Dance for Ages 3 through 6
For our youngest dancers we combine creative movement, pre-ballet, tap and tumbling in classes that develop strength, agility and musicality. A great beginning to a life-long love of movement and dance!
Music and Movement invites dancers from 3 – 4 years to join the fun!
Preschool Dance further develops concepts for dancers from 4 – 5.5 years.
Preschool Tumbling Combining non-apparatus tumbling skills such as forward rolls, cartwheels and backbends with large motor skills to build strength, coordination, rhythm, flexibility and balance. Let’s roll, jump, and balance into the world of tumbling. Preschoolers will get to flex their motor skills while having fun from 4 – 6 years;
Kinder/1st Grade Dance includes pre-ballet, tap and tumbling and is geared toward dancers entering the first years of elementary!
Even little ones can dance! Explore movement, rhythm, and spatial concepts through music, games, and play in this ten-week series offered three times per year. Cost is $100 per ten-week series; no enrollment after the third week of class. For walking to age three, accompanied by a caregiver. 2017 – 2018 start dates: September 7/8, January 4/5 and April 12/13 (this series will only run 8 weeks and the cost is $80.00.
Ballet – Pre-Ballet through Advanced (Classes for Adults as Well!)
Ballet forms the foundation for all other dance styles. Classes for beginners build strength, grace and technique. For serious dancers, and those who might be, we offer a progressive program emphasizing classical technique as well as contemporary choreography. Placement for all levels is by staff approval only, with advancement based on physical and intellectual grasp of the material.
Students will learn West African Dance styles, primarily from Senegal, Mali, and Guinea, though dances from other regions may occasionally be used. The class begins with a general warm-up including isolations, and progresses to energetic dancing which will allow students to gain strength, stamina, and confidence.
Looking for something less traditional than ballet? Come experience Modern dance! An overview of modern dance techniques, styles and variations. Utilizing the full body and incorporating the use of body imagery in floor work and combinations. Class will be comprised of a technical modern warm up, conditioning, going across the floor to explore fundamentals and center work to practice execution of technique and performance ability. Explore the body’s motion and expression through balance, rhythm, flexibility and musicality. Classes are held for 1st grade through 12th grade.
Cut loose to fast-paced and high energy dance with upbeat music in jazz. Combining African-American rhythms and movements with elements from tap, ballet, and Latin dance influence, jazz dance evolved from social dance to theatrical dance from the 1920s to the 1950s. It is a beautiful blend of different genres and musical styles.
We start class off with jazz barre and core strengthening, then move on to the center for isolations and center combinations, including floor work. Then progressing on two combinations across the floor, “Chassee, axel jump, slide, roll!” Jazz is fun!
Arresting isolations, percussive rhythm, and street style characterize this urban dance form. Explore this cutting-edge dance form and catch the excitement in classes for 4th grade through adult!
Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet and jazz dancing techniques. It is performed to music that inspires expressions of strong emotions. This style concentrates on an individual approach and expressiveness of such emotions as love, joy, and anger.
Character dance is a division of ballet taught in most professional dance schools. It is the stylized representation of traditional folk dances, mostly from European countries, mixed with ballet technique.
Character dance is found in most of the ballet repertoire. Good examples of character dance within ballet are the Spanish dance and the Russian dance in Nutcracker.
A character dance class is composed of barre and center work, with the terminology pretty much the same as in ballet, but a different style, and it’s very theatrical. The music used can be very lyrical or exhilarating. Character class is very fun, and benefits all dancers in enabling them to get out of their shell, express themselves, and improve their posture, demeanor, and presence on stage.
Buffalo step, shim-sham, Tack Annie and waltz clog—it could only be tap! Let your feet fly through the year with classes for first graders through adults. Classes are held for 1st grade through 12th grade.
Swing Dance (Session Based)
Swing dance is a lively style of social dancing in which a dancer often lifts, spins and flips his or her partner. Considered both hip and cool, swing dancing is a favorite among social dancers of all ages. Come and join us for one of our 6-week sessions next fall.
Belly Dance (Session Based)
Class will start with a general warm up of the body followed by more specific work on rib cage, snake arms and hands, hips, shimmies, belly undulations, travelling steps, veil work, and a combination. Classes will focus on Egyptian style belly dancing but may also later include different styles such as Tunisian and Moroccan belly dance. Once the students get comfortable with the moves further down the road other props may be introduced such as finger cymbals.
Each class will build upon the next, so students are encouraged to sign up for the session (though drop-ins are welcome). Students are guided to work at their own pace in this supportive environment.
Tai Chi/Qi Gong
Qigong and Tai Chi are mind body practices that have their roots in ancient China. They are designed to cultivate the body’s vital energy (known as “chi”) and improve the flow of this energy through the body. Through movement, meditation, and breath, participants learn how to enhance and increase this energy and direct its flow. Gentle, graceful, repeated movements, sometimes known as “moving meditations” are the crux of this class
Dance for Parkinson’s
Offered for people with Parkinson’s Disease, or other balance related issues and their caregivers, this dance class is designed to engage participants’ minds and bodies through many styles of dance. The class addresses PD-specific concerns of balance, flexibility, coordination and gait. Taught by a professional dancer trained in the Dance for PD method, ongoing classes are held Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:00pm.
STARS dance encourages large muscle movement and promotes greater joint mobility. It can contribute to improved muscle tone, strength and flexibility, aerobic endurance and coordination.
STARS will provide your student with the opportunity to explore the world of dance and creativity, while developing important cognitive and physical skills.
STARS dance suits both boys and girls with special needs, and can be tailored to meet individual needs.