Pre-School Dance I and II
Our pre-school program is designed for the youngest dancers, ages 3-5. Students must be 3 before October 1. In these classes, dancers are introduced to ballet, tap and acrobatics. Two levels are offered. In the recital, preschoolers perform one tap routine. Preschool age students will need tap and ballet shoes. Please, no diapers or pull-ups. Dancers must be potty-trained.
Primary Dance I
Primary Dance I is a fast paced combination class, instructing young dancers grades K-1st in ballet, tap and acrobatics. In the recital, Primary I dancers perform one tap routine. Students enrolling in this class will need tap and ballet shoes.
Primary Dance II
Primary Dance II is for the experienced 1st grader. In this class dancers will be instructed in ballet, tap and jazz. Students enrolled in this class will perform one tap and one ballet routine in the recital. Primary Dance II students will need ballet, tap and jazz shoes.
This class is offered for students 2nd grade and up. Ballet is a classical dance form characterized by grace and precision movement. No matter which dance discipline a student is interested in, all students will take ballet. Beginner and Intermediate level students 4th grade-7th grade will be required to take a pre-pointe class in addition to ballet. Advanced level students 8th grade-9th grade are required to take 1 ballet class and 1 pointe or pre-pointe class. The additional classes are necessary to the development of a ballet dancer.
Pre-Pointe and Pointe students must be enrolled in ballet.
The goal of a female ballet dancer is to dance en pointe, as it is a central part of a dancer’s training. Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet training that concerns a dancer’s support of the body weight on the tips of the fully extended feet while wearing a structurally reinforced shoe. Preparation for pointe work is a gradual process that starts with the strengthening of tendons and muscles. A dancer must be able to maintain turnout with a straight back and be pulled up properly. It must also be determined that a dancer’s feet have sufficiently ossified and the dancer is psychologically ready to begin pointe work.
Pre-Pointe work begins at the age of 9 (4th grade) in our pre-pointe class, which is required in addition to the ballet class.
Pointe work begins when strength, turnout, posture, bone growth and psychological maturity are determined by the instructors. The age will vary from one individual to another.
Because of all that is required of the dancer’s body, any interruption in her training results in a regression of the necessary abilities to achieve what is required. From the onset of pre-pointe work, ballet dancers are required to dance year round. Non-participation in summer classes will result in the student not progressing to the next level.
Tap is a dance form in which rhythm is sounded out by the clicking taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes. Classes are offered for students grade 2 and up. Tap helps develop rhythm and coordination.
Jazz is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Jazz movement can range from rhythms matched to jazz music to a variety of theatrical styles. Our jazz classes are open to students 2nd grade and up. Jazz classes are designed to introduce students to modern dance movements, as well as give technical dance training.
Our classic hip hop classes take you through an age appropriate hip hop style and the hottest new moves. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking and popping. Classes are offered for students 2nd grade through teens.
Modern students must be enrolled in ballet.
Modern is a style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet. Modern movements focus instead on the expression of inner feelings. Students must be 2nd grade and up and enrolled in ballet to take modern.
Acrobatics students must be enrolled in all available classes. Acrobatics is a style of dance that combines classical technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Students must be in Kindergarten and up to be enrolled in acrobatics.
Conditioning students must be enrolled in all available classes. Conditioning is a class that allows students to increase strength, flexibility, and endurance to become the best dancers they can be. Conditioning addresses the specific needs of a dancer’s body to help with injury prevention and advancement of technique. Conditioning is a non-performing class. Conditioning is available to students in 4th grade and up.