Baby Ballet is an introductory course provided to young student to stimulate their creative mind. The students will be introduced to a “classroom” environment and working with other children. The students will begin to focus of musicality and motor skills. The start of ballet basics will be introduced in a captivating manner and a safe but fun environment.
Creative Movement is intended to introduce the world of dance to the very young, beginning dancer. In this attention grabbing class, students will focus on rhythm, movement, flexibility and motor skills. The basics of ballet along with a taste of tumbling will be the curriculum in a focused but captivating environment.
COMBO A/B – BALLET/TAP/INTRO TO JAZZ/TUMBLING
In Combo A/B, Tap and Ballet will be a weekly curriculum with jazz and tumbling as introductory curriculum. Tap and Ballet will consume the majority of the class developing the basics and solidifying body placement and technique. Correct terminology and a ballet barre will be introduced to students. Initial dance classes will use the remaining class time for tumbling. As the year progresses, introductory Jazz may then be introduced as well. The jazz class will entail basic jazz steps and combos and the tumbling class will be used to expand diversity in the dancers’ style. Students will learn tap and ballet choreography to be performed at our annual end of the year recital.
COMBO C – BALLET/TAP/JAZZ
In Combo C, Tap, Ballet, and Jazz will be weekly curriculum taught in 30 minute increments. The ballet barre is expanded upon for use of teaching correct body placement, technique, and alignment. Students will continue to learn ballet terminology as well as working with others to create an artistic piece. Ballet barre, stretches, jumps, turns, adagio, and combinations will be taught. Our tap program will continue to work on timing and coordination along with small combos to increase memorization skills. On and off beat rhythms will be taught to enrich the tapping experience. Jazz will be in full swing including across the floor drills, stretches, and combinations. Choreography for recital will be taught in Ballet and Tap.
COMBO D – BALLET/TAP/JAZZ
In Combo D, Tap Ballet, and Jazz will be weekly curriculum taught in 30 minute increments. The ballet barre will consume the majority of the class with multiple combinations being pieced together to make a recital piece. Across the floor movements will be focused on creating nimble footwork and agile movements. Our tap curriculum will expand and begin to enter into the world of creativity. Students will be taught to hear the music and create rhythms that a non-dancer ear might not hear. Jazz will become a choreography class and will move into an intense 30 minute class that will include turns, leaps, jumps, and combinations. Students in Combo III will perform three recital pieces in our annual show.
COMBO E – BALLET/TAP/JAZZ
Combo E will continue to expand upon Combo III and will include exclusive technical terms for Ballet positions and steps. Students will begin to feel comfortable with memory when asked to do particular steps referring to the proper terminology. Ballet barre will continue to expand developing on knowledge already acquired. Tap will be expanded upon dipping into group work with alternating but accompanying sounds as well as off-beat rhythms and rounds. Students will acquire the ability to perform difficult across the floor steps and combinations. Clarity of sounds will be focused on creating a cleaner sounds along with increasing speed. Jazz will become increasingly more important focusing on more advanced leaps, jumps, steps, and turns. Across the floor combinations will continue to increase in difficulty and allow more for personal expression of movement. Center combinations will become a focus of the Jazz class.
COMBO F/G– BALLET/TAP/JAZZ
Combo F/G will spend 30 minutes on each Tap, Ballet, & Jazz. Ballet is viewed as a necessity to expand upon skills in other genres of dance. Ballet barre will be used to focus on alignment, placement, and technique. Students will learn a variety of barre warm ups, incorporating and adding variations to previously learned material to increase strength and flexibility. Center and across the floor combinations will be acquired along with advanced choreography. Advanced Tap will be taught to students creating the ability to hear and execute difficult, various toned sounds. Tap shoes will begin to serve the purpose of creating different pitches to create a musical appeal. Turns will be incorporated to previously linear movements. Jazz will be used to create a solid core and increase balance. Turns will continue to be the focus along with jumps and leaps. Students will learn choreography and perform three recital pieces at the end of the year.
Lyrical is a type of dance that fuses Ballet and Jazz and can entail a contemporary feel. This genre of dance challenges the students to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical dancers movement is used to express the meaning of the music. Lyrical is a very passionate and emotional dance style. The class will be used as means of personal expression and will create a great channeling mechanism for students. This class will be structured to accommodate non-ballet students who will be introduced to the fundamental basics of ballet through lyrical.
Hip Hop is a blend of today’s high energy “street style” movement. Hip Hop is performed to popular R&B music, pop music, and/or rap music that is age appropriate and free of obscenities. This style of dance has been sought after by teens, preteen, and the “young at heart.” Classes include stretches, across the floor combinations, and unique choreography. Elements of Hip Hop include popping, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle expressive movement. Creativity is encouraged! A recital piece will be performed at our annual recital for each age group.
Pointe is the highest most prestigious form of ballet offered. ONCE A STUDENT HAS ACQUIRED AN AMPLE AMOUNT OF BALLET TECHNIQUE, the student can expand their ability by enrolling in Pointe classes. Each of the ballet levels prior to Pointe must be completed and the student must have the strength and technique to continue into this type of dance. The correct strength and technique are required for safety issues. Ankles and feet must be developed and secure in order to prevent injury. If interested in this class, please feel free to talk to the faculty to discuss prerequisites and placement.
Tumbling is used as a form of dance to increase flexibility and expand a dancer's realm. Each tumbling class will be held for 1/2 hour and will include beginning movements such as somersaults and progress into the highest levels of tumbling including tucks, pikes, etc. The classes are focused toward broad age groups. Students will be placed based on ability.