Our renowned faculty and esteemed visiting artists offer a depth of experience

and approach that empowers our dancers and prides itself on the ability to offer the very best dance education to all students at all levels. 

 

Please take a look at our class descriptions, as well as useful information about class length and attire for girls and boys.

 

Basic Beginnings, ages 3-6

• Creative Dance (ages 3-4)

Having fun, exploring movement and musicality by using games, props, and instruments,

developing coordination, strength and spatial skills, learning to follow instructions while working in a supportive environment, strengthening the body and brain, interacting with others - it all begins in Creative Dance classes. Skills become more challenging throughout the year and progress with age level.

(45 minutes in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, black DMSD T-Shirt, black ballet slippers

 

• Pre-Ballet (ages 5-6)

Pre-Ballet is all about exploring ballet skills and vocabulary through creative dance, props, and dress-up, while incorporating a story of ballet for the young dancers to make it fun and inspire the imagination. In Primary Ballet and Ballet Levels I & II (ages 7+), dancers learn the foundations of ballet technique, body awareness, coordination, rhythm, musicality, and the joy of movement. This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training.

(45 minutes in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers

 

• Tap/Jazz (ages 5-6)

Our tap/jazz classes consist of acquiring a basic understanding of correct body placement, patterns, and rhythms. Focus is on improving coordination, strength, balance, and flexibility through dance exercises and practicing self-expression within choreographed movement. This class explores Broadway styles of tap and musical theater. Older students who focus on tap dance refine their skills, increase speed and agility, and truly learn how to use their feet as a percussive instrument.

Older Jazz students become stylized and versed in Fosse and Luigi and develop into technically sound, versatile dancers.

(45 minutes in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - pink leotard and tights, black tap shoes, pink ballet slippers, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers, black tap shoes

 

Elementary Years, ages 6-11 & Pre-Teen, ages 12+

• Ballet

In Primary Ballet and Ballet Levels I&II (ages 7+), dancers learn the foundations of ballet technique, body awareness, coordination, rhythm, musicality, and the joy of movement. This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training.

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers

 

• Tap

Our tap classes focus on improving coordination, strength, balance, and flexibility through dance exercises and practicing self-expression within choreographed movement. Older students refine their skills, increase speed and agility, and truly learn how to use their feet as a percussive instrument. The styles of Broadway tap, jazz tap, and hoofin’ are emphasized.

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - black leotard, black tights or leggings, black tap shoes, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black tap shoes

 

• Jazz / Musical Theater

Defining characteristics of jazz dancing include improvisation, isolation, and the style of Broadway. For the younger dancer, we teach in a Musical Theater format which incorporates musicality, a strong sense of rhythm, and basic jazz technique. Older dancers are encouraged to study various styles of jazz, including Fosse and Luigi, and work on flexibility as they evolve into a technically sound dancer.

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - black leotard, black pants, black jazz shoes, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black jazz shoes

 

• Breakdance 

B-boying or b-girling is a street dance style that evolved as part of the hip hop movement among African American and Puerto Rican youths in 1970s Bronx. The four elements that form the foundation of Breakdancing are coordination, flexibility, style, and rhythm. Students are taught fundamentals and work on their Toprock and Downrock (footwork), as well as freezes and strength for power moves.

(1 hour in length, 1 class per week) 

Class attire:

Girls - black pants, T-shirt, black Converse Chucks, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, T-shirt, black Converse Chucks

 

• Hip Hop

Hip Hop takes on the styles of many forms of dance, including Breaking, Popping, and Locking. These styles are the oldest and most established of all the hip hop dances. What separates hip hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle in nature. Here, students are schooled in the history of the hip hop culture, and given a solid foundation in all aspects.

(1 hour in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - black pants, T-shirt, black Converse Chucks, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, T-shirt, black Converse Chucks

 

• Modern

Modern (and Contemporary) dance principles include: centering, alignment, gravity, breath, contraction, release, fall and recovery, suspension, balance and off-balance, tension and relaxation, opposition and emotion.

(1 hour in length, 1 class per week)

Class attire:

Girls - black leotard, Black Leggings or black shorts, hair off the face

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, barefoot

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