Detailed Information About Our Classes

Class Descriptions:

*Please Note* - All ages are for the 2017 - 2018 season. Some students may be younger than the listed age. These children are "previously enrolled students." These students have been "grandfathered" in to these classes. New students must meet posted age guidelines. Age placement may be adjusted by a teacher if ability is greater than age. Open registration ends on September 30, 2017. Contact the studio after that at 540-722-2999).

Creative Movement:(3.5 - 4 years old). This class is a breakdown of primary motor skills. Movements are fun through exciting activities. Children learn cooperation, patience, gross motor skills, and self-esteem. (The student must be 3.5 years old by September 1st. Younger children will only be placed in the class per the instructor's discretion). MUST BE POTTY TRAINED. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Pre-Ballet: (5 - 6 years old). This class incorporates Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet skills. It's an introduction of basic ballet steps and vocabulary while continuing primary motor skills to build self-assurance and confidence. (The student must be 5 years old by September 1st. Younger children will only be placed in the class per the instructor's discretion).

Ballet is the building foundation to all forms of dance. It is highly recommended for each student to take a ballet class while embarking on their studies of dance.

Ballet 1: (6 - 7 years old). Basic Ballet terminology will be explored while developing technique. Performance quality and execution of steps will be focused on.

Ballet 2: (7 - 8 years old). This class is for the intermediate dancer with previous ballet training. Class will explore more complicated routines while still perfecting quality and knowledge of Ballet terminology .

Ballet 3: (8 - 10 years old). Minimum of 2 years of Ballet.

Ballet 4: Teacher placement.

Ballet 5: Teacher placement.

Ballet 6: Teacher placement.

Adult/Teen Ballet: For the adult and older teen.

Ballet Technique: (Ballet 5 & up). This class is designed for the serious student who wants to professionally progress their ballet technique. This class will focus on "cleaning" technique, gaining performance quality and advancing placement, extensions, and center work.

Contemporary Dance: (12 & up).  A popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Although originally formed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.

Tap: Teaches an awareness of beat, timing, and rhythm. This class combines the technique of tap dancing with exploration to modern styles.

Beginner Tap: (6 - 7 years of age).

Tap 1: 1 year experience.

Intermediate Tap: 3 - 4 years experience.

Advanced Tap: Teacher placement

Beginner Tap for Teens: 11 years of age and up. No previous experience.

Adult Tap 1: Beginner to 1 year experience.

Adult Tap 2: Teacher placement.

Jazz: Jazz technique is based on the natural movements of the body and is designed to increase body control and coordination. Routines are set to Modern and Contemporary music.

Beginner Jazz: (6 - 8 years old). No experience.

Jazz 1: 1 year of experience.

Jazz 2: 2 - 3 years of experience.

Jazz 3: 3 - 4 years of experience.

Intermediate Jazz: Teacher placement.

Jazz 5: Teacher placement.

Adult/Older Teen Jazz: No experience.

Lyrical: (12 years old and up). This class is strongly influenced by ballet with an emphasis on expressive dance technique. 1 year of Ballet required. This class is set to today's music and uses elements of Ballet, Modern and Jazz.

Adult Lyrical: No experience.

Hip Hop: Street dance style integrating jazz technique. A more modern style dance that is very commercial as seen on T.V.

Little Shakers: (5 - 6 years old). No experience.

Beginner Hip Hop: (6 - 7 years old). No experience.

Hip Hop 1: (8 - 10 years old). Beginner.

Hip Hop 2: Teacher placement.

Hip Hop 3: Teacher placement.

Intermediate Hip Hop: Teacher placement.

Advanced Hip Hop: Teacher placement.

Modern: A dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical Ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings and turning against the structured technique, costumes, and shoes. Modern favors a more relaxed free style of dance.

Modern 1: (8 - 10 years old). No experience.

Modern 2: (11 - 13 years old). Teacher placement.

Modern 3: (14 years old and up). Teacher placement.

Modern Repetoire/Company: (Modern 3). For the advanced dancer. This is an extra class for lifts, partnering and choreography.

Musical Theatre: (10 years old and up). This class brings the exciting world of Broadway to life. It combines dance, acting, and drama. Learn basic music theater technique as well as dances to Broadway musicals.