Leveled Classes

Our classes by level focus on technique, self-expression & performance within the joy of a disciplined yet encouraging learning environment.
These classes are based on the dancer’s level, NOT on the dancer’s age. It is standard for dancers to spend about 3 years in one level.

NEW- Join our Star Track! Enroll your dancer in more than 1 class per week to be a part of our STAR TRACK! These dancers will see progress in their dancing much faster and will have more opportunities to practice their skills in order to fully master the steps of the class or diversify their dancing by enrolling in 2 different styles (for example: Dancers will benefit from 2 ballet classes per week as ballet is the foundation of all dance. Dancers will also benefit from enrolling in 2 complimentary styles- Ballet I and Jazz I)

Level I- 
for the student moving up from Combo class curriculum and ready for more focus in each style. This level is also appropriate for ages 7+ with little to no dance experience or who have not yet mastered the basics. Our ballet classes are divided into Level IA and Level IB. Level IA is our most beginner ballet class for ages 7+ while Level IB is for the dancer that is still considered a beginner, but does not need to learn all the basic positions of the feet, arms and body. Progressing to Level IB will allow dancers to pick up right where they need to when they start a new school year without too much review.

Level II- Beg./Int.-
for the student who has mastered all the basics and is ready to move to a higher level of difficulty.

Level III- Intermediate-
for the student who has demonstrated high level of proficiency in Level II and is ready for more intricate choreography and can perfect details of more complicated steps.

Level IV- Int./Adv.-
for the student with significant amount of dance background who is dancing at a very advanced level.


Ballet 
Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of methods. Musicality is emphasized along with balance, coordination and grace through the strengthening of the body core. As students progress through each level the technique will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Class Attire: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (leather or canvas- we recommend canvas for the more advanced dancer). Any color ballet skirt is optional. Other warm-ups are allowed during cold months (leg warmers, shrugs, etc.) for the beginning of class, but teacher may ask students to remove skirts and other cover ups after warm up. Hair must be in a bun. (girls)
Black athletic shorts and white Tshirt, black ballet shoes (boys)

Contemporary 
Contemporary is a combination of dance techniques that also expresses personal emotion and passion from within the dancer. It is a blend of many dance styles including jazz, ballet, lyrical and modern. This unique style allows dancers to use their jazz skills in a new and exciting way. All dancers enrolled in Contemporary are strongly encouraged to take a ballet class as well as it is vital to have the ballet technique to support this style.
Class Attire: Solid color leotard and tights or form fitted dance top, spandex dance pants or shorts (must be form fitting). Any short shorts or “booty” shorts must have tights underneath. Bare feet or dance paws. (girls)
Solid color athletic shorts or pants and shirt (boys)
Hair pulled back off of face.

Hip Hop 
Hip hop is a fun, high energy dance style that is found all over pop culture today. These dance moves will teach coordination, strength, quickness and agility. Dancers will move to well known music, learn fun dance steps and get a workout in this class! All dance moves and music are age appropriate. Placement will be based on ability and past experience rather than age.
Class Attire: Comfortable dance clothes, t-shirts, tank tops, sweat pants. No jeans or skirts allowed. Pants are needed for floor work or slides done in class so knees are covered. Hip hop sneakers or clean bottom tennis shoes (used only for hip hop class- no street shoes on dance floors). Hair pulled back off of face.

Jazz 
Jazz is a very popular dance form. Its movements are big, exaggerated and there is typically an attitude the dancer wants to convey to the audience. Increase flexibility, strength, coordination and improve on your dance technique in this class. A variety of jazz styles will be explored including: contemporary jazz, lyrical, jazz funk, classic jazz and more.
Placement will be based on ability and past experience rather than age.
Class Attire: Solid color leotard and tights or form fitted dance top, spandex dance pants or shorts (must be form fitting). Any short shorts or “booty” shorts must have tights underneath. Nude color jazz shoes. Hair pulled back off of face. (girls)
Solid color athletic shorts or pants and shirt (boys)

Teen Jazz (formerly called Jazz I/II for 11+)
This jazz class if for the beginner & intermediate dancer who is 11 years old or older. This class allows older dancers that are interested in starting dance or need help brushing up on technique for things like drill team, etc. to participate in a class specifically geared for their age. We highly recommend these dancers take a Ballet I class as well.
Class Attire: Solid color leotard and tights or form fitted dance top, spandex dance pants or shorts (must be form fitting). Any short shorts or “booty” shorts must have tights underneath. Nude color jazz shoes. Hair pulled back off of face. (girls)
Solid color athletic shorts or pants and shirt (boys)

Leaps & Turns
Similar to a jazz class, but focusing on primarily leaps across the floor and all kinds of turns. Add some fun new skills to your repertoire with this class. We strongly encourage dancers in leaps and turns to also take jazz and/or ballet to get the full benefits of all technique as this class will focus on the “tricks” aspect. This is a great addition to a dancer’s class schedule as well as very beneficial for those in drill team or other activities that require these skills. Currently all levels are combined in this class, but dancers must have previous dance experience to enroll in Leaps & Turns. This class does not perform in recital.
Class Attire: Same as Jazz

Pointe
Pointe dancers must first take a PrePointe class and pass the end of the year “exam” to graduate to Pointe shoes. Going en pointe too early could be dangerous or harmful to the dancer’s body and result in the dancer practicing technique incorrectly, forming bad habits. This is only for dancers with strong ballet technique, whose body is strong enough and ready to go en pointe and for dancers who have a true love of ballet. Pointe dancers are required to take a minimum of 2 ballet classes in addition to their pointe class. Please contact the director if interested in Pointe.
Class Attire: Black leotard, pink tights, pointe shoes (professionally fitted at a reputable dancewear store). Any color ballet skirt is optional. Other warm-ups are allowed during cold months (leg warmers, shrugs, etc.) for the beginning of class, but teacher may ask students to remove skirts and other cover ups after warm up. Hair must be in a bun.

Tap
Tap dance is a fun style where dancers make sounds and rhythms with their shoes. This lively rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician. Dancers will learn popular tap steps, syncopation, intricate footwork and learn to create and recognize different rhythms.
Placement will be based on ability and past experience rather than age.
Class Attire: Comfortable dance clothes- leotard and tights or form fitted top with dance shorts/pants. Any short shorts or “booty” shorts must have tights underneath . No jeans allowed. Black tap shoes. Hair pulled back off of face.
Solid color athletic shorts or pants and shirt (boys)

Tumbling 
This class works on the basics of tumbling with varied level of difficulty to fit each student’s skill level. Students will work on stretching, strengthening exercises, balance, coordination and explore fun tumbling skills.
Class Attire: Form fitting clothes- Leotard or short-tard with or without form fitted shorts is suggested, bare feet. Hair pulled back off of face.