Class Schedule

​For those of you who are new to dance or those who need a little help determining what exactly each class is, we hope these class descriptions will be helpful.  Each genre of dance has distinct characteristics that separate it from the others, but they all share one trait in common:  each is a way for a dancer to express something about themselves that they might not be able to express in any other way. 

Ballet​

Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Ballet is the technical backbone for all forms of dance and emphasizes the development of technique, musicality, coordination, discipline and artistry. Ballet classes are devised to break down steps and properly set up the dancer to gradually advance.​​

Pointe​

Pointe work is a dance technique in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Although the shoe enables the dancer to poise indefinitely on tiptoe, it is her strength and technique that bring her from the normal standing position through a mid-position, "demi-pointe", to the full-pointe position. Once en pointe, the dancer maintains a contraction of the muscles of the feet, ankles, legs and torso to pull herself up out of the shoe.  Permission required to enroll in this class.

Acrobatics​

Acrobatics teaches strength, flexibility and tumbling.  Skills include, but are not limited to, walkovers, limbers, handsprings, chest rolls, cartwheels, roundoffs, handstands and more.  Acrobatics is the only discipline where we have a wide range of ages in each class.  This is due to the fact that the level (1-4) is dependent upon the specific skills each dancer has.

  • Acrobatics 1 (Beginner Level)

  • Acrobatics 2 (Must be able to do a backbend and stand from that position)

  • Acrobatics 3 (Must be able to do a backbend kickover and a front limber)

  • Acrobatics 4 (Must be able to do an aerial and a back handspring)

Lyrical​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Lyrical is a style of dance that uses the emotion and mood of the music to elicit movements from the dancers. Students have a warm up focusing on core strength, flexibility, and movement of the back. The class includes floor work, progressions, and center combinations.

Jazz​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Jazz classes are fun and energetic. They include such elements as kicks, leaps, turns, splits, and isolations. Classes include stretch and strengthening exercises, floor work, and across the floor progressions in addition to  center floor combinations.  

Master Class​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This class is our highest level class.  Each week, we feature a different guest choreographer who will incorporate a variety of dance styles ranging from modern to jazz to lyrical.  Recommended for ages 12 and up and permission is required to enroll in this class

Hip-Hop​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Hip-Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz, similar to what you would see in a televised dance performance or music videos. Students will learn the importance of isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements.

Tap​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The rhythm and movement of tap, created by mental taps on the heels and toes of a dancer's shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their bodies.

Combination Classes

Tiny Tot & Mini Classes

The rhythm and movement of tap, created by mental taps on the heels and toes of a dancer's shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their bodies.

Musical Theater​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Musical Theater combines jazz technique with other genres to teach Broadway-style choreography, show-stopping stage presence and acting, with a focus on learning song-and-dance numbers from a variety of musical productions, past and present. 

Leaps and Turns

This class is a technique class that is dedicated to learning, improving and perfecting technique in jumps, kicks and turns.  Stretch and strengthening is also combined to improve dancers' power. 

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