Pre-Ballet/Creative (3-6 year olds)
The pre-ballet/creative class encourages the young child’s natural ability for dance expression, develops their sense of body awareness, and focuses on the joy of participating in a variety of movement experiences. Formal instruction in specific dance forms such as ballet, jazz, and tap should not be emphasized until age 7 and should be directly related to the child’s physical development. Pre-ballet/creative classes are 30-45 minutes in length and meet once a week.
Warm ups – includes floor stretches, aerobic movements, and isolation’s of various muscle groups to increase body awareness.
Creative Dramatics – Using dance movements to tell a story.
Dancing Steps – skipping, leaping, galloping, hopping, etc.
Simple Folk Dances and Tumbling for Flexibility
Basic Ballet Positions and Beginning Exercises
Classical Ballet (Ages 7 and up)
Ballet technique involves a series of exercises and movements designed to train the body and mind of the dancer. All of the exercises and movements are executed from a turned out position, that is, legs and feet are turned out from the hip joint. Emphasis is placed on proper body alignment, carriage of the body and arms, coordination and strength of the legs, and overall gracefulness and style in movement. It is strongly recommended that children begin their studies of dance with a minimum of one year of ballet. Classical ballet forms the base from which the total dancer is created. Ballet classes meet for one or one and a half hours once or twice a week, depending on the level. We offer eight levels of training.
Modern Jazz (Ages 8 and up)
Modern Jazz, a uniquely American dance form, involves a series of exercises and movements based on isolation of specific body parts such as the head, shoulders, rib cage, hips, etc. Since much of the jazz and popular music used in the class is fast and full of energy, the movement sequences tend to follow in this direction. Young dancers are required to have at least one year of ballet training to enroll in jazz class. Students enrolled in jazz are recommended to continue their ballet studies to building strength and coordination. We offer six levels of jazz dance.
Tap (Ages 6 and up)
Tap is the dance form that combined sight and sound. Tap dancing is SOUND – the music of rhythmic sound made with the feet. Tap students have metal plates on the toe and heel of the shoe. By skillfully manipulating these taps against a hard floor, the dancer can produce a wide range of sounds. We highly recommend a minimum of one year ballet or pre-ballet before beginning tap lessons. We have five levels of tap. Classes are 45 minutes in length.
Hip Hop (Ages 8 and up)
An upbeat street – dance style that includes sharp isolations and break dance floor moves.
By full semester (14 weeks), half semester (7 weeks), or monthly. A $20.00 single registration fee or a $25.00 per family registration fee (non-refundable) must be paid once a year. Full year payments are accepted. There will be no refunds on tuition payments.
Absences may be made up. There will be no reduction in your payment. Your child cannot progress satisfactorily if he/she doesn’t attend regularly.