Lyrical
Lyrical maintains the percussive, rhythmic characteristics that define Jazz, but it incorporates elements of Ballet, and sometimes even Modern Dance to give it a smooth, lengthened look and lyrical quality.  Lyrical routines are usually danced to ballads.  Lyrical is offered at 2 different age levels.  Students must take Ballet to participate in this class.

Modern/Lyrical
This class offers an opportunity to explore both Modern and Lyrical techniques.  The Modern portion of class mainly focuses on Horton's technique (the major influence to Alvin Ailey) but also incorporates Limon, Graham, and Dunham techniques. Modern is a dramatic and more poetic way of moving which evolved as dancers found the need to break away from the rigidity of Classical Ballet and express themselves using a freer style. Modern Dance is characterized by its bending of the spine into spiralsand contractions as well as the use of off-center movement such as tilts, layouts, and fall and recover technique. It lends itself to various types of music including alternative and New Age, and is traditionally danced barefoot.  This is offered at 2 different levels to competition groups only. Students must be taking Ballet to participate in this class.

Hip-Hop
Hip-Hop is an upbeat, high energy street-style dance that incorporates some technical jazz elements.  It is seen primarily on TV during rap and R & B music videos and usually catches the eye of the more "recreational" dancer. It is a form that evolved out of street and break dancing moves and is characterized by its vigorous athletics and bouncy style. Hip Hop is danced primarily to Rap and R & B music and is a great workout that enhances creativity while dancing cutting edge choreography.  Hip Hop is offered beginning in 3rd grade and is offered at 3 different levels.

Pointe
Pointe work is an essential part of upper level ballet training.  Classes are offered to serious ballet students only.  Instructors approval is required for this class.

Music Video Dance
This class is only offered to dancers in grades 8 and up. The words imply "funky", and uses movements that are in nature while maintainingits integrity as a technical dance form. Video also incorporates some urban and Hip-Hop moves into its style giving it the contemporary "music video" look. The hard hitting style combines clean line Hip-Hop/Jazz with a lot of sensuality; learning not only the dance moves, but how tosell them! Students should be able to be versatile in class and must have a strong jazz background as well as Hip-Hop to perform in class, therefore the beginner to intermediate level students are required to take a technique class such as Jazz or Ballet to attend. 

Primary
For children ages 3-4 who like to move. Children will learn basic coordination exercises such as fundamental tap steps and are introducedto ballet incorporating basic terminology, positions of the feet, hands and body.  Students will also learn social skills for the dance classroom. Creativity is encouraged! Children must have a good attention span and be out of diapers. Sorry, we do not accept students under 3 years. 

Secondary
Class work consists of more complex and detailed movement than in previous classes, while still allowing time for fun, creative exercises.Every class starts with Tap barre then proceeds to center exercises.  Children learn about musical structure and develop improvisation skills.  After Tap, the class will follow an actual format of a ballet class to include basic barre exercises and center practice. Children will also demonstrate skills and combinations traveling across the floor.

BTJ1 (first grade) and BTJ2 (second grade)
This class offers young students the opportunity to explore three forms of dance in a single class.This is a combination class of ballet, tap and jazz.  Every class starts with tap then will alternate between Ballet and Jazz every other week.  Students learn physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology. 

Cheerdance
A fast paced mixture of dancing and cheerleading.  This class is high energy and includes a warm-up based on a combination of Jazz andHip-Hop techniques, across the floor exercises, tumbling and Cheerleading movement.  It is a complete combination of a dance class and a cheerleading practice.

Ballet & Jazz 
This classes offers a full ballet class including a complete barre warm-up, center work and across the floor combinations.  During the jazz portion of class students are challenged with many different forms of jazz, all high energy but with different styles.  Students enjoy learning the fun and fast paced mixture of various techniques. 

Tap
Classes teach technique aimed at achieving good, clear sounds, while encouraging individual expression through rhythm.  Dancers learn about musical structure and develop improvisation skills.

Ballet Classes (Level 1 - Level Advanced)
The foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.

Ballet 1
Physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology.
Ballet 2
Understanding the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement with proper ballet technique.
Ballet 3
New and more complex material will be taught at an accelerated pace. Student will begin to learn basic ballet history and develop a knowledge and great appreciation of the great ballets, classical music and famous dancers.
Ballet 4 (advanced)
An advanced class combining skills from previous level classes and correlating steps to lengthy and complex combinations with correct technique, extensive terminology and knowledge of the art of ballet it

Musical Theatre

Production
Only offered to Competition Company dancers.  The entire class is dedicated to working on the choreography for our Annual Spring Performance Opening Number.  Usually a Jazz based style routine with a lot of energy and personality. Please come stretched and ready to have a lot of fun!

Competition Companies
The Competition Companies are classes for students who excel at dance and wish to make dance their primary extracurricularactivity. There are 5 levels:  Mini Jazz, Petite Jazz, Junior Jazz, Senior Dance, and Master Dance.  Students are held to a high standard of behavior and dance etiquette.  This is by invitation only.

Creative Movement
Creative Movement is a precursor to pre-ballet concentrating on gross motor skills.  It is a joyful way for children to explore movement through movement, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity.  This class is designed for2 and 3 years olds and focuses on developing balance and skills necessary for traditional dance instructions. Creative movement activities should encourage all children to participate.  Both boys and girls enjoy these classes.

 

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