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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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"Little Movers" - Introduction to Dance (3 - 5 yr olds)

This 45-minute class, introduces the basics of Ballet and Tap, while developing listening skills and following directions. Students learn body placement, terminology, and a mini-dance to be performed in our studio on two observation days. This non-recital class is appropriate for both girls and boys. Without the stress of a large-scale recital, students have fun while learning in a supportive atmosphere. Observation days will be the last class before Winter break and the last class of the season May, and will include the standard class warm-ups and work across the floor, as well as a mini performance. The performances for Winter and Spring will rotate between Ballet and Tap.  Attire: Girls - Leotard, Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, & Tan Velcro-Style Tap Shoes; Boys: Black pants & black shirt, black ballet shoes & black tap shoes.

"Broadway Babies", "Rising Stars", "Shooting Stars" & "Triple Threats"

These classes allow students with similar interests and abilities to thrive together, developing their performance skills with age-appropriate and attainable goals.  Students who have a true desire to excel can be in the same classes inclusive of multiple styles, learning from one another, thriving off of one another's desire and passion to do well, and ultimately growing together over time.  Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Weekly classes will include each style listed below:  

  • "Broadway Babies" (K - 2nd Grade)  Ballet ~ Tap ~ Musical Theatre (1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 day per week)

  • "Rising Stars" (2nd - 4th Grade)  Ballet ~ Tap ~ Jazz ~ Musical Theatre (1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 day per week) (Please Note: Advanced students should consider "Shooting Stars" to be appropriately challenged.)  

  • "Shooting Stars" (3rd - 5th Grade)  Ballet ~ Tap ~ Jazz ~ Musical Theatre (3 1/2 total hours per week, 2 days per week) While students may sign up for 1 day, enrolling in both days per week ensures the most well-rounded performing arts education. (Ideal for students with 3+ years experience or permission from instructor.)

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  • "Triple  Threats" (4th - 6th Grade)  Ballet ~ Tap ~ Jazz ~ Broadway Jazz ~ Musical Theatre - While students may sign up for 1 day, enrolling in both days per week ensures the most well-rounded performing arts education. Total experience: 4 hours, 2 days per week. (Ideal for students with 5+ years experience or permission from instructor.)

*Please Note: Students who are seeking more,  may also enroll in Hip-Hop, Acting, or additional Dance/Musical Theatre Classes.

Acting Improvisation (2nd -  5th Grade)

Students have fun with acting games, team-building exercises, improvisation, and vocal/projection techniques, while learning performance skills. Emotion, projection, and staging techniques will be emphasized. Without the stress of memorizing lines or of a large performance, this fun and supportive class helps students explore character development, think outside the box, and learn effortlessly.  PARENT OBSERVATION DAY: Sunday, May 5th, during class time. Parents will see the kinds of activities and acting exercises the students have practiced in a light-hearted "performance" atmosphere inside our studio. (This part-year class begins January 7th.)

Acting  (5th - 9th Grade)

Students have fun with Acting Games, Team-Building Exercises, Improvisation, and Vocal/Projection Techniques, while learning performance skills.  Emotion, projection, and staging techniques will be emphasized. Acting skills develop as we work on scenes, putting together performance material for the end-of-year performance. This class will learn performance material, which will be incorporated into the "big" end-of-year recital.

 

Ballet & Tap  (4 - 6 Year Olds)

In this 45-minute class, Students learn Ballet, with proper terminology, technique, and how to keep time with music.  In Tap, students build their understanding of rhythm, timing, and terminology.  Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Required Attire: Tights, Leotard, Ballet Shoes, and TAN Mary Jane style tap shoes (Velcro preferred.  Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.) 

 

Tap

In Tap, Students progress with terminology fluidity, technique, form, counting, keeping time with music, syncopated rhythms, and various styles.  Students will perform in the Annual Dance Recital.  

Required: Tights, Leotard, and TAN Tap Shoes.  Please see specific class description for exact tap shoe requirements.  Most classes will wear Girls: (Tan); Boys: (Black) Black Slip-On Style tap shoes.  (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.) 

Advanced Broadway Tap (10th -12th Grade)

An advanced tap class for our oldest students.  This add-on class will focus entirely on "old-school" classic tap, indicative of classic Broadway musical-style.  Enrollment in TAP is required for members of Tap Company.  Tap Character Shoes will be worn.  Students will perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Permission from instructor required.

Ballet

In Ballet, students concentrate on Ballet terminology, and the placement of the body doing Barre work, jumps, turns, sequences across the floor, and center combinations.  Students learn counting, terminology, and technique.  Short combinations are taught during each class.  Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital.  Attire: Tights, Leotards, Pink Ballet Shoes.  (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.) 

Jazz

Jazz terminology and body placement, proper technique, movement across the floor are the focus of this class.  Students work on turns, jumps, and short combinations weekly.  Students will perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Attire: Tights, Leotard, and Girls: (Tan); Boys: (Black) Slip-On Style Jazz Shoes.  (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.) 

Broadway Jazz

This class is for students with a solid dance background to fine-tune their skills.  Class includes stretching, movements across the floor, and terminology, focusing on Broadway-Style Jazz and "Acting-the-Dance".  While working on performance skills, students learn quickly taught combinations, mimicking an audition environment, gaining skills to pick up choreography quickly.  Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Attire: Tights, Leotard, and Girls: (Tan); Boys: (Black)  Slip-On Style Jazz Shoe and/or Character* Shoes.  (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.  The specified style of TAN character shoe should be purchased for 9th - 12th Grade Class only.) 

Musical Theatre

This class incorporates Acting, Singing, and Movement.  While this is not a “dance” class, students learn choreography that compliments the songs they sing.  Team-Building Exercises and Acting Improvisational Games bring classmates together in a structured, fun atmosphere.  Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital.  Attire: Tights or Leggings, Leotards or Tank Tops, and Girls: (Tan); Boys: (Black) Black Slip-On Style jazz shoes. (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.)

Musical Theatre Company

A class for the dedicated performer who loves all aspects of Musical Theatre. Students combine trained dance technique with acting and singing.  Focus is on the material for the end-of-year performance.  Students audition for roles, working together as an Ensemble, putting together strong dance, singing, and acting numbers.  Students must have a strong dance background with Jazz and Ballet technique. (Sunday 1pm female students wear Character Shoes with TAN rubber on the bottoms.) This class will perform in the Annual Dance Recital.  Attire: Tights, Leotards, and Girls: (Tan); Boys: (Black) Tan Slip-On Style Jazz Shoes.  (Under "more" on our website, select "Shoes & Attire" for affordable shoe options.)*Permission from instructor is required.  Enrollment in an additional Ballet and/or Jazz Class is required.

Hip Hop*

In hip-hop, students will learn various hip-hop movements allowing them to be more grounded and free with dancing. This class will shake up the normally precise, upright technical movements and allow bending of the knees and flexing of the feet. The layout of the class will include a cardio warm up followed by stretches, modern dance-inspired across the floor, and a brief routine where they will learn new skills such as isolations and changing levels and speed. Students perform in the Annual Dance Recital. Attire: tights, leggings, or dance pants; leotards or tank tops; and black hip-hop sneakers. *Please note: our past hip-hop teacher has moved too far away to continue teaching. PA5678 is diligently seeking a replacement hip-hop teacher with sound knowledge of the style, experience teaching students of all ages, and the passion necessary to enthusiastically teach enjoyable and appropriately challenging material. If we are unable to find a qualified hip-hop instructor by November, these classes cannot run. No charge will be made for any hip-hop enrollments until a qualified instructor is hired. When you enroll in hip-hop, you are ensuring your spot in the class and you will know the time slot for the class, but NO CHARGE will be made to your account until a new teacher is hired.

 

Registering for the the proper level class is important. If you have questions, please reach out, and we can guide you in the right direction.  In some case, we will offer to briefly meet you to assess background and determine what class(es) are the best fit.  We want each student to have a rewarding experience where they progress without being overwhelmed.

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