Dance technique classes are offered at beginning/intermediate and intermediate/advanced levels. Classes are focused on creating a solid foundation of technical alignment, body awareness, and artistic expressivity. All techniques instill an understanding of full-body warmups, barre work for ballet, floor work, traveling phrases and skills across the floor, and choreography. Dancers receive opportunities to perform in the Performing Arts Center to showcase their class choreography for community events. Other performance opportunities include auditioning for the two school musicals, where they learn how to create different characters as well as choreography.
- Ballet I
- Ballet II
- Contemporary I
- Contemporary II
- Musical Theatre Dance
- Strength & Flexibility
Ballet I is open to dancers of all levels, particularly those with little to no experience. This beginning/intermediate level gives dancers an understanding of basic ballet alignment, vocabulary, musicality, and proper stretching. Those with slightly more experience can strengthen their basic skills and will be offered faster or more advanced options in exercises.
Ballet II builds on the skills learned in Ballet I, offering more complex barre combinations, turn sequences, and center phrases. This course allows more experienced dancers to work on more detailed footwork, including added beats in petit allegro, more turns and leaps in grand allegro, and building endurance for longer adagio movements. Ballet II dancers will also learn soloist variations to expand their repertoire. Advanced dancers with permission may take class en pointe.
Pointe class is open to dancers from beginning to advanced levels. Barre work is emphasized to build strong ankles and balance before moving to center combinations. Depending on experience, more advanced dancers will take more complex turn sequences across the floor. Intermediate and advanced dancers will work toward variations en pointe, while beginning dancers focus on proper alignment and approach to pointe work.
Contemporary I is an open level class focusing on differentiating between parallel and turned out alignment, as well as basic ballet technique in the center. This class integrates floor work and upper body strength to enable full body connectivity. Traveling patterns prepare dancers to work on combinations and skills that support musicality, partnering, working in groups, and dynamic qualities of movement.
Contemporary II allows more advanced dancers to continue their technical skills acquired in Contemporary I to gain more strength, flexibility, and dynamic performance qualities. Contemporary II focuses on more complex movement sequences and specific musicality to tell stories through choreography. Dancers will develop a greater sense of their artistry and how to relay emotion and intention.
Hip-Hop is open to dancers of all levels. The class focuses on footwork, body isolations, strength, and introductory breaking skills. Hip-Hop uses some of the fundamentals from Jazz and requires a more grounded center of gravity to involve polyrhythmic movements. Dancers develop a vocabulary for classic steps and listening to the music and taking it into the body for choreography.
Jazz is open to dancers of all levels. This course works on fundamentals, specifically isolations of the body, turns, kicks, and leaps. Jazz builds on Ballet basics, but in parallel alignment, also calling upon the dancers to generate their own style and energy to match the music. From classic jazz and musical theatre standards to current pop hits, dancers begin with a center warmup then move to traveling leaps and patterns before moving on to choreography.
Tap is an open level dance class. Dancers will become comfortable with simple warmup combinations, learning proper release of the ankles and to tap without tension. Musicality is emphasized, differentiating between straight and swung, as well as how to easily and quickly shift weight. From basic shuffles and time steps to grab offs and maxi fords, students learn classic steps and work toward more complicated patterns, culminating in choreography.
Strength & Flexibility is open to students of all backgrounds and levels, in sports or dance. This class is focused on giving students a full-body workout that expands their cardiovascular endurance as well as lengthening muscles and generating better coordination skills. Students learn basic dance moves from ballet plies and releves, to floor rolls, jumps, and leaps. The course helps students learn how to work different muscle groups to build strength, and to stretch different areas when they experience tight muscles or soreness. Exercises are not solely focused on dance so as to help athletes stay in peak shape, and they prepare dancers for any other dance classes they may take.