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PROGRAM

ACADEMY

Little Stars (ages 3 - 8) Combination Classes Level 1 - 4 half an hour of ballet and half an hour of tap

 

Junior's (age 8 - 12) Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pre-Pointe

 

Teens (13 - 18) Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Tumbling/Acro,

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Combination 1 (ages 3 - 4): This class is an introduction to a structured dance experience.  Students will learn the basics of creative movement, ballet and tap foundations, and beginning acrobatic skills like forward and backward rolls and cartwheels.

Combination 2 (ages 4 - 5): This class builds on the dance basics and incorporates developing dance terminology.

 

Combination 3 (ages 6 - 7): At this level, students learn (age-appropriate) intermediate ballet, tap, and Acro skills.

 

Combination 4 (ages 7 - 8): In this class, students should demonstrate a clear understanding of dance terminology and dance class etiquette.  The following year these students transition to a full hour of technique class. More emphasis is placed on alignment, technique, and muscle memory in ballet, tap and Acro.

Ballet: This technique class focuses on building a strong foundation or refining the skills established in classical ballet. Dancers will learn exercises at the barre that develop muscle strength in their core, ankles, things, backs, and arms. Center work helps them activate the muscles they’ve used during the warm up and apply them without the use of the barre. Ballet class skills include strong reeves (rising up to the Demi pointe, pirouettes, developpes, and jumps.

Jazz: This stylized form of dance is derived from the African American experience in this country, combines African and European dance movements. This high energy style focuses on rhythm, syncopation, coordination, and increases a dancer’s strength, flexibility and endurance.

Tap: Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. This class will focus on the history of tap dance and the significance of cultural identity.

Acro: This class is a mix of acrobatic skills and dance which requires strong dance technique as well as athleticism. Dancers will engage in skills like flexibility, balancing, tumbling, agility and motor coordination.

Contemporary: This style is a blend of all styles of dance and is for intermediate dancers who have a strong foundation of ballet and jazz technique.

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