Intro to Ballet
Suggested ages 4-6. This class is for beginner ballerinas and for young dancers to continue to build on foundational skills. Concepts include: dancing while looking in the mirror; moving side to side, forwards and backwards while looking in the mirror, recalling basic choreography with least amount of prompting, listening to the music (mimicking quiet music with soft movements, and loud busy music with bigger and faster movements), rotate the legs open to turn-out, first and second position, saute in first and second, echappe saute, plie in first and second while maintaining core/spinal alignment, releve, tendu, temps-lie prep, chasse on one side, skips on both feet, gallops on both feet going sideways, leap over objects (such as hula hoops) on the ground.
Suggested Ages 5-8. We encourage at least 2-5 years of prior training. Concepts and vocabulary include but are not limited to the following: first and second positions, parallel and turn-out, body awareness (what are my arms doing while I am focusing on my feet?), special awareness (what shape am I making in the room? How much dancing space do I have?) use of mirror, moving forward and backwards while looking in the mirror, be able to turn out legs at will, be able to press the shoulders down and maintain a straight back and long neck, be able to stretch the knees and understand the difference between straight and stretched, tendu from first to front and side, temps lié through second position, explore fifth position, sauté, echappé sauté, temps lié pas de chat, chassé with alternating feet, bourée foundational movements, leap on one leg, articulation of feet, inside leg vs outside leg, standing leg vs articulating leg, sissone, tombe and pas de bourre.
Suggested Ages 8-11. We encourage at least 4-7 years of prior training. Some concepts include: working the leg to the back in tendus such as through degagés, it is important for the student to understand the difference between straight and lengthened, and to really feel what lengthened feels like, turning out one leg and holding the other one still, and turning out both legs at the same time, open vs closed to the audience (prep for body positions), focus on opposition, begin barre training (pliés, tendu, relevé/elevé, degage, grand battement, frappe, rond de jambe, passé), basic use of head and shoulders, de dans (towards your body) vs de hors (away from your body), land a jump on one foot maintaining turn-out, en face, croisé, tendu from fifth en croix, degagé from fifth en croix, grand battement, passé/retiré (turning both legs out), tombé pas de bourrée, glissade, changement, arabesque.
Suggested Ages 9-13. We encourage at least 6-9 consecutive years of prior training. Concepts include (in addition to previously mastered content from mini and petite ballet): Croise vs efface, ecarte vs a la seconde, en face vs profile, resistance to movement, glissade change vs non change, secure balance in retiré on relevé, quarter turn in retiré, half turn in retire, full turn in retire and sustain the position, fondu both legs stretching and bending at the same time, developpe through attitude, single frappe en croix, petite battement with pointed toes (in coups de pied), double rotation tendu, leap with alternating feet, sauté, sauté, run run jeté, glissade assemblé,, temps levé chassé pas de bourrée, tombé pas de bourrée glissade ______ (teacher or dancer’s choice), glissade jeté alternating sides, balancé en tournant in coupé, epaument, echappe saute and releve to 4th position, arabesques (all arabesque positions).
Suggested ages 11 and up. We encourage at least 8-111 consecutive years of prior training. Concepts include (in addition to previously mastered content from mini and petite ballet): Croise vs efface, ecarte vs a la seconde, en face vs profile, resistance to movement, glissade change vs non change, secure balance in retiré on relevé, quarter turn in retiré, half turn in retire, full turn in retire and sustain the position, fondu both legs stretching and bending at the same time, developpe through attitude, single frappe en croix, petite battement with pointed toes (in coups de pied), double rotation tendu, leap with alternating feet, sauté, sauté, run run jeté, glissade assemblé,, temps levé chassé pas de bourrée, tombé pas de bourrée glissade ______ (teacher or dancer’s choice), glissade jeté alternating sides, balancé en tournant in coupé, epaument, echappe saute and releve to 4th position, arabesques (all arabesque positions). Students should be able to master the following at completion of this level (this will typically take multiple years) Balance right and left, corner and back, en tournant, and pas de valse, connecting steps together smoothly, four chaines across the floor maintaining spot, with straight legs and abdominals activated, a grand allegro featuring the steps above, 4 quarter pirouettes, consecutively, in the center, maintaining arm position, abdominal use, and head movement, student should be strong enough to do 16 eleves in 1st position, 16 releves in 1st, consecutively, in the center, strong enough to execute 4 eleves on one foot, holding the barre with one hand, arabesque flat, with correct posture and lengthened leg, understand the difference between a pique, chasse, releve, and saute arabesque (or attitude, etc, or passe, etc) and be able to execute on demand.
