Dancers develop a strong mind and body…

 

Curriculum

Classes are organized by age, grade, ability, and experience.  Several grades will be combined together; therefore, sometimes your child will be the youngest in the class and sometimes your child will be the oldest.  This works!  We highly recommend and encourage all of our students to always take  ballet, as it is the basis of all dance, AND a prerequisite to be excepted in our advanced jazz classes.  Please keep this in mind as you register for class.  If your dancer’s goal is to be in the advanced level classes, they are expected to take at least three subjects in order to obtain the necessary skills and stamina involved.  All of our classes are organized by age, grade, ability and experience.

 

Tiny Tots

Our Tiny Tots are children 21/2 to 31/2 years old.  This is a 30 minute class designed to prepare the young ones for pre-ballet.  Students learn to follow directions, participate in group activities, work on locomotive skills, rhythmic activities and dance fun.

 

Pre-Ballet

Classes (for children ages 3-1/2 to 5 years old)  involve the very young in a class that introduces them to dance and movement, as well as helping to develop an awareness of their bodies as instruments of art. Beacuse most bodies are not completely formed, especially the feet, until the body has reached the ages of 8 to 9 years, it is often dangerous to involve the young in a disciplined technique class.  The nervous system has not completely developed in some youths until they are well past the age of 4 years.  Taking all theses things into consideration, we have a program designed to keep the body supple while introducing movement, song, music, rhythms and very elementary ballet.  We have an outstanding program designed to keep the body supple while introducing movement, song, music, rhythms and very elementary Ballet.

 

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation for all dance forms; therefore, it is highly recommended as a starting point of dance education. It should always be a part of your dance schedule. Ballet stresses academic techique developed through muscle strength, balance, control, and fluid movements.  Dedication to ballet will develop your muscle strength, balance, control, and fluid movement.  Ballet class  will improve a dancer’s strength, rhythm and balance as well as stretch and tone muscles.  The discipline, focus and concentration is also great mental stimulation.

 

Pointe

A form for the advanced ballet student only. The technique of dancing “Sur Le Pointe” is never done before the age of 12 years, and then only as the physical capabilities of the student develop.  Recommended only for the serious advancing dancer who is enrolled in ballet class. The instructor must decide if a student is technically and physically capable of dancing on Pointe.

 

Jazz

Jazz dance is a dynamic, ever-changing style of dance, always open to new movement ideas and absorbing up the latest cultural styles.  Jazz dance is hot, cool, sassy, smooth, and sharp.  Jazz in an important part of any dance curriculum.  It’s a wonderful form of exercise that stimulates the mind and body alike.  Jazz is an exciting art form to watch, to create, and to be a part of.

 

Tap

Joyous, vital, vigorous, expressive, rhythmic action; it is fun to do, fun to watch.  Group precision emphasized.  Beginning age is 4 years old.

 

Acrobatics

The art of tumbling, acrobatics, and gymnastics stressing agility and grace. Beginning age is 5 years old.  This class consists of stretching/conditioning, tumbling……forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, limbers, back walk-overs, front and back handsprings, and aerials to name a few.  Recommended for the aspiring cheerleader.

 

Lyrical

A very popular style of dance that evolved out of ballet. This beautiful, contemporary dance form incorporates elements of ballet, jazz and modern to give it a feeling all of its own. Lyrical is a more poetic way of moving as dancers found the need to break away from the rigidity of Classical Ballet and express themselves using a freer style.  A student should have a good solid background in ballet before beginning lyrical.  We allow our ballet students to add lyrical to their schedule when they become fifth graders.

 

Hip Hop

This dance form evolved out of the street and break dancing moves, and it is characterized by its vigorous athletics and bouncy style.  Hip Hop is danced primarily to hip hop, rap and R&B music. It is a high energy class where coordination, style, and musicality is emphasized as well as street funk and personal style.

 

Contemporary

This dance form borrows from classical, modern and jazz styles to create work that is unique and dynamic with personal interpretation of music and improvisation.

Musical Theatre

Combines music, song and dance from the abundance of broadway musicals with fun choreography. (7 & up)

 

Special Needs

Tonie’s love of dance and her understanding of its positive contribution to chidren’s development have led her to provide a unique class for Special Needs children.  While dance helps all children improve their cognitive development, motor skills, communication and social skills, some Special Needs children find that dance provides them a unique outlet to express themselves.  This class provides a much needed access program to the mainstream arts community by focusing on individual abilites rather than disabilities.  In addition, dance is a universal and essential language that challenges people to look beyond themselves and celebrate diversity.  Participation in the arts promotes acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life.  We are proud to offer this class at no charge.

 

A person who dances can dance through life. All of your efforts in learning to dance will be yours forever to make a beautiful life, no matter where your feet take you.