The classes for 3rd grade & up are set up by levels, a combination of age and skill. The levels are different for each style. We feel this will benefit the students in the most positive way. We want them to master the basic building blocks before new skills are added. The students will perfect their technique at their own pace and as the student progresses the teacher will move them to the next level. The result? More confidence, more willingness to learn, more success!
1st Year/Beginner Level 1 - 1st year of any style is for all students beginning in this level whether they are beginners or have had previous experience. The first year is very important in teaching the basic foundation for all types of dance.
Level 2 - This is a 2 year class and can only be taken by students who have completed their first year class. Many steps are taught at this level and take time to master.
Level 3 - The intermediate level is generally a 3 year level. Intermediate classes are still 1 hour long but the level of dance taught is extremely challenging. Your dancer must have had at least 3 years of experience in a certain dance form to be in this level.
Advanced Level 4, 5, & 6 - This class is generally for high school students and older that have had a least 6 years of training in the type of dance of their choice. Sometimes students that work very hard and progress quickly may be asked to join this class earlier. Advanced classes are extremely difficult and require a lot of focus. Students will receive their solo in their senior year of high school. You must be recommended for this level.
2 1/2 Year Old - Your dancer must be 2 1/2 by September 1 to be in this class. There are NO exceptions on this. This is a half-hour class and consists of pre-ballet and acrobatics. Aside from learning social and listening skills, they are taught basic ballet positions and steps. There is a focus on creative dance through music. They learn basic acrobatic moves to help with strength, coordination, and motor skills.
3 Year Old - This is a 45min. long class that consists of pre-ballet, tap, and acrobatics. The children are taught basic ballet and tap steps all while exploring their structured classroom and having fun. Different acrobatic moves are taught to increase strength, coordination, and motor skills. Must be 3 by October 1st.
4 Year Old & Kindergarten & 1st Grade - These are hour long classes and consist of pre-ballet, tap, and acrobatics. They learn ballet vocabulary, coordination, musicality, rhythm and spatial awareness all while having fun.
2nd Grade - This is one hour long class consisting of ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. They learn ballet and jazz vocabulary, coordination, musicality, rhythm and spatial awareness all while having fun.
Ballet – Students will focus on building the strength, flexibility, and control needed to execute ballet moves. Each class will emphasize barre exercises and may also include a combination of center floor work and across-the-floor combinations. They will learn vocabulary, rhythm, musicality, coordination, memorization, grace, poise, and performance quality.
Pointe - Beginning pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructors discrection. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
Jazz – This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Lyrical - Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. It emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Hip Hop - Hip Hop is a form of popular music that originated among inner-city youths in the 1980's, drawing on Rap, Funk, Street sounds, and fragments of melody and rhythm borrowed from previously recorded sources. This class is offered to 1st grade and up. The levels are separated by age. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.
Acrobatics – This class teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength. There is no gym equipment used in this class, only mats.
Tap –This class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Modern - Modern is a dance form that ties in ballet, jazz and lyrical. Modern dance emphasizes a whole-body approach including flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness to allow freedom of expression. Our modern class is based on the Graham technique. Having a heightened sense of awareness of being grounded to the floor while, at the same time, feeling the energy throughout your entire body, extending it to the audience. Focus of the 'center' of the body (as contrast to ballet's emphasis on limbs), coordination between breathing and movement, and a dancer's relationship with the floor.
Contemporary – You must have at least 2 years of either ballet or jazz experience to take this class. This style incorporates elements from many styles of dance. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.
Irish Step - This class is very fast paced and is a mixture of Irish Step Dance and Ceili dancing. This class is great fun and is also a great workout.
African - This dance style utilizes the concepts of polyrhythm and total body articulation. Shoulders, chest, pelvis, arms, legs etc., may move with different rhythms in the music. Dancers in Nigeria commonly combine at least two rhythms in their movement, and the blending of three rhythms can be seen among highly skilled dancers. Articulation of as many as four distinct rhythms is rare.
Musical Theater –This class is perfect for students who want to explore role-playing and character development through dance. Using their innate sense of drama, students are taught and encouraged to communicate characters and stories through improvisation, dance movements and body expression. The class focuses on the versatility of performance and being well-rounded in the performance arts. Musical theater dance classes also focus on enhancing self-esteem, confidence and stage presence.
Turns, Leaps & Jumps – This is a special class is to help dancers work on these often challenging areas of dance. Classes will be designed to help each dancer identify and work on specific techniques and skills needed to improve their understanding and performance of these specific moves.
Worship – This class uses lyrical and modern movements. Worship dance is the use of dance and movement for the purpose of praising and honoring God. Worship Dance should draw people's attention to God and His majesty. Whether called "Praise" dance, "Sacred" dance, or "Liturgical" dance, it is an expression of worship that can enhance your personal worship time as well as add a visual element to public worship.