Each ballet level progressively builds on the strength and technique of the prior ballet level as dancer’s increase their experience and skill, and continue to develop as confident and capable dancers. The ballet barre combinations learned at the early levels require a high level of concentration and good memory; in the center, the dancers will build strength and work on their coordination and musicality. At the upper levels, dancers are expected to reach a very good level of independent work. They are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate desire and determination for self-perfection. The technique class moves at a much faster pace than the previous levels.
Our Pre-Pointe class prepares students for the demanding technique of pointe work. Pointe is a specialized ballet training that requires the proper development of muscles in order to prevent injuries and ensure success. Enrollment in this class is at the discretion of the teacher and students must meet a minimum ballet class requirement.
Prerequisites: Must have completed or concurrently enrolled in a BALLET II course or higher
The technique for girls of performing ballet movements en pointe creates an impression of airiness and fleetness. Pointe work is undertaken when the student has learned basic technique and when her legs and feet are sufficiently developed, usually after three years in technique classes. Girls are then required to wear pointe shoes for all classes in the Intermediate and Advanced divisions in support of Balanchine’s goal for dancers to move quickly and effortlessly en pointe.
Prerequisites: Must have completed PRE-POINTE and BALLET III or higher and Instructor placement is required for this class.
The technique for girls of performing ballet movements en pointe creates an impression of airiness and fleetness. Pointe work is undertaken when the student has learned basic technique and when her legs and feet are sufficiently developed, usually after three years in technique classes. Girls are then required to wear pointe shoes for all classes in the Intermediate and Advanced divisions in support of Balanchine’s goal for dancers to move quickly and effortlessly en pointe. Prerequisites: Must have completed PRE-POINTE and BALLET III or higher and Instructor placement is required for this class.
Jazz & Technique Program
Our Jazz curriculum is based on the classical Jazz dance technique, with influences incorporated from modern Jazz and Broadway styles. The Jazz program focuses on flexibility, rhythm, extension, balance, speed, and strong movement, preparing students for a lifetime of dancing. We follow the class format of building strength, balance and extension through isolations, rhythmic exercises, floor stretches, across the floor patterns, and dance combinations. The class format remains the same through the different levels, while the movements continue to increase in complexity as students grow technically and physically. Strong stage presence and performance are also strongly emphasized in the Jazz curriculum.
Hip Hop Program
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility develop body balance, and coordination.
Tap training helps to increase leg and core strength, musicality and rhythm, and showmanship. Tap class is a fun and exciting way to explore dance movement and learn basic through advanced steps. It also helps to improve coordination and teamwork skills. Tap dancing is a great compliment to any dancer wishing to perform in musicals or play a musical instrument because of its important concentration on musicality and rhythm. Tap dancing helps students to find their inner performer and challenges the student to open up and become a versatile performer. Tap dancing focuses on learning complex patterns of foot movement, changes in tempo and different methods of weight transfer while dancing in order to produce a certain sound or look that accompanies the type of choreography or steps that the students are working on in class.
Contemporary dance uses aspects of Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance to create an emotional connection to the lyrics of music. An extremely expressive form of dance, Contemporary involves movement that is technical, but also pedestrian and relatable; strong, but also delicate and interpretive. A solid technical background in Ballet and Jazz is important when choosing to begin Contemporary training, as most of the curriculum focuses on feeling, spirit and the interpretation of music.
Dance is one of the most physically demanding activities a person can do. If you’re spending several hours every day taking class, rehearsing and performing, it’s important that you are physically fit so that your body can safely perform the physical demands you ask of it, and with the least risk of possible injury. Our Fitness Program addresses these needs and by helping dancers get and stay in shape.
Mini/Jr. Stretch & Conditioning: Stretch class complements the training of the dance student. In this class, students will increase their understanding of their anatomy and dance alignment while increasing flexibility and strengthening their core, fee, turnout muscles, legs, back, and upper body posture. Students will focus on learning how to stretch correctly by releasing overall tension, releasing muscle tension, and relaxing the mind, while defining specific muscles groups.
Teen/Senior Stretch & Conditioning: A stretch and conditioning class for focusing on core strength development through low-impact exercise, designed to tone up the body. Incorporates the use of the light weights, stretching, and across-the-floor work. Classes are easy to follow and held in a comfortable, non-competitive environment.