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 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 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 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.
The Dance Academy offers Adult classes.
Dance Style Descriptions:
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.
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.
Lyrical, also referred to as contemporary, is a modern form of dance which combines aspects of both ballet and jazz. Although it contains pieces from ballet and jazz, there are many things that make lyrical different. Many movements and body angles are unlike either jazz or ballet and its expressive and flowing movements are what make it unique.
Musical Theater classes feature singing, dancing and acting specific to live performance. Breath support is emphasized and students learn the correct way to use their voice to sing and deliver dialogue. Learning how to deliver lines with proper inflection, how to use emotion to convey the mood of a song, and how to use dance and body movement to deliver the best character interpretation possible are all a part of Musical Theater instruction.
Birthday Parties at the Dance Academy are fun, economical and easy! We provide balloons, a full color poster, napkins, plates, utensils, art projects, juice boxes, party bags, a fully themed decorated room and the character(s) of your choice. Add a bounce house of extra fun. We have princess, pirate, circus theme parties and so much more. Choose the character and we create the party. Looking for another option, try our Hip Hop and Bounce parties including a Hip Hop instructor and a 22 foot high two lane inflatable slide. You bring the cake, we do everything else!