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Creative Dance 1 ~ Age 3
In this age group we focus on basic motor skills and movement of the body. Little ones will develop an appreciation for music and rhythm through dance. It is a class designed to encourage creative movement through imagery and role play. To aid in this process we incorporate all sorts of fun props that will encourage your child to learn about body mobility, the power of imagination, and how the body can move several ways in a space. (30 min)
Creative Dance 2 ~ Age 4
In this age group we focus on dance and rhythm using gentle exercises that enable the child to discover musicality and creative movement. We will encourage students to use their imagination while doing fun exercises that will inspire them to dance and act. (45min)
Beginning Dance ~ Age 5
In this age group we will concentrate on the beginnings of ballet such as skips, gallops, walks, plies, port de bras, and attention to clean and consistent footwork and continue to encourage use of imagination and mime in learning the art of dance. (45min)
Basically Ballet ~ Age 6
We start with the floor exercises in which the student learns port de bras, footwork exercises, and different ways one can listen to and appreciate music. We learn positions of the feet and arms, free movement to help them relax the body when needed, and basic ballet exercises in the center to prepare them for simple transfer of weight and jumps. Dance imagery and expression are also an important element to this class.
Ballet Level 1 ~ Age 7
This class is designed to teach a child proper body placement and carriage of the arms and head. Very minimal barre exercises are introduced. Centre work may include tendus and attention to other footwork, free movement, jumps, and traveling across the floor.
Ballet Level 2 ~ Age 8
Barre work is continued along with body placement and correct usage of the muscles in dance. Exercises in the centre also include development of strong footwork-using rises and releves to strengthen feet and ankles. We learn several ways to use our port de bras, preparation for turns, and traveling floor work. It is also important that a student learns how to feel and correctly utilize the center core of their body which is the basis of balance and strength in dance.
Ballet Level 3 ~ Age 9
At this level students should understand basics of ballet such as placement and alignment of the body, clean footwork, positions of arms and feet, and correct muscle use. With this knowledge we are able to introduce pirouettes, petite allegro (quick, small jumps), and across the floor combinations that combine several steps in one exercise. The training and expectations, both technical and behavioral, intensifies.
Ballet Level 4 ~ Age 10
Students maintain their level of knowledge in ballet and are encouraged to incorporate artistic expression into their work. Strong and clean foot work is important in this level as many students are preparing for pointe work.
Ballet Level 5 ~ Age 11
The student must be able to put together combinations with several different steps combined at the barre, in the centre, and traveling across the floor for jumps and turns. A true focus needs to be shown in order for the student to progress and work correctly in class. Beginning Pointe Students in Level 5 ready to start pointe classes will be allowed on pointe only at the discretion of the teacher. The teacher must be sure the child has strong ankles, feet, and center core. Pointe work takes a great deal of strength and focus and should only be taken by students willing to apply these concepts in class.
Students in this level understand the technical and artistic elements of ballet and how they should be applied in class each day. The student should be able to work correctly and efficiently on the concepts of body placement, artistic expression, and personal growth. We want them to have fun but also feel challenged and that they are working towards improving and strengthening their art.
A student must have already taken pointe to enter this level. They should also be able to execute strong pointe work at the barre and exercises such as releves and echappes in the centre. Students are entered in this level only at the discretion of the teacher.
Students in this level understand the technical and artistic elements of ballet and how they should be applied in class each day. The student should be able to work correctly and efficiently on the concepts of body alignment, artistic expression, and personal growth. We want them to have fun but also feel challenged and that they are working towards improving and strengthening their art. *Students in this level should be taking class twice a week.
We will continue pointe work at the barre and increase the number of steps and exercises in the centre. Steps introduced at this level are pirouettes, releves and piques on one leg, and across the floor combinations that combine several steps in one exercise. Students must take Intermediate Ballet at least twice a week in order to take this Pointe class. Students are entered in this level only at the discretion of the teacher.
At this level students must show a love and dedication to their art. Much more intricate and challenging steps are introduced. There will be a great focus on really utilizing their center of balance as well as working very hard in class to achieve a consistent level of technical ability and artistic growth. Their understanding of vocabulary, alignment, proper use of muscles, and musicality will allow them to progress and nurture their classical ballet technique. *Students in this level should be taking class twice a week.
Students in this class are required to take pointe twice a week because it is important that the student maintain a strong and consistent level of pointe work. It is in the interest of the student that we do this in order to prevent injury. The pointe work at this level should be strong and fluid. Double pirouettes and hops on pointe are introduced along with more intricate steps and combinations. This is for a serious student who is willing to be challenged and who also wants to increase their physical strength and artistry and bring it to another level. Students will enter this class only at the discretion of the teacher. Student must take Advanced Ballet at least twice a week in order to take this Pointe class.
Jazz ~ All Levels
This is a high-energy jazz curriculum and is a perfect complement to our ballet program. The Jazz curriculum is based on the classical jazz dance technique, with influences incorporated from modern jazz, hip-hop and street jazz styles. The Jazz curriculum develops flexibility, rhythm, extension, balance, speed and strong movement in dancers, preparing them for a lifetime of dancing.
Lyrical /Contemporary ~ All Levels
This program builds upon the movements and technique that students have already learned. It incorporates many styles of Jazz technique and is a perfect complement to our ballet program. The lyrical curriculum develops flexibility, rhythm, extension, balance, the use of expression, speed and strong movement in dancers, preparing them for a lifetime of dancing. Must have permission of director to enroll and be taking at least 1 ballet class
Acro ~ All Levels
This program connects dance and gymnastics for all levels of dancers. In this class we will focus on simple and advanced technique which focuses on flexibility, stretching, extension, balance and tumbling skills. As our students progress we are able to take simple gymnastics movements and infuse them with our dance technique making our dancers well rounded performers. All students must take at least one ballet class to be enrolled in this class.
Junior Bop ~ Ages 4-5
Junior Bop is an introductory hip hop class. We will focus on rhythm, style, stretching and coordination for a faster paced class. It uses fun, age appropriate music and is an all-around upbeat, active class that prepares the child for hip hop. This is good for a child who enjoys a faster paced class with pop style music and energetic fun.
Hip Hop - All Levels
Students will learn different Hip Hop techniques from teachers who are currently performing in this field. We will focus on rhythm, style, stretching and coordination. This class is an upbeat, active class with fun age appropriate music from today’s hit music! This class is ideal for the students who love fast paced movements and are looking to learn a style of dance that is always evolving!
Musical Theater ~ Ages 5 and Up
Performance skills will focus on acting, singing, dancing! We will be exploring the art of storytelling and theatrical presentation in dance.
Tiny Tappers ~ Ages 4-5
Children will have fun learning basic tap steps emphasizing basic motor control and rhythmic concepts. Basic techniques are introduced and refined as the students learn coordination and body awareness. For those dancers taking tap or jazz in addition to creative movement, the programs serve to complement each other and reinforce skills learned in each class.
Tap ~ All Levels
The students will progressively build upon fundamental tap techniques arranged in combinations and performed as solo or duets. The Students take an active part in creating of the combinations. They will learn how to perform with energy and how to bring their own personality in each and every performance. The main goals are identifying, utilizing, and demonstrating tap terminology. The program will benefit ballet and jazz students by improving the speed and articulation of their footwork. This class will consist of rhythm training and transition of the feet with proper tap technique while also concentrating on upper body poise.
Mommy & Me ~ Ages 1-2
This class is for young children 1- 2 who are ready to start moving! Class developing gross motor skills, direction and rhythmic awareness by using parachute, bean bags and various other props. We ask that a parent or adult is present as we are getting students ready to begin moving on their own!
Creative Movement ~ Ages 3-4
This is a movement based class that focuses on developing motor skills. We will focus on finding rhythm, hand eye coordination, stretching and flexibility. Children will be introduced to ballet, jazz and hip hop while using their imagination and props!
Beginning hip hop ~ Ages 4-6
Children will be introduced to hip hop technique for beginners
Tumble Tots ~ Ages 3-4
This program connects dance and gymnastics for the beginning levels. In this class we will focus on flexibility, strengthening, balance and tumbling skills Performance Company Team~ Ages 5 and up
Children take 8 ½ - 11 ½ hours of classes a week in different genres and are committed to practices and performances. Children will learn choreography and will have the opportunity to perform for local community events and competitions. For further information regarding the Performance Company Team, please see the Director or Office Manager. Children are placed accordingly as per the instructors.
Vocal Lessons~ ages 6 and up
Children learn the art of singing during this 45 minute class. Children learn proper vocal techniques.