Suggested Ages 12 and up. This is the perfect class for teens who have joined later and wish to create solid foundational technique in a space with other same age peers and for students who have taken class but need to continue to work to obtain mastery in technique.
Students must be at least 12 years of age to be considered for pointe. Student must pass pointe test administered by a JDA instructor to be placed in this class.
Suggested ages 9-11. Previous training in ballet, jazz and/or lyrical are highly recommended. Concepts include but are not limited to: introduction of inversions, beginning spinal twists, contraction in spine in a variety of positions, fall and recovery, introduction to improvisational dance, expansion of individual movement vocabulary, an understanding of the foundations concepts of one or more of the following techniques: Graham, Cunningham, Duncan, St. Denis or Shaun.
Suggested ages 12 and up. This class focuses on the continued refinement of skills previously mastered in petite contemporary, further expanding each individual’s movement vocabulary. The movement of body halves and supportive versus active sides, increased dynamics of foundational skills such as fall and recover and balancing, direct versus indirect focus, deeper lateral shifts, identifying music containing more complex meters by executing movements which match, sustaining movements and choreography, and more complex weight shifts.
Suggested ages 13 and up. This class focuses on the continued refinement of skills previously mastered in petite and intermediate contemporary. Students in this class will also begin to explore contact improvisation. Students in this class demonstrate an advanced execution of contemporary dance in all areas (inversions, contractions, spirals, fluidity of movement, yield and push, articulation of feet, clear focus and direction when dancing, and clearly working throughout each plane of the body).
Intro to Tap
Suggested ages 4-6. This class is for beginner tappers and for young dancers to continue to build on foundational skills. Concepts in this class include but are not limited to the following: slow and fast tempo, counting in eights with the beat of the music, exploring floor patterns and directions, identifying the basic parts of a tap shoe, shuffles, brushes, spanks, heel digs, toe taps, heel drops, toe drops, balancing, shifting weight, flaps, shuffle hop steps and cramp rolls.
Suggested Ages 6-8. We encourage at least 2 years of tap training prior to this class. This class increases the speed and changes direction of previously mastered concepts. Additional concepts include but are not limited to the following: slaps, traveling spanks, ball changes, and turning steps. Students in this class begin to explore the articulation of the outside versus the inside of the foot.
Suggested Ages 8-11. We encourage at least 4-6 years of previous tap training prior to this class. This class continues to increase speed and directional variety of previously mastered steps. Concepts include but are not limited to the following: time steps, buffaloes, pull backs/pickups, drawbacks, shirley temple, shuffles in all directions, flaps in all directions, crossover shuffles, maxie ford, running flaps and continued exploration of a variety of more challenging rhythms.
Suggested Ages 11 and up. We encourage at least 6-8 years of previous tap training prior to this class. This class continues to increase the speed and directional variety of previously mastered steps, with the addition of a focus on dynamic timing and emphasis. Students in this class need to demonstrate clear articulation of feet and a mastery of foundational skills.
Students must be invited to join this class by the instructor. Students in this class demonstrate a consistent and advanced understanding of tap technique and vocabulary.
Jazz/ Hip Hop
Suggested Ages 6-8. This class does not require previous jazz experience, however we encourage students to remain in this class for at least two to three years to properly develop foundational technique necessary for success in this genre. In this class, students will focus on the following concepts: performing with basic understanding of rhythm and tempo, executing foundational movements with sufficient technical facility, begin to develop artistic and expressive dance qualities within performance and in the classroom, begin to develop spacial awareness, traveling pas de bourre, work in parallel, begin to isolate ribs, hips ans head, begin to work toward spotting through head isolations and focus of eyes, kick ball change, jazz squares and pivot turns.
Suggested ages 8-10. We recommend at least 3 years of previous jazz technique training. demonstrate a variety of floor patters, turning pas de bourres, maintaining parallel in a variety preparatory positions, combining multiple foundational movements and executing them smoothly across the floor, turning progressions across the floor, begin to develop strength in hinges, maintaining alignment through the spine during a variety of kicks, demonstrate sufficient facility during leaps, quarter, half and full pirouettes in correct position of the body and drag steps.
Suggested Ages 10-12. We recommend at least 5-6 years of previous training in jazz technique. Demonstrate a consistent understanding of musical timing, tempo and rhythm. Concepts include but are not limited to: mastery and continued work on all previous jazz concepts, smooth transfer of weight, executing steps at a faster rate and with a variety of preparatory positions, jazz runs and walks, hitch kicks, triplets and single and double pirouettes.
Suggested Ages 11-14. We recommend at least 6-9 years of previous training in jazz technique. Concepts include but are not limited to: mastery and continued work on all previous jazz concepts, easily and quickly execute quick directional changes, layouts, begin to demonstrate clear understanding of one or more of the following master teacher’s techniques: Gus Giordano, Bob Fosse and/or Luigi.
Students must be invited to participate in this class by instructor. We recommend at least 10-15 years of previous training in jazz technique. Students in this class must demonstrate a superior execution of jazz techniques consistently.
Mini Hip Hop
Suggested Ages 6-9. Concepts include but are not limited to: increasing stamina, beginning to understand basic grooves, traveling, hopping, sliding, nodding with added claps, points, pushes or presses, maintaining rhythm, body bounces and accents on body bounces, variations on torso and body bounce,
Junior/Intermediate Hip Hop
Suggested Ages 10 and up. Students who have mastered techniques from mini hip hop are appropriate in this class. Concepts include those previously mastered in mini as well as the following: connecting movements during freestyle and center floor activities smoothly, locking, balancing in breaking positions, and isolations.
Advanced Hip Hop
Suggested Ages 13 and up. Students who have mastered techniques from junior/intermediate hip hop are appropriate in this class. Concepts include those previously mastered as well as the following: bouncing downward, upward, side forward and back, combining dance steps with each bounce and not losing the groove, ability to observe intricate details of teacher’s movements and mimic, locking, breakdancing, popping, muscle contractions, waving, boogaloo. Students in this class are able to build on foundational concepts without diluting the style.
Recommended for ages 5-8. Our acro classes are taught in an “open” style. Students are warmed up together with the instructor and then work on mastering individual acro skills with the teachers.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. Classes take place in multiple rooms with multiple instructors. Our acro classes are “open” style meaning they do not learn a routine for recital and each student works on his or her individual acro skills with the instructors guidance and supervision.
Suggested ages 2-4. This class focuses on the dynamics of movement (fast, slow, high, low, et cetera) and the structure of a typical dance class (stretching, down the floor and center floor work). Students work on becoming familiar with and/or mastering the following: standing in line, taking turns, matching the teacher, remembering their spot, recognizing themselves in the mirror, bending down low vs standing up and reaching high, jump up and down on two feet, hop up and down on one foot, skips, gallops, run and jump over objects
Strength and CONDITIONING
This class is open to all ages above 7 years old. Our classes focus on conditioning the student’s bodies specifically for improvement in dance classes.
COMPETITIVE TEAMS AND SOLOS
We pride ourselves in our outstanding competitive teams! The teams and solos have a solid history of placing in top overall at competition, as well as solos. Students who wish to compete must audition by August 31st. Please contact the studio for additional requirements and details if interested!
Adult Dance Classes
We offer six week sessions of adult dance classes which span a variety of genres, including Street/Hip Hop and Ballet. Please contact the studio for details of when the next session begins!
Wedding Dances and Basic Social Dancing for Adults
Learn the basics of social dance for your first dance together! Private sessions, please contact the studio to arrange lessons!
This class is for all ages and particularly beneficial for those who are in a moderate/severe/profound setting. It is taught in an extremely prescriptive and responsive manner to each child's individual need and is paced specifically for each child. Although all of our classes are taught this way, this class is designed for those who require a small group, separate setting to best learn.
This class is offered at two different levels, one for students ages 7-11 and one for students ages 12 and up. This class focuses on incorporating broadway dance styles and music, acting and singing.