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Ballet Fundamentals:
This class will introduce the fundamentals of ballet dance by learning technique through barre work, adagio and allegro combinations, across the floor work, basic ballet terminology and an overall lesson in balance, grace and ballet etiquette.

Beginning/Ballet I:
This class is designed for students with some ballet experience. All students are welcome; levels will adjust to student preferences and abilities. Barre work, center, stretching and traveling exercises included.

Intermediate/Ballet II:
This faster paced class offers a thorough warm up at the barre with an emphasis on placement. Center exercises focus on longer, more complex combinations with a focus on musicality and honing the dancer’s technique, challenging each student to grow and improve at their own individual pace.

This is an intermediate to advanced level class that is technically demanding and is for the serious dancer — however it is open to all.

Ballet III:
This class is designed to instruct, challenge and support an intermediate/advanced student in the art and practice of classical ballet. The program develops the technique, knowledge, and skills of a dancer.

Fierce Ballet II/III:
A wonderful slow placement class. The class starts slow and progresses to a faster pace, while working on repetitive barre standing as well as strength and placement.

Beginning/Jazz I:
The class will cover technique, terminology and the jazz style of Joel Hall. Students will learn jazz steps, turns, movement, while increasing strength and flexibility.

Intermediate/Jazz II:
Student’s dance vocabulary will increase along with the pace of the class. Students will learn jazz choreography, turns, leaps, while increasing technique, strength, flexibility.

Intermediate-level Jazz (Floor Barre):
Consists of 90 minutes of core strengthening, floor stretches, standing center barre, isolations, progressions, and placement. 45 minutes of which explores the execution of combinations and choreographies.  This class in focused in the Joel Hall Jazz Dance Technique, “Urban Jazz”.

Jazz II (Jazz Dance Method):
A great workout! 45 minutes of floor barre stretch class, strengthening and stretching on the floor, followed by a combination and or progressions of steps put together for choreography across the floor.

Hip Hop (All Levels):
Hip-hop culture forces us to examine how we think about the city and the body. In this class, you’ll experience a range of movements including popping, locking, waving, ticking, up rocking, juking, foot working, breaking, Old School house and jacking. Learn to trust your body as an instrument and tune yourself up. Bring a smile, your style, and be prepared to sweat!

Modern I (Graham-based Syllabus):
All classes begin with floor work to help dancers understand and discover body center and appendages control in order to utilize the body as a unit of movement. This process continues with standing center work and progressions across the floor. The contraction and release principles are used throughout the entire class exercises. Beginning level classes are introduced to the Graham syllabus and vocabulary.

Modern II (Graham-based):
All classes begin with floor work to help dancers understand and discover body center and appendages control in order to utilize the body as a unit of movement. This process continues with standing center work and progressions across the floor. The contraction and release principles are used throughout the entire class exercises.  Intermediate and advance classes build on the foundation of the beginning syllabus classes with challenging exercises and variations in the syllabus. In the higher-level classes progressions of movement lead to combinations to build choreography.

Modern I (Horton-based):
Students should be able to articulate, define, and demonstrate following dance concepts:  Positions of the Feet, Positions of the Arms, Positions and Actions of the Body, Roll Down, High Release/Arch, Contraction, Egyptian Arms, Prances, Tilts, Figure-8 Stag Positions, T Positions, Dimensional Tonus, Coccyx Balance Studies, and Spotting.

Modern II (Horton-based):
These exercises were designed to build strength and flexibility and include:  Flat Back with Demi-Plie and slide Stretch, Release Swing into Horizontal Attitude, Prelude Studies, 5/4 Swing, Variation C, Variation C with Turn, Fortification Studies, Hinge Studies, Balance Studies, Figure 4 Study, Table Balance with Revele’, Falls, Turns, and percussive stroke study.

Modern III (Horton-based):
This advanced class focuses on more progressive Horton studies, fortifications, and preludes of the Horton technique.

Musical Theater Dance:
This class will open your eyes to the world of broadway and present a feel of being in a Broadway Musical as a dance ensemble. Become the character in this high energy broadway style dance class. Dancers will be taught ensemble formations from Tony Award Winning broadway musicals.

Beginning/Tap I:
This class is truly for people who have never tap danced or who have only studied a year or less.  This class will focus on learning basic tap steps, vocabulary, understanding the connection between tap dance and music, and learning simple exercises.

Intermediate/Tap II:
It is recommended that you have studied at least two years of tap dance.  This class will focus on honing technique, developing musicality, working on control of tonality, increasing speed and picking up short combinations.

Improvisation/Music Theory:
This class is available to any level dancer.  Dancers will learn the basics of music theory, especially as it applies to jazz music.  Dancers will learn at least one jazz song per class, enabling them to compile a repertoire that they can draw from.  Finally, at least 40 minutes of each class will be devoted to the development of the dancer’s ability to improvise, or “spontaneously choreograph” tap dance, a skill increasingly necessary for professional dancers.  There will occasionally be live music for this class.

Bollywood Dance (13 yrs. and up):
Bollywood is a modern Indian dance style which is a fusion of traditional Indian dance styles with western moves. Participants will dance on famous Bollywood songs while learning different aspects of Indian dance styles ranging from the classical styles such as Kathak with its deliberate movements to the more heart-pumping, fast-moving folk styles like Bhangra.