Class Descriptions

COMBO DANCE 1 (3-4 YEARS OLD)

This class is an introductory to the thrilling world of dance. We spend time on the mat with fun stretches and tumbling exercises, learn the basics of dance such as turning and leaping, and introduce the basics of tap. The young dancers are taught balance, coordination, and rhythm, while gaining listening skills and building self-esteem.

Dress code: Girls must wear any color leotard and tights with an optional skirt. Pink leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required. Boys must wear a t-shirt with comfortable pants. Black leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

COMBO DANCE 2 (4-5 YEARS OLD)

This class is the next step up from our Combo Dance 1 class. We begin on the mat with stretches and tumbling exercises, then move on to Ballet. Ballet is introduced to these young dancers, as it is the foundation for all other forms of dance. Creative props are used to keep the learning experience fun and exciting. The class concludes with tap where rhythmic patterns are integrated, and dancers learn to use their feet as an instrument.

Dress code: Girls must wear any color leotard and tights with an optional skirt. Pink leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required. Boys must wear a t-shirt with comfortable pants. Black leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

PRE-CLASSES (5-7 YEARS OLD)

These classes are for young dancers who are ready to focus on one specific style of dance. The styles offered are jazz, tap, and ballet. The pre-classes incorporate a more formal training where they learn proper form and technique to become prepared for a level 1 or 2 class. See below for the description and dress code of each specific style.

BALLET

Ballet is a highly technical form of dance and is the foundation for all other styles. The class includes barre work as well as center work, focusing on balance, posture, alignment, and placement.

Dress code: Girls must wear a black leotard with pink tights and pink leather ballet shoes. Ballet skirt is optional. Hair must be up in a bun. Boys must wear a white t-shirt with black dance pants and black leather ballet shoes.

JAZZ

This style requires a high level of energy. It challenges the dancers to move quickly and think fast. The class begins with a warm-up, focusing on strengthening exercises and improving flexibility. Jazz is based on isolations, syncopating movement, progressions across the floor, and combinations.

Dress code: Girls must wear a leotard or tight fitting top with dance pants or shorts with tights. Boys must wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Leather slip on jazz shoes or dance paws are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY

These styles are very similar as lyrical is considered to be a subcategory of contemporary. Both use the technical elements of ballet and draw from the movements of jazz. Dancers are challenged to explore the total movement of their bodies with unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction as well as improvisation to express a more individualized approach in contemporary dance. Dancers also learn to be more expressive and fluid through lyrical dance as they convey musicality and emotion through movement.

Dress code: Girls must wear a leotard or tight fitting top with dance pants or shorts with tights. Boys must wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Leather slip on jazz shoes or dance paws are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

TAP

Tap is a beautiful combination of art and music that is aesthetically pleasing to both the eyes and ears. Dancers use their tap shoes against the floor as an instrument, creating a rhythm by combining their steps. As the dancers perfect the basics, they progress to more intricate patterns and combinations.

Dress code: Girls must wear a leotard or tight fitting top with dance pants or shorts with tights. Boys must wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Black leather tap shoes are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

HIP HOP

Hip Hop is the style you often see in music videos, television, and movies today. This is an energetic class where dancers learn a sequence of movements to match a specific hip hop song. Dancers get a great workout in this upbeat class using isolations and rhythm.

Dress code: Students must wear comfortable clothing with non-marking athletic shoes.

TECHNIQUE/STRETCH

This class is dedicated to the technique of dance. Dancers learn proper preparation, balance, control, and how to spot correctly to successfully execute turns. Dancers also learn how to jump gracefully and land safely. This class will also focus on stretching to improve overall flexibility.

Dress code: Girls must wear a leotard or tight fitting top with dance pants or shorts with tights. Boys must wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Leather jazz shoes or dance paws are required. Hair must be up and out of the face.

CHEER/TUMBLING

This class teaches the fundamentals of cheerleading and tumbling. It is perfect for someone interested in trying out for a cheerleading team or just looking for a fun energetic class to improve overall physical fitness. Proper arm placement is taught as well as different cheerleading jumps (toe-touches, hurdlers, pikes, etc.). Fun cheer routines and chants are taught weekly. Tumbling is a very important quality to have as a cheerleader, which is why we spend half of the class improving the cheerleaders tumbling skills. We perfect the basics and progress when appropriate.

Dress code: Students must wear a t-shirt or tank top with dance pants or shorts and non-marking athletic shoes. Hair must be up and out of the face.