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)
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
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
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
Hip Hop Mini
Hip Hop Mini is a beginner class for 5 – 7 year olds where they begin learning how to dance, begin basic rhythm, and move their bodies all while having fun!
Hip Hop 1
Hip Hop 1 is a beginner hip hop choreography class for 8 and up where they will train their memorizing skills, begin establishing grooves, and combining timing and moves in their routines.
Hip Hop 2
Hip Hop 2 is a intermediate hip hop choreography class for juniors kids (10 – 12 year olds) where they will harden their execution in moves and timing, begin basic technique of street styles, and learn advanced grooves and rhythm.
Hip Hop 3
Hip Hop 3 is an advanced hip hop class for teens (13 to 17 years) where students will work on advance techniques for different street styles, test their skills in advanced choreography pick-up, and begin and practice the basics of hip hop freestyle.
Junior & Teen Hip Hop Team
Junior Hip Hop Team is a hip hop team for juniors and teens ( 10 to 13 years ) where they will learn intermediate choreography and will learn to work as a team to perform at various competitions. (Enrollment in Hip Hop 2 recommended)
Senior & Teen Hip Hop Team
Senior Hip Hop Team is a hip hop team for teens and seniors ( 13 to 17 years ) where they will learn advanced choreography and work as a team to perform at various competitions. (Enrollment in Hip Hop 3 recommended)
Adult Hip Hop
Adult Hip Hop is an intermediate hip hop choreography class ( 18 and up ) where students will learn choreography and test their skills in hip hop choreography and learn basic techniques of hip hop.
( Age limits for Hip Hop 1 through Hip Hop 3 are recommended, but do not limit children to only one class. )
DRESS CODE: Active wear, clean sneakers
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
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
*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