Technique based on body alignment, proper placement and posture. Barre and center floor work combined with choreography combinations 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 the basis for all forms of dance and 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. We believe ballet is so important that all of our combination style classes always include ballet as one of the styles of dance being taught. All competitive students are required to take a ballet class. Dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Dancers may also wear fitted shorts or skirts with hair pulled back into a bun.
A style of dance using special shoes to make sounds and rhythms. Tap is great for coordination! In this class dancers will develop both mental and muscle memory. Dancers will also develop a great sense of rhythm and timing. Dancers need to wear black tap shoes, dance clothes (no jeans), and have hair pulled back.
A stylized technique based class that emphasizes long lines and musicality. As an ever-changing art form, jazz encompasses many forms of technique from contemporary to musical theater. This 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. The class is upbeat using current, age appropriate music. Dancers will develop coordination, musicality, body placement, and performance style. Dancers should wear tan jazz boots (only for the full hour jazz classes), any color leotard, tights, short, capris or fitted jazz pants. Hair must be worn in a bun or ponytail.
This style of dance uses music to translate emotion into movement; it is very fluid and utilizes aspects of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Dancers are challenged to find meaning behind the music and connect that to the choreography. Dancers are taught to use smooth transitions between movements and incorporate breath into their dance. Students are asked to draw upon their own experience to relate to the music and choreography and use the encounter to grow as a dancer and as a person. Dancers may wear any brand “half shoe” style lyrical shoe while in class but unless your teacher requests a specific shoe for the recital, we use the Capezio “Turning Pointe 55″ Pirouette Shoes by Sophia Lucia in Nude color. They can be purchased online through Discount Dance but keep in mind they run small. Girls size is style # (H063C) and Women’s size is style # (H063W).
Ages 2-3 Ballet/Creative Movement
This is the first structured parent independent dance program your tiny dancer will be introduced too. The class incorporates movement and dance while using colorful props and fun music. Your tiny toddler will learn basic tumbling skills on the mats, practice balance on the balance beam, and learn basic ballet terminology. This class will begin with an imaginative warm-up and then move to center and across the floor movement that emphasize motor skills and creativity through basic ballet movements. This class is a great way for toddlers to learn to follow directions and wait for his or her turn, as well as to gain social skills, confidence, and independence. These dancers will perform a ballet routine in the end of year recital. Dancers may wear any color leotard, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers.
Ages 3-4 Ballet/Tap & Ballet/Jazz
This is such a fun age that is usually full of energy! If your dancer loves to dance to upbeat music and wiggle with style, this will be the perfect class for them! Our popular combination classes are designed for students to express their individuality through the art of dance. The class introduces young dancers to ballet, tap or jazz, and basic tumbling skills. Students will learn basic ballet terminology along with basic tap or jazz steps. They will explore rhythms, coordination, spacial awareness, and structure though movement. Students will have fun learning to dance while using colorful props such as hula-hoops and beanbags. These dancers will perform both a ballet and tap OR ballet and jazz routine in the end of year recital. Dancers may wear a leotard of any color, pink tights, pink leather ballet slippers and black tap shoes OR black jazz shoes. Dancers should bring a dance bag to keep their belongings in so nothing gets lost when changing from ballet slippers to either tap or jazz shoes. Don’t forget to write their name on everything!
Ages 4-5 Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Ballet/Hip-Hop
This class is designed for children who are ready for a little more structure. In these classes dancers will begin using the ballet barre where they will learn a few ballet exercises as the teacher emphasizes ballet terminology. Dancers will learn combinations and receive one on one time while learning steps across the floor. Tap, jazz, and hip-hop all begin with a fun warm up to upbeat, age appropriate music and follow with combinations and working on steps across the floor. They will also be introduced to simple jumps and turns in this class. Your dancer will work on basic tumbling skills and practice balance on the balance beam during these classes. Dancers will get to perform two routines in the end of year recital. Dancers may wear a leotard of any color, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Students will need black jazz shoes for jazz, black tap shoes for tap, and CLEAN (shoes only worn for dance class & aren’t worn outside) sneakers for hip-hop. Hair must be pulled back and secured.Dancers should bring a dance bag to keep their belongings in so nothing gets lost when changing from ballet slippers to either tap or jazz shoes. Don’t forget to write their name on everything!
Ages 6-7 Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Ballet/Hip-Hop
These classes are perfect for dancers who are just learning to dance or who aren’t ready for a full 2 hours of dance yet. These classes focus on getting students ready to transition from combination type of dance classes to full hour classes in a specific style of dance. Ballet class will include more challenging barre exercises while emphasizing basic terminology. The tap class will concentrate on developing intricate patterns and rhythms while learning classical tap steps. The Jazz class will begin to develop students flexibility and balance skills while dancing to fun upbeat, age appropriate music. In the Hip-Hop class, dancers will get to move! They will learn fun combinations while also working on skills needed to be a good dancer. Dancers may wear a leotard of any color, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Students will need black jazz shoes for jazz, black tap shoes for tap, and CLEAN (shoes only worn for dance class & aren’t worn outside) sneakers for hip-hop. Hair must be pulled back and secured. Dancers should bring a dance bag to keep their belongings in so nothing gets lost when changing from ballet slippers to either tap, jazz, or hip-hop shoes. Don’t forget to write their name on everything!
Acro dance integrates tricks with dance using mats, no equipment is used. Students will learn proper acrobatic terminology, muscular control, balance, strength, flexibility, discipline, and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. They are also taught proper execution to prevent injury. All level classes receive an introduction to partner work and counter-balancing. Acro is very beneficial to dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Students may wear leotards/form fitting tops and fitted shorts or pants (no jeans). Hair must be pulled back and secured and students do not need shoes.
This class is full of energy and fun for both boys and girls who want to learn some Old School style influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Classes include warm-up and conditioning, 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. These classes promote character development and teamwork. Dancers may wear CLEAN sneakers (shoes only worn for dance class & aren’t worn outside), comfortable athletic clothing (no jeans), and have hair pulled back and secured.
Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard-toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill and is a central part of the female ballet dancer’s training and repertoire. Pointe is for the technically strong dancer who has advanced to a level in ballet where her body can accept the physical demands of pointe work. Dancers will need to wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pointe shoes (see pointe teacher for specific styleof shoe). Fitted shorts or skirts may be worn and hair must be pulled back into a bun. Do not purchase shoes until our pointe teacher has given permission and guidance.
We recently added an amazing new program to our 3-4 year old and 4-5 year old combination classes to enhance your dancer’s experience in dance class––Twirl! As a supplement to our existing curriculum, Twirl is a fun + fanciful approach to dance class, and inspires creativity and imagination in your child while reinforcing dance basics
A Twirl activity book: We will utilize the book about once per month during class, so we will store it at the studio all year. We will personalize it to your dancer, and she can take it home at the end of the year for continued fun!
A Twirl ribbon for her dance bag: Each week, at the end of class, your dancer will earn a rhinestone for her ribbon. At the end of the dance year, she will have a super sparkly souvenir of her dance year!
- A Twirl Graduation Celebration Certificate: At the end of the dance year, we will host a mini-performance during dance class to demonstrate some of the fun + unique activities we’ve learned throughout the year, where your child will earn a certificate!