Perfect Pointe Class Descriptions
Creative Movement: 2 1/2-4 years of age
Creative Movement shows young children with little or no previous experience the magical world of dance movement through the use of songs, games, fairy tales and their favorite props. Along with creative dance activities students will get an introduction to the basics of ballet. Fun and exploration highlights this 45 minute class, once a week. Children will perform in the end of year recital!
Kinderdance: 3-4 years of age
This is an introduction class for our youngest dancers! This one hour class consists of a ½ hour of ballet and a ½ hour of tap. Children will have fun and gain a fondness for dance, while learning basic ballet positions and tap steps. Children will perform one of the two subjects in the recital!
Hip Hop: 5 years of age and up
A street inspired dance class that fuses breaking, popping and locking, performed to music of the same style that helped the Hip Hop culture evolve.
Pre-Ballet: 5-6 years of age
Pre-ballet is designed to be a bridge between our combo classes and the more formal structure of ballet class. Students will continue to explore creative expression, refine motor skills and gain strength & coordination while gradually being introduced to the ballet barre, center-floor and across-the-floor work. Students will continue to learn basic ballet terminology and develop music awareness. Dancers are also encouraged to practice self discipline, resulting in a respect and safety for self and others.
Combo: 5-6 years of age (Kindergarten)
This class is designed for children with little or no previous dance experience. This one hour class will be a combination of a ½ hr. ballet and ½ hr. tap or ½ hr. ballet and a ½ hr. jazz. It’s dancer’s choice! These classes will teach the student coordination skills, musicality, basic terminology, and the proper use of muscle development. Children will gain self-expression and confidence while preparing themselves for the next level of dance.
Ballet: 7 years of age and up
Both a discipline and an art form, Ballet stands in a class of its own. Ballet requires strength and patience because of its difficult technical elements. Taking years to develop, the body is set in various positions and poses which require flexibility in the back, legs, rib cage, and feet. Dedication to the study over an extended period of time will increase fluidity, grace, and technique among other important elements of dance. Body placement, flexibility, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.
Jazz 7: years of age and up
Jazz dance is a uniquely American art form. A variety of styles will be taught from primitive to the classic jazz style. This class concentrates on proper technique, placement, strength, and style as well as increasing flexibility and muscle tone.
Tap: 7 years of age and up
A rhythmic combination of technical movements and style, tap focuses on the recall of intricate steps of the foot incorporated with upper body grace. Timing, Musicality, and Rhythm are concentrated on during class. Tap can be performed with or without the accompaniment of music while still showcasing technical skills and entertainment.
Jazz: 8 years of age and up
This contemporary style of jazz dance uses MTV type music as its base. Class consists of an extensive warm-up, isolation, and combination where students learn the latest choreography. This is pure funk where attitude is a necessity!
Musical Theatre: 10 years of age and up
Musical Theatre is a form of jazz dance combining music, stylized choreography and lots of personality! Dancers will have the opportunity to learn specific choreography from many different Broadway shows and musicals, both past and present. Technique and style are important elements in this dance class as students are exposed to the next level by layering in detail and creating a story to go along with the movement.
Lyrical: 10 years of age and up
An intense form of dance expression, lyrical incorporates the elements of Jazz and Ballet into one harmonious dance style. Interpretations of various pieces of music bring emotion and choreography together to form a story using your body. Technical training is highly emphasized.
Combinations Class: 10 years of age and up
A non-recital class offering students a warm up followed by a different combination each week. The perfect class for the student looking to improve his/her skills at picking up different styles of choreographed movement more quickly.
Contemporary: 13 years of age and up
Contemporary dance is a fusion of modern, jazz and lyrical. It is characterised by its versatility. Contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body. Strong technique is recommended for this class, allowing experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement. This style of dance is very up and coming in the dance world.
Pointe: 12-18 years of age
Pointe class concentrates on the transference of ballet steps from demi-pointe to pointe and is introduced only when a dancer has developed sufficient strength in the feet and legs necessary for this discipline. Students under the age of 12 are not allowed in this class. Permission is needed by the instructor for admission into pointe class.
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