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Pre-Dance:  Our Pre-Dance classes are for pre-school children ages 3-4. They are designed to teach students basic skills music, rhythm and small motor skills.

COMBO:  Our combo classes are for children ages 5-10. They are designed to teach students basic skills in tap, jazz and creative dance. Tap teaches rhythm and small motor skills. Jazz is taught to increase strength as well as flexibility and physical fitness. Creative dance is the precursor to ballet and is taught to students who are not old enough to begin more formal, serious ballet training. It helps them to develop an appreciation for classical music and slow, controlled movements.

BALLET:  Formal ballet training is the strongest of all forms of dance. Any child can benefit from good ballet training. Posture, self discipline, artistic achievement and overall good health are just some of the many benefits. Ballet in a professional school is taught on levels, not by age. However, a child must be at least 8 or 9 years old before they can begin formal ballet lessons. The serious nature of the class, the development of self discipline and the action of “turn-out” by the bones and muscles cannot be achieved safely before this age. Ballet will emphasize the appreciation of classical music, development of controlled movement, coordination, good posture and self discipline.

TAP:  Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience. Beginning tap dance classes focus on learning single tap steps, then incorporating the steps into series of combinations. Tap dancing is beneficial in many ways. Benefits of tap dance include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. Tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing. Tap can be done as a solo dance or with a partner or group, either way Tap is FUN!

JAZZ:  Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz a background in ballet is helpful, as it encourages grace and balance.

INTRO TO THEATRE:  This class is designed for younger people who are interested in learning about live theatre. The class will focus primarily on performing and acting through creative games and activities. Incorporated in the class will also be some theatre history, technical theatre as well as “Who’s Who” in the theatre, learning about Producers, Directors etc. and what they really do.

ACTING:  Taking off of “Intro to Theatre”, this class will focus on Acting. This group class will include voice and speech exercises and incorporate those into solo monologues and group scene work. This will be a fun, creative environment for ages 15 through adult.

ADULT BALLET:  This is a beginner level class that includes basic stretch and strengthening exercises along with an introduction to a traditional ballet class. An excellent alternative to high impact fitness regimes, ballet will tone and strengthen muscles while also building flexibility, balance and poise. No experience required!
 

 

 

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