Dance Class Descriptions

Pre-School Level Ipreschool1-11

Designed for children 2–3 years old, dancers will explore the creativity of movement in this beginner class. Learning the basic dance styles of tap, jazz or ballet, plus tumbling and basic mat-work. This level 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. Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.

 

Pre-School Level IIpreschool211

For dancers 4–5 years old, or dancers with 1 full year of Pre-school dance experience. This class will learn tap, ballet (and some jazz), plus tumbling and basic mat-work. Like Pre-school I,  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.

 

pregymdance10Pre-School 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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of fast paced, unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tap

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.

 

 

 

hh11Hip-Hop

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hippity-Hop

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.

 

 

 

 

 

acro11Tumbling 6+
& Acro 13+

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.

 

 

cheer11Cheer Dance

NEW to our dance program this year and headed by former Sun Valley High School Cheer Captain and Dance Obsessions Alumni. This class will fuse Dance and Cheer aspects, including basic tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. (Ages 8-12)

 

 

 

 

lyrical11Lyrical & 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.

 

 

 

contemp11Ballet Based Contemporary

Ballet & Contemporary class for Level III will include 1/2 hour of Ballet warm-up (barre & center) and 1/2 hour of Contemporary style dancing.
Ballet & Contemp. for Levels IV/V will include 45 minutes of Ballet warm-up (barre & center) plus 45 minutes of Contemporary dancing and combinations.

 

 

pointe11Pointe

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.

 

 

modern11Modern

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.

 

 

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Technique

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

emmajumpTurns & 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Salsa!

For adult dancers 18+, male and females welcome and encouraged!!!
This 6 week course is perfect for beginners and requires no previous dance experience. Dancers will first learn about musicality, rhythm, connection, and technique, while learning the basic steps. We will teach turn patterns and styling, and each class will build upon the previous one. By the end of the 6 week course, dancers will feel confident with leading or following basic Salsa and Bachata moves, and will be ready to venture out for a night on the town to practice their new social dancing skills!

More info:
Though it is recommended to bring a partner, it is not necessary.

Latin dances are typically danced wearing heels, but flats or closed toe shoes are fine as well. The most important thing is to wear something comfortable, and a flexible shoe with a soft sole will help with turns.

Be prepared to laugh, make mistakes, learn, and have fun! Salsa dancing is an excellent way to to improve balance and coordination, boost memory and flexibility, and enhance your social, emotional, and physical well being.