Class Placement and Progress

CLASS PLACEMENT, PROGRESS AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Students will be placed in class according to their age, dance skill and knowledge. Students generally spend 1-3 years in each level before advancing to the next. This is to ensure that they have masters all skills required for the next level and to prevent injury. There may be class changes as the season progresses. These alterations are for the benefit of the student, so they can get the most out of their training. It is crucial for the student to be in a class where they can make maximum progress.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be No Make-ups, Refunds or Credit for Missed Classes.

 

Recommendation: All young students take the basic course of ballet and tap, then may begin Jazz and Hip Hop at age 5. Older students may choose to only take one style of dance; however, exposure to diverse types of dance will result in a well-rounded, technically trained dancer.

 

Ballet – Ballet is the foundation for all dance and is highly recommended for every dancer beginner to advanced. Ballet encourages grace, balance, and poise in each dancer, and requires strength in all areas of the body.

Jazz – Jazz is a fast paced class that incorporates turns, jumps, and power movement to create an energetic dance form. It teaches center control, spotting, and leaps. It is recommend that students enrolling in Jazz are also enrolled in Ballet in order to excel.

Tap – Tap is a style of dance that is characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Tap teaches timing, rhythm, and tempo that can be used to benefit dancers in all areas of dance.

Pre-Pointe – Pre-Pointe teaches students the basics of Pointe Ballet. Beginning first with learning the parts of their pointe shoes, fit and proper ballet technique en pointe. Students must be a 2nd year level 3 or higher ballet dancer to be enrolled in this class.

Pointe – Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. Any student wanting to enroll in Pointe MUST also be enrolled in Ballet and has a prerequisite of Pre-Pointe.

Hip hop – Hip Hop combines footwork, freezes, and body isolations in time to Hip Hop music. It is an energetic class that helps students develop their sense of rhythm, timing, creativity, and self-confidence.

Leaps & Turns – Leaps and Turns takes the technique learned in Ballet and Jazz classes and narrows the teachings to only perfecting the leaps and turns used throughout dance. Basic Ballet and Jazz technique is not taught in the class and all students are recommended to also be enrolled in Ballet and Jazz.

Strength & Flexibility – Students enrolled will focus on building strength and endurance in the entire body, as well as flexibility in their legs, hips, and back.

Musical Theatre – Acting and Broadway jazz movement techniques are brought together and performed to songs from popular musicals. Students will be pushed outside their comfort zone to achieve significant improvement in showmanship. Students must be a level 1 or higher to be enrolled in this class

Drill Team Prep. – Student interested in trying out for high school drill team should start preparing early (Jazz Level 2 or higher). Throughout the year students will learn a variety of basic dance genres to introduce them to the different styles of dance frequently used in dance and drill teams, including kick, pom, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and military. We recommend also taking ballet, jazz, and contemporary for a more in depth knowledge of dance skills required for tryouts and dance team.

Drill Team Technique – Students who have previously excelled in Drill Team Prep or are currently an active member of the High School Dance/ Drill Team may enroll in this class. Throughout the year students will continue to perfect a variety of basic dance genres frequently used in dance and drill teams, including kick, pom, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and military.

Modern- Modern dance is for advance dancers who have a strong ballet foundation. Modern dance is a style of theatrical dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet. Students learn various choreography techniques and manipulations of movement and music. Students also learn to initiate movements from their core and to move through space dynamically with movements deriving from the expression of inner feeling.

Lyrical – A slow, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet technique. This dance style’s main goal is the interpret the lyrics of the song through movement.

Contemporary – A style of expressive dance that combines modern, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. It is a dance genre that has become a dominate style used in dance and drill teams and connects the mind and body through fluid dance movements.

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