Curriculum Offerings

All of the classes in both the Studio and Conservatory Track follow a graded curriculum.  Initial placement and  progression are based on the young artist’s ability to execute the skills.  This provides young artists with the skills they need for success.

LOWER  SCHOOL – all classes for ages 2 1/2 – 7 years old

Dancing Fun 1 – ages 2 1/2 – 4 – This class provides an introduction to dance by exploring movements that are the foundations of Ballet and Jazz with emphasis on creative  movement, gross motor coordination, musicality, qualities of movement, and creative thinking.  Young Artists in this class must be toilet trained and not in pull ups before they can enroll.    Studio Track Only

Dancing Fun 2 – ages 3 1/2 – 5 – For students who have completed the work introduced in Dancing Fun 1, Level 2 introduces new material in all areas.  Both Tracks

Jr Ballet/Tap/Jazz – ages 5 – 7 – Age and developmentally appropriate foundations in each of these 3 dance styles.  The curriculum for these 3 styles is designed so the skills taught in each area compliment each other.  Studio Track – Combination Ballet / Tap/ Jazz,  Conservatory Track – separate classes in each style.

Hip Hop Jr – ages 5-7 – A fun and energetic class based on age and developmentally appropriate movement and music.  Conservatory Track Only

UPPER SCHOOL – all classes for ages 8+

Ballet– Classical ballet technique based primarily on the Vaganova and Paris Opera Ballet Styles while incorporating advances in dance medicine to maximize training while minimizing injury risk.   Both Tracks  Ballet levels that require Variations as a 2nd class are not considered performance classes.

Company Class – ages 10+ – Our 3 companies work with a variety of guest teachers /choreographers on pieces for non competitive performances.  Conservatory Track Only

Company Prep ages 9+ – For students interested in auditioning for our performing companies, this class helps students strengthen their technique while working on performance skills.  Conservatory Track Only

Floor Barre – ages 9+ Floor Barre consists of ballet based exercises laying on the floor to develop proper alignment and strength to improve regular ballet technique and reduce injury risk.  Our class also incorporates pilates, gyrokinesis and fascial work to safely increase strength, stability, and flexibility.  This class is paired with either Prepointe or Variations depending on the level of the young artist.  Conservatory Track Only  This class is not considered a performance class.

Hip Hop– A high energy, age appropriate way of dancing set to popular music.  Different from jazz in its movement expression, this class still includes warm up, centre work and across the floor movements.  Both Tracks

Jazz – A strong base of classical jazz technique is augmented with a variety of styles including funk, theatre and commercial jazz for a well rounded variety.  Class includes warm up, across the floor and centre combinations.  Both Tracks

Leaps and Turns – ages 9+ – Class begins with a warm up section.  Once that is completed a variety of jumping and turning movements are broken down into their core components.  Progressions are then used to help young artists learn the technical skills needed to build up to the steps being focused on.  This class is designed to be taken in conjunction with either another Ballet, Jazz or Modern class.  This class is not style specific.  Conservatory Track Only  This class is not considered a performance class.

Modern -Young Artists will be exposed to a variety of techniques including Horton, Limon, Graham and Cunningham.  Young artists will also use their new vocabulary of movement to explore improvisation. Conservatory Track Only

Musical Theatre Workshop – Triple threat skills of singing, dancing and acting  are taught through the staging of a favorite musical.   Young artists will be cast in a production and learn about all aspects of staging a show as they progress through the year.  The students will produce and perform in a complete production at the end of the year.   Conservatory Track Only

Prepointe –  ages 9+- Classes are designed to build the strength and alignment needed for proper pointe work.  This class is taught at 2 levels – the first level is bare foot and the second level works in prepointe shoes.  Both levels are available to young artists of all genders who are at the correct technical level.  At least 1 additional ballet class per week is require for Prepointe classes. Conservatory Track Only  These classes are not considered performance classes

Pointe – ages 11+ – Young artists who are assessed as being technically ready and having the physical requirements needed for working safely en pointe are introduced to pointe work in a safe and methodical fashion.  Two additional ballet classes per week are required to participate in Pointe class.  It is important to realize that pointe classes are not suitable for every ballet dancer. Conservatory Track Only

Tap – Classes emphasize a rhythmic and musical approach to tap dancing.  Young artists are taught how to use their feet as instruments and create a symphony of sound.  Both Tracks

Variations – Young artists are taught excerpts from ballets as a way to integrate their technical classes with artistry.  This class requires an additional ballet class.  Conservatory Track Only

 

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