Classes begin September 16, 2019
Pre-Dance is for our youngest dancers, ages 2.5-3. This 45-minute class allows students to explore their creativity with a combination of basic ballet technique and imaginative play. The focus is on body part recognition, spatial awareness, and development of fine motor skills. Small class sizes allow dancers to benefit from direct attention from their instructor. All Pre-Dance classes are taught by the Artistic Director, Alexa Astarita, who has specific training in working with the very young dancer.
Kindergarten Combo classes are for dancers ages 4-5. This hour long class incorporates both ballet and tap technique. Dancers are introduced to basic vocabulary in an engaging, age appropriate way. Individual responsibility is encouraged (tying their own shoes, going across the floor solo) as well as being part of the group (holding hands in a circle, dancing with a partner).
Ballet is the essential foundation to all other styles of dance. Students will work at the barre, in center, and across the floor to develop muscular strength, hone their fundamental technique, and gain an appreciation for classical artistry. With a huge focus on anatomical awareness, our ballet teachers guide their students towards an empowering knowledge of their body. Our goal in our ballet program is not perfection, but rather progression.
Creative Movement classes serve as an introduction to Modern Dance. Students focus on the three elements of dance: space, time, and energy. Through guided improvisational activities, students will develop their individual movement styles and will be given the opportunity to choreograph their own dance phrases as they gain the tools to view dance through a more artistic lens.
Modern builds upon foundational ballet technique, but expands into bigger, freer movement phrases. Dancers will discover use of their spines, a head-tail connection, inversions, and floorwork, and will be encouraged to develop their unique style through individual and group work. Our Modern program is centered in Limon and Horton technique, but students will be exposed to a broad range of styles within the Modern framework.
We are thrilled to offer Partnering as a new class this season! Partnering gives the experienced Modern dancer a chance to explore movement with a basis of trust amongst their collaborators. Dancers will study contact improvisation, weight sharing, and various lifts in a workshop environment that challenges the ways they interact with their peers.
Jazz classes are centered around upbeat, fast-paced movement! The Jazz dancer will learn about isolations, leaps and turns, weight shifts, and more advanced rhythmic structures such as triplets. Students will be asked to demonstrate both subtle and bold movement, encouraging a sense of artistry and performative expression. Our jazz program also focuses on muscular strength and development, so conditioning exercises will be a part of each class.
An extension of our Jazz program, Jumps and Turns allows dancers to dive more deeply into their center and traveling work. This class focuses on strength, control, and stamina, asking the dancer to display more dynamic and technically advanced steps.
Hip Hop is a highly social and expressive form of dance that allows the individual to bring their unique style to the table. Dancers will be encouraged to explore musicality, intricate footwork, and sharp isolations, all while adding their own flair to the choreography. Our Hip Hop program encourages a strong sense of self and a willingness to think outside the box.
Tap is a great way for our dancers to develop fine motor skills while executing precise, focused steps. Musicality is extremely important to the tap dancer, and students will learn how to recognize and riff off of challenging rhythmic sequences while complementing the music and the other dancers in the space.