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Class Descriptions  |  Classes for Ages 2 to 6


Academy of Dance is a non-competitive dance studio promoting technique, self-expression, self-confidence, performance and FUN! All students are given equal opportunity to grow and shine in a healthy environment.

Not sure which class to choose? Contact us and we will be happy to help. Trial classes are offered to all interested students.

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet
Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum used is RAD (Royal Academy of Dance). Students are progressed though levels starting at Primary and further advancing through the many levels of the RAD program.

Ballet classes perform one routine at the year end production.

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Jazz
Jazz classes will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will learn traditional jazz. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Jazz classes perform one routine at the year end production.

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Tap
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn traditional tap styles which would be seen on Broadway. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Tap classes perform one routine at the year end production.

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Hip Hop
The term "Hip Hop" greatly limits the scope of a typical Hip Hop class. From R&B and House to Club and Pop, Hip Hop classes utilize upbeat music from various genres, in addition to the latest Hip Hop hits. This class is high-energy and fun for students who want to learn the latest moves and choreography.

Classes include conditioning and warm-up, simplified break down of each dance step, skill combinations and choreography. All moves and music are age appropriate and level specific with no suggestive lyrics/movements. Students love learning these upbeat dance steps while moving to their favorite songs. In this fast-paced and fun class students will use hip-hop to develop their coordination, rhythm, flexibility and self-expression.

Hip Hop classes perform one routine at the year end production.

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Lyrical 

A style of dance created from the fusion of ballet together with jazz and contemporary dance techniques
 
Lyrical classes perform one routine at the year end production.
 
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Acro/Tumbling
Acrobatics is a blend of acrobatics and gymnastics. Acrobatic Dance, or Acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, lines and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.

Acro is great for improving a dancers strength, flexibility, endurance and agility. Students will learn many tricks, including tumbling skills, contortion and balances. As well as, sports acrobatic partner skills. Students in Acro/Tumbling progress through levels, each building upon one another. Awards are given for each level of completion.

Acro/Tumbling classes perform one routine at the year end production.

testimonials"Ms. Melinda is very good at tuning in to each child's individual needs and adjusting her teaching methods to allow all dancers to learn and feel good about their achievements. I highly recommend Academy of Dance!"

Suzanne W.


 

classes for babiesEARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

The Early Childhood Program is specially designed to provide children between the ages of 2 and 6 with a strong foundation in dance and movement.

The program teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance:

  • Space and how we relate to it, both as an individual and as a member of a group;
  • The basic locomotor movements;
  • Music, rhythm, beats and time;
  • Opposites and directions;
  • Some elementary positions of ballet, tap, jazz, and acro.

Integrated within these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork, and basic body/health awareness.

Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom manners and behavior, which remain the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.

 

Earth Angels
Open to children who are 18 months old, but not yet 2 as of August 1st
This 30 minute class is a great introduction for the tiny dancer to class. Sing-a-longs and creative movement are taught in an energized and fun environment.

Students in Earth Angels will have one costume to purchase and will perform one routine at the year end production.

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Baby Dolls
Open to children turning 2 by August 1st
This 30 minute class is a great introduction for the tiny dancer to class. Sing-a-longs and creative movement are taught in an energized and fun environment. Basic tap and ballet routines are also learned. Proper classroom behavior and age appropriate classroom discipline is introduced.

Students in Baby Dolls will have one costume to purchase and will perform a ballet and tap routine at the year end production.

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Dancing Dolls
open to children who will turn 3 by August 1st, 2016
This 45 minute class is designed with age appropriate music and movement in mind. Emphasis is placed on proper classroom behavior and attitude. Pre-ballet and tap are explored with fun, energetic songs. Proper ballet and tap terminology will be learned.

Students in Dancing Dolls will have one costume to purchase and will perform a ballet and tap routine at the year end production.

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Darling Divas
open to children who will turn 4 by August 1st, 2016
This 45 minute class is designed with age appropriate music and movement in mind. Emphasis is placed on proper classroom behavior and attitude. Pre-ballet and tap are explored with fun, energetic songs. Proper ballet and tap terminology will be learned.

Students in Darling Divas will have one costume to purchase and will perform a ballet and tap routine at the year end production.

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Rising Stars
open to children entering kindergarten - fall of 2016
This 1 hour class is designed with age appropriate music and movement in mind. Emphasis is placed on proper classroom behavior and attitude. Pre-ballet, tap, jazz and acro are explored with fun, energetic songs. Proper terminology will be learned. Students will have completed the Primary level of acro by the end of the year, and will have an excellent foundation in ballet, tap and jazz to build on.

Students in Rising Stars will have 2 costumes to purchase and will perform a ballet and tap routine at the year end production.

 

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