Ballet is a graceful and expressive form of dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts during the 15th century. It combines precise movements, elaborate costumes, and storytelling through dance. Ballet typically features fluid movements, leaps, spins, and intricate choreography, showcasing both technical skill and emotional depth. It has evolved over time into various styles, including classical ballet and contemporary ballet, each with its own unique characteristics and influences.
At A Time To Dance, our ballet class structure is divided into five levels:
- Fanfare - Age 5-6
- Jewels - Ages 7-13 who are brand-new beginners
- Midsummer - Ages 10-14. Students in this level are getting ready for their pointe shoes and are considered a high beginner level.
- Onegin - Ages 10-16. Students in this level are on pointe and are considered an intermediate level.
- E'tudes - Ages 12-20. Students in this level are considered high intermediate/advanced.
In addition to the levels listed above, there are also classes for adult ballet dancers, including Adult Beginning Ballet, Adult Ballet (Intermediate level), and Adult Barre, and a tumbling, tap, and ballet combo class for 5–6-year-olds.
Ballroom dance refers to a set of partner dances that originated in the 19th century and have since evolved into various styles. It is characterized by its elegance, precision, and structured patterns performed to music. Ballroom dance is typically divided into two main categories: Standard/Smooth dances and Latin/Rhythm dances. Ballroom dance requires close partnership and communication between dancers, as they work together to execute choreographed sequences while maintaining proper posture and frame. It is popular in social settings, competitions, and performances, and continues to evolve with modern influences while preserving its rich traditions.
Contemporary fusion dance is a dynamic and innovative style that blends elements of various dance genres, such as modern dance, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and cultural dances. It encourages dancers to explore creativity and expressiveness through fluid movements, unpredictable transitions, and a mix of different techniques. This genre often focuses on storytelling, emotions, and individual interpretation. Contemporary fusion dance celebrates diversity, allowing dancers to merge different movement vocabularies to create a fresh and engaging choreographic experience.
Contemporary fusion is currently only offered to the E'tudes level.
Hip hop dance is an urban dance style that originated in the Bronx, New York City, during the 1970s. It encompasses a wide range of movements, including popping, locking, breaking, and freestyling, often characterized by its dynamic and rhythmic nature. Hip hop dance is deeply connected to hip hop culture, music, and street art, reflecting the creativity, self-expression, and individuality of the dancers. It has evolved over the years and is now a global phenomenon, with diverse styles and influences from various cultures.
Hip Hop levels at A Time To Dance are structured as follows:
- Hip Hop 1 - Beginning
- Hip Hop 2 - Intermediate
- Hip Hop 3 - Advanced
Hip Hop Yoga
Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz techniques that focuses on expressing emotions and storytelling through movement. Dancers in lyrical dance convey feelings and narratives through flowing motions, seamless transitions, and heartfelt gestures, creating a poignant and visually captivating performance. Worship dance is a form of movement used to connect dancers and audience members to the Lord. It involves using dance as a means of worship, prayer, or conveying religious themes. Worship dance can vary widely in style, from interpretive and contemplative movements to more celebratory and joyful expressions. In this class, the two styles are intertwined to create a beautiful fusion of interpretive and spiritually connected movement.
Lyrical/Worship currently has two segments: Home school lyrical/worship and Lyrical/Worship for Misummer/Onegin (a more technique-based class).
Mom and Me
A "Mom and Me" dance class is a special type of dance class designed for young children and their mothers to participate together. These classes provide a wonderful opportunity for bonding, creativity, and physical activity in a supportive and fun environment. Typically, the class curriculum includes age-appropriate dance exercises, movement games, and simple choreography that both the child and adult can enjoy. The focus is on fostering a positive relationship between the child and their mother while introducing basic dance concepts and encouraging coordination and rhythm. It's a joyful and memorable way for families to engage in a shared experience and create lasting memories.
Musical theatre is a dynamic form of dance that combines elements of Broadway dance and mime to tell a story or convey emotions within a performance. Dancers in musical theatre use choreographed movements and routines to enhance the narrative and bring characters to life. The choreography can encompass a variety of dance styles, from ballet to jazz and contemporary, depending on the show's theme and era. Musical theatre dance plays a crucial role in creating engaging and visually captivating performances that contribute to the overall storytelling experience on stage.
Musical Theatre levels at A Time To Dance are structured as follows:
- Musical Theatre Jewels/Midsummer - Beginning
- Musical Theatre 3 - Intermediate/Advanced
Overflow Ministry Outreach is a class for students of A Time To Dance to use their talents in dance to serve in ministry in our community and surrounding communities. It is also an opportunity to grow community within the studio amongst dancers who have a heart to serve the Lord through dance. John 7:38 states, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Our desire is that students of ATTD who are interested in joining the ministry prayerfully consider their involvement.
Overflow Ministry Outreach currently has two segments: Overflow Ministry Outreach for students in E'tudes, and Overflow Mini'stry Outreach for students in Midsummer and Onegin.
A sculpt exercise is a fitness regimen designed to enhance muscle definition and tone through targeted strength training. It involves performing a series of exercises that engage specific muscle groups, such as bicep curls for arm definition or squats for leg sculpting. These exercises can utilize various equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, or body weight. By consistently engaging in sculpt exercises, individuals aim to achieve a more chiseled and well-defined physique.
Tap dance is a rhythmic form of dance where dancers create sounds by striking the floor with metal plates attached to their shoes. The dancer's movements produce intricate and syncopated rhythms, often accompanied by music. It's a blend of movement and percussive elements that can vary from smooth and fluid to fast-paced and energetic. It's a lively and expressive dance style with a rich history in both theatrical performances and social settings.
Tap levels at A Time To Dance are structured as follows:
- Beginning Tap/Jazz - An introduction to the basics of tap dance
- Tap 2 - Intermediate
- Tap 3 - Advanced
Tumbling, Tap, and Ballet Combo Class
A tumbling, tap, and ballet combo class is a versatile dance program that offers students the opportunity to explore three distinct dance styles in one comprehensive class.
Tumbling: In the tumbling portion, students learn basic gymnastic and acrobatic skills such as rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. This helps develop strength, flexibility, and body awareness.
Tap: During the tap segment, students wear special shoes with metal plates on the soles to create rhythmic sounds as they strike the floor. They learn tap techniques, steps, and combinations, focusing on rhythm and coordination.
Ballet: The ballet component emphasizes foundational techniques, posture, and graceful movements. Students work on developing proper alignment, balance, and flexibility while learning fundamental ballet positions and exercises.
This combo class provides a well-rounded dance experience that enhances physical abilities, musicality, and artistic expression. It's a great option for students who want to explore multiple dance styles, build a strong dance foundation, and have a diverse and enjoyable learning experience.
The Tumbling, Tap, and Ballet combo class is currently only offered to students ages 5-6.
Yoga is a holistic practice that combines physical postures, breath control, mindfulness, and ethical principles to promote overall well-being and inner balance. It originated in ancient India and has evolved into various styles and approaches. During a yoga session, students engage in a series of poses (asanas) that stretch and strengthen the body while focusing on mindful breathing. This encourages relaxation, stress reduction, and improved flexibility. Additionally, yoga emphasizes mental clarity, self-awareness, and spiritual growth.