Baby Ballet : Preschool
Designed for children 2–3 years old, dancers will explore the creativity of movement in this beginner class. Baby Ballet will include the foundation of ballet, plus tumbling and basic mat-work. This class will emphasize stretching, coordination, and discovering self-expression through body movement. Students will learn how to participate in a classroom atmosphere, learning proper dance-etiquette. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, scarves, and instruments will be used to keep the class interesting. D.O.’s fabulous Preschool Dance Instructors help keep our Little’s active, smiling & having FUN! Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
For dancers (3 turning 4) 4–5 years old, or dancers with 1 full year of Preschool/Baby Ballet dance experience. This class will learn tap, ballet (and some jazz), plus tumbling and basic mat-work. Like Baby Ballet, students will learn how to participate in a classroom atmosphere, learning proper dance-etiquette, however class will be a little more quick-paced, since students will either be experienced or a little older. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, scarves, and instruments will be used to keep the class interesting. Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
Preschool Gym & Dance
Gym & Dance is for children 3–4 years old, looking to explore ballet/jazz and the basics of tumbling/gymnastics. Half of the class will focus on the basics of Ballet/Jazz dancing, while the latter half of the class will include mat-work and tumbling. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, trampoline, and a mini/soft balance beam will be used to keep the class interesting. Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
The core foundation of all dance forms. All technical aspects of dance derive from ballet, and this class will serve to train dancers on the formal steps that are found in all styles of dance. In ballet class, students will develop grace, control, strength and fluidity in their dancing.
Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of fast paced, unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.
A form of dancing characterized by using shoes equipped with metal taps, along with the floor, as a percussive instrument. The term “Tap dancing” is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor or surface.
As seen today, Hip Hop is a broad category of movement, which incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles, such as breaking, locking, and popping.
For students 5-8 yrs is a fun and energetic class, for young boys and girls to learn the basics of Hip-Hop dancing. This class also includes beginner mat work/tumbling.
& Acro 12+
Gymnastic floor-work, from beginner to advanced, based on the student’s skill-set. Tumblers will learn moves such as kart-wheels and round-offs, progressing to back hand-springs/flips and walk-overs.
Acro: For the more experienced, (ages 13+), Acro class consists of advanced training in gymnastic tricks, flips, handsprings, tucks, etc.
Lyrical & Contemporary
Both have their primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern movements. This form of dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, naturalistic moves.
Meaning “on the tip” – is a part of classical ballet, usually practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes or toe shoes. The technique developed from the desire for dancers to appear weightless has evolved to enable dancers to dance on the tips of their toes for extended periods of time. You must be at least 13 years old to take this class.
Modern dance often produces divergent dance forms, centering on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, or combinations. Modern is comparable to Contemporary, where the dancer is free dancing, improvising, or naturally moving, encouraging dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines.
Technique is the way in which the fundamentals, as an artistic form, are handled. Technique class includes stretching, turning, kicking, jumping, etc. which enhances the quality of any style of dancing.
Turns & Jumps
This class will consist of strengthening the muscles used in order to improve a students ability to perform different jumps and turns. Dancers will practice different leaps down the studio room and different turning sequences, in order to better these technical aspects.