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Ages 3-5, first and second year of dance
class introduces children to the dance environment and uses different styles of music, props, games, and a little imagination to teach basic dance skills. Children should be toilet trained and turning 3 by September to start dance class. It will develop balance, introduce turns, rolls, and basic locomotor movements (tip-toe, skip, hop, jump, leap) prepping them for the following year in dance. Students will be exposed to following directions, social opportunities and new friendships, improving spatial awareness, basic ballet and dance vocabulary, and performance etiquette, used for their first time in our studio Showcase! There are Pre-Ballet classes offered on weekends and weekdays to fit your schedule.
Ages 4-6, or continuing from Pre-Ballet
This 1-hour class is for children starting dance at 5 years old, or continuing from a year or two of Pre-Ballet. This class expands on Pre-Ballet skills, and adds basic tap concepts. With concepts similar to pre-ballet, more steps are introduced and practiced through short, fun combinations. Learning simple formations like lines and circles, and exploring basic ballet and tap techniques and concepts. This class has a ballet and tap dance in the Showcase. This class is offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Beginner Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
Ages 5-8, or continuing from Kindercombo
This 90-minute class is a continuation and expansion of Kindercombo, and a beginner level class for children joining dance who are turning 7 or 8 during the school year. This class is about 30 minutes of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz technique every week. It introduces more independence with shoe changing, asking questions, remembering longer phrases of choreography, and proper dance etiquette (punctuality, dress code, upstaging, and other manners in dance.) All 3 styles for the show is too overwhelming for this age group, so this class has 2 dances in the Showcase each year, a Ballet, and a Jazz or Tap.
Elementary Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
Ages 7-11, or continuing from Beginner
This level is the first to separate ballet class from other disciplines. 1 hour of tap and jazz followed by 45 minutes of ballet, expanding into leaps, turns, and eventually transitions students into our Intermediate and 10+ leveled classes. Students continue their Ballet technique, and have the opportunity to prepare for a more rigorous Ballet training, and develop their knowledge for Tap and Jazz technique, with the opportunity to join Ensemble, on an individual-basis. Each genre will have a dance in our Spring Showcase in June, and this class also participates in our annual Nutcracker the first Friday of each December. This level is offered more than one role.
Ballet is required for all dancers, except children exclusively taking Hip-Hop. Dancers with proper ballet training are more successful in other dance styles, and develop a strong, technically-sound, dancer body. Classical ballet is an important part of our competitive and recreational curriculum, as it is the foundation of the other styles of dance offered. Intermediate and Advanced Ballet is moderately involved in our annual Nutcracker each December, with students being offered between one and four roles in the performance.
Intermediate- ages 9-14, for dedicated young students, those that may wish to continue to pointe work, or high school students that wish to remain recreational, and study ballet once per week.
Intermediate/Advanced- ages 11+, for dancers that have multiple years of ballet training, take class at least twice per week, and for most, are proficient in pointe work.
Ballet Foundations- ages 10+, open to older dancers that have little to no ballet experience, for those that need to meet the ballet requirement, but do not wish to perform, or can be an additional ballet class on top of a leveled one, and is an option for a makeup class.
Intensive - Ages 11+, 1 year of Ballet with DDW required, invitation only. See below for details.
Adult Ballet - Offered Wednesday evenings (see more), main emphasis on fun, exercise, and slight emphasis on terms and proper technique.
Ballet Intensive is a more involved, competitive program offered, made up of multiple weekly classes in Ballet and Pointe. Students must be enrolled in Intermediate or Advanced ballet, Pointe, and the Ballet Intensive classes listed on the schedule. This program is offered in two levels for the school year. Additionally, students may wish to take more classes in other levels, and/or have regularly scheduled private lessons to make their experience truly their own. This program is intended for students who want to take their ballet studies to the next level, and see what a pre-professional commitment is like. Intensive students will study multiple facets of Ballet; repertoire, variation, and exposure to partnering with more performance opportunities including our annual Nutcracker and competition. Future plans for the program include- community outreach, world class company summer intensive participation, and the formation of a student-based company within the school.
The schedule allows for students to dance with both Ballet Intensive and Ensemble. Intensive is open to dancers in the Intermediate/Advanced levels, and are en pointe, or have been in Pre-Pointe since January before the start of the season. Level 1 includes dancer's scheduled level ballet class (Monday or Tuesday evening) and Wednesday evening. Level 2 is the same as Level 1, and includes Saturdays.
