Creative Movement (Recommended for ages 3-5): A beginner’s introduction to dance and movement while using their imagination. Dancers will move across the floor with basic steps, basic ballet in the center and occasional barre work.
Pre-Ballet (Recommended for ages 5-6): A beginner’s introduction to dance and movement while using their imagination. Dancers will move across the floor with basic steps, basic ballet in the center and occasional barre work.
Beginning Ballet (Recommended for ages 6-9): Students will learn the basic ballet vocabulary and movements while being introduced to a ballet class setting.
Ballet 1 and 2 (Recommended for ages 7-10): Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts learned in Beginning Ballet and then gradually moves the students into the traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. More complex combinations are given as students progress.
Ballet 3B, 3A, 4, 5 (Recommended for ages 10-13): This level of training is designed for children who want to advance their studies and, for girls, prepares them for pointe. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized. Students who want to go on pointe must attend at least three classes a week in order to build the necessary strength. Pointe work traditionally begins at level 4. The difference between 3A and 3B is their ability to execute technique properly.
Pre Professional Division (or "PPD") (Levels: Advanced and Intermediate): Our Pre-Professional levels are designed for children who have gained a solid technical foundation and knowledge of ballet. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized.
Pointe: Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age. The instructor will advise parents when a student has the necessary strength and maturity to go on pointe. Pointe class may be taken only with the permission of the instructor. Pointe class may be taken in flat shoes by students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe.
Ballet Variations (Levels: PPD): This class is offered to advanced students who can show their mastering of ballet technique, en pointe, in these special sections from famous ballets.
Body Conditioning (Levels: 5, PPD): Designed with two primary intentions: First and foremost is the health and well being of the dancer, by developing full body strength and flexibility in congruence with proper biomechanics in relation to our anatomy and physics. Second is specific strength and conditioning exercises to improve and enhance dance training. With the integration of these two intentions dancers learn how to improve their longevity by developing better functioning bodies more suitable to the demands of ballet.
Adult Ballet: This class is open to all experience and levels and provides an excellent workout in a fun, relaxed, and nurturing environment. There is no dress code - whatever is comfortable but doesn’t restrict your movement - and the attendees vary in experience.
Contemporary (Levels: PPD, 5, 4, 3A, 3B, 2, 1): This class incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary techniques and curriculum and requires a high level of proficiency in both Ballet and Contemporary dance forms, artistic expression, and performance.
Broadway Jazz (Levels: 3, 2): This 30-minute class will teach intermediate level Broadway style jazz dance.
Jazz (Levels: PPD, 5, 4): Combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. Classes will include warmup, isolations, stretches, across the floor progressions and choreography combinations.
Tiny Taps: (Levels: Beginning Ballet, Pre-Ballet): Our tiny tap dancers will learn percussion, syncopation and musicality through the vocabulary of basic tap dance. This class will be a great introduction into the fundamentals of tap!
Intro Tap (Levels: 4, 3A, 3B, 2, 1): Our Intro to Tap class will be a fun and exciting class focusing on the development of basic technical tap skills as well as understanding rhythm and musicality. Classes will include warmups, skill building, progressions and short choreographic combinations.
Intro Tap (Levels: 5, PPD): This class focuses on the fundamental building blocks of tap including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift, and clarity of sound.
Modern (Levels: PPD, 5, 4, 3A, 3B): The Horton technique incorporates diverse elements including Native American Folk Dance, Japanese arm gestures, Balinese isolations for the upper body, particularly the eyes, head and hands, and Afro-Caribbean elements, like hip circles. A Horton student must memorize all the 6 preludes studies and all the 17 Fortifications studies to in order to obtain the strength necessary to master the technique.