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Class Descriptions

Classical ballet, along with other variations of modern ballet, consists of warm-up and stretches at the barre’, combinations performed in the center of the classroom, as well as across the floor, followed by a routine and reverence at the end of class. Ballet class is the fundamental of almost every dance class, and is highly recommended by teachers and studios everywhere.

This is the ultimate form of ballet. Pointe’ is an art form where a dancer will undergo extensive training in ballet, pre-pointe and technique, as well as many hours of dance a week to perform on their toes in pointe’ shoes. Pointe’ dancers will only receive their pair of pointe’ shoes with teacher’s approval when they demonstrate strength, endurance, and grace over the course of several years. 

Jazz  class is usually upbeat and feisty, but other variations can be smooth and saucy depending on the choreographer and style of jazz. Flexibility and agility are greatly factored into certain jazz performances. Jazz instructors use buoyant music for the dancers to perform high kicks, leaps, turns, and to interpret not only traditional, but also nontraditional combinations. Jazz dancing requires the dancers to feel comfortable moving all parts of their body. Jazz dances are usually accompanied by jazz, West African, or popular music.

Tap is a type of dance in which the rhythm and beats are being performed by dancers with metal plates on their shoes, all in synchronization.  

Hip-Hop is a dance form that is usually accompanied by hip-hop music to which the dancers put combination of popping, locking, breaking, and isolations into a performance. Hip-hop is best performed in large groups to create visually stimulating patterns and formations.

A free, expressive style of dancing, usually accompanied by contractions, falls, and a storyline. It is an abstract form of dance, and is a wonderful and beautiful escape from ballet

An expressive form of dance accompanied by many other elements of dance, such as ballet, lyrical, and jazz.

Lyrical is an expressive form of dance; it is a soft mix of ballet and jazz dancing. The best way to describe lyrical is faster than ballet, but softer than jazz dancing.

A dance and showcasing art that is a combination of some of the same warm-ups from gymnastics, but when it comes to performances, it is combined with tricks and other dance forms, such as jazz or lyrical. This type of dance is performed on a mat and can be used in other dance styles.

Baton Twirling
Baton twirling is an art involving the manipulation of a metal rod and the performer's body to a coordinated routine. 

Musical Theater
This fun and energetic class explores the styles of dance incorporated in the theatre. With a focus on famous theatrical choreographers, students will learn the basics of each popular style of musical theatre dance. Students will learn both choreography in the style of the musical, and choreography directly from broadway musicals and film. Students will study musical theatre history, and learn to create their own choreography. In this class students will also learn the importance of acting in dance and will be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone. The recital piece will be pulled from a famous musical in the theme of the recital. Some concepts that will be explored are: theatrical dance auditions, performance, choreography, musical theatre history, acting in dance, dance technique, flexibility, and strengthening. 

In this class, students will explore concepts of acting tailored to their particular skill level. This class will be fun and useful for young actors of all levels. Students will learn theatre history, basic theatre terminology, concepts of technical theatre, voice for the actor, improvisation, Stanislavsky acting technique, read plays, and learn audition techniques. Students will begin with basic theatre games and build to performing a scene together for recital. There will be an emphasis on the collaborative effort that is required in theatre to foster an atmosphere of supporting and working with each other. There will be some assignments for this class, students will be required to complete most materials to be able to participate in class. Assignments may include: learning lines for a monologue, filling out a character analysis sheet, reading/watching a musical or play (provided by instructor), or other small assignments.