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Descriptions

BalletTapAdult Ballet and Tap | Folk & Praise Dance

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Folk and Praise Dance

Students will learn a variety of traditional Folk dances from different countries, Character dances of the styles used in story ballets for hundreds of years and Praise dances based on classical ballet technique.  This addition to their dance vocabulary/repertoire will be level-appropriate, fun and educational.  Style of dance will repeatedly rotate throughout the dance year.

Folk Dances May Include:

• Jewish
• Dutch
• French
• Greek
• Italian
• Russian
• Mexican
• American Indian
• And more!

 
Included as part of the curriculum for ballet students in Level 4.

Note:  Girls/Ladies will need a black mid-knee to calf-length character skirt
Character shoes are required


Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Ballet

A preteen or teen's experience with dance should be one that develops a love and appreciation for the art, yet does not use incorrect technique that will form habits that later have to be undone.  Therefore, we always use the correct French terms and simple steps that can be built upon with each advancement to the next level.

Students learn variations from full ballets, as well as forms of the popular dances traditionally found in the classics. 

Pointe work is the dream of many young dancers.  However, because of the strength required for standing up on the toes, we require that students be at least 12 years of age and have several years of ballet training.  Starting students on pointe before age 12 can result in permanent damage to the feet and legs because of weak bones as the children are growing.  The ballet teacher will assess each student on a personal basis to determine their ability to handle the requirements for pointe work.

Also see Philosophy.

Level 3: Twice/wk
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM

Level 4: Twice/wk
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM

*Pre-pointe/Beginner Pointe:
Thursdays, 7:00-7:30 PM

*Demi/Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes by teacher recommendation only

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Tapping

Tap

Tap is the quintessential form of American dance!  Since tap's beginnings were on the
street, there is no set terminology.  However, for the sake of teaching, we use Al Gilbert's Graded Tap curriculum as our basis, but also include other styles and forms.  Because taps are an instrument (of the percussion family!), children learn musicality and rhythm, as well as dance.  (And of course, what child doesn't like to make noise!)  Tap is an excellent way for boys to learn dance and enjoy it, as many boys already have an innate sense of rhythm.  Many well-known hoofers of today (and yesteryear) are male and provide a good model of strength and masculinity in dance.

Level 3: Once/wk
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM

Level 4: Once/wk
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM

 
Also see Philosophy.


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Adult Ballet & Tap

All ages, shapes and sizes!

Whether you have no dance experience, danced as a child (but haven't done a tendu or shuffle in years), or have been dancing forever, we have classes available just for you!

For adults only (ages 18 & up)

4, 8 and 12 class cards available (all cards are good for 12 weeks)

Ballet (Open Level)
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM

Tap (Open Level)
Thursdays, 6:45-7:45 PM

Please note:  Adult tap classes will begin Oct 20.