Class Descriptions

EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES

Intro to Dance I [Suggested Ages: 3-4]
In this fun and exciting class, dancers will march, gallop and roll; jump, twirl, wiggle and giggle while using their minds to go on exciting adventures. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through class dances, props, and fun creative movement.

Intro to Dance II [Suggested Ages: 4-5]
In this class dancers will skip, gallop and leap; stretch, crawl, wiggle and giggle. The dancers will learn basic tap dance, which is a wonderful activity to nurture a sense of rhythm and timing. We introduce and teach basic ballet positions and movements. A portion of this preschool class also allows the dancers to be able to freely experience their own moving body and find joy in dancing. This preschool dance class is a wonderful introduction for the young student to a basic classroom structure in a fun and nurturing environment.

Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap/Jazz Combo [Suggested Ages: 5-6]
In these classes dancers are introduced to more formal dance technique. We will lay the foundation for correct, safe and successful dancing in years to follow. Students will expand on the basic steps and terminology from the Intro to Dance I and II levels, and will continue to explore their own creative movement in a safe, positive environment. Along with the introduction of more skills and techniques, instructors continue to foster creativity and imagination in class through movement and imagination.

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FUNDAMENTALS I & II [Suggested Ages for Fundamentals I: 6-9 and Fundamentals II: 7-10]

Students may choose from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, or Hip Hop.

Ballet Fundamentals
This class will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a more formal setting that will give students the discipline to mature as dancers. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be stressed.

Jazz Fundamentals
This energetic and fun class introduces jazz dance to the younger student. Dancers will combine technique fundamentals with the upbeat aesthetic of jazz dance and work in the center and across the floor to learn stretching, rhythm, and movement coordination.

Tap Fundamentals
This upbeat class covers the basics of tap while also teaching musicality and rhythm. Try tap fundamentals for fun and fitness.

Hip Hop Fundamentals
This high-energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music. Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory. This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move!

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ESSENTIALS I & II [Suggested Ages for Essentials I: 8-11 and Essentials II: 9-12]

Students may choose from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, or Hip Hop.

In these classes, students will gain a more complete understanding of technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique, alignment, and increasing strength and flexibility. Students are expected to have prior experience in these genres and be more self-disciplined.

NOTE: Students taking Ballet Essentials II must take 2 classes per week.

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INTERMEDIATE I & II [Suggested Ages for Intermediate I: 10+ and Intermediate II: 12+]

Students may choose from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, or Hip Hop.

In these classes, students will take the skills learned in Essentials Levels I & II and build upon them to strengthen their precision and ability. Students will advance on to more difficult skills and utilize both barre and center floor work to improve their technique. Dancers must show proficiency as well as keep excellent attendance to progress to and remain in these levels.

NOTE: Students taking Ballet Intermediate I & II must take 2 classes per week.

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INTER-ADVANCED & ADVANCED [Suggested Ages: 13+ and must be placed by instructor]

Students may choose from Jazz, Tap, or Hip Hop.

In these classes, students will work to perfect skills already learned, as well as build off of priorknowledge and ability to develop the precision and accuracy needed for a more difficult skill set. Students will also work on advanced skill combinations, as well as multiple turn combinations and styles.

Students should master Intermediate levels I and II in order to progress on to these levels.

Dancers must show proficiency as well as keep excellent attendance to progress to and remain in these levels.

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TECH/POINTE [Suggested Ages: 13+ and must be evaluated and placed by instructor]

Students taking the following classes must take 2 classes per week.

Pointe Prep
This class is created for students who want to transition to a higher level of ballet (pointe shoes). More difficult technique will be introduced with an emphasis on strength needed to safely transition to pointe shoes.

Pointe I-II-III
Each class will include more complex and difficult technique; building on the skills mastered in the previous level. Emphasis is placed on advanced pointe work and dancers must show proficiency, as well as keep excellent attendance to progress to and remain in these levels.

Open Tech/Pointe
This class is required by all students enrolled in Pointe I, II, or III and those intermediate/advanced through advanced dancers who need a ballet class, but do not wish to be on pointe. This is a two-hour class designed to stress ballet technique including placement of the body, alignment of posture, and knowledge of ballet terminology.

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VARIATIONS

Dancers will further increase their repertoire of steps, combinations, and turns by learning variations from both classical and contemporary ballets. The stamina required for this level takes a true love of ballet. The curriculum moves quick and this class is meant for the focused and dedicated ballet dancer.

Must have been taking pointe classes at least two times a week for two or more years and have proven themselves through hard work and a dedication to ballet.

NOTE: Students must be enrolled in Open Tech/Pointe AND Pointe II or III. Dancers must show proficiency and keep excellent attendance to progress to and remain in this class.

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TEEN BALLET [Suggested ages: 12+]

This ballet class is designed for the older beginning student with little or no experience in ballet training. Dancers are introduced to the history and concepts of classical ballet. Barre work incorporates learning and mastering ballet alignment, core strength, muscle strength and stamina, flexibility and working with music. Exercises are built upon in center floor work, incorporating coordination and musicality. As students progress, moving combinations include turns and jumps across the floor as well as increasing coordination between arms and legs and eventually head positions.

NOTE: This class satisfies the equivalent of Ballet Essentials I and above for otherclass requirements.

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CONTEMPORARY [Suggested ages for Level I: 8-11, Level II: 9-12, Level III: 13-18, Int-Adv.: Must be placed by instructor]

From basics to advanced, this class blends elements of Lyrical and Modern dance, such as freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. Contemporary dance allows students to explore their individual dance styles outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes.

NOTE: All hour and a half classes will include IMPROV.

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IMPROV

Students will be directed to move in ways that broaden their creative horizons. They will learn to use images, words, and the manipulation of specific movements/poses which will shape and build their own choreographic ideas. Students will be urged to find and focus on what propels them into their unique creative voice.

NOTE: All hour and a half Contemporary classes will include Improv.

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ACRO DANCE [Non-Performing Class; Drop-In Eligible]

This class will focus on developing flexibility and strength. Students will learn basic contortion and acrobatic tricks such as front and back walkovers, scorpions, chin stands and cartwheels. Dancers who need work on their flexibility should consider adding Acro Dance to their class schedules.

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DANCE CONDITIONING [Non-Performing Class; Drop-In Eligible]

In this class students will learn specific exercises that will promote a healthy approach to stretching where each individual works with their limitations instead of forcing the body into unhealthy places. Students will also learn strengthening exercises that will improve stamina and technique. Each body is different, and the goal of this class is to build strength and flexibility that is individualized to each student.

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DANCE FUSION [This Class MAY Not Perform; Drop-In Eligible]

In this class dancers will “sample” a different style of dance each week! Students will work on fine tuning their performance skills, challenging their ability to pick up choreography, and preparing for future auditions.

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COMMUNITY PERFORMERS

The Community Performers are a group of young dancers ages 9-17 who train in both ballet and jazz classes at the studio. The dancers perform at events in and around our community.

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JUNIOR BOY’S CLASS [AGES 9-13]

This class is designed for boys only – to focus on the strength, flexibility, jumps, and turns that are unique to boy dancers.

NOTE: This class is open only to boys enrolled in our Junior Boy’s Scholarship Program – those enrolled in a ballet, tap, and jazz class (with excellent attendance). See the iDance Policies & Guidelines for more information.

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INSPIRATIONS PROGRAM

This is a new program offered in 6-week sessions designed for special needs students of all abilities to explore the world of dance. During each session, dancers will find what inspires them to move as they learn ballet, jazz, and lyrical. Each class will also include creative movement exercises for students to discover how they like to hear music and move