This class uses developmentally appropriate music, props, activities, mats, and a little imagination to introduce children to dance class. Children should be toilet trained and turning 3 by September to join. Dance helps improve balance, loco-motor movements, following directions, social opportunities, promote new friendships, spatial awareness. Basic ballet steps and terms are introduced, along with performance etiquette, and demonstrated in their first studio Showcase!
Elementary Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
Elementary 1- ages 7-11
Elementary 2/Upper 1- 9+
Th Elementary level is split into two, being the first in which Ballet, Tap, and Jazz are divided into their own classes. The Elementary 1 expands into leaps, turns, and is the last of the Lower School. Elementary 2 is a hybrid with Upper Level 1, where dancers refine their skills and prepare for the Upper School. Students continue their
Ballet technique, and have the opportunity to prepare for a more
rigorous Ballet training, and may join Ballet Intensive. Dancers also acquire a greater knowledge for Tap and Jazz
technique, with the opportunity to join Ensemble on an individual-basis.
All 3 dance styles have a dance in the Showcase, and this class also
participates in our annual Nutcracker, and offered more than one role.
Elementary 1- ages 9-11, for dancers moving up from the Beginner Combo class.
Elementary 2/Upper 1- ages 9+, for dancers transitioning to the Upper School, whether continuing once per week, or entering the Intensive or Pre-Intensive program. Some dancers may be eligible for Pre-Pointe.
Upper Level 1/2- for dancers fulfilling their ballet requirement, or dedicated young students that may wish to continue to pointe work and/or take part in the Intensive Ballet program. Ages 11+.
Upper Level 3- For middle/high school students that may dance once per week to fulfill their ballet requirement, or for dancers at the most advanced level, take class at least twice per week, and may be proficient in pointe work.
Intensive - company-like, and more rigorous setting, with competitive opportunities, performances throughout the year, and learning at an accelerated pace. Both Pre-Intensive and Intensive are individually tailored, and invitation only.
Intensive students take Ballet and Pointe classes each week as part of their enrollment in the Intensive company.
This program is intended for students who want to take their ballet studies to the next level. Intensive students will study multiple facets of Ballet; repertoire, variation, and exposure to partnering with more performance opportunities including our annual Nutcracker and competition.
Adult Ballet - Offered by demand, with evolving schedule throughout the year. A full-length, proper ballet class, but with a focus on fun and exercise.
Pre-Pointe & Pointe
Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet. An average of at least two years of continuous classical training and at least two ballet classes per week are needed to reach the required level. A willingness to be patient with the process is extremely important, as placement in pointe class is on an individual basis.
Prerequisite: 2 years of ballet, 10+, invitation only
Pre-Pointe is the transitional period where a student prepares their body for the challenge of dancing en pointe. Dancers in the Elementary, Intermediate, and/or Intensive Ballet track provide the instructor the opportunity to assess each student's abilities and strength. Each winter an evaluation is held to assess dancer on their readiness for this continuation of dance training. Pointe is offered to older children through adults, with permission from the teacher. No dancer is allowed en pointe until the age of at least 11, or, bone structure, development, and technique are satisfactory for training.
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 different jazz techniques to many 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 LTP, to help each dancer become more well-rounded and performance-ready.
Tap is a classic form of dance using metal taps on shoes to create sounds and combine them, making steps and rhythms. Our studio starts Tap in Kindercombo with basics of a tap shoe and simple sounds. Upper levels of tap focus on speeding up basic tap steps, applying them in patterns, adding arms, and learning complex technique and terminology. Some improvisation and exploration of rhythms are also part of class.
Our lyrical classes ages 10 and up 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, all while
using expression in movement, using the lyrics to tell a story through
dance. 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, isolation, rolls, levels, and basic break-dancing is all included in the syllabus.