Ballet: Our ballet classes range from beginner to advanced, with the primary focus on the development of proper ballet technique. Further, we place a strong emphasis on developing control, alignment, vocabulary, musicality, and flexibility. We have multiple levels that are based on age and skill, with a specific focus for each level. All items on the syllabus must be accomplished before moving to the next level. It is not uncommon for students to repeat a level to perfect their technique.
Pre-Pointe: Must be enrolled in Ballet III to take this class with instructor approval. Focus is on developing the foot, ankle, and core strength. There is also a emphasis on coordination and stretching to help prepare students for pointe work. It is not uncommon for students to repeat this class to ensure they have developed proper strength. The safety and well being of our dancers is of the utmost importance. A dancer may not be ready to advance to pointe with the rest of the class. Every dancer blooms at their own time and going en pointe is not the time to rush this process. This class will not perform in recital.
Pointe: Must be enrolled in Ballet III – Ballet IV to take this class with instructor approval. Must be at least 11 years old to go en pointe. Students begin working in their pointe shoes in this class. Students will continue to develop the strength needed to perform on pointe. This class is structured similar to a ballet class, with barre, stretch, center, and grand allegro work all completed while wearing pointe shoes.
Jazz: Jazz classes incorporate a variety of styles. The focus of this class is to continue building technique and expressiveness. Skills included in this class are turns, flexibility, leaps, kicks, choreography, center, and across-the-floor combinations. Students are encouraged to take ballet in conjunction with jazz; however, it is not required.
Lyrical: Lyrical incorporates ballet technique with some of the more defined movements of jazz. It is a style that creates and improves artistic expression. Students are required to be enrolled in ballet.
Contemporary: Contemporary is a dance style that is influenced by both ballet and modern. This style is highly choreography-focused in order to teach the students new motions and ways to interpret music. Students are encouraged to take ballet in conjunction with contemporary; however, it is not required.
Technique/STJ: These classes focus solely on developing the specific movements needed to succeed in dance including, but not limited to, perfecting turns, leaps, arm motions, foot articulation, and flexibility. This class will not perform in recital.
Tap: Tap emphasizes specific movements to various beats. It is similar to other dance forms where specific movements and items need to be accomplished before moving to the next level. Students will focus on developing musicality and rhythm, while also increasing strength and coordination.
Hip-Hop: Hip-hop is a high energy and upbeat dance style. These classes will include learning skills such as isolations, musicality, footwork, and strength. It is highly choreography-focused and helps to develop quick, small movements along with other tricks.
Acro: Acro is a mixture of tumbling, flexibility, turns, and leaps. Students will learn tumbling skills and improve upon their existing turns, leaps, and flexibility. Skills learned will include back walk-overs, front walk-overs, cartwheels, ariels, illusions, back-handsprings, and more. This class will not perform in recital.
Ballet Burn: Ballet Burn is a class incorporating elements of ballet technique, yoga, functional movement, and dynamic cardio tracks. All fitness levels are welcome and there is no need for previous dance experience.
Pre-K and Kinder Combo: These are introductory level classes for 3-6 year olds. They will begin learning stretches, and a combination of a few of the following; ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling and tap. Students will learn how to act in a dance classroom environment, follow instructions and listen to critiques. These classes are the building blocks for our level I & Beginner classes. They will provide students with the basics to be able to excel in our leveled classes.
Tiny Tots: These classes are for ages 2-3. They will learn ballet vocabulary, work on rythm and timing with various props, begin learning tap sounds, a tumbling circuit as well as begin developing spacial awarness. These classes are the building blocks for our pre-k classes.
Company: These classes are for dancers who have auditioned to be a member of our competition team. They have extra practices during the week on top of regular classes and attend various competitions. This is for the dancer who wants to take their training to the next level!