April 24, 2015

Class Descriptions & Dress Code

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Age 2

Dance FUNdamentals
Creative movement is a way for all children, boys and girls, to explore their sense of self and the environment. Tots will have opportunities to move, play, and connect with each other through multi-sensory, developmentally-targeted movement activities. Dance FUN promotes social, emotional, and physical awareness skills in an energized and fun environment. Use of movement games, music, rhythm, shakers, scarves, and other props will enhance the natural curiosity and creativity of your child. This 30-minute class is a great introduction for the tiny dancer before beginning pre-ballet and tap.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes that allow for free movement, closed toe shoes, hair away from the face (ponytail, braid, bun).


Ages 4-5

Twinkle Toes
Continuing on the pre-ballet and tap concepts learned in Boogie Babies, this 1-hour class is the next step to advance your child’s listening skills, sharing, following directions, and motor development. New steps are introduced to prepare the young dancer for formal dance training.

Dress Code: Pink leotard, light pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers, black tap shoes, hair pulled away from the face (ponytail, braid, bun). Single chiffon skirt allowed.  No dangling jewelry.


Ages 5-6

Kinder Combo
Building on the pre-ballet and tap concepts explored in Boogie Babies and Twinkle Toes, this 1-hour class continues to develop appreciation for technique, classroom engagement, group collaboration, and the fun that dance can bring. Kinder Combo is the final stepping stone before advancing to our Ballet Stars, Tap Stars and Jazz Stars classes.

Dress Code: Lavender leotard, light pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers, black tap shoes, hair away from the face (ponytail, braid, bun).  Chiffon skirt optional.  No dangling jewelry


Ages 6+

Ballet
Technique based on body alignment, proper placement, and posture. Barre and center floor work are utilized to teach musicality, rhythm, coordination and flexibility. Ballet provides a foundation for all other forms of dance as well as conditioning for sports and injury prevention. Ballet is encouraged for all dancers, as well as athletes wishing to gain better body control, alignment, and core strength. Ballet teaches discipline, self control, respect, and self awareness.

Dress Codes:

Ballet Stars: Light blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair away from the face (ponytail, braid, bun).  Chiffon skirt optional.  No dangling jewelry.

Ballet Beginning/Intermediate: Navy blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers hair away from the face (ponytail, braid, bun).  Chiffon skirt optional.  No dangling jewelry.

Ballet Intermediate and Pre-Pointe: Burgundy leotard, light pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair in bun.  Chiffon skirt optional.  No dangling jewelry.

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Ages 11+

Contemporary
A form of theatrical dancing that uses ballet technique, use of fall and recovery, contraction, release, locomotor movements, movements that convey a message or tell a story, use of irregular meter, music, sounds, electronic music and contemporary music, use of multimedia and poetry. The dancer uses bare feet or sandals. Most professional ballet dancers are also trained in lyrical and contemporary. Today choreographers combine ballet with modern technique for many of their works. Placement is upon approval of the Director.

Dress Code: Fitted tank or leotard, jazz pants/dance shorts/opaque leggings, barefoot or lyrical half-sole shoe (ex: Capezio FootUndeez), hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry

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Ages 3-4

Boogie Babies
In this 45-minute combination class of pre-ballet and tap, children will learn to take turns, share, line up, listen to their teacher, and follow directions in addition to learning basic ballet and tap techniques. Creative and imaginative expression will be emphasized at this level. Basic skills are repeated each week to develop a strong foundation for young dancers.

Dress Code: Pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, black tap shoes, hair away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ballet bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry.


Ages 6+

Tap
Tap is a form of dance where syncopated rhythmic sounds are created by the feet in a series of regulated and controlled movements. The student gains a sense of timing, rhythm and coordination, a new form of expression, and the ability to work with others.

Dress Code: Fitted tank or leotard, jazz pants/dance shorts/opaque leggings, black tap shoes, hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry.


Ages 16+

Adult Tap
Perfect for the “older” beginning student. Learn tap fundamentals and basic rhythms, combinations, across-the-floor traveling patterns, etc. It’s never to late to learn how to tap–have fun, make new dance friends, and learn how fun tap can be!

Dress Code: Comfortable top or t-shirt, jazz pants/dance shorts/opaque leggings, black tap shoes, hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry.


Ages 6+

Jazz
A stylized technique-based class that emphasizes long lines and musicality. Jazz dance will emphasize rhythm, coordination, strength, flexibility, and isolation of movement. Class focuses on flexibility, strength, turns and leaps, and jazz choreography. Jazz is specifically used to teach personal expression and help dancers find their personal style and voice, as well as body control and awareness. Jazz students are strongly encouraged to study ballet as well.

Dress Code: Fitted tank or leotard, jazz pants/dance shorts/opaque leggings, black jazz shoes, hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry.

 


Ages 4-5

Mini Hop
This popular class is designed to teach very young children the basics of isolation and coordination for Hip Hop movements in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes that allow for free movement, sneakers, hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry


Ages 6+

Hip Hop
This class is high-energy and fun for both boys and girls who want to learn a dance style influenced by some of today’s hottest choreographers. Classes include conditioning and warm-up, simplified break-down of each dance step, skill combinations and choreography. All moves and music are age appropriate and level specific. Students love learning these upbeat dance steps while moving to their favorite songs. Hip Hop is specifically geared toward self empowerment and positive self talk, using dance to teach personal power and respect. It also enhances coordination, strength, quickness, and endurance.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes that allow for free movement, sneakers, hair and bangs away from the face (ponytail or headband if short hair, ponytail or braid or bun if long hair), no dangling jewelry.