Ballet Ballet is the most universal of all dance forms. Through its disciplined concentration on proper body alignment and placement in addition to sound symmetrical muscular development, it provides the foundation and background upon which all other forms of dance are built. Of all types of dance, ballet contributes the most to the general education and upbringing of a child. It develops muscle strength, agility and coordination in a child as good posture, poise, grace and self-confidence. Important lessons are also learned about physical and mental disciplines. Ballet stimulates creativity in children and develops in them a certain sense of artistry. Using a graded system of instruction in ballet, we begin with the most basic and fundamental principles and advance by stages to more complicated principles, exercises, steps, and combinations. Students are placed according to training, age, and ability or effort.
Twinkle Babies is offered to 2 and 3 year olds and is designed to introduce the 3 year old to the world of dance. All students must be able to understand basic commandments and instructions.
Twinkle Stars is offered for all students age four and five. Twinkle Stars is a pre-ballet program that introduces the young child to the world of dance and music in an informal manner through movement exploration and serves as a preparation for further study. Classes are designed to develop creativity, rhythm, coordination, grace and self-confidence as well as physical fitness. Tap is included for a ten to fifteen minute period at the end of each class.
Elementary Ballet (Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4) Children ranging in age from six to eight begin in the Level 1 syllabus. In levels 1 and 2 the child is introduced to the most basic fundamentals of ballet and continues movement exploration with greater intensity. Highly technical ballet training should not begin until a child has reached the age of eight (for both physical and psychological reasons). This is normally begun in Level 3. Children generally progress through these levels according to their own abilities. Tap is included for a ten minute period at the conclusion of each dance class at the Advanced Pre-Ballet and Elementary levels. We feel that our younger students greatly benefit from exposure to other forms of dance to supplement their dance education. Tap is an excellent “rhythm teacher,” it provides a chance for quick visible progress and is great fun. The basics of Jazz are introduced in Level 3, alternating with tap, at the end of class. Contemporary will be introduced at the conclusion of Level 4 ballet.
Intermediate & Advanced Ballet is offered for those students who have completed the prerequisite curriculum. Students at these levels are encouraged to attend class twice a week if they are aspiring towards Pointe. Pre-Pointe work is emphasized in Level 5 and Intermediate 1. Pointe work is begun in Intermediate 2 with proper strength and placement. Level 5 through advanced classes are ninety minutes long.
Jazz Students enrolling in separate jazz classes must be at least five years of age through adult. Classes include floor warm-up, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, basic Jazz leaps and turns and exciting combinations. Hip Hop and Lyrical styles will also be explored.
Tap Separate Tap classes are available to students 7 years of age through adult. Students explore all basic rhythms, time steps, turns, across-the-floors progressions and challenging combinations at progressive levels.
Hip Hop Classes are available to students 5 year or older with prior dance experience. Classes include floor warm-ups, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and high energy combinations. Separate boys classes are also available.
Contemporary Classes are available for students ages 7 or older. Contemporary dance is expressive form of dance that combines elements of dance genres such as modern, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop.