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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PRE-BALLET/PRE-TAP/PRE-ACRO (Ages 4-5) are the levels after Tap/Ballet/Tumble classes and before 5-7 year old Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Hip-Hop/Acro classes. This class prepares them to transition to a faster paced class and encourages them to learn the fundamentals and structure of a dance class. They will continue to learn correct feet and arm positions and learn proper etiquette for dance classes, as well as learn the basic vocabulary of the style. 

BALLET/TUMBLE is an introductory class that teaches the basics of each dance form. Ballet will include learning positions, flexibility, through creative movement including motor skills. In tumbling students will learn skills to increase strength, and overall flexibility and will learn things like bear walks, crab walks, log rolls, forward rolls and cartwheels.

TAP/BALLET/TUMBLE is an introductory class that teaches the basics of each dance form. Ballet will include learning positions, flexibility, through creative movement including motor skills. Tap is fun and provides a sense of rhythm, timing, and coordination. In tumbling students will learn skills to increase strength, and overall flexibility and will learn things like bear walks, crab walks, log rolls, forward rolls and cartwheels.

BALLET helps dancers gain grace, balance, strength, and flexibility. Dancers will learn positions at the barre and in the center and learn the basic vocabulary of the style. Ballet is the base of all dance forms and is imperative to a dancers training.

JAZZ dance is based on the techniques of ballet, modern and African dance and is set to upbeat music. This dance form promotes strength, flexibility, coordination and the ability to move and control each part of the body. Students will go across the floor as well as learn combinations to help them pick up choreography.

TAP provides a sense of rhythm, attack, timing and coordination. Students develop musicality through various barre, center and cross-floor exercises and routines.

HIP HOP  is a combination of many styles of dance but mainly jazz and street styles of dance. They will learn how to isolate certain parts of their body and learn rhythm. This class will include upbeat music and learning fun choreography.

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY dance combines ballet, modern dance and jazz resulting in an emotionally expressive dance form.  This theatrical form of dance strives to tell a story and is intended to evoke emotion. It encourages dancers to move their body in new and innovative ways.

ACRO teaches skills to increase strength, flexibility and overall fitness, as well as basic through advanced tumbling skills (i.e. forward/backward rolls through back handsprings, aerials, etc.).

IRISH DANCE teaches the basics of Irish performance dance that originated in Ireland. Irish performance dance is traditionally known as step dance, popularized by the famous “Riverdance” show. Step dance is known for its rapid leg movements and stationary body and arms.

CHEERLEADING teaches the basic motions and jumps for cheerleading. They will learn basic stunts and tumbling as well.

NEW MUSICAL THEATER teaches the techniques and tools of Broadway dancers. They will learn jazz fundamentals as well as learn combinations from popular Broadway shows.

NEW VOICE INSTRUCTION introduces the basic skills needed to sing. Students will learn terminology and techniques to help them learn how to use their voice. They will also learn how to sing as a group and as an individual. They will potentially perform a song and dance piece for the recital at the end of the year.

 

Dress Code

We promote having a dress code (especially in ballet) so all students feel the same and students aren’t distracted by what they are wearing. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the students adhere to this for the structure of the program we want to create. Girls are required to wear their hair up and out of their face for every style of dance. No jeans please!

BALLET: Girls are required to wear pink ballet shoes, pink tights, a leotard of their choosing (preferably black) and hair in a bun. Our ballet dress code is strongly enforced! No Tutu’s please!

We STRONGLY advise against Wal-mart/Target ballet shoes with white bottoms because children slip very easily!
Genuine ballet shoes are HIGHLY recommended!

JAZZ: TAN jazz shoes and anything the student can move in! We highly recommend a leotard and tights. Or a tight fitting tank top and shorts or leggings.

TAP: TAN tap shoes and anything the student can move in! We recommend a leotard and tights or a tight fitting tank top and shorts or leggings.

HIP HOP: Any kind of sneaker. NO flip flops or Crocs! The student can wear anything they can move in!

ACRO: Bare feet. We recommend a leotard and tights or a tight fitting tank top and shorts or leggings.