CLASS DESCRIPTIONS.

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!

(45 minutes in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black DMSD T-Shirt, black ballet slippers, hair off the face

 

• 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.

(45 minutes in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers, hair off the face

 

• Tap (ages 5-6)

Our tap classes are focused on learning basic tap technique, vocabulary, and rhythm through music, games, and percussive instruments. This class explores Broadway styles of tap and musical theater.

(45 minutes in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers, black tap shoes, hair off the face

• Musical Theater (ages 5-6)

Musical Theater incorporates a strong sense of rhythm and basic jazz technique. Dancers become familiar with popular musicals through song and choreography.

(45 minutes in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black jazz shoes, hair off the face

Elementary Years, ages 7-11 & Pre-Teen, ages 12+

• Homeschoolers_Modern/Choreo 7-10 years  

   NEW THIS SEASON

Drawing from the Limon and Horton Techniques, this class teaches physicality and the aesthetics of modern dance.  This Modern Dance/Choreography class insures versatility and strength in the development of the dancer, while also nurturing natural choreographic visions.  

Using Labon influenced approach to movement improvisation engages the student in the creative process, resulting in composing their original choreography.

*Laban Movement Analysis is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement.

 

• 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. As dancers progress through the program, ballet training is recommended at least 2 times per week to continue to build upon a dancer's strength and flexibility.

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black ballet slippers, hair off the face

 

• Tap

Our tap classes focus on improving coordination, strength, balance, and flexibility through dance exercises, expanding vocabulary, and practicing self-expression within choreographed movement. As students progress through the program, skills are refined, speed and agility is increased, and dancers 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)

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, hair off the face

 

• Jazz / Musical Theater

Defining characteristics of jazz dancing include improvisation, isolation, and the style of Broadway. For beginner dancers, we teach in a Musical Theater format which incorporates musicality, a strong sense of rhythm, and basic jazz technique. More experienced 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)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, black jazz shoes, hair off the face

 • 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.

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length)

Class attire:

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

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

 

• Modern

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

(45 minutes or 1 hour in length)

Class attire:

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

Boys - black pants, black T-Shirt, barefoot, hair off the face