Primary/Beginner Program

30-90 MINUTES  once per week

Creative Movement: (3+)

Meets for 30 minutes, once a week. We use age appropriate curriculum for preschool children which teaches coordination, listening skills, musical and spacial awareness, and development of imagination through music, stretching exercises, and ballet games.

Primary 1-2 Class: (4+)

Meets for 1 hour (20 minutes of tap and 40 minutes of ballet), once a week. We use age appropriate curriculum for preschool children which teaches coordination, listening skills, musical and spacial awareness, and development of imagination through music, stretching exercises, and ballet games. Students will learn basic ballet technique and tap steps.

Beginner 1 Class: (6+)

Meets for 1 hour (20 minutes of tap and 40 minutes of ballet), once a week.  New students are introduced to basic tap and ballet technique, including pointing toes and proper body placement.

Primary 3 Class: (6+)

Meets for 1 hour (20 minutes of tap and 40 minutes of ballet), once a week with the option of an extra 30 minutes of jazz. These students have been dancing for at least 2 years. This level is a continuation of ballet technique and tap lessons, and the optional introductory jazz movements.

Intermediate Program

2-5 HOURS per week

Students in the intermediate levels are expected to have more experience. These classes meet for a total of 1 - 5 hours per week. Teachers will determine the appropriate level for each student. All students must be enrolled in a ballet class. They also have the option of the appropriate tap, jazz, lyrical, and Cecchetti grade classes.

 

Advanced Program

4-8 HOURS per week

Students at this level should be somewhat accomplished and serious about dance. These classes meet for a total of 2 - 8 hours per week. Teachers will determine the appropriate level for each student. All students must take a ballet class. They also have the option of the appropriate tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and Cecchetti grade classes.

 

 

What is…

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career in dance of any kind. Ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. Student will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology through barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations.

Cecchetti Graded Class

These classes are separate from regular ballet classes. They consist of set work from the Cecchetti Council of America. Students taking these classes should expect to be examined.

Jazz

Jazz dance is set to popular or jazz music and requires ballet technique for control of the body. It develops agility, strength in turns and leaps and a sense of modern rhythms. Jazz releases the dancer to express, through movement, in a more unconventional way than ballet.

Tap

Tap develops a sense of rhythm, style, and sound in the dancer. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement, set to many different genres of music.

Lyrical

Strong ballet-based movement incorporating the freedom, fluidity, and expressiveness of jazz and/or contemporary and modern dance—expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement.

Modern

Basic modern techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension, connecting breath with movement) with musical and emotional self-expression. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work, improvisation, and partnering.