Ages 6 to 18+
Beginning-Advanced Level Students
Summer Session (June 1-July 24)
A Time To Dance offers 7- weeks that challenge dancers to delve deeper into the art of dance bringing together the finest in technique, body awareness, strength and artistic development. Dancers will be given the information and feedback to better understand the anatomy and physiology of dance technique and how to apply it personally in an environment that encourages appreciation of the process while students reach towards their full potential. Great attention to detail and quality of movement is emphasized.
The Advanced Full Day Intensive offers Group A students 10+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique and pointe, jazz, lyrical, worship, variations, and extra summer exclusive classes. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, hip hop, and break dance.
Group B and Group C
The Intermediate Summer Intensive offers Group B and Group C level students 8+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique and pointe, variations, jazz, lyrical, and extra summer exclusive classes. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, hip hop, and break dance.
The beginning intensive offers Group D level students 6+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique, pre-pointe/conditioning classes, jazz, lyrical, and extra summer exclusive classes. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, hip hop, break dance, and ballet bootcamp/dance party! in the park.
Level E (beginning ballet dancers ages 6-10) offers 2.75+ hours of instruction per week. Coursework includes ballet and jazz and the option to take any class from our Get Up and Dance! program in June (read more about the program below).
Ballet requirements are 2 times per week for non-pointe students and 3 times per week for pointe or pre-pointe students.
Get Up and Dance!
A program for kids ages 3-9 who love to move! The emphasis is on experiencing joy and fun in movement while still learning basic dance discipline, technique, and terminology.
Class offerings include *ballet/tap combo, Storybook Dance, ballet/tap/jazz combo, Craft and Choreography, **Dance Party!, Creative Movement, and **Ballet Bootcamp (see class descriptions below). Extra classes include acting, kidz hop, tap 1, and break dance (recommended for ages 6 and up).
*For ages 3-4 and 5-6
**For ages 7-11
Ballet – a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
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.
Jazz – Jazz dancing is a form that showcases a dancer’s originality. All jazz dancers interpret and execute moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing consists of fancy footwork, big leaps, and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.
Lyrical – Lyrical dance is a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and modern dance. According to Jennifer Fisher, lyrical dance is “strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, emphasis on virtuosic display, illustration of song lyrics, and, in group form, exact unison.” The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz.
Worship – Worship dancing is a spiritual dance that incorporates music and movement as a form of worship rather than as an expression of art or as entertainment. Praise dancers use their bodies to express the word and spirit of God.
Hip Hop – Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin’, Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop—sometimes called “new style”—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called “jazz-funk”. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street.
Breakdance – One of the most athletic dances in the world, Breakdance, have originally found its popularity in the 1970s as the street dance in the New York’s Bronx. Since then it has spread all around the world where it was viewed as one of the most unique dance styles ever made. Usually danced solo, this dance requires talented dancers to perform the series of either choreographed or freeform dance and athletic movements alongside usually breakbeat, hip-hop or funk music.
Tap – Tap dance is a type of dance characterised by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. There are several styles of tap dance, including rhythm (jazz), classical, Broadway, and post-modern.
Theatre – A class that covers the different aspects of performing on a stage outside of dance. Acting segments offer beginning to forward-looking acting lessons, and consist of everything from a foundation in acting to stage involvement. The instructors help children build confidence, critical thinking skills and creativity in an enjoyable, spirited and energetic environment. The voice segment is a basic introduction for the first-time student to singing lessons. The stretches, posture, breathing and register exercises are designed to be done at the beginning of every lesson before moving on to more current exercises. Regular repetition of this routine will help the young child mentally and physically “get in the zone” for each lesson, as well as reinforce proper
Storybook Dance – A class where kids will bring beloved stories to life through acting and dance
Craft and Choreography – A time for creating props and costumes that inspire new dances
Dance Party! – A high energy class that get kids moovin’ and groovin’
Ballet Bootcamp – An outdoor dance workout