2020 Summer Dance Info
summer 2020 dance class descriptions
*Students currently enrolled in the Studio b Spring Recital Session should enroll in their same, current level for summer classes (i.e. if student is taking ballet II, they should enroll in ballet II for the summer). If a higher level is recommended later in the session, we will assist in switching the student at a later date, closer to the start of the summer session. Students should anticipate remaining in a level for multiple sessions, to develop and master level-appropriate skills.
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Acro dance (acrobatics/tumbling) is centered on fundamental acrobatic technique to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence. Classes focus on proper hand placement and body alignment with emphasis on the muscles and flexibility required to perform proper technique.
level I: Introductory level class that will build acro skills and knowledge of the basics. Students will learn skills including a baby bridge, forward pike roll, pre-cartwheel, somersault, straddle and tuck jumps, and more. (Recommended for ages 4 +)
level II: This class will cover somersault variations, right & left cartwheels, handstand, elbow handstand, bridge kick-over, bridge straight legs feet together, backbend from standing up, round off, backbend stand up.
level III: The next progression of acro focuses on backbend kickover, chest stand, handstand tuck and roll, handstand to backbend, forearm stand, fishflop, front walk over, back walkover, switch leg back walkover, switch leg front walkover, one-handed back walkover, one-handed front walkover, front hand spring, side aerials (introduction), Arabian limber, headstand variations, standing back handspring (with spot) some partner or group acro stunts and more.
level IV: Students will learn how to execute one handed front walk-over, one handed back walk-over, side aerial, front aerial, back hand spring, round off back hand spring, back hand spring step out, press hand stands, walking on hands, spider, connections (ex: cartwheel back walk-over back hand spring step out), some partner or group acro stunts.
level V: Invite only; students that have progressed past level IV will work on more advanced skills and technique. Not offered every session.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career of dance. It provides grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance. Ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence.
tiny tutu princess (ages 2.5 - 3): This 30 minute, independent class is designed to enhance your child’s motor, listening, and social skills through dance activities with a fun princess theme. Dancers will be introduced to basic ballet technique. Tiny tutu princess is offered to children age 2.5 to 3 years.
tutu princess (ages 4-6): This is an introductory class containing ballet and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic ballet steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement and gross motor skill development games in a positive and fun environment. Engaging music is used to get these little ones inspired to dance.
All of our ballet classes, beginning with pre-ballet, are required to follow the ballet dress code (leotard of any color, tights, optional dance shorts or skirt, layers during warm-up, hair pulled back in bun and pink canvas ballet shoes).
pre-ballet: For students who have taken several sessions of tutu princess and are ready to leap into the world of ballet! This beginner level class will cover the proper placement of body position, posture, terminology and class behavior. The goal is to prepare these young dancers to move on into higher levels of ballet class. A great class for 6-7 year olds who love to dance!
level I: For beginner dancers ready to learn the basics of ballet (recommended for ages 7+). Students will build off of the five positions, master plié variations and tendus, among other level-appropriate skills. Dancers will use both barre and centre floor. Dancers will work to master level I curriculum to move on to level II with the instructor’s recommendation.
level II: This class will take the skills learned in level I and build upon them to strengthen the dancer's precision and ability. Students will advance on to more difficult skills and utilize both barre and centre floor work to improve their technique. Dancers must show proficiency and receive recommendation to progress to this level.
level II+: For ballet II students ages 9+ with endorsement from instructor to take this accelerated class. For focused students committed to progressing their ballet technique. Students must be at least 9 years old at time of enrollment.
level III: For advanced ballet dancers looking to challenge their previous knowledge and training. Students will learn more difficult combinations and skills, while developing finesse and classic style. Dancers must master all level I and II skills and technique to enroll in this level with instructor’s recommendation.
level IV: Highest level of ballet currently offered. Placement will be by teacher recommendation. Dancers learn advanced combinations and skills, as well as classical variations and ballet history.
adult ballet: Two different levels offered, one for absolute beginners and another for those with prior ballet experience. Join us to rekindle or find your passion for dance! Ballet is a great tool for improving posture, balance, flexibility and overall coordination and confidence.
Jazz dance is an exploration of style and presentation. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.
kiddie jazz (ages 4 - 6): Kiddie jazz is an introductory class with jazz basics to fun and kid-friendly music. Dancers will learn the beginning steps of jazz and work on picking up choreography sequences that fuse together style and technique.
level I: Introduces dancers to the jazz genre and basic technical skills (i.e. jazz walk, chaine turns, single pirouettes, jetes and kicks). Builds dancers' style and confidence while working on musicality and the ability to pick up choreography and connect steps and skills together with fun, upbeat music.
level II: Builds dancers' style and confidence while working on musicality and the ability to pick up choreography and connect steps and skills together with fun, upbeat music. Level II works on further development of style and skills.
Hip Hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop dancing is very dynamic and helps the dancers improve flexibility develop body balance, and coordination.
hip hop kids (ages 5-7): This class serves as an introduction to hip hop dance for the younger student. Using games and music, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and basic footwork. It is a great way to get kids moving!
hip hop level I (ages 7 – 12): Hip hop I is great for beginner/intermediate level dancers looking for a fun, upbeat class. Hip hop focuses on rhythm, coordination and isolations.
hip hop divas (ages 12+): This class is full of attitude and fierceness! Channel your inner hip hop diva and join us for an intermediate/advanced level of choreography with dynamic movements, footwork and personality.
leaps & turns
This class is designed to work on strength, flexibility, and the 'tricks' of dance. Improve your dance technique through this power packed class! No choreography is taught in this class, though short combos might be used to link skills together.
level I: Appropriate for beginning dancers, or those looking to work on the basic technical skills. This class focuses on the breakdown of foundational skills such as splits, single pirouettes, chaine and pique turns, jetes and extensions.
level II: This intermediate level is for dancers who have learned the basic technical skills already, and wish to perfect those as well as work on new progressions. Dancers will learn the proper technique for more difficult skills, such as calypsos, center leaps, double pirouettes, begin working on fouettes and skill progressions across the floor. Students should master level I skills to progress to level II.
level III: For advanced dancers with previous technical training. This class will build off of prior knowledge and ability to develop precision and accuracy in technical skills. Students will also work on advanced skill combinations, multiple fouette combinations and positions, switch leaps and turning discs, among others. Students should master levels I and II skills to progress on to level III.
level IV: Highest level of technique class offered. Students should demonstrate mastery of all basic, foundational skills and be working toward development and mastery of advanced leaps, turns, “tricks,” and skill combinations. Must have instructor recommendation.
stretch, strength & condition (ages 12+): An important factor of dance is developing strength and stamina. This class will focus on building and developing appropriate conditioning for dancers. Dancers will also work on flexibility and core strengthening methods which will help technical skills and overall strength.
other dance genres
creative movement (ages 3-5): Creative movement is a fun, interactive class to introduce young students to dance. The instructor uses games, stories, and songs to teach balance, rhythm, movement, coordination, and basic ballet steps.
Broadway jazz (ages 7-12): Have you ever wanted to dance like a Broadway star? This class introduces dance forms found in musical theatre, incorporating elements of ballet, jazz, and modern. Learn the Broadway Jazz style influenced by Bob Fosse and musicals like Annie, Oklahoma, and Grease.
lyrical I (ages 7-12): introduces students to the styles of both jazz and ballet genres and the method in which they are combined, while understanding the performance aspects of lyrical.
contemporary/modern (ages 12+): Join us this summer for a ‘crash course’ in the study of both contemporary and modern genres. Dancers will learn proper stretching and warm-up techniques, while also learning combos that explore the style of each genre. For dancers with previous experience.