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Youth Classes

Pre-Ballet / Tap

Designed to introduce body awareness, coordination, and self-expression. Specifically for preschool-aged dancers, these classes introduce the fundamentals of dance while using creativity and exploration in an enjoyable learning environment. Children must be toilet-trained and developmentally ready to separate from their parent or caregiver.

Tumble and Twirl

One half hour introduction and practice of the beginning fundamentals of ballet, focusing on proper body alignment, basic ballet technique and terminology, and musicality. The second half hour focuses on developing motor skills, coordination and body control while achieving forward and backward rolls, handstands and cartwheels.

Ballet / Combo Classes

Combo classes for 6 to 8 year olds with the first half hour focusing on the basics of dance including terminology to prepare dancers for all forms of dance. There are options to add one half hour of beginning Tap, beginning Jazz or beginning Hip Hop.

TAP

Emphasis is on rhythm, style and sounds; as students progress, they focus on enhancing the clarity of their sounds, speed, intricacy, precision and execution of movement. Tap is an important component of traditional and contemporary dance that is often incorporated into musical theatre and other genres of dance. The various styles of tap are included in the syllabus for Tap III and IV.

JAZZ

Jazz builds on the fundamentals of ballet for placement, stability and line. It is an ever-evolving dance form that explores and encourages individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be strong and powerful or expressive and lyrical. Warm-up consists of exercises and combinations to develop flexibility, strength, coordination, and endurance. Classes include basic to advanced jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on precise execution of choreography.

HIP HOP

Students explore the vast world of hip-hop while enjoying age appropriate technique, styles, and music. Popping, locking, and breaking are taught in the beginning classes with progression to house and fusion styles, with a variety of combinations including trick steps achieved in the upper levels.

Lyrical

Students are taught to use ballet techniques combined with acting ability to interpret music and express emotion. Beginning students experiment with musicality, improvisation, and personal expression while learning the fundamentals of lyrical and contemporary movements. For the advanced dancer, the focus is on complex and intricate techniques such as body contractions, flexed feet movements, and asymmetrical body shapes.

Pre-Pointe

Students who have had at least four years of continuous ballet training, and are of the appropriate age, will be invited to begin Pre-Pointe classes. Pre-pointe classes consist of preparation of the feet and leg muscles to support the dancer while on her toes, with specifically designed toning and conditioning exercises. Instruction includes proper fitting of shoes and care of the feet. This class will not participate in the recital.

Pointe

Pointe requires a minimum of two technique classes per week so that the dancer can successfully achieve her goals of performing en pointe. For the beginning students, the focus is on developing technique, proper placement for extensions, pirouettes, and style. For advanced students, more complex centre work with progressions across the floor and advanced turns are mastered.

Acro For Dancers

Beginning classes focus on proper hand placement and body alignment to safely execute tricks, with emphasis on the muscles and flexibility required to perform proper technique. Mats are used to facilitate the teaching of basic tumbling such as front and back rolls and cartwheels. As students progress, they master additional tricks such as aerials and front and back -hand springs without the aid of mats. Classes are structured to teach tumbling techniques while increasing flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical theatre dance, performance and characterization. Instruction focuses on scenes, songs, adding dimension to choreography, defining a character, utilizing vocal techniques, and mastering musical theatre techniques and styles. Students participate in ensembles and as soloists while build a varied repertoire as they develop skills and gain confidence in the audition process.