Ages 3 to 18+

Beginning-Advanced Level Students

Summer Session  (June 7th – 25th, and July 5th – 23rd)

A Time To Dance offers 6- 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 techniques and how to apply it personally in an environment that encourages appreciation of the process while students reach their full potential. Great attention to detail and quality of movement is emphasized.

Paquita

The Paquita level offers advanced students 12+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique and pointe, jazz/lyrical, contemporary, variations, musical theatre dance, and turn, leaps, and flexibility workshops. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, hip hop, and hip hop.

Giselle

The Giselle level offers intermediate/Advanced level students 10+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique and pointe, variations, jazz/lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre dance, and turns, leaps, and flexibility workshops. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, and hip hop.

Midsummer

The Midsummer level offers intermediate level students 9+ hours of instruction per week. Course work includes daily ballet technique, pointe, pre-pointe/conditioning classes, jazz/lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre dance, and turns, leaps, and flexibility workshops. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, and hip hop.

Cinderella

The Cinderella level offers beginner-level students ages 8-11 4+ hours of instruction per week. Coursework includes ballet, contemporary, and musical theatre dance. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, and hip hop.

Swan Lake

The Swan Lake level offers beginner-level students ages 6-8 3+ hours of instruction per week. Coursework includes ballet and jazz. Additional coursework includes acting, tap, and hip hop.

Ballet requirements are 2 times per week for non-pointe students and 3 times per week for pointe or pre-pointe students.

Beginning Ballerinas

We offer two each week for baby ballerinas trying to dance for the first time!

Ages 5/6 Ballet, 9:00-10:00, Tuesday

Ages 3/4 Ballet, 9:00-9:45, Thursday

Class Descriptions

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.

Contemporary – In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. Additionally, contemporary dance sometimes incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures, such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance, Butoh.

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.

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

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
fundamental techniques.

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