Pre-School: 3 - 5 years old
Our Pre-School classes emphasize the development of basic coordination, rhythm, grace and repetition incorporating stretching, simple acrobatic exercises, and basic dance steps in a playful manner. Our classes are filled with fun and laughter. The emphasis is that dance is to enjoy.
Unlike the intellectual learning experiences in later school life, the musical, rhythmic experiences during early childhood are senso-motoric learning experiences and are considered extremely important for proper development during all facets of pre-school life. Among our teaching techniques, we use imaginative stories and songs to develop creativity and memory, various props like ribbon sticks for exploring creative movement, hand eye coordination, grace and use of arms. Other props in combination with mat exercises are used to build muscle strength, spatial awareness and confidence. For more information, please request our Pre-School brochure.
By the age of 5, children can begin “serious” dance classes. We follow the guidelines of The National Dance Association suggesting class sizes of 7-15 students to be taught for 45-60 minutes. We also strictly enforce a dress code.
In our ballet classes, students will learn proper posture, correct terminology and music appreciation as they gain strength, discipline and grace. Cecchetti and Vaganova methods of training are used.
Pointe (ballet dancing on toe) classes are offered to students who have gained sufficient strength through proper training, well-developed body coordination and proper skeletal alignment.
We do not recommend pointe work before the age of 11.
Tap is the most important dance element of the American Musical. Our students will explore the complex interactions of rhythm, sound and movement to achieve a sense of rhythm
and “groove” for this truly American artform.
Jazz forms the basis for musical dance. Our classes offer different styles and an opportunity for students to become creative as they explore traditional and modern avenues.
All classes will include technique lessons encompassing stretching and body conditioning exercises. These exercises are designed to augment and support each student's endeavor to gain strength and a broader knowledge of dance.
Dance is a performance art. Our recital is considered an important aspect of the curriculum.
All students are given the opportunity to build upon their skills and perform their dances on stage
in a professional production.
Children enjoy dancing for the audience.
We are committed to make our recitals a fulfilling, positive experience for every student.
Dancewear Requirements and Attire
We observe an academy-style dress code.
Pre-Schoolers wear pink leotard/skirts, pink tights & pink ballet shoes.
All other levels wear black leotard/skirts, pink tights &pink ballet shoes.
Jazzshoes and pointe shoes will be introduced as indicated.
Our students arrive for class with their hair up in a bun, french braid or pony tail and dressed correctly. The required dancewear can be purchased from the studio.