KINDER I: Ages 3-4 45 Minute Class Weekly Pre-Ballet, Pre-Tap and Creative Movement. Little dancers will explore dancing with props, themes, sing along songs and creative imaginative play while encouraging a love for dance. This is a wonderful and fun way to introduce the 3-4 year child to pre-ballet, pre-tap and dance vocabulary. Creative Movement will help develop coordination, body control, confidence and prepare the young dancer for future studies in all dance forms. The introduction to balance, hopping, skipping, jumping, galloping (basic locomotors movements), age appropriate stretches, basic positions of the feet and arms, the concept of parallel vs. turned out legs and feet, and ballet class etiquette are part of the curriculum.
KINDER II: Ages 4-5 45 Minute Class Weekly Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap classes offer a prelude to formal ballet and tap instruction for 4-5 year olds. Students are introduced to ballet terminology and center barre work while building flexibility of movement, dance exploration and classroom etiquette. Balance, hopping, skipping, jumping, galloping (basic locomotors movements), age appropriate stretches, basic positions of the feet and arms, the concept of parallel vs. turned out legs and feet, and ballet class etiquette are part of the curriculum.
KINDER III/PRIMARY: Ages 5-6 45 Minute Class Weekly Entry level of formal Ballet and Tap education for this age group focuses on the basic concepts Traditional barre work and center work is introduced along with more independent movement. Students learn ballet terminology; our ballet classes incorporate key concepts from the Syllabus of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. We also use technique from Cecchetti, French and Russian ballet methods. Tap class will introduce the dancer to single and double sound combinations while working on coordination for balance, understanding weight transfer and combining steps. Proper tap terminology and counting tap steps is introduced.
Ballet Classes All of our ballet classes stress correct placement (body alignment), and correct classical ballet technique. Class level is determined by the instructor, and is based on an individual assessment when the student takes class. All students receive corrections during class to help them advance. Students advance to the next level based on the recommendation of the instructor. Each Level of ballet requires years of study.
Ballet Level II-ADV: Ages: 6 and up 45 MINUTES TO 1 Hour Class This level of training is designed for students who want to advance their studies, preparing them for pointe. Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts learned in pre-primary classes. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. This process is to ensure that students develop their muscles correctly and do not force turnout. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. Character dance steps are incorporated into classes. More complex combinations are given as student’s progress. Key concepts from the syllabus of Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Cecchetti, French and Russian are used.
Lyrical dance is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, Jazz and Ballet. Lyrical dance is often referred to as contemporary dance. It requires excellent technique to perform, as the moves are often difficult and precise. Moreover, the dancer must be well aware of facial expressions, essentially acting, flexibility and balance control to properly perform a lyrical dance piece. Students need to have a strong ballet foundation. Students need to be enrolled in ballet and Jazz.
Tap Classes Tap class students learn the All-American dance form. Develop strength, flexibility, and coordination while improving rhythmical awareness. Students will learn to make rhythmic and syncopated sounds with their feet.
Tap Level II-ADV Ages 8- up 30 Minute Class Tap dance is a hybrid of traditional Irish rhythm work, and African rhythmic influences which have been influenced by the American experience. Broadway, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley, and others have left their stamp on American tap technique. Tap is making percussive music with your feet! We encourage our dancers to include tap in their dance studies so they are well-rounded dancers and have an exposure to all the different styles they can enjoy!
Jazz/Hip Hop Level I: Ages: 5 and up 30 Minute Class Jazz is the classic American dance form- fun, funky, and physical! While based on ballet technique, jazz is very different in its steps and body movements. A variety of music is used. A structured form of exaggerated motion with influences of ballet techniques, commonly used in Broadway shows the class is part technique and part choreography. Jazz is not appropriate for very young children, and is best taught after a basic understanding of ballet has been achieved. A warm up is included, progressions across the floor, and combinations in the center of the room. The students focus on body movement, character development, and isolations using today’s popular modern steps.
Jazz/Hip Hop Level II-ADV: Ages: 6 and up 30 Minute Class Jazz is the classic American dance form- fun, funky, and physical! While based on ballet technique, jazz is very different in its steps and body movements. A variety of music is used. A structured form of exaggerated motion with influences of ballet techniques, commonly used in Broadway shows the class is part technique and part choreography. Jazz is not appropriate for very young children, and is best taught after a basic understanding of ballet has been achieved. A warm up is included, progressions across the floor, and combinations in the center of the room. The students focus on body movement, character development, and isolations using today’s popular modern steps.
Street Beat/Breaking Hip Hop: Ages 5 & up Join our dance crew and learn the hottest form of dance. Hip Hop combines, jazz, street dance, and funk. Students will start class with strength and conditioning and then learn combinations influenced by dance videos and hip-hop music. This class is open to boys and girls.
Cheerleading and Cheertumbling: Age: 4 and Up Our classes focus on the development of cheerleading, basic tumbling skills, jumps and conditioning. This is a non-competitive cheer program. CPAC stress the very healthy characteristics of cheerleading. These characteristics include athletic skill development, teamwork, friendship and fun. We want our students to develop a sense of self-confidence that comes from these positive qualities, rather than encouraging then to dress or perform in ways that suggest their value comes from a look that is suggestive or inappropriate for their age. Separated by age these classes are designed to take students with little or no experience and give them a firm foundation in the sport. All Cheerleading classes will work on tumbling, Cheer motions and jumps, chants, and pompom routines. Students will work on cartwheels, round-offs, walk-over, and front and back handspring in addition to their jumps and conditioning.
Gymnastic: Ages: 4 and up This class is designed to introduce gymnastics class to children. The children will be introduced to tumbling, bars, and beam. This is a structured class that will focus on cartwheels, handstands, forward roll and backward roll on floor; they will also begin to work on strengthening and flexibility. On the bars they will focus on front support, forward roll dismount, bent hang (5 seconds), casts, swing. On the beam the students will focus on walks: forward, backward, sideways, Squat turn, V-sit and front scale. They will also focus on positions, cartwheels, handstands, and the balance you need to maintain these skills. Jump: forward, backward, sideways jumps (tuck, straddle, pike) 1/2 turn. This is a great class to build self-esteem, strength, and flexibility.
Musical Theater: Ages 6-up Musical theatre combines song, music, dance, and spoken dialogue. We are pleased to offer classes with emphasize on projection, character development, and auditioning. Children are encouraged to attend different plays while participating in musical theater classes.
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