Pre-Pointe and Pointe
Ensemble or 1 year of ballet with DDW, 12+, invitation only
Pre-pointe is the transitional period where a student prepares their body for the challenge of dancing en pointe. Intermediate Ballet gives the instructor the opportunity to assess each student's abilities each winter to evaluate each dancer on their readiness for this continuation of dance training en pointe. Pointe is offered to older children through adults, with permission from the teacher. No dancer is allowed en pointe until the age of 12, or, bone structure, development, and technique are satisfactory for training.
Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet. An average of at least two years of continuous classical training is needed to reach the required level. A willingness to be patient with the process are extremely important, as placement in pointe class is on an individual basis.
Once Miss Amanda believes a student is ready for pointe shoes, their pointe journey begins, and their experience is made to be a special one. This happens privately among the student, parent, and teacher. She accompanies each student to the store to be involved in the purchase of their first pair of shoes. Finding the right pair is a delicate and sometimes grueling process, but one that children can succeed in if they work hard and demonstrate the qualities of readiness for the journey.
Our leveled jazz classes for Beginner level and up explore fun and energy-filled combinations involving the basics of jazz technique
to pop, jazz, and other styles of music. In Ensemble, jazz classes expose dancers to new ways to feel music and movement, improvise, and dancers use their foundation of ballet to include kicks and turns into varied stylistic routines with influence from Broadway, contemporary, and street jazz. Jazz is a required class for Ensemble, along with Ballet and CTP, to help each dancer become more well-rounded and performance-ready.
Tap starts with the isolation of different parts of your feet to create clean sounds and combine sounds to create rhythms. Fundamental steps of tap are taught as students get older and develop their basic technique. More advanced tap classes will focus on speeding up basic tap steps and learning more advanced tap technique and terminology. Some improvisation and exploration of rhythms are incorporated. Tap is offered for ages 5 and up, for recreational and Ensemble dancers. Adults interested should e-mail us!
Our lyrical classes teach the fusion between ballet and jazz; movement comprised of slow and fluid movement, emotion, technique and artistry. Classes emphasize use of the whole body, learning how to contract, round, and flatten the back, use pointed and flexed feet, have a strong, graceful port de bras, add expression to movement, and using the lyrics in the choreography to tell a story. Choreography can include various turns, leaps, and floor work. Contemporary dance is post-modern, which can vary from the from the fluidity of lyrical movement, to sharp abstract.
Dancers ages 5-9 learn basic hip-hop-based dance steps and technique to fun music. Class will focus on levels and freezes, stage directions, and adding personality and attitude to movement. This class will have a hip-hop dance in our annual Showcase to demonstrate skills learned throughout the year.
Dancers ages 10 and up learn how to make movement more grounded, strong, and entertaining, and explore different pieces of choreography throughout the year. A brief history of how Hip-Hop originated, and how it has evolved is part of class. Dancers work on strength and using different elements in their movement including melting and freezing, isolations, rolls, levels, and basic breakdancing is all included in the syllabus.
The name "CTP" stands for Conditioning, Technique/Tricks, and Progressions/Partnering, so it incorporates a little of everything! CTP classes are 30 minutes per week, with two levels offered. This class is a requirement for Ensemble dancers, but is open to recreational students as well. Class focuses will routinely rotate through core work, flexibility, strength, balance, turns and leaps. It also incorporates creative movement and improvisation. It is recommended for those who may be interested in joining the team, and for those who are looking to strengthen their skills.
Ages 7 and up, and at least 1 year of dance, and enrollment in Beginner level and up is required to safely and successfully participate in this class. Acrobatics is the technique of incorporating gymnastics-based skills into the dance environment. This 45-minute class will cover skills from the world-renowned Acrobatic Arts curriculum, including bridges, handstands, rolls, and much more. It covers the use of flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, and tumbling to master many new skills exclusively offered in this class. Every skill taught can be executed both on mats and dance flooring. Though this class will not have a performance in the Showcase this season, students who participate in the class may get opportunities to use skills learned across different styles and classes, and in their team choreography.
Break a Leg Theater Works sometimes offers theater arts events at our facility. If you're looking to improve your theater arts skills or rehearse for a special audition, this company is for you! Students will explore and be coached through monologues, scene work, and musical numbers, as well as learn the basic of theatre. Occasional workshops are taught by an actor currently on Broadway actor!