Class Descriptions

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Ballet

Ballet  is the basis for all other forms of dance. It teaches grace, strength,  agility and flexibility.  Dances are performed mostly to classical  music. Once the student has reached a level of strength and ability they  can advance to wearing pointe (toe) shoes. The class consists of  warm-ups at the barre, movement across the floor, center floor  combinations and learning a routine for performances. 

 8 years old through Adult

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Tap

Tap  is the rhythmic interpretation of music using metal disks that are  attached to the bottom of the shoes. It teaches strength, agility, and  rhythm.  Tap is a fun and upbeat class in which the students get to make the  music as well as dance to it.  It is performed to a wide variety of  music. The class consists of barre or center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.  

  8 years old through Adult 

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Jazz

Jazz is one of the most popular and well known forms of dance. Jazz promotes strength, flexibility and conditioning, technique and progressions including turns, kicks and leaps. In a Jazz class the dancers also learn many fun and trendy dance steps that are used for all forms of dance.  The class consists of center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.   

  8 years old through Adult 

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Lyrical & Contemporary

 Lyrical & Contemporary dance combines techniques of classical ballet and jazz dance with emotion.  These forms both use control, strength and flexibility to convey the emotion of the ballad or instrumental music. They can take on many different characteristics, styles and emotions from joyful to sad and abstract. The class consists of barre or center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.  

  8 years old through Adult 

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hip hop

 Hip Hop is a dance style that is usually danced to Rap and Hip Hop music. Hip Hop is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities,  and consisting of sharp movements and acrobatic stunts. Our Hip Hop  classes use age appropriate music and steps without explicit lyrics. The class consists of center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.  

  8 years old through Adult 

 (Bitty Bop is the class for 6-7 years old) 

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Musical Theater

 Musical theater dancing is a blend of dance styles that is rooted in the diverse history of Broadway musicals. Relying heavily on a knowledge of ballet, and jazz, musical theater dancers are, first and foremost, actors that place a high focus on character interpretation. The class consists of center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.    

  8 years old through Adult 

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Tumbling

Tumbling  is the study of floor gymnastics. In this class students start by  leaning somersaults, cartwheels, round offs and back bends progressing  to front and back walkovers, front and back hand springs, front and back  tucks (flips) and many other skills. Students progress at their own  pace with helpful guidance. Each class begins with warm ups and strength  training and then we work with each student individually on each skill. 

Classes are based upon interest
Tiny Tots Tumbling - ages 3-5 years old
Cartwheelin' Kiddos - Ages 6-8 years old
Tumble Tweens - approx Ages 9-12  years old
Intermediate/ Advanced Tumbling Teens - Approx age 11 and up
Cheer Tumble and Jump - Ages 9 & up divided based on interest 

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Clogging

 There  are two very different forms of clogging, both of which we teach.  The  First is West Virginia Flat Foot Clogging. This is danced mostly to  country style music.  The Second is Celtic Clogging which is performed to Celtic music similar  to “Riverdance”. Both are a variation of Tap  Dancing. The class consists of barre or center floor warm-ups, across the  floor progressions, center floor combinations and technique and learning a routine for performances.  

8 years old through Adult 

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Smooth & Latin Ballroom

 

 The Latin class teaches rhythm partner dances such as the Cha Cha,  Mambo, Salsa, Rumba, and Tango. The Smooth Ballroom class teaches partner dances including Waltz, Fox Trot and Swing (Lindy Hop or Jitter Bug).  Each style focuses on partnering skills and technique.  We also offer special occasion choreography classes in  Smooth and Latin Ballroom for weddings, anniversaries, parties and event entertainment. 

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Pre-school Combination

  Pre-school Combination I , II & III
2 ½ through 5 years old
This  class consists of a combination of Ballet, Tap and Tumbling.  The  majority of concentration is on Ballet and Tap with about 20-25 minutes  of each. Then we wrap up the class with approx. 10 minutes of  Tumbling.  In Ballet and Tap we focus on learning the basic movements  and the fundamental steps.  Students learn the correct names for each  step and learn how to execute them correctly in a way that they can  understand.  In Tumbling we focus on basic movement and strength exercises along with somersaults and cartwheels.  

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Ballet & Tap Combination

 6 through 8 years old
This  class is a combination of Ballet and Tap with approximately a half hour of each.  This is a more advanced class continuation of the Preschool  Combination  Class and focuses on more difficult steps, the execution of  these steps and balance.   

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Jazz & Tap Combination

 7 through 9 years old
This  is a combination of Jazz and Tap with approximately a half  hour of each.   This is a great introductory to Jazz and a continuation  of Tap skills  while focusing on the fundamentals of each class.