Our program will continually challenge each student through a joyful and structured progression of many levels and styles of dance. As dance educators, we recommend that all students study ballet, as ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. All levels 5-7 of pre-pointe, pointe, jazz, and contemporary are required to take two ballet classes per week. Instructor’s consent is required for all advanced level classes. The first two weeks of Fall session classes will be considered an evaluation period to ensure your child is placed in the correct level for their ability. Please contact Kelly Hill or talk to your teacher if you have any questions about class placements. Ready to register? Click here!


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & DRESS CODE
~ Dress code is required for each class and will be strictly enforced so teachers can properly correct body alignment. ~
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MOMMY & ME: (walker-2): Exploration of movement, music and instruction, for parent and child. 

LITTLE MOVERS: (ages 2-3): Introduction to movement and music for our youngest dancers. Dress Code: Any color leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair secured off face and neck.

LITTLE STARTS: (ages 4-5): A creative movement class which introduces the child to the expressive and joyful world of movement and ballet. Dress Code: Any color leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair secured off face and neck.

BALLET/TAP COMBO: (ages 5-6): A combo class introducing the student to basic ballet and tap technique. Level 1 (ages 4-6) 1st year. Dress Code: Any color leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes and black, Mary Jane style tap shoes (leather preferred, not patent leather). Hair secured off face and neck.

BALLET: The foundation to all dance styles. Progress is made gradually requiring repetition of basics at barre and center with an introduction of new steps to develop flexibility, strength, correct body alignment, technique and musicality at all levels. Dress Code

    Ballet 1: Light blue leotard, light pink ballet belt  Ballet 2: Royal blue leotard, white ballet belt

    Ballet 3: Navy blue leotard, white ballet belt  Ballet 4: Red leotard, white ballet belt

    Ballet 5: Dark purple leotard, white ballet belt  Ballet 6: Burgundy leotard

    Ballet 7: Black leotard

Girls: pink tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas split sole recommended) Hair secured in bun.

Boys: white fitted shirt, black shorts or tights, black split sole canvas ballet shoes recommended. No baggy clothes.

POINTE: Pointe-work requires years of ballet training, strong ankles and proper alignment. Instructor’s consent required. Dress Code: same as Ballet, plus pointe shoes.

PRE-POINTE: Class designed to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. The class will stress correct body alignment while strengthening the legs, feet and ankles. Dress Code: same as Ballet.

JAZZ: A type of dance shared by a broad range of dance styles. Traditional, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and pop styles of dance are all incorporated into our jazz program. Jazz dance is an upbeat, dynamic and challenging class for all ages. Dress Code: Any color leotard, half top or form fitted tank, jazz shorts/fitted pants, tights optional, Levels 1-3: split sole jazz shoes (tan recommended). Hair pulled securely off face and neck.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ: An expressive and interpretive style of dance borrowing from classical, modern, lyrical and jazz styles of dance. Ballet classes required. Dress Code: Any color leotard, half top or form fitted tank, jazz shorts/fitted pants, tights optional, Levels 1-3: split sole jazz shoes (tan recommended). Hair pulled securely off face and neck.

TAP: The all-American form of dance dating back to the early 1900’s. Tap develops rhythm, coordination, and quick footwork. Our tap training includes traditional, contemporary, jazz and flash tap techniques. Dress Code: Any color leotard, half top or form fitted tank, jazz shorts/fitted pants, tights optional, Tap 1: Black, Mary Jane style shoe for recital (leather, not patent leather) Tap 2-7 and Tap for 10yrs+: Black, solid sole shoe, slip on or tie.

HIP-HOP: A funky street style form of jazz taught with stylized rhythmic music. Dress Code: gym shoes for studio use only (no black soles), comfortable clothes. Converse style, black high tip is typically worn for the recital.  

TUMBLING: (ages 3 and up):  Improve your strength, coordination, flexibility and body awareness through backbends, walkovers, round-offs, hand-springs, aerials, flip flops, back tucks and more. Recital routines will include basic dance choreography as well.  Students are placed based on age and skill levels.  Dress Code: Any color leotard or form fitted tank, fitted pants/shorts, bare feet.  Hair pulled securely off face and neck.

PILATES: Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture and helps reduce stress. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves in an efficient, holistic way in sport and daily activity. This group mat class is suitable for all levels. *Please bring a mat. Dress Code: Form fitting exercise clothes such as yoga pants, tank top, not too baggy t-shirt, etc. While most participants choose to take class in bare feet, socks are also appropriate.


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