Designed just for 3 & 4 year-olds, the Pre-Dance curriculum includes warm-up, stretch, flexibility exercises, and introduction to basic dance steps, music, rhythms, and creative movement to enhance coordination and inspire imagination. Each class provides lots of fun while learning. These little dancers are a special part of our annual performance for their family and friends in June.
In continuation of the Pre-Dance curriculum, Kinder-Dance students learn skills and technique of the three basic forms of dance – ballet, tap and jazz, before moving into individual classes. Kinder-Dancers begin to learn the technical skills involved in dancing, as well as enhance their musicality. A specialized curriculum is designed for five year olds starting Kindergarten. During the 45-minute class, students begin to learn about cooperation, teamwork, and develop memorization skills. Kinder-Dancers will perform in our annual June show.
Ballet is the foundation of all forms of dance and is necessary for the dancer's technical development. Classical ballet technique is offered in two methods: Cecchetti and Russian. All elements of proper barre work, body placement, arm movements, adagio and allegro are incorporated into each lesson. In addition, ballet students develop proper posture, carriage and discipline. Classes are offered starting at ages six years through adult, and range in length in accordance with the level of the class. At the June show, students perform in either a classical, character, contemporary or lyrical style of ballet dance.
Special classes are devoted to pointe training for only those ballet students whom have reached an intermediate/advanced level in their training with a minimum age of twelve years old and have the permission of the instructor and Academy Director. Students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of one additional ballet class along with their pointe class.
Jazz classes focus on a strong technical foundation beginning with a warm-up designed to stretch and lengthen the muscles while strengthening the core. Although jazz dance can be performed in its traditional form, it is often influenced by other dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Therefore, the Academy encourages dancers taking jazz class to enroll in ballet class as well. A variety of steps are integrated into an upbeat routine to be performed at the Academy's June show. Jazz classes range in length from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on age and skill level on the dancer.
Tap classes begin with basic tap steps emphasizing technique, speed, clarity of sounds, and rhythm. After warm-up, dancers then learn tap combinations. Students have fun while getting a great workout. The dancers learn to set tap choreography to music and perform in the Academy's annual June performance. It is recommended the dancer study ballet or jazz to enhance tap abilities. Classes are 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on age and skill level.
This class is an excellent workout for all-around fitness and great for children of all ages! Including warm-up, posture, stretch, and flexibility exercises, students train and condition the upper, mid, and lower body. Beginning level students are taught basic skills including splits, forward/backward rolls, backbends, handstands, cartwheels, walkovers, and round-offs. Once the basic skills are mastered, students’ progress to advanced skills including handsprings, aerials, and tucks. Dancers benefit greatly from the body awareness, balance, and coordination learned in acrobatics classes. Class length is 45 minutes to one hour, and students are encouraged to advance at their own pace with individualized attention.
Hip-hop classes are growing very popular in the world of dance. Hip-hop classes provide an excellent aerobic workout incorporating up-beat music and a fun, unique style. Students learn rhythm, coordination, isolations, and basic dance steps including break dancing in a routine they will enjoy performing in the Academy's June show. The music used for each class is carefully chosen to be appropriate in content for the age of the dancers. Class length ranges from 30 to 45 minutes depending on age and skill level.
Musical Theatre class incorporates acting and stage for training in theatre arts. Students will learn the fundamentals of voice, acting with scripts or monologues, and staging. Careful attention is given to ensure each child develops positive self-esteem and confidence. Classes vary by age and level, each lesson lasting from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Students may participate in the annual June show.
This type of dance originated in Ireland and includes “jig,” “reel,” “slip jig,” and “hornpipe.” It has been recently popularized by the world-famous show “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance.” Each step is a sequence of foot movements, leg movements, and leaps. Soft shoes, often called “ghillies” are similar to ballet slippers, with a black leather sole and lace from toe to ankle. As the dancer advances, hard shoes may be worn and class includes complicated combinations of taps from the toes and heels. Once dancers have become accomplished, they may participate in an organized competition referred to as a feis. Students also learn the language and stories of this traditional form of dance.
Classes include all the different styles of Hawaiian dancing such as chants, implements, traditional and modern hulas. Proper technique is emphasized starting from the basic steps to the advanced routines. Students learn the terminology, language and cultural background as part of their training. It is a truly beautiful and interesting dance subject to study.
Lyrical dance combines ballet and jazz techniques to physically interpret the lyrics of a song. A strong dance background is suggested for these classes. All lyrical students must have at least one year of ballet training prior to taking the class and must continue to take ballet along with lyrical.
Students must be approved by their instructor and the Director in order to be in a solo, duet or trio. The student must be in competition level classes and must be taking 2 ballet classes a week to be given a solo, duet, or trio. Any students interested may let the instructor or Director know so that they may be evaluated.
Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. How It Works We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.
Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.
Zumbini is a beautiful, interactive, bonding, music and movement program. Be ready to actively engage in and participate fully with your child to get the most out of each session. Zumbini is EASY and FUN!
All levels of musical ability are welcome! Some children may watch, some may participate, and some may wander the room! Zumbini is a mixed age program with children ages six months to four years old. This works very well and because class is focused on the bond between you and your own child, mixed ages works great!
The “Bini Bundle” is a huge part of class! You will receive two CDs and a song/storybook for you to take home. You will soon see your child (and catch yourself!) singing along, clapping, tapping, and dancing.