dance class descriptions
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Acro (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.
tumble tots (ages 2.5 - 5)
This 30 minute class offers young children an introduction to the fundamentals of tumbling that will provide the building blocks necessary for their potential development in dance and overall fitness. By learning the benefits of flexibility, balance, strength, and body control inherent in all aspects of tumbling, your child will be better equipped to safely enjoy and excel in all of his or her future athletic endeavors.
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 walkover, back walkover, switch leg back walkover, switch leg front walkover, one-handed back walkover, one-handed front walkover, front handspring, 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.
Students that have mastered all level IV skills are invited to schedule private lessons to further their development in acro.
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 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 level 1, 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 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.
pre-pointe: This class is by invite only from ballet instructors. Dancers must be evaluated for the class. Dancers enrolled in pre-pointe must also be enrolled in ballet III simultaneously.
pointe: enrollment by evaluation and instructor recommendation only. Enrollment in corresponding ballet IV required.
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. (recommended for ages 7 - 12)
musical theatre (ages 13-18): The teen musical theatre class is intended for more intermediate – advanced dancers, and will incorporate jazz technique (i.e. pirouettes, kicks, jetes, etc.) while staying true to Broadway-inspired choreography and music. Dancers will fine tune their performance and stage skills, while learning Broadway-inspired choreography and movement.
Center Court (ages 7-12)
Center court is full of fun, high-energy pom, jazz, and hip hop dance styles. Think halftime performances by dance teams with a focus on entertainment pop jazz, rich in performance-quality technical dance and exciting choreography guaranteed to get the fans off their seats! Your child will learn what it takes to be center court! (Recommended for ages 7 and up)
Creative Movement/Combo Classes
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.
movin' & groovin' (ages 3-5): Movin' & groovin' is a fun-filled creative movement class for your little ones to move & groove!
College Prep Classes
College Prep Technique & Conditioning: Designed specifically for high school dancers hoping to audition for a college dance team or program in the future. Join a member of the Purdue Dance Team to work on advanced technique & conditioning. Dancers should have several years of previous experience before signing up for this class, ages 14+.
College Prep choreo combos: Designed specifically for high school dancers hoping to audition for a college dance team or program in the future. Join a member of the Purdue Dance Team to work on advanced style combos each week. Dancers should have several years of previous experience before signing up for this class, ages 14+.
Contemporary combines ballet and modern techniques with musical and emotional expression with a strong focus on modern techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression.
level I: explores the contemporary style with introductory level technique and focus on interpreting music and choreography. Students will work on ability to pick up stylized choreography and movements.
level II: this level uses more intricate movement and incorporates more technical skills to achieve the choreography. Students should show proficiency in level I before moving up to level II. Sections of I/II may be combined and offered, dependent on session.
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.
superhero swag (ages 3 - 5): This is a fun creative movement class with a dash of jazz, hip hop and swag for your tiny dancers to become comfortable & confident on the dance floor.
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!
boys hip hop (ages 7-12): Have a boy at home that’s looking to tap into his inner hip hop super star? This class, specifically designed for our male students, explores the hip hop genre in a fun, friendly and low-pressure environment for your dancer to grow and thrive in his performance skills.
hip hop level I (ages 7-12): great for beginner/intermediate level dancers looking for a fun, upbeat class.
hip hop level II (ages 13-18): incorporates more intricate choreography and movement with faster-paced routines and music.
hip hop (adults): This class is designed for the adult with some previous dance experience who wishes to improve their physicality and get a good workout in a non-threatening dance environment. Class begins with a warm-up and stretch followed by hip hop combos which include fun, intermediate hip hop dance choreography.
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.
Leaps & Turns Technique
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+ (technique & conditioning): 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.
flexibility focus: For dancers ages 9+ looking to improve one of the most important foundations of dance; flexibility! Dancers will learn proper stretching techniques and exercises and incorporate strengthening movements to help build proper muscle strength and coordination needed for dance.
This class is a combination of ballet and jazz that challenges dancers to use choreography and movement to interpret music and express emotion. Dancers learn to express emotions derived from lyrics to convey the dance’s meaning.
lyrical I (ages 7+): Level I introduces students to the styles of both genres and the method in which they are combined, while understanding the performance aspects of lyrical.
movin' & groovin' (ages 3-5)
Movin' & groovin' is a fun-filled creative movement class for your little ones to move & groove!
superhero swag (ages 3-5)
This is a fun creative movement class with a dash of jazz and swag for your tiny dancers to become comfortable & confident on the dance floor.
Twinkle Toes Tap (4-6): This energetic and exciting class is designed to provide young dancers an introduction into the fundamentals of tap dance. Early exposure to the rhythms and unique mind-to-foot connection associated with tap dance will allow students to progress and excel at the art as they move through life.
Tap I (7+): This class is designed for those with little to no experience with tap dance. The core of the class will focus on the development of basic technical skills (shuffles, paradiddles, flaps, pickups, cramp-rolls, etc.), as well as the ear, or ability to understand music. A small portion of the course will be dedicated to learning about and honoring historical tap figures to gain a holistic understanding of the art form.
Tap II: This course will be fast-paced and exciting. It is designed for those with prior experience in tap, and will focus on further developing both technical skills and the ear. Other course objectives include the ability to quickly learn combinations without vocal instruction, a deep understanding of tap history, and an ability to improvise comfortably. Split by age; 7-9 and 9+.
Tap III: Highest level of tap currently offered. Students will be placed based on instructor evaluation.
Tap (adult): This course is geared towards adults who are seeking a more laid back, fun, introductory class on tap dance. The focus will be on basic technical skills, and the development of the ear. Offered in level I for beginners or level II for those with prior experience.