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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

CREATIVE MOVEMENT - (ages 2-3)is a joyful way for children to explore movement, release energy, stimulate imagination, promote creativity and embrace discipline. Creative movement

exercises will be used to help the young student explore the four basic body movements: bending, stretching, turning and jumping.

PRE-BALLET - (ages 4-6) Students focus on good posture and proper alignment. Simple stretches, isolation exercises, and sections of creative movement to help to develop strength, flexibility and body awareness . Traveling movements such as gallops, skips and waltz steps encourage coordination and musicality. Listening skills and classroom etiquette are emphasized.

PRIMARY BALLET- (ages 5-7) is a continuation of the work begun in Pre-Ballet. Children will be expected to focus for a longer period of time on the more advanced exercises that will prepare them for the rigors of Ballet 1. We will also introduce elements of tap which will further inform rhythm and the connections of sounds to body movement.

BALLET I- Students learn the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and the french vocabulary that defines all of the steps in classical ballet. These students also move into beginning centre work, away from the support of the barre.

BALLET II, III, IV- Students progress through these levels as through grades in any school: however, all students move at different rates. Some spend more than two years in one level while the mind and body learn to work together; some may progress much faster. When the student has learned the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student’s body has become strong enough to accomplish those movements, then at the discretion of the instructor, the student is moved to the next level. Advancement is based on ability, not age. In this way the student begins to assimilate the layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet.

JAZZ I, II, II, III, IV-Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. (ballet @ level enrollment required)

TAP I, II, III, IV-Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN: Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and postmodern movement into their classes. Modern and Contemporary Dance forms allow students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes.

OPEN INT/ADV BALLET CLASSES: Scheduled ballet classes that are labeled "open" allow students to enjoy taking classes without being enrolled in our leveled (I, II, III, IV) ballet program.

These classes are geared to the dancer who is seeking additional classes within their week. 

ACRO ARTS: (primary/int/adv)

Created by a successful studio owner with decades of experience, Acrobatic Arts runs training and certification courses for dance teachers in the art of AcroDance. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and somersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!

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