Ballet Students learn the structure of a ballet class, the skills associated with ballet, as well as the grace, poise, and strength required of the art form. Classes as young as first grade will start at the ballet barre, doing the traditional exercises to stretch muscles and strengthen skills necessary to perform steps in the “center.” Younger classes may learn and practice the “barre” exercises in the center of the room, so they can see themselves in the mirror and learn the proper technique and alignment more easily. All classes will stretch, and learn “progressions” or skills that travel across the room, as well as petite allegro (small, fast skills such as jumps), Adagio (slow balance and strength skills) and turns in the center. Each ballet class will perform a dance in our spring recital. Pointe is offered to students 12 years and older with at least 3 years of ballet experience who meet certain physical criteria. Pre-pointe class is offered to students 9 and older, who are approved by their ballet teacher, to help them get ready for pointe.
Tap classes focus on sounds made with the feet and develop timing, rhythm, and coordination. Younger and beginner dancers learn basic Broadway-style tap with emphasis on keeping a beat with the music, tapping at the appropriate volume and gaining precision. As tappers become more skilled they focus on speed and move onto rhythm tap methods. Tap dance is a relatively new form of dance (around 200 years old) and was developed right here in the United States. It is an ever-changing and growing dance form and classes will adapt to follow the trends as they develop.
Jazz Students will learn the basics of American jazz dance, the popular style which combines classical leaps and jumps, with street dance, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre and more into a fun-filled, creative dance form. All classes will focus on stretching at the beginning of class to develop flexibility for skills such as kicks and leap. Students will also learn the proper technique for a variety of turns and will practice the balance required to execute these turns. Footwork and other steps will be taught in fun combinations set to popular music.
Musical Theatre combines the basics of jazz dance with fun character movement. Students explore different characters, styles of music and performance attitudes through the choreography presented in the class and always perform to music from a stage or screen musical. This is a student favorite because it is so much fun to step into character!
Hip Hop Dancers will explore popular, ever-changing “hip-hop” dance moves to “hip-hop” music. This is an energetic, fun dance form combining athleticism, agility, rhythm, and moves found in many music videos and other popular performance pieces. Making sure that all music and dance moves are clean and age-appropriate is top priority!
Lyrical Students who are enrolled in ballet class and gain the recommendation of their teacher may also enroll is lyrical. Lyrical technique pulls from ballet, modern and jazz in a fabulously expressive style that often interprets the lyrics of the music being danced to. Students really enjoy exploring lyrical as a new way of expressing themselves and benefit greatly from the additional technical training as well.