Our kids dance program offers pre-professional dance training in:
1) Percussive Dance: Tap, Flamenco, Clogging, Irish Dance
2) Vernacular & Street Dance: Jazz, Hip Hop
3) Concert & Theatrical Dance: Ballet, Modern, Acro, Musical Theater
ACRO 1: This class offers the fundamentals of acrobatics technique including beginning tumbling, conditioning, flexibility, proper form and strengthening. Specific skills for this level include forward and backward rolls, straddle forward roll, head stand, cartwheels and bridges. Appropriate for ages 5+.
ACRO 2: Must have completed at least one full year of acro (2 sessions) and have instructor permission.
Our ballet program offers a creative yet rigorous setting for children to begin learning the basics of classical ballet. While concentrating on ballet technique and vocabulary, students will simultaneously improve balance, coordination, spacial awareness, and musicality.
Ballet 1: This class is appropriate for children who have completed less than two full years (4 studio sessions) of ballet. Ages 5+.
Ballet 2: For children who have completed more than one year of ballet (3+ studio sessions). Instructor approval required. Appropriate for ages 8+.
Teen ballet: For our teen dancers ages 12+ who are looking for additional training and conditioning during the week. Instructor approval required.
Clogging is an American percussive folk dance form which is derived from Irish, English, Scottish, German, and Cherokee step dances, as well as African rhythms and movement.
Clogging 1: Students learn basic technique and classic group dance patterns. Tap shoes required. Ages 6+.
This class is geared towards our tiniest dancers, ages 18 months-3 years. Every week, we follow a set structure using a variety of high-energy creative movement games, songs and activities. We practice coordination, following directions, working in a group, appreciating different kinds of music and being aware of our surroundings. Parents, guardians, grandparents, older siblings (over the age of 16) and caretakers are all welcome to stay and join the fun! Drop in anytime or sign up by the session.
Children will learn basic flamenco movements of the feet, arms, hands, and will begin to learn Sevillanas. This class will also allow children to explore creative movement within a flamenco framework and vocabulary. While students dance and create they will simultaneously: Develop kinesthetic awareness and intelligence by improving agility and balance; and develop a better understanding and respect for cultural dance. Appropriate for ages 6+ or with instructor approval.
Students learn how to find and count the beat, execute basic technique, move on and off the floor, and how to sequence steps into a phrase. They learn about musicality and timing. They execute more complex ways off and on the floor and how to learn and perform longer sequences.
Hip Hop 1: For children with less than one year (2 studio sessions) of hip hop experience. Appropriate for ages 5+.
Hip Hop 2: For children with at least one year (2+ studio sessions) of hip hop experience. Instructor approval required. Appropriate for ages 7+.
Hip Hop 3: For children with more than one year (3+ studio sessions) of hip hop experience. Instructor approval required. Appropriate for ages 9+.
Our Irish Dance program will begin by age grouping:
Irish Dance 1: ages 6-8
Irish Dance 2: ages 9+
Jazz is an American form based in vernacular dances of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Children learn a broad base of technique that exposes them to theatrical jazz, Broadway jazz and commercial jazz styles.
Our modern program is grounded in the basics of Horton technique. Children start with an extensive warm-up and then proceed into across the floor phrases. More advanced students progress into turns, leaps and extensions. Appropriate for ages 10+ or with instructor approval.
Musical theater incorporates elements of ballet, jazz, social dance, and theatrical exercises into a class which aims to cultivate and encourage each child’s dance and entertainment skills. Our tap/jazz combo class introduces our theatrical kids to the basics of the “Broadway tap” style. Appropriate for ages 6+.
For our youngest ballerinas ages 3-4, children learn the basics of classical ballet in a fun and creative environment. This class incorporates songs, props and mnemonic games to aid in learning.
Appropriate for ages 3-4, children are engaged in fun rhythmic exercises and games that draw from tap, jazz and social dancing. Basic dance skills, such as coordination, following directions and working in a group, are practiced each week. Tap shoes are encouraged but not required.
Tap students work on technique, articulation, weight shifting, body placement, musicality, moving across the floor, improvisation and importantly, they learn tap history. Performance opportunities and advanced training are available by invitation throughout the year.
Tap 1: For children who have less than one year (2 studio sessions) of tap experience. Appropriate for ages 5+.
Tap 2: For children who have more than one year (2+ studio sessions) of tap experience. Instructor approval required. Appropriate for ages 7+.
Tap 3: For children who have more than two years (4+ studio sessions) of tap experience. Instructor approval required. Appropriate for ages 10+.