We offer age appropriate training for our students in each discipline of dance. Training exercises are utilized in carefully devised levels, taking account not only the age, but more importantly the strength, maturity and experience of each individual student. By adhering to this regimen, each student has the chance to properly master the necessary skills before progressing to the next level.
Creative/Pre-Primary: Classes for beginning students age 3 & 4. The students participate in Pre-Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, and Improvisation. They also develop skills in: listening, following directions, take turns, and sharing. Exploring musicality, terminology, technique, coordination, creativity, and self-esteem are part of the pri-primary curriculum.
Creative 2/Primary: Classes for students age 4,5 & 6 for the second year pre-school and 1st year kindergarten dancer. Students continue to learn terminology and proper technique in Pre-Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, and Improvisation. Coordination, class decorum, musicality, creativity, and self-esteem continue to be explored and expanded upon at the primary level.
Ballet: A classical discipline of dance incorporating technical exercises to improve balance, poise, strength, flexibility, and elevation. Students in our leveled ballet program, study and develop knowledge in classical ballet terminology, musicality, mental focus, self-esteem, and performance. Pointe is incorporated into appropriate classes.
Jazz: A stylistic dance discipline that is based on primitive and social dances. Rhythmical movements, technique, flexibility, isolations, terminology, performance, core strength, and style are all part of the jazz dance curriculum. At School of Dance Arts the following styles are taught in our jazz classes: Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Traditional (Luigi, Matt Mattox), Contemporary, and Hip-Hop.
Tap: A percussive dance form teaching syncopation and rhythm. Students study traditional and contemporary styles of tap. Technique, style, musicality, and terminology are included in the tap curriculum.
Modern/Contemporary: A non-traditional dance form based on fundamental modern and contemporary techniques. Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. Another characteristic of modern dance in opposition to ballet is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement. These classes have a diversity of music and include improvisation and core strengthening exercises.
Acrobatics: Teaches flexibility, balance, muscle control, discipline, and concentration while incorporating basic tumbling skills. Classes are divided into a tiered system based on age and advancement.
Musical Theater Dance: Musical theater is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
Zumba: Latin dance fitness classes. Classes are open to anyone interested. Come join the party!
Dance Conditioning: A class to help participants increase their flexibility, along with core strengthening exercises. Pilates and yoga are incorporated in the class. Participants must supply their own mat.
Off The Street Jazz: Jazz dance for the student interested in the street style of jazz. Off the street jazz is based on the Hip-hop jazz style. This class is the only class students may participate in without being enrolled in Ballet class.