Course Descriptions

Creative Division (3 -6 year olds)

Creative Dance introduces the basic elements of dance: space (levels, directions, pathways, size, etc.), force (heavy/light, sharp/smooth, etc.), time (fast, slow, rhythms, etc.) and specific body movements (hop, skip, twist, swing, etc.) through playful and age appropriate song and movement activities and games.  It expands the students’ movement vocabulary through creating and copying activities, folk dances and movement exploration.  Each class incorporates movement themes such as the use of levels, interaction with a partner, movement dynamics or patterns which are then utilized in the dancing of a poem or story.

Contemporary Division (6 years old – Adult)

Hop-Hop is a fusion of African aesthetics, popular jazz forms and “street” style of dancing.  It is taught with the preteen and teen dancer in mind.

Modern Dance technique furthers the work of Creative Movement and addresses the development of proficiency of body alignment, centering, kinesthetic awareness, dynamics and projection.  The class focuses on the creative process.

Tap is a highly rhythmic form based in African rhythms, Irish jigs, English Clog dancing, and street dance.  In all levels of tap, emphasis is placed on the development of rhythmic intricacy and speed.

Jazz is an upbeat, technical dance style. It is set to upbeat music and incorporates dance moves from ballet, musical theater, classical jazz, and some forms of hip-hop and even modern dance. This class includes many forms of technique, stretching and toning, turns, jumps and all basic jazz steps.

Classical Division (6 years old – Adult)

Classical Ballet technique is taught with a contemporary flair.  The emphasis is on creative phrasing while increasing strength and technical ability.

Pointe class emphasizes strength while maintaining fluidity of movement.  Students interested in studying Pointe need permission from the instructor and must be enrolled in Ballet level 4 or above.