Fall Classes for Kindergarten
(age 5 by December)
5 year olds & Kindergarten
Acro Level 1 Mon. 5:15-6:00pm
Hip Hop Gr. K-2 Mon. 6:00-6:45pm
Ballet/Tap II Fri. 4:30-5:30pm
Mini Team Gr. K-1 Fri. 5:30-6:00pm
Jazz Gr. K-1 Fri. 6:00-6:45pm
Ballet PP/1A Sat. 9:30-10:15am
Hip Hop/Acro Gr. K-2 Sat. 10:15-11:15am
Acro Level 1: This class is designed for the beginner student looking to learn how to tumble, build strength and gain flexibility. Class usually begins with cardio exercises to get the heart rate up, stretching and strength building exercises. We then proceed to work on skills such as back bends, tripods and handstand "clicks" in the center before moving down the mat. Across the mat various skills are worked on including, but not limited to log rolls, forward rolls, cartwheels, wheelbarrow walking, etc. Students work on the same skills week to week as that is how they build the strength and flexibility to progress to the next level.
Hip Hop: This class is an upbeat, fast paced class introducing the fundamentals of hip hop dance. Gross motor skill development, strengthening and stretching are all a part of this class as well. Please wear clean sneakers that are only used for this class. No street "outdoor" shoes are permitted in the studios.
Ballet/Tap II: This class is a progression from our Ballet/Tap I class and develops technique, terminology and skills further. Class usually begins with ballet technique in the center facing the mirror. We start to introduce the classical structure of a ballet class. Plies, Tendus, Dégagés and Rond de Jambe are taught. Port de bra (movement of the arms) and stretching on the floor is typically next. We continue to review left and right, work on counting (even introduce different languages) and encourage proper placement. If time allows, we will go across the floor and work on our gross motor skills and ballet steps. At this age, we will add ballet skips going through passe (foot to the knee), Chasse (a side or forward gallop leading with the toe), sautés and jetes (more big jumps). As a reward for focus and determination we may end with dance games that reinforce eye hand coordination and motor skills or an obstacle course. We will then move to our tap technique. We solidify heel drops, toe drops, toe knocks, heel toe walks, shuffles and heel stands. We introduce new steps and work on combining the steps we know and remembering a sequence. The recital routines for this class are both ballet and tap.
Mini Team: This class is an introduction to our team experience. Focus is on team commitment and doing our personal best. The program builds confidence, self-esteem, courage and solid dance skills. Dancers on team are required to participate in one 1-hour class per week in addition to their mini team class on Friday. They will compete in 2 competitions in the spring. Entry fees are approximately $50/per competition and costume costs are around $85. These costs are in addition and separate to tuition.
Jazz: This class is an introduction to jazz technique, which takes students through a full warm-up, across the floor exercises and a fun combination if time permits. Students learn how to warm-up properly, jump, turn and have fun dancing to upbeat music.
Ballet: As students begin to enter Kindergarten, it is also a great time for them to start taking ballet as its own class. This class will continue to expand upon the fundamentals of movement students began to learn in Ballet/Tap I and Pre-Dance. Knowing how to stand up tall, wait their turn, and create different patterns on the floor through movement are all incorporated with the foundational steps the dancers learn as well.
Hip Hop/Acro: This class is an upbeat, fast paced class introducing the fundamentals of hip hop dance along side basic tumbling skills. Gross motor skill development, strengthening and stretching are all a part of this class as well. Please wear clean sneakers that are only used for this class for hip hop. No street "outdoor" shoes are permitted in the studios. Dancers will be asked to remove their shoes and dance barefoot for the acro portion of class.