We offer junior classes for dancers ages 9-11 years of age. The styles of dance available for this level are ballet/musical theatre , jazz, tap, lyrical/modern, and hip hop.
Students are trained in classical ballet through the R.A.D and C.D.T.A. syllabus. This class concentrates on the pleasure of movement and musicality. Emphasis is placed on proper posture and alignment, correct and safe technique and a genuine sense of performance including classical ballet, character and free movement. Ballet is recommended to all students either to be studied on its own or to enhance a jazz, tap or modern program. This class focuses on classical ballet during the fall term and in the winter term switches to musical theatre. 45 minute class once per week.
Students have the opportunity to learn a combination of several jazz styles to give a broad experience in this dance form through the C.D.T.A. Young people are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance. Classes are age appropriate material based on natural movements: walking, running, jumping and skipping as well as isolations and rhythm. Jazz dance is designed to encourage an imaginative and rapid response to music and to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of upbeat jazz music. Classes will include traditional and up-to-date jazz and hip hop movements, which improve coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and rhythmic awareness. Boys interested in jazz dance are invited to join in our classes! Their work has been developed to meet the increasing demand for jazz training for boys which is taught in all classes! 45 minute class once per week.
Students will learn traditional tap skills, including steps, combinations and rhythms. Students are trained in the C.D.T.A. tap syllabus which encourages good rhythm, expressive style and correct technique. Tap improves coordination, balance, agility and heightens awareness of rhythm and musicality across all dance forms. 45 minute class once per week.
Students are trained in both classical ballet and jazz styles of R.A.D and C.D.T.A. Students will concentrate in the pleasure of movement and musicality while developing technique, artistry and self-discipline. Modern students will also enhance strength and flexibility throughout the program while learning the joy of expressive movement to show the emotions of lyrics in the songs they dance to. 45 minute class once per week.
Having its roots in rap, hip hop is a refined form of street dance and borrows its concepts from contrived and stylized dance. While it is not mandatory, we recommend that students also take one jazz or ballet class to maintain strength and flexibility. 45 minute class once per week.