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Creative Movement- Ages 3-5 years
Creative Dance classes at The Dance Company provide an introduction to basic musical concepts (such as rhythm, tempo, pitch and style) while focusing on fundamental coordination (such as hopping, skipping, marching, etc.) The child’s imagination is encouraged and strengthened through the exploration of the basic elements of dance, including movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. In addition, valuable social skills are addressed as the students learn standard general and classroom protocol such as taking turns, participating and sharing within a group, leading & following, developing an awareness of personal space and the space of others. Separation from parents is part of the learning process in the class.
Pre-Ballet 1- Ages 4-5 years
These classes are designed to develop coordination, balance, strength, rhythm, correct posture, and creativity. They consist of organized exercises in repetition, floor movements and patterns, specific dance steps, and creative expression.
Pre-Ballet 2 - Ages 6-7 years
Preparatory for classical ballet technique, these classes develop coordination, balance, strength, rhythm, correct posture and agility, using a great amount of mind and body coordination. Minimal ballet exercises are given with great care, along with others that are less demanding, yet highly beneficial in preparing for classical ballet.
Pre-Tumble- Ages 4-6
These classes are designed to build strength in our little dancers while teaching them basic tumbling skills. We work on tuck, pike, and straddle jumps, bridges, forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and more! With our cheese wedge, octagon, fold out mats and other props our little tumblers have such a fun time!
Classical Ballet- Ages 8 and up
Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms. It is the most demanding, most disciplined of all dance forms, but also the most rewarding. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers can transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they might decide to pursue. Accomplishing that solid ballet foundation is crucial to becoming an outstanding dancer in any dance form. Ballet students will improve strength, flexibility, grace and overall coordination. Ballet structure in unsurpassed in training dancers, but inevitable by-products of this training are better posture, a more trim body, and increased ease in everyday movements. Exposure to beautiful classical music is a plus.
Tap- Ages 6 and up
Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn! Tap dancing is beneficial in many ways including increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. Tap builds strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping. Tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing. Best of all, tap is just fun! Our early tappers focus on counting and rhythm, learning to specify toe taps or heel taps in their moves, copying rhythm patterns, and more!
Jazz- Ages 6 and up
Pre Jazz Ages 6-7
Leveled Jazz Classes for ages 8+
One of the most popular dance forms is a high energy, healthy workout for the body and mind with excellent technical training. Set to fun, upbeat popular music. Because proficient jazz dancers must utilize ballet technique, we recommend, but do not require, that all jazz students enroll in a ballet technique class. Our early jazz dancers work on counting their music, practice dancing to a quicker beat, work on basic jazz steps and technique, and learn basic jazz routines.
Contemporary- Ages 8 and up
Contemporary dance allows students to work on fluidity and expressionism in their dance, while utilizing jazz and ballet technique to increase their performance and strength in dance. This style allows each teacher or choreographer to bring their own touch and taste to the dance experience, and allows dancers to work on their individualism and deliberation in movement. We highly recommend taking jazz alongside this style to best develop your technique and growth.
Stretch and Strengthen
This class is extremely beneficial for dancers. Your dancer will learn how to properly stretch prior to dancing, and also how to stretch to increase flexibility and mobility. It will also incorporate Pilates, yoga, and other strengthening methods which will strengthen the core of the dancers as well as improve body control.
Turns and Leaps
This class will spend an equal amount of time focusing the control, technique, and different variations of turns and leaps. This is a class open only to our Int/Adv dancers.