Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Our current class offerings are described below.
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Creative Ballet (ages 1.5-3)

Children are encouraged to imaginatively express themselves through movement. The use of tambourines, scarves, fans, stuffed animals, and other props are used to help achieve this. Children in this class will begin to learn very basic ballet concepts and movements (ie, basic ballet positions, port de bras, tendus, etc.). While this class does not perform in the recital, students will present a special performance in the studio on the last day of class.

Ballet Rose (ages 3-5), Ballet Lilac (ages 5-7), Ballet Blossom (ages 7+)

This curriculum was adapted for our studio from Ballet Barre None, which was developed by New York based ballet teacher, Eileen Juric. Ballet takes the focus of ballet away from the barre, and puts it on the love and feeling of ballet. Layering technique on a solid foundation, Ballet Fun develops proper technique in a clear way to students and improves coordination, spatial and body awareness, rhythm, flexibility, and a well rounded dancer. There are 3 age groups for this class: “Rose” for ages 3-5, “Lilac” for ages 5-7, and “Blossom” for ages 7 and up.

Adult Ballet (ages 18+)

This class is for beginning and intermediate students.  In it, the elementary forms of ballet will be taught and encouraged as the students progress and learn new techniques.  It is a good class for improving posture, stretching, and over all well-being.  This class will give you a foundation and support for any outside activities you may be engaged in.

Tap Beats (ages 3-5) and Intro to Tap (ages 5-6)

Students will learn basic tap rhythms, technique, and steps across the floor, which will then be incorporated into dance routines.

Modern Dance (ages 6-9)

Modern dance emphasizes exploration allowing for the freedom to use one’s natural movement expression. Students explore movement concepts such as levels, pathways, directions, symmetrical/asymmetrical shapes and smooth vs. sharp energy through guided improvisation and create original collaborative compositions. Students explore mirroring, shadowing, and shaping, learn about performer/audience etiquette, and practice modern dance technique. Additionally, each class will begin with Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance to reinforce the eight fundamental movement patterns necessary for brain/body connectivity.

Hip Hop / Jazz (ages 5-9)

Students will get the opportunity to enjoy the free movement of hip hop along with the technique in jazz. They will learn how to mix these styles in fun choreography for all styles of modern pop music.

Dance and Sing Musicals

Students will be exposed to a mixture of different dance genres and learn the challenging skill of singing properly while maintaining choreography and character.

Beginning Salsa Dance

Students will be introduced to two styles of Latin social dances: merengue and salsa.  Students will learn and practice the basics of partner connection, leading and following, feeling and counting music, the salsa “basic,” and simple turns.  These will be practiced to an upbeat merengue at first, so that students can focus on connection and basic feel before worrying about complicated footwork.  Then the class will focus on teaching more advanced salsa moves, adding styling, and eventually improvising.