALLET (6-8 years)

Age 6-8 years. Grade 1 Ballet runs twice per week. This class is slightly more advanced and technical than Pre Ballet II. The students will continue to learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps by using props and imaginary games, with added focus on arms and head placement, jumps and leaps. A Character Dance will be included in this class. Class Attire: royal color camisole leotard with royal color crepe skirt, footless pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

GRADE 2 BALLET (7-9 years)

Age 7-9 years. Grade 2 Ballet runs twice per week. At this level there will be increased class structure, including simple ballet exercises at the barre. The students will focus on legs and arms, and work on exercises such as transfer of weight, gallops, springs and Step hops. They will also learn a Character Dance. Class Attire: teal color camisole leotard with elastic waist band, pink footed ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

JAZZ FUSION MINI I (6-8 years)

Age 6-8. Beginner level. For our young dancers at a beginner level, we offer Jazz Fusion as an introduction to Jazz and Tap. The students will learn basic Jazz & Tap technique in a playful and fun environment. The class consists of a technical warm up, center combinations and across the floor exercises. The students will be introduced to Traditional Broadway Style Jazz & Tap, and learn short combinations and routines implementing steps and movements learned in class. All students must have turned 6 years old by the start of the semester.

BOYS HIP HOP/BREAKING MIX MINI I (6-9 years)

Ages 6-9 years. This class is an introduction to Hip Hop/Breaking and will focus on moves, grooves, technique, and style development. 

GIRLS HIP HOP MINI I (6-8years)

Age 6-8. Beginner level. This is an introduction to Hip Hop, where the students will be exposed to the different styles and basic steps within the Hip Hop culture. They will start learning short dance combinations, implementing simple Hip Hop steps and movements with focus on rhythm, musicality and coordination. All students must have turned 6 years by the start of the semester. 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (7-9 years)

Ages 7-9 years. Creative Movement provides an opportunity for students to explore imagination, self expression and creativity while introducing basic elements of dance. In this class students learn proper dance alignment, rhythm, tempo, levels, spatial awareness, and patterns through dance technique, creative movement activities and props. This class is a great introduction to dance for those who like to move, but are not necessarily interested in ballet.

GRADE 3 BALLET (9-11 years)

Age 9-11 years. In Grade 3 Ballet the students will add more steps and ballet terminology to their curriculum. They will increase their time at the barre, and start working on turns in the center. A new Character Dance will be taught as a part of their curriculum. Class Attire: mulberry (dark pink) color camisole leotard with an elastic waist band, pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: black shorts, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

JAZZ MINI II (9-11 years)

Age 9-11. Beginner level. In level I Jazz students will learn Classic Jazz Technique and Choreography. Each class will consist of a technical warm up, center combinations and across the floor exercises. Students will learn different Jazz routines, implementing the specific steps and movements taught in class. 

TAP MINI II/JUNIOR (9-12 years)

Age 9-12 years. Beginner level. In this class the students will learn basic tap, such as toes, heals, toe-heal, brush and drag steps. The primary goal of this class is to teach the students a sense of rhythm and musicality, while 'drumming' with their feet.

HIP HOP MINI II/JUNIOR (9-12 years)

Age 9-12 years. Beginner/Intermediate level. The students will learn basic Hip Hop steps, focusing on rhythm, musicality and expressing their own style. They will also begin to develop core strength to learn simple breaking moves that require agility in both upper and lower body. The students will work on short dance combinations as well as improvisation/free style. The student must have turned 9 years by the start of the semester.

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN DANCE I/II (10-14 years)

Age 10-14 years. Beginner/Intermediate level. In this class the students will be introduced to Modern Dance Technique and Choreography, including styles and ideologies surrounding Modern Dance. Modern Dance being a more relaxed, free style of dancing, often danced in bare feet and looser costumes. Modern Dancers often use emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines, as opposed to following a structured code of technique, as in Classical Ballet. There is also a deliberate use of Gravity, as Modern dancers use their body weight to enhance movement. At this level the students will be introduced to a couple of The First Generation Modern Dancers; Martha Graham and Lester Horton. The students will learn the similarities and differences between these two styles (Graham technique vs Horton technique). Improvisation is also an important part of Contemporary Modern dance, and the students will use several Improvisation games to enhance their technique and freeing the body from habitual movement patterns. 

GRADE 4/5 BALLET (11-14 years)

Age 11-14 years. In Grade 4/5 Ballet the students will spend more time at the barre, and advance in steps and ballet terminology. The students will begin their dance study, learning short dances with specific steps to be performed and memorized. This class runs three times per week, and includes pointe work on Thursdays and Fridays. Class Attire: 1)Black or Navy colored tank or pinch-front camisole leotard, elastic waist band, pink footed ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: men's black spandex, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

JAZZ JUNIOR (11-14 years)

Age 11-14 years. This is an Intermediate level Jazz class which focuses on advancing the students skills in Classic Jazz Technique, by adding more steps and combinations to their curriculum. In addition to learning and becoming confident in Traditional Broadway style Jazz, the students will also be introduced to Commercial Jazz Choreography. The students will learn a variety of Jazz combos, consisting of steps and movements taught in class. All students must have turned 11 years old by the beginning of the semester.

OPEN TEEN BALLET (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Open Teen Ballet is offered every Tuesday at a drop-in rate of $25/class, or $22/class if you register for the entire dance year. It is a 75 minute class where students will learn basic ballet technique and terminology. The majority of class will be spent in the center, moving across the floor, focusing on steps, jumps, turns and leaps. The students will learn correct head and arm placement. This class is a great supplement to other beginner and intermediate classes offered to students ages 13-18yrs.  Class Attire: 1)Black or Navy colored tank or pinch-front camisole leotard, black leggings or pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: men's black spandex, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

TAP TEEN (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Intermediate level. Traditional Broadway style Tap. This class will build on fundamentals and will start to incorporate different combinations both across the floor and center floor. The students will further advance their basic steps, work on muscle memory and flexibility. There will be an introduction to more complex steps, also focusing on upper body movement and positioning - arms, shoulders and head.

HIP HOP TEEN (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Intermediate level. This class is for students who want to focus on Hip Hop technique and choreography. Various Hip Hop steps will be implemented such as popping, locking, dropping, and isolations, combined in choreographed sequences and routines. 

JAZZ FUSION TEEN (14-18 years)

Age 14-18. In this class the students will work on the basics of Classic Jazz Technique and Contemporary Modern Dance. Each class will consist of a technical warm-up, center combinations and across the floor exercises. The students will be taught various combinations in Traditional Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance. There will be a focus on structured progressions of isolation, rhythmic movements, precision, speed and personality, all providing a fun and challenging learning environment.

ADVANCED BALLET (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Advanced Ballet is for students who wish to achieve a high level of technical and artistic ability in ballet. The class runs three times per week. This level is technically demanding and comprises Classical ballet and Pointe Work. Placement by teacher only! Class Attire: any color and shaped leotard or lycra top with tights, spandex shorts or leggings. Pink ballet slippers and pointe shoes. Hair must be in a bun. Boys: men's black spandex, white short-sleeve shirt, black socks and black ballet slippers.

JAZZ TEEN III (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Advanced level. Must have previous dance experience. Placement class/test required to attend this class. Students will further advance in basic Jazz Technique, adding more steps and combinations to their curriculum. Each class will consist of a technical warm up, center combinations and across the floor exercises. The students will learn new Jazz routines frequently, and must be able to pick up choreography quickly. The students will be exposed to both Traditional Broadway style Jazz (such as Fosse), and Contemporary Commercial style Jazz.

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN DANCE III (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Advanced level. Placement by teacher. Students must take simultaneously classes in ballet three days per week. In this class the students will further advance in Modern Dance Technique and Choreography. Modern Dance being a more relaxed, free style of dancing, often danced in bare feet and looser costumes. Modern Dancers favors use of emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines, as opposed to following a structured code of technique, as in Classical Ballet. There is also a deliberate use of Gravity, as Modern dancers use their body weight to enhance movement. This class includes "Improvisation" as Improvisation is an important part of Contemporary Modern dance, and the students will use several Improvisation techniques in order to free the body from habitual movement patterns and encourage the students to create their own style. At this level the students will learn to recognize the different styles and ideologies surrounding The First and Second generation Modern Dancers, such as Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. As the students advance and understand these various Modern Techniques, they will be introduced to Current Pioneers in Modern dance, such as Mark Morris and Ohad Naharin (Gaga technique).

IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION (13-18 years)

Age 13-18 years. Intermediate/Advanced level. Improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations. Dance Improvisation is not only about creating new movement but it is also defined as freeing the body from habitual movement patterns. The students will use different Improvisation techniques to find their own style of dance, and create free dance expression and confidence in self and movement. An essential balancing complement to all dance styles.

ADULT BALLET - 10 WEEK SESSION

Adult Ballet for ages 18 yrs and up. All levels. This class is taught by Genoa Belson, and runs for 10 weeks from Sept 20th - Nov 29th (no class on Nov 22nd). A ballet based workout, with exercises at the barre and in the center, emphasizing graceful alignment & coordination, flexible power, while sculpting the body and invigorating the mind.

MINI COMPETITION TEAM

Ages 7-9yrs. Selected dancers rehearse for performances and competitions, and must be well rounded in various dance styles. Dancers are selected for 1 year at a time. The students must be at least 7 years old and take at least two weekly classes per week, including Ballet. Rehearsals run Fridays at 4-5pm from September to May.

JUNIOR COMPETITION TEAM

Ages 10-14yrs. Selected dancers rehearse for performances and competitions, and must be well rounded in various dance styles. Dancers are selected for 1 year at a time. The students must be at least 10 years old and take two weekly classes at the studio. Rehearsals run Fridays at 6:15-7:45pm, September to March.

PRE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE/COMPETITION ENSEMBLE

Ages 13-18yrs. Selected dancers rehearse for performances and competitions, and must be well rounded in various dance styles. Dancers are selected for 1 year at a time. A student must be at least 13 years old and take weekly classes in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Pre Pro students have to be extremely committed and serious about dance, and the Saturday rehearsal from 10am-1pm is MANDATORY, and runs from September to May.

ADULT BALLET - 8 WEEK SESSION I (Jan - March)

Adult Ballet for ages 18 yrs and up. All levels. This class is taught by Genoa Belson, and runs for 8 weeks from Jan 12 - March 8th. A ballet based workout, with exercises at the barre and in the center, emphasizing graceful alignment & coordination, flexible power, while sculpting the body and invigorating the mind. 

ADULT BALLET - 8 WEEK SESSION II (March - April)

Adult Ballet for ages 18 yrs and up. All levels. This class is taught by Genoa Belson, and runs for 8 weeks from March 9 - April 27th (no class on April 21). A ballet based workout, with exercises at the barre and in the center, emphasizing graceful alignment & coordination, flexible power, while sculpting the body and invigorating the mind.