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Classes

CLASSES:

Dance Classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, and combination classes during the school year. We also offer musical theatre classes. Classes meet once a week. All classes begin with a very important warm-up and stretch. During the first half of the year, emphasis is on technique. The latter half is spent preparing a routine for the annual dance celebration performance. This routine utilizes the technique learned during the year.

Pre-dance classes are for students ages 3 through 4, Level 1 is for students ages 5-6, Level 2 classes are for students ages 7-8, Level 3 is for students ages 9-10, Level 4 is for students ages 11-12, Level 5 is for students ages 13-15, and Level 6 is for students ages 16-18. We also are offering Adult classes.

The age recommended for each level is a suggestion. However, skill level will determine final placement. Skill level will be evaluated by an instructor during the first class, and students may dance up or down a level in a class the best fits their experience level and interests. The goal is that the students will be challenged, but still enjoy the experience of learning.

Pre-dance Combo Classes 3/4

Pre-level classes are for 3 and 4 year old beginning dancers. Ballet and Tap are combined into one class, and hip hop is also offered.  This is an introduction to dance styles and provides a fun and positive class environment for children to learn and grow.

Level 1 & Level 2

Classes combine primary ballet and tap, or ballet and jazz for new dancers.  Hip Hop and Musical theater is also offered.  Level 1 is for 5-6 year olds.  Level 2 is for 7-8 years old.  Basic technique is emphasized.  Children are prepared for future classes by learning to follow and perform combinations, while maintaining a strong focus on the enjoyment of dance.

Level 3 & Level 4

The Dance Academy offers Level 3 & Level 4 classes.  Level 3 is for students ages 9-10 and Level 4 is for students ages 11-12.

Level 5 & Level 6

The Dance Academy offers Level 5 & Level 6 classes. Level 5 is for students ages 13-15 and Level 6 is for students ages 16-18 years old.

Adult Classes

The Dance Academy offers Adult classes.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

PRE-DANCE CLASSES

 The Dance Academy offers Pre-Dance classes. Pre-Dance classes are for students ages 3 through 4 years old.

LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2

Classes combine primary ballet and tap, or ballet and jazz for new dancers.  Hip Hop and Musical theater is also offered.  Level 1 is for 5-6 year olds.  Level 2 is for 7-8 years old.  Basic technique is emphasized.  Children are prepared for future classes by learning to follow and perform combinations, while maintaining a strong focus on the enjoyment of dance.

TEEN CLASSES

Level 5 is for students ages 13-15, and Level 6 is for students ages 16-18 years old.

ADULT CLASSES

We offer Adult Classes at the The Dance Academy.

 

PRE-POINTE

To ensure aspiring ballerinas are ready for pointe, many schools require students to take pre-pointe, a class separate from regular ballet technique.  The curriculum allows teachers ample time to help students build the strength and alignment necessary for pointe work.  It also helps them assess readiness, which lessens the risk of injury once students are in their shoes.

 

POINTE

Pointe teaches students to learn to be able to get on a position on the extreme tips of the toes.

 

BALLROOM

Formal social dancing in couples, popular as a recreation and also as a competitive activity. The ballroom dance repertoire includes dances developed from old European folk dances such as the tango, rumba, and cha-cha, and dances of 20th-century origin such as the foxtrot and quickstep.

 

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY

A style of contemporary, modern or jazz dance that has emerged from the fusion of one of those three types of dance with ballet and pop music (mainly). It combines simple choreographic vocabulary with technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.

 

JAZZ

Jazz is a form of dance that builds on the technique of ballet but adds a more rhythmical tone and allows opportunity for personal expression and style throughout. Jazz is always evolving, but also maintains roots within the classical jazz style.technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.

 

STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY CLASS

Flexibility can be improved with stretching exercises. While stretching does not increase your muscle strength, it is an important part of reducing injury risk and soreness that results from activity.

 

TUMBLING

Tumbling class is the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles, especially on a mat or on the ground.

 

TAP

Tap dance is a rhythmic dance done with small metal plates attached to the bottom of the dancer's shoes that make a "tapping" sound when they touch a hard floor.  Tap involves rhythmic patterns and percussion along with many technical moves.

 

BARRE FITNESS

Barre fitness mixes exercises from pilates, dance, yoga, and full body training to create a workout that targets flexibility, balance, and sculpting the legs, arms and core.  This class utilizes small props and weights to work deeper into the muscles.  The warm-up is focused on balance, posture and core getting you ready to complete the rest of class at the barre, where a series of exercises will tone, sculpt, and stretch the lower body and core.  We finish class with working the arms, and testing balance followed by a deep stretch and relaxation session.

 

BOOTCAMP, FULL BODY FITNESS, SATURDAY STRENGTH:

This class checks all boxes: cardio and endurance, agility, balance, full body muscle toning, flexibility, you name it.  Class begins with a warm-up that targets posture, and getting the heart rate to a steady work zone.  Then hit agility, cardio and muscle toning.  Class is wrapped up with an alignment and flexibility sequence.

CROSSFIT FOR ADULTS

CrossFit is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, weight lifting gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected.

BREAK DANCING

A style of acrobatic dancing originating in the mid-1970's, often performed to rap music usually by teenage males in the streets, and characterized by intricate footwork, pantomime, spinning headstands, tumbling, and elaborate improvised virtuosic movements.

HIP HOP

Hip hop is a high-energy form of dance that incorporates much individuality and rhythm into the executed movements.  There is a lot of room for personal style and creativity to come through in hip hop, and it is  much more diverse rather than structured when compared to most other varieties of dance.

ADAPTIVE HIP HOP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS  STUDENTS

Adaptive Hip Hop teach the latest hip hop moves while working on body awareness, strength flexibility, concentration, self confidence and social skills.