Description  of  Classes

    It is always exciting to start a new dance season.  To help each student reach their best it is important that they be placed in the proper level class. Classes are generally broken down by age or grade, but if a student is just starting dance, or is taking on a new subject that they haven’t studied before, it may be recommended if they start at a lower level to learn the foundation of that style of dance. If after working with a student for a couple weeks and a teacher feels a student should be placed in a different class, then the parent will be contacted and arrangements will be made to move to another class.  It is better for a student to be in a class where they are learning, and not following.  For scheduling purposes or car-pooling, you may move down a level, but I won’t move a student to a higher level.  If you are registering for a class, I ask that you make it a commitment for the year, and not quit in the middle of the year.  If you are prone to dropping out or quitting, then it is better you not sign up. Dance though fun, does require work and time.  For those students who have been committed for years, the rewards are priceless; not just for them but for the teachers as well, who help a young child to mature into a strong, confident adult.  Enjoy your year of dance.

Three Year Olds

is a six week session held once in the fall and once in the spring.  Each class is 45 minutes long and is designed to introduce dance in a structured class.  It will introduce the dancer to tap, ballet, singing, counting and learning to follow directions.  The six week session will end with an in studio performance for family and friends to showcase what the students have learned.  The next session is to start Thursday, Sept 12th at 5:15pm.  To register, download a form and mail it in with payment.  Guaranteed placement into this class is based on order of registration received with payment.

 

Pre-Dance

is offered to 4 year olds.  To participate in this class the student must be 4 years old by September 1st of this year.  Pre-dance is a 45 minute class incorporating both tap and ballet.  Classes are designed to teach both styles of dance, along with rhythm sticks, gross motor skills and singing.

Combo

is open to students in kindergarten and 1st graders.  Tap and ballet are taught in this program.  The combo-class is for students capable of learning more than a pre-dancer, but still thrive on favorite songs to dance and act out.  

Acrobatics

has three levels.  Students will be placed in classes based on capability.  Acro I is for students who have never taken acro, or cannot get up from a backbend.  Acro II is for students who have had some acro training and are able to get out of a backbend strong as well as perform cartwheels on both sides.  Advanced acro students need to have straight-legged walkovers, headstands and a right and left split.  All work is done on floor and mats with the goal of using no mats for the show.  This is a good foundational class for students wanting to excel in jazz, hip hop and contemporary technique classes.  It focuses on strength, flexibility and makes the student more aware of how to control the body.

Tumbling

will be a class for students who want to focus on handsprings, aerials, hand walking, and stunts.  This class will not have a routine in the annual show.

Jazz

is offered to students in kindergarten and up.  A great class to work on turns, leaps, and other tricks, it also will hone in on the rhythmical sense jazz dance has gained throughout the years.  Isolations, syncopation, percussion, and full body incorporation will challenge the students, and to excel to new levels as dancers and performers. (Adv level students need to take ballet)

 

Ballet

is offered to students in 2nd grade and up.  With a traditional base, this class will explore progression through barre work, adagio and allegro work, as well as across the floor and center floor combinations.  It will concentrate on the dancer’s alignment, center of gravity, strength, and give each student a strong base for other dance genres.  THIS CLASS IS REQUIRED WITH ANY CONTEMPORARY CLASS, ADVANCED TAP/JAZZ, AND EVERY DDCC COMPANY MEMBER

Contemporary

is open to students in 4th grade and up.  It’s a luscious blend of movement.  Taking movement patterns and ideas from ballet, lyrical, and modern dance, this class will encourage expression and full body engagement.  We will dance on the horizontal, vertical, incorporate floor work, and tell stories through movement.  We will play with dynamic quality and will take the student from moving to DANCING!  (Ballet is required to take this class)

 

Tap

is offered to students in 2nd grade and up.  It will be a rhythmical journey through the many faces tap dance has to offer.  It may consist of shuffling off to Buffalo – Broadway style, high kicking like the Rockettes, soft shoeing like Fred Astaire, or challenging the earthy sounds of the feet like Savion Glover. It promises to build luscious sounds, quick feet, rhythm, and a smile.   (Adv level students need to take a ballet class)

Pointe

enrollment is based on the approval of a teacher.  The student must have an understanding of and ability in ballet technique, strong ankles, solid alignment, and fully developed growth plates.  Students interested in enrolling in a Pointe class must be enrolled in a regular ballet class. This is also an excellent class for a student wanting more ballet technique in soft shoe.

 

Stretch/Turns/Jumps

is designed for students with a desire to excel as a dancer in any genre.  It will increase the student’s flexibility as well as improve upon more advanced turns and jump, and other tricks.  

 

Hip Hop

is offered to students in first grade and up. This class will focus on the wide range of styles such as breaking, locking, popping, funk, and whacking.  What separates hip hop from other styles of dance is its improvisational nature which will be used to bring self expression and warm sense of community among the students and teachers

 

Musical Theatre

is the class for the student who wants to be a “triple threat”.  Dancing, acting, lip syncing, and singing will combine to catapult the student into Broadway culture. This class will assist the dancer while expressing themselves through the voice, body, and expression and promises to be one of the liveliest classes the studio offers.  Starting with 3rd grade, there are two levels being offered.  Students will be placed by the studio as to what level.  Students in the advanced level must also be enrolled in a ballet or jazz class.

 

Adult Tap & Jazz Classes

are an eight week low level class that  gets you moving, learn some basic steps and moves, laugh and, well...cross that one off your bucket list.  Cost is $60 for the eight weeks.  Plans are to give busy adults time off over the holidays and have a new session after the first of the year.  

 

PRIVATE CLASSES OF JUST ONE OR MULTIPLE CAN BE ARRANGED WITH THE STUDIO FOR ADDITIONAL TRAINING, OR IF A STUDENT NEEDS HELP.  COST IS $15 A HALF HOUR FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE STUDIO, OR $50 AN HOUR IF NON- REGISTERED

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