Early Education in Dance

Baby Steps

(18 mons-2 yrs) 45mins 

This is an introductory course to movement, musicality, rhythm, and song for your toddler. In the comfort of your arms, adults help toddlers explore movement and sensory activities. Both child and parent (or caregiver) enjoy the bonds and explorations of movement through fun exercises. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Parent/Toddler Classes

(2-3 yrs) 45 mins Parents (or caregivers) and toddlers have a chance discover the movement capabilities of their body, exploration of relationship, and sensory fun through movement games, stories, and songs.

Discovering Movement

(3-5 yrs) 45 mins

Children will explore the basics of creative dance, shape, form, and musicality, interspersed through age-appropriate pre-ballet exercises.

Little Praisers

 (3-5 yrs) 45 mins 

Children will explore the basics of praise dance to kid friendly worship songs through fun movement exercises and age-appropriate pre-ballet techniques. Children learn short movement series.  Class opens with a short prayer where children are asked to participate and a memory scripture. Class semester ends with a performance for friends and family. Our little girls may wear their lyrical skirts to this class. Please, no tutus.

Children's Pre-Ballet

(4-6 yrs) 50 mins 

This class is a perfect transition for children who are ready to advance from Discovering Movement into preparation for Children's Level 1 Ballet. In this class, children now learn to work in lines and on the diagonal. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic runs, walks, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet. Students continue to work with partners to facilitate a sense of teamwork. Our little girls may wear their tutus to this class.

Children's Intro to Tap

(5-6 yrs) 50 mins

This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of tap dancing and the understanding music and rhythm. We'll apply what we learn to both choreographed and improvised dancing, using various types of children’s music. Children learn short choreography. Class semester ends with a short performance for friends and family.  Please purchase tap shoes for your child to take this class.

Dance for Children

Ballet Level 1, 1x

 (6-9 yrs) 

Traveling movements learned previously are given more complexity with the addition of skips forward, backward, and simple jump combinations. Expression and musical awareness are taught through free movement, mime, and storytelling. Coordination and control of the body, arms, hands, and head are improved. Primary level students have now developed the ability to retain basic movement combinations and can now perform short dances in solo form.

Children's Intro to Jazz

(6-9 yrs) 

Develop jazz techniques while learning a jazz dance vocabulary in this high-energy class. Unit ends with a short performance for friends and family.

Children's Hip Hop/Breakdance

(6-13 yrs) 

Children warm-up, stretch, learn isolations, grooves, steps across the floor, beginner break dance moves, and specialty moves. Children must wear comfortable, casual clothing and hard-soled sneakers. Please, no tutus, jewelry, headbands, or costumes. Unit ends with a short performance for friends and family.

Children's African Styling

(6-13) 

To live percussion, children learn various West African dances and songs. Children learn a sense of community, relationship, co-ordination, poly-rhythms, and solo-ing through this course.  Female children must wear lapas to class. Male children can wear sweats. Unit ends with a short performance for friends and family.

Children’s Praise Class

(6-13 yrs)

Children learn a sense of community and how to work together through this course. Through various fun movement studies and age appropriate ballet movement, students learn various choreographies, work with flags, streamers, and other worship tools. Female children have an opportunity to learn how to dance in their liturgical skirts. This class begins with prayer where all students are invited to participate and a brief examination of scripture. This unit ends with a short performance for friends and family. Families will be asked to purchase various garments per unit. Girls are asked to come with their liturgical, floor-length skirts of any color.

Dance for Young Adults

Ballet

Levels 2-3x

Students at this level are given extended barre exercises with increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. Classical ballet lines should be established along with a new vocabulary for traveling steps, elevation and pirouettes. The lyrical use of arms and upper back builds on the free movement established in the previous level. Character steps now include those from the Russian Peasant style as seen in many classical ballets. Students at this level have a strong understanding of classical vocabulary and can now adequately demonstrate use of line and musical performance. Students are required to attend 3-5 classes per week to perform at this level.

Jazz

Levels 2-3x

Students will now expand their knowledge of jazz techniques and jazz dance vocabulary with various levels of choreography and extended in class exercises.  Female students receive a brief introduction to working in character shoes. Students are required to attend 3-5 classes per week to perform at this level.

Tap

Levels 2-3x

Students broaden their knowledge of tap technique and tap dance vocabulary through various level of challenging class rhythm exercises and more extensive choreography. Students are required to attend 3-5 classes per week to perform at this level.

African

Elective

Students deepen their understanding of West African culture and dance through more complicated poly-rhythmic movements and dances. Classes are set to live percussion. Students learn how to differentiate various drum beats and their names and attributed dances. Students can now work together within their community to execute longer and more complicated choreography combinations. Students can not miss more than 2 classes during this unit to perform at this level.

Hip Hop

Elective

Students continue to broaden their understanding of hip hop history and dance vocabulary. Movements become more complicated and require a greater sense of coordination, understanding of rhythm, timing, and musicality. Students will explore infusing their own identity into their movements as well as developing their own movement combinations/choreography. Students can not miss more than 2 classes during this unit to perform at this level.

Liturgical/Prophetic Dance

Student will really begin to understand what worship is and the position of the worship dancer through this course. Movement studies and exercises are broadened and deepened so that students can now connect their own experiences to their movements. Students can know retain more complicated and longer choreography. Students will explore infusing various styles of dance into choreographic pieces. Students also have the opportunity explore and create their own work during this course. Students can not miss more than 2 classes during this unit to perform at this level.

Dance for Adults/Professionals

Beginner's Ballet

Open Class

Various genres of Ballet technique, movement, and terminology.  No prior experience necessary.

Intermediate Ballet

Various genres of Ballet technique, movement, and terminology.  2 or more years of technique suggested.

Horton

In the 1920s, '30s and '40s, dancer/choreographer Lester Horton developed a dance technique based on Native American dances, anatomical studies and other movement influences. Dancers coming to their first Horton class can prepare by drawing on their experience with jazz dance.  Some dance training preferred but not necessary.

Anthony

Mary Anthony (1916-2914) was an American choreographer, modern dancer, and dance teacher. Both her work as a dancer and choreographer were highly influenced by Hanya Holm.  Some dance training preferred but not necessary.  

African

Open Class

Various genres of West African dance styles. No experience necessary.

Jazz

Open Class

Open Fitness Classes

Zumba

High energy aerobics course to fun music.

Pilates

Course dedicated to correct placement and execution of basic aerobic movements and exercises.

Stretch Class

Course dedicated to breathing, stretching, and partnering techniques that increase flexibility and agility.

Liturgical/Prophetic Dance

This worship course is geared towards those who may want to engage in dance but may experience limited movement.  Come enjoy anointed worship, movement, and community. 

Ballroom Dance

Learn basic social, ballroom dances, tango, rumba, salsa, etc. 

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