CLASSES BY Age:
To view classes appropriate for your child(ren), please select the age range corresponding to your dancer. Please feel free to call the studio if you have questions about placements.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Irish step, Acrobatic Dance, Latin Ballroom,
Musical Theatre, Dance 'N Play, Tumbling Toddlers, Team Dance It Up! and Ballet Repertory Ensemble
Dance 'n Play
(Ages 2.5-4) A Uniquely Magical Movement Program for Children. This one and a half hour long program has been developed to stimulate the minds and bodies of young, growing children. It introduces movement and music in a very unique style which encourages them and allows them to explore their vast imaginations and to develop gross motor skills at their own pace, through the use of props, costumes, music, lighting and creative movement. Dance ‘N Play® was developed by educators to instill a love of movement and music, in a safe and nurturing environment.
(Ages 18 months-2.5 years with a grown-up) This 45 minute class is a great way to introduce your toddler not only to basic tumbling skills, but also to a classroom setting. It promotes gross motor skills through basic tumbling and dance movements. A snack and story will also be included.
Intro To Dance
(Age 4-5) An introduction to dance through imagination and self-expression. This class is designed to develop coordination, rhythm, flexibility and a love for music and dance. This class includes a 15-minute section of tap to develop musicality.
Ballet & Tap I &II
(Ages 5-6) These classes are a prerequisite to formal ballet and tap training. Children are introduced to ballet barre and some ballet and tap terminology. The emphasis is still on improving body awareness and instilling a love for dance.
(Age 6 & Up) A combination of both the art of acrobatics and dance. The focus is on tumbling skills while incorporating dance. Students concentrate on improving balance, agility and flexibility.
Hip Hop and Handstands
(Ages 4-8) A combination of hip hop and acrobatics with a focus on beginning tumbling skills set to upbeat music. Students will work on isolations and basic hip hop movements.
(Age 6 & Up) Set to the music of today, this offshoot of jazz dance combined with street dance is fun and upbeat.
(Age 6 & Up) Combining artistry, grace, and physical ability, step dancing is presented on introductory level. Soft shoe as well as a light reel, a light jig and a four or eight hand reel are taught. Advanced beginner and intermediate levels are also offered.
Fundamentals of Dance I (AGe 7)
The study of ballet begins here with simple barre exercises and centre floor technique. Proper ballet terminology is used and classical music appreciation is begun. After the 45 minute ballet portion, a short section of contemporary jazz and tap are given to increase rhythm and timing. Fundamentals I is 1 1/2 hour sessions.
Fundamentals of Dance II/III (Ages 8-9)
Fundamentals of Dance IV (Age 10)
Our ballet education progresses in these division with more advanced barre and centre technique. As the levels progress, barre work is concentrated and combinations become more complex. Class time: 1 hour of ballet and 1 hour of tap/ jazz a week.
Dance Prep I & II
(Age 11 - 12/ Grade 6 & 7) Focuses on building vocabulary and choreographic knowledge while maintaining the good placement and technique learned in the Fundamentals years. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz and Tap.
Senior Prep I
(Age 13 / Grade 8) A continuation of Dance Prep for 8th grade and up. Longer combinations are introduced. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz and Tap.
Senior Prep II
Ages 14 (Grade 9) A continuation of Dance Prep, and tailored 9th grade and up. Longer combinations are introduced; greater focus is expected. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz & Tap.
(Age 15 & up / Grade 10-12) Senior Ballet is for grade 10 and over or by permission, for the most dedicated dancer. Our most advanced class, it combines technique from all earlier levels. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz & Tap.
Intro to Pre-Pointe
(For passionate dancers ages 9-11 enrolled in Fundamentals III, IV or Dance Prep I) This class prepares students for pre-pointe training by focusing on strengthening, conditioning and learning to connect the bodys’ core strength to feet posture and turnout.
(Dancers also enrolled in Fundamentals IV or Dance Prep Ballet.) A second weekly class for students transitioning on pointe or considering pointework. Class will consist of core and leg strength training, flexibility and strength exercises for turnout, a pre-pointe barre warm-up, small footwork exercises in center, and turns en diagonale.
(For dancers we are also enrolled in Senior Prep or Senior Ballet.) A second weekly class for students already on pointe (by instructor approval only) or wishing to be considered for pointe work. Class will consist of core strength training, a pointe/pre-pointe barre, center work, and turns en diagonale. Students must be enrolled in Pointe/Tech to be eligible to perform on pointe; instructor will determine whether a student has the necessary strength for the role.
(Ages 8 & Up - Must also be enrolled in a ballet class) A contemporary dance form. Modern takes its roots in ballet and is highly influenced by many other styles of dance both popular and traditional. Use of space, timing, alignment ,and rhythmic sensibility will be explored through floor work, combination and improvisation.
BALLET REPERTORY ENSEMBLE
Under the direction of Catherine Rhodes...Dedicated ballet students ages 11 and up participate in a company class composed of a full barre and center work, as well as stretching and conditioning. Masterworks of ballet by famous choreographers and their context in history are learned. Choreography includes challenging solos, small ensemble works and large corps de ballet pieces. Past selections include scenes from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, The Four Seasons and Orpheus and Eurydice, spanning 1840-1978. This Ensemble begins the first Saturday in January, runs for 20 weeks and performs in the spring concert.
TEAM DANCE IT UP!
Under the direction of Maureen Williams & Elizabeth McCarthy… Team Dance It Up! is a non-competitive, innovative performance ensemble. Students work with various choreographers learning a variety of dance pieces to perform for the community. Team Dance It Up! is a fun dance opportunity that challenges students’ bodies and minds. Participation fosters self-discipline, self-esteem and performance ability through the art of dance. Dance Team is a great venue to experience new genres. Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Latin Dance have all been presented at our performances.
Join Julie Lamprey in this high-energy class! Students will learn the fundamentals of Latin dancing. The dance styles will include the Cha Cha, the Swing, the Mambo and the Merengue. The students will learn choreographed line dances in all four styles, so no partner necessary!
In this class, students will work on various forms of dance, such as ballet, tap, jazz and vaudeville. These styles of dance will be integrated into the story through spoken word and song. Dancers will experiment with comedy, tragedy, conflict and happiness while developing a character who can convey the story line through song and dance. Some of the choreographers that we may study include, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, and Gene Kelly from the "Golden Age".