Course Descriptions

Creative Division (3 -11 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 (7 years old – Adult)

Improvisation is an exciting exploration of the basic elements of dance (Space, Force, Time and Body) through dance structures.  These structures establish the rules or aspects of movement to be explored the dancers and the exploration helps to expand the movement possibilities expressed.  Warm-up movement, movement games, stretches, theme related exercises, sound exploration, massage and discussion are incorporated in the preparation and process of this spontaneous dance form.

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.

Classical Division (7 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.