​​Acro

 Acro (acrobatics/tumbling) is centered on fundamental acrobatic technique to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence. Classes focus on proper hand placement and body alignment with emphasis on the muscles and flexibility required to perform proper technique.

Tumble Tots (ages 2.5 - 4): This 30 minute class offers young children an introduction to the fundamentals of tumbling that will provide the building blocks necessary for their potential development in dance and overall fitness. By learning the benefits of flexibility, balance, strength, and body control inherent in all aspects of tumbling, your child will be better equipped to safely enjoy and excel in all of his or her future athletic endeavors.

Pre- Acro Dance: Introductory level class that will build acro skills and knowledge of the basics. Students will learn skills including a baby bridge, forward pike roll, pre-cartwheel, somersault, straddle and tuck jumps, and more. (Recommended for ages 4 +)

 Acro Dance I: This class will cover somersault variations, right & left cartwheels, handstand, elbow handstand, bridge kick-over, bridge straight legs feet together, backbend from standing up, round off, backbend stand up.

 Acro Dance 11+: The next progression of acro focuses on backbend kickover, chest stand, handstand tuck and roll, handstand to backbend, forearm stand, fishflop, front walk over, back walkover, switch leg back walkover, switch leg front walkover, one-handed back walkover, one-handed front walkover, front hand spring, side aerials (introduction), Arabian limber, standing back handspring (with spot) some partner or group acro stunts and more. 



Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career of dance. It provides grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance. Ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. 

 Level I: For beginner dancers ready to learn the basics of Ballet (recommended for ages 6+). Students will build off of the five positions, master plié variations and tendus, among other level-appropriate skills. Dancers will use both barre and center floor. Dancers will work to master level I curriculum to move on to level II with the instructor’s recommendation. 

Level II: This class will take the skills learned in level I and build upon them to strengthen the dancer's precision and ability. Students will advance on to more difficult skills and utilize both barre and center floor work to improve their technique. Dancers must show proficiency and receive recommendation to progress to this level. 

 Level III: For  dancers looking to challenge their previous knowledge and training. Students will learn more difficult combinations and skills, while developing finesse and classic style. Dancers must master all level I and II skills and technique to enroll in this level with instructor’s recommendation.

Advanced/Intermediate: Highest level of ballet currently offered. Placement will be by teacher recommendation.

Pre-Pointe: This class is by invite only from ballet instructors. Dancers must audition for the class. Upon selection,  students receive a pre-pointe handbook with important information. Dancers enrolled in pre-pointe should also be enrolled in ballet III simultaneously. 

Pointe I & Pointe II: enrollment by evaluation and instructor recommendation only. Enrollment in corresponding ballet level required. Split sections not always offered; dependent on session. 


Creative Movement/Combo Classes

 Creative Movement (ages 2.5-4): Creative movement is a fun, interactive class to introduce young students to dance. The instructor uses games, stories, and songs to teach balance, rhythm, movement, coordination, and basic ballet steps.

Jazz/Tap Combo (ages 3+): Jazz/Tap Combo is a fun-filled creative movement class for your little ones to move & groove! The instructor will teach balance, rhythm, movement, coordination, and basic Jazz and Tap steps.

Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 3+):This is an introductory class that will feature both Ballet and Tap styles and technique. It is a great option to ease into either style, or enjoy current styles you already love! Dancers will need both ballet and Tap shoes.

Ballet/Jazz/Tap Combo (ages 4+):This is an introductory class that will feature Ballet, Tap and Jazz styles and technique. It is a great option to ease into either style, or enjoy current styles you already love! Dancers will need Ballet, Tap and Jazz shoes.

Ballet/Jazz Combo (ages 5-7): This is an introductory class that will feature both Ballet and Jazz styles and technique. It is a great option to ease into either style, or enjoy current styles you already love! Dancers will need both ballet and jazz shoes.



Contemporary

Contemporary combines Ballet and Modern techniques with musical and emotional expression with a strong focus on Modern techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression.

 Level I: explores the contemporary style with introductory level technique and focus on interpreting music and choreography. Students will work on ability to pick up stylized choreography and movements. 

 Level II: this level uses more intricate movement and incorporates more technical skills to achieve the choreography. Students should show proficiency in level I before moving up to level II. Sections of I/II may be combined and offered, dependent on session. 

Level III: For students with a strong dance background and desire to challenge themselves. This class will use advanced technique and more difficult choreography. Students must pass levels I and II to enroll. 


Level IV: enrollment by evaluation and instructor recommendation only.



Hip Hop 

Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility develop body balance, and coordination.

 
Hip Hop I (ages 5-7): This class serves as an introduction to hip hop dance for the younger student. Using games and music, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and basic footwork. It is a great way to get kids moving!

Hip Hop II (ages 7 – 12): great for beginner/intermediate level dancers looking for a fun, upbeat class.

Hip Hop III (11+): incorporates more intricate choreography and movement with faster-paced routines and music.

Hip Hop Advanced:  enrollment by evaluation and instructor recommendation only.

Boys Hip Hop: Have a boy at home that’s looking to tap into his inner Hip Hop super star? This class, specifically designed for our male students, explores the Hip Hop genre in a fun, friendly and low-pressure environment for your dancer to grow and thrive in his performance skills.

Adult Hip Hop: This class is designed for the adult who wishes to improve their physicality and get a good workout in a non-threatening dance environment. Class begins with a warm-up and stretch followed by hip hop combos which include fun hip Hop dance choreography.


Jazz

Jazz dance is an exploration of style and presentation. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.


Turns & Jumps Technique

This class is designed to work on strength, flexibility, and the 'tricks' of dance. Improve your dance technique through this power packed class! 


Tap

Tap I : This class is designed for those with little to no experience with tap dance. The core of the class will focus on the development of basic technical skills (shuffles, paradiddles, flaps, pickups, cramp-rolls, etc.), as well as the ear, or ability to understand music. A small portion of the course will be dedicated to learning about and honoring historical tap figures to gain a holistic understanding of the art form.


Modern & The Martha Graham Technique


Graham technique is based on the opposition between contraction and release, a concept based on the breathing cycle which has become a "trademark" of modern dance forms. Its other dominant principle is the "spiraling" of the torso around the axis of the spine.


 

 

 

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