Ballet is the foundation of dance technique and from our youngest movers to our teens, it is an essential art form to study and learn.
Creative Ballet IA/IB: The introduction to the joy of Ballet for our youngest movers! Through the exploration of dance concepts, music, rhythm, basic ballet positions and vocabulary, dancers will create and move through the studio using fun and imaginative class themes. From slow, heavy movements through the enchanted woods to light, jumping spins in the magic safari, dancers will use their natural vibrant imagination in conjunction with their evolving ballet foundation to develop strength, agility, body awareness and self-confidence.
Ballet IA/IB: Adding on and enhancing the creative ballet foundation, Ballet I takes dancers to the next phase of their learning. Additional ballet positions are appropriately integrated along with more challenging arm and leg skills standard in the technique. Dancers will begin learning about the use of the ballet barre during warm up, develop skills increasing their endurance, flexibility and strength as well as broadening their self-expression and imagination as they’re lead through themed sequences calling for creativity, presentational skills and ballet technique.
Ballet II: This is an intermediate level class for students with the focus, discipline and interest in progressing all of their dance techniques through a strong ballet base (minimum 2 years of ballet required). Students must be well behaved and show appropriate class etiquette. Class begins with a classic barre, followed by center work, across the floor, finishing with jumps and leaps. Dancers will be evaluated for consistency in their ability to remember and demonstrate all covered vocabulary. Each class will also support and strengthen dancers creative and artistic performance quality, dynamics and musicality through conceptual based sequences aimed at enlarging the way they perform dance technique (or steps). Standards and curriculum become more challenging and increasingly complex over the session/year. Additionally, at the Director’s discretion, dancers showing technical and behavioral readiness may be invited to join Pre-Pointe class.
Ballet III: This is an intermediate/advanced class for students with 3 or more years of ballet. Our highest level and most focused class, this is for the serious, self motivated ballet student interested in challenging and expanding their knowledge. Dancers will be asked to execute more complex sequences, diligently work on increasing flexibility, strength and the ability to self-correct as well as well thought out artistic decisions and performance execution. Standards and curriculum become more challenging and increasingly complex over the session/year. Additionally, at the Director’s discretion, dancers are evaluated and may be invited to join the Pre-Pointe or Pointe class.
Pre-Pointe & Pointe: By invitation based on readiness and behavior, dancers in pre-pointe begin with specific strengthening exercises that will eventually (between 1-3 years) lead them to going on pointe. Pre-pointe takes place predominately at the ballet barre with some center exercises aimed at future pointe work. Dancers in pointe class have already progressed through pre-pointe and are ready to begin the process of going on pointe. Proper alignment and strength are the cornerstones of this class. As dancers show consistent established technique and placement, they will be given more challenging work to master. All dancers in pre-pointe or pointe must be taking no less than 2 ballet technique classes a week. This is a non-performing class.
Modern & Dance making
Modern & Dance making: Both classes teach the beauty of storytelling though the body using technical modern dance foundations, movement concepts and individual creativity.
Dance making is a pre-choreography class where dancers learn how a dance is made, simple composition, stage directions and elements of improvisation. Young dancers will explore creating their own dance phrase and stories through weekly themes and dance concepts.
Modern technique classes mold the dancers expressiveness and performance qualities connecting warm up, center and across-the-floor exercises with evolving artistry integral to concert dance. Building from simple to complex sequences, each week the dancers will build their technical knowledge, proficiency, alignment, flexibility and physical strength. As dancers progress though each level, standards and curriculum will become more challenging and increasingly complex.
Irish Dance: Dynamic, action packed and the fanciest of footwork are at the core of these classes. Beginning dancers are introduced to the fundamental elements of Irish Dance through games & rhythm strengthening overall coordination of the body. At the next level, dancers learn alignment, body placement and basic steps. Classes evolve to that amazing presentational style, timing and amazing dance movement patterns!
Tap: The body becomes a percussive instrument in this American Artform! Through the warm up, center skills, and skill based combinations, dancers become one with the music dancing on it, through it, and around it. Energetic, dynamic and full of rhythm, these classes teach execution, quick footwork, style and a lot of personality. As dancers progress though each level, standards and curriculum will become more challenging and complex.
Jazz: Our jazz classes encompass the best of the classic art form. Full of character, attitude and personality, dancers will explore various styles as the class moves through a warm up, center work, across the floor exercises and ends with dance combinations. Starting with the head and working to the feet, dancers will challenge their ability to isolate body parts, demonstrate dynamic movements and leap, jump, and turn!