Ballet

The ballet program is based on the classical Vaganova method completely. This method fuses elements of traditional French styles from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian technique. The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. This program does have it’s own modifications, although many things are the same. Our ballet directer Beckie Almirol pulls from other methods like Cecchetti and more.

DRESS CODE: Any black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, hair pulled back in clean bun (dancers are not allowed to wear shorts or shirts over their leotards but are allowed to warm up in a tight black sweater and leg warmers if they would like)

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Ballet/Tap Combo

This class is a fun way to introduce children to dance. Ballet is the base for all styles, which can prepare students for any genre they would like to take in the future. Tap creates a fun atmosphere with the loud noises, while starting to form rhythmic and musical patterns, which is also very important for other dance styles. In this class students will get to experiment with both, while having a great time along the way!

DRESS CODE: (6 and under) any leotard, pink tights, ballet and tap shoes, hair up in bun

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Character

Character is a style of dance that helps let out the crazy, silly, sassy, and fun side of a dancer. When taking this class, dancers explore how to develop, create and portray different characters through a combination of acting and dancing. This class is musical theater based, which means music used and characters that would most be portrayed would come from a variety of broadway musicals.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, jazz shoes or character shoes upon instructor request

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Contemporary (Contemp)

Contemporary is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through their movement and expression. In contemporary, we also work on the exploration of a dancer’s movement through improvisation. This leads them feel comfortable in their own authentic movement and to figure out who they are and who they want to be as a dancer.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, Barefoot and foot paws

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Empowered Artist Training

Empowered Artist Training is a program developed encompassing a blend of formal education, classical training and life experiences. It integrates classical performance art training, Jungian Psychological education and psycho-therapeutic approach toward self-discovery and self-care. By incorporating a in depth-oriented approach to the work, Natalie Makardish has developed this technique and curriculum design by implementing the tools from her versatile history within the various occupational modalities as a practicing dance, yoga and fitness instructor, choreographer, performer, and a therapist in various intensive and partial hospitalization facilities treating eating disorders, chemical dependency and self-harming populations.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, barefoot

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Fit Flow Fusion

The best of Barre, Pilates, and Yoga all rolled into one exciting class. Enjoy a fun dance-inspired workout that challenges, conditions and transforms the body from head to pointed toe.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, barefoot or clean sneakers 

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Hip Hop Animation

Animation is a combination of hip hop techniques such as; waving, popping, dimestops, and more. This style of dance is about using these specific techniques to create illusions with the body to make it into something outside of itself. With animation, students get to use their imagination, when creating different shapes and pictures. Free styling is also a big part of animation because the combination of movement is endless.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, clean sneakers

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Hip Hop

In classic hip hop, students will learn choreography and some technique within hip hop, while also learning how to groove to the music. It includes a variety of styles ranging from the breaks in 70’s/80’s, the groove of the 90’s/early 2000’s, to the funk and hype that is hip hop today. Hip Hop is a very energetic class that keeps students moving and sweating from beginning to end. It is unique in that it allows dancers to perform with freedom of movement, while adding in parts of their own personalities.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, clean sneakers

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Jazz

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic. Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. In technique class the dancers work on executing the basic steps and tricks, in order to put them all together in a powerful and exciting combination.  All Jazz classes include leaps and turns technique instruction.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, jazz shoes

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Pre-Professional (Pre-Profess)

This class offers education and guidance for individuals interested in preparing for the professional world. The class includes; advance movement technique, exploration and conditioning, resume building and headshot preparation, audition prep for college dance departments, dance companies, and broadway, and professional development, accountability, and maturity towards a successful career in any field.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, shoes may vary upon instructor request

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Sculpt & Tone

This is a class meant for dancers ages 12 and up who want build up their stamina or anyone who is interested in improving their endurance and muscle strength. It includes strength training in most areas of the body like legs, back, core, and more. This class will often also consist of some cardio to get the heart rate up, and stretching for flexibility.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, clean sneakers

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Stretch & Control

Stretch and control is for those who want to become stronger and more flexible in general, or to apply to other dance styles. This class consists of deep stretching to help with flexibility, but also some strengthening to work on control within the flexibility and other movements.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, barefoot

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Tap

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater, and rhythm tap focuses more on musicality. In this class, dancers will explore both styles and the technique that is required to execute them.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, tap shoes

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Tiny Movers

It is never too early to encourage a love for dance! This 45 minute class will get your 2.5yrs to 5yrs old movin and shakin to the music. Learning basics in hip hop and jazz will help with dexterity, rhythm, confidence and groove. Your dancer will have loads of fun while learning basic movement skills and teamwork. Please be aware that it may take some time for your dancer to get comfortable in class. We ask that our younger dancers have a parent or guardian present until the instructor feels the dancer is ready to creatively move on his/her own without a parent or guardian in the studio.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, jazz shoes or clean athletic shoes

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Tots N Motion

Tots N motion is a 45 minutes class for children ages 3.5yrs to 5yrs of age. In this energizing class, students will work on a wide variety of skills used for ballet, cheerleading, and more. Students will be engaged with movement such as forward rolls, short dances to enhance memorization skills, and proper body positions for future tricks and tumbling in a safe and fun environment.

DRESS CODE: Active wear, leotard or tight fitting top, barefoot

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Tumbling Technique

In this tumbling class, students will learn the basic techniques needed to acquire tricks like; forward rolls, round offs, back walkovers and more.  While the technique for tumbling is essential, students also learn proper body positions and how to condition their body in order to maximize their tumbling potential and experience. This class will help prepare dancers to reach top physical condition while learning skills that are used to add variety and excitement to routines.

DRESS CODE: Leotard or tight fitting top, tight fitting shorts or pants (pants cannot go past feet), barefoot

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*Active wear is considered anything the student can move in without interfering with technique, for example; leggings, spandex shorts, sweatpants etc. 

*Hair must always be up and out of the face for classes, unless the instructor says otherwise

*Dance shoes should never be worn outside