CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Time to Dance (Ages 2 and 3)
Child and caregiver enjoy 30 minutes of music and movement while working on gross and fine motor skills. The class explores the concepts of space, time and energy. Social skills are enhanced in a fun, nurturing environment that encourages self expression through movement improvisation

Creative Movement Pre-Ballet (Ages 3 and 4)
This class builds on skills introduced in the Time to Dance class, but the children are now working in the class without a caregiver. This class explores the concepts of space, time, and energy, while developing self-awareness, flexibility, and coordination. This class begins to introduce the basics of ballet and bar work. This class continues to promote self expression through movement improvisation.

Ballet 1 (Grades K and 1)
The fundamentals of ballet technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. This class promotes self expression through movement improvisation and student choreography.

Ballet 2 (Grades 2 and 3) / Ballet 3 (Grades 4 and 5)
The fundamentals of ballet technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. This class promotes self expression through movement improvisation and student choreography. The dancers begin to spend more time working in the center building dance phrases.

Ballet 4 (MS) / Ballet 5 (HS)
The fundamentals of ballet technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. This class promotes self expression through movement improvisation and student choreography. The dancers continue to expand their ballet vocabulary while building longer dance phrases, focusing on movement quality and musically. Demi-pointe work is increased to begin basic preparation for pointe work in the upcoming years.

Cecchetti
Cecchetti technique is a graded system of ballet from grade one through professional level grade seven, based on the teachings of Enrico Cecchetti. This class will focus on the 1st and 2nd grade syllabi and will offer students a formal evaluation of their work at the end of the term. The class will be taught by Janet Taisey Craft, a certified Cecchetti teacher.

Pre-Modern (Grades K and 1)
For students interested in continuing the creative movement path, we offer an amazing young modern class which begins to explore the fundmentals of modern dance technique while continuing to build body awareness and self-confidence.  A few of the things we explore through movement in this class are the rise and fall of the body, taking space, and finding our spines.

Modern 1 (Grades 2 and 3) / Modern 2 (Grades 3 and 4)
The fundamentals of modern technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. The students begin to understand how to move their bodies through space, working on movement with no boundaries, through movement phrases and improvisation.

Modern Middle School (MS) / Modern High School (HS)
The fundamentals of modern technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. The classes will focus on proper alignment, use of breath, oppositional energy, moving through space, directional changes, fall and recovery. The class works on longer phrases of choreography and dancers begin to find their own movement style.

Contemporary Jazz (Grades 2-12) 
A fusion of both Jazz and Modern technique with emphasis on style, musicality and commitment to unconventional movement. This class will increase flexibility, strength and coordination while encouraging the students to move freely. This class will focus on body awareness, build their technical strength as well as dance vocabulary.

Adult Ballet
The fundamentals of ballet technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. This class is beginner level, and a large portion of class is spent working at the bar. The class is rounded out with center-work and traveling combinations which build from week to week.

Adult Modern
The fundamentals of modern dance technique are taught to enhance strength, flexibility, creativity, and artistry. The class will focus on proper alignment, use of breath, oppositional energy, moving through space, directional changes, fall and recovery. Each class will begin with a set floor warm-up.