Studio Classes

These classes are ongoing classes. They build consistent technique and are organized by age and levels. These classes have registration and billing thru the studio. Tuition is paid monthly. These classes participate in spring concert. However participation in spring concert is not required to be in these classes.

City Classes

These are session classes lasting for 8 to 10 weeks. They are introductory level and are a great way to experience dance at a value cost. The levels are always beginning but may be organized by different age levels. These classes are advertised in the City's recreation brochure as well as the studio web site. Registration and fee payment is thru the city. They do not participate in spring concert.

Summer Classes

These are the classes that are offered during the summer. They will vary in time and offerings from the regular fall classes but are organized around the levels and ages found in regular ongoing studio classes. There are also 2 or 3 one-week intensives. Each intensive has Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced level tracks.

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Class Philosophy

We offer a liberal arts dance education curriculum. This brings a broad spectrum of dance styles to the student. We encourage our students to follow their hearts. We mean it when we say, “Education should not be so much about filling a bucket as it is about lighting a fire.” And in the end the best education is Fun education.

We further know that Ballet is a core dance discipline and we have a high focus on Ballet especially for those who want to dance professionally.

Our dancers are continually complimented by professionals and academics alike concerning their broad and in-depth knowledge of different dance styles; “Your students can do everything and they’re excellent at every style.”

Master Classes

From time to time we will bring in nationally recognized dancers and teachers to teach master classes. Typically there will be 2 or 3 classes about an hour long taught at different levels.

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Class Descriptions

Ballet - a core form of dance, which can trace its history back to the 16th century. With a long physical history, Ballet focuses on precise and physically demanding dance movement that serves the dancer well in any dance form pursued.

Pointe - the most demanding form of ballet in which the dancer lifts up onto the very tips of the toes. Physically, a dancer should not attempt this form of ballet until 1) the bone formation of the foot is complete, 2) the dancer's musculature is trained and 3) instruction is under the guidance of an advanced teacher.

Jazz - like the musical form it is named after, jazz dance uses the complexities of rhythmic syncopation and translates it into isolated movement of the torso and limbs. Like ballet, jazz technique emphasizes body alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, control, and adds its own sense of musicality and rhythmic sophistication.

Hip Hop - this is the high energy pulsating popping, locking, gliding, freestyle and floor work seen on rap videos..This is the performance and social dance of our age. This is a great way to light the fire of dance in the heart of those 8 to 14 year olds who have never danced. This is the modern connection of dance with the young soul.

Modern - this dance form is the logical follow up to ballet, expanding the horizons of what is "proper" for the world of dance when ballet is the jump off point. Exploring movement and inner connections, modern dance studies the dynamics of energy, physical and inner, and how it supports and motivates all of movement.

Lyrical - this refers to a more fluid and graceful type of jazz dance. However many times balletic movement can be the foundation of basic movement. Following the lyric of the music, one might think of it as the ballad form of concert performance dance.

Contemporary - Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.

Tap - the most rhythmically sophisticated of all dance. Invented and developed in America, it uses metal plates on the dance shoe to create intricate rhythms. There are two major branches, show tap and rhythm tap. As the names imply rhythm tap is fully focused on the rhythm, where the dancer is really another musical instrument. Show tap is more involved with tap dance as it is used in musical theater.

Combo-Classes - these are classes for the 3 to 5 year olds. They combine two different styles of dance into one class time. The advantage is exposure to more than one dance style. The disadvantage is that usually the different dance styles require different shoes and some of class time is lost to simply changing shoes.

Tiny Tutu Tots - this is the class for baby dancers, the 3-year-old girls and boys. If there is ever a sight of joy, it is a class of very young children exploring the world of artistic movement.