The Creative Movement syllabus is designed to gently introduce our youngest students to a structured and safe classroom environment, while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Children will explore many elements of dance such as body, space, time and force sometimes using props while moving to music, voice and instruments. Students are led through a series of movement and ballet-based activities that appeal to both girls and boys. Social skills are also developed through collaborative and cooperative games. Special emphasis is placed on learning “The Brain Dance” and increasing brainpower! Beginning acrobatic skills will also be introduced. **Child MUST be potty trained**
Included in all Combo Classes. Tap is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Contemporary/Modern (Dress Code: black for Combo III & Int/Adv)
Contemporary borrows elements from classical, modern, and jazz styles and has become a popular movement technique showcasing strength, agility, and artistry. Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz, modern and acro. It emphasizes telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.
Pre-Ballet (Dress Code: pink leotard)
This program is a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduces children to music and movement through a structured progression that emphasizes creativity and group interaction. The Pre-Ballet syllabus is introduced at a time when fine and gross motor skills are becoming more refined. By introducing students to the basic shapes, positions, postures and traditions of classical ballet, the Pre-Ballet curriculum enhances both cognitive and physical development at this important time. Beginning acrobatic skills will also be introduced.
Jazz (Dress Code: light blue or black for Jazz I, black only for Int/Adv Jazz)
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Hip-Hop and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Ballet is highly recommended, but not required to take this class. Acrobatics is also a large portion of this class for dancers to become strong, versatile and well-rounded.
Ballet (Dress Code: light blue for Combo I & II, black for Combo III & Int/Adv)
Included in all Combo Classes. A higher demand for focus and discipline is required after pre-ballet. Positions and postures are becoming more refined, and more barre and center exercises are being incorporated into class. Flexibility and strength training is becoming a greater portion of class as well, and acrobatic skills will be taught for dancers to become versatile and well-rounded.
Included in all Combo Classes. Acrobatic Dance, or acro, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, lines and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.
Hip-Hop (Dress Code: solid color shirt or leotard with solid black bottoms. Shoes must not have a dark sole, and be used only for indoors.)
Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements. Acrobatics is also a large portion of this class for dancers to become strong, versatile and well-rounded.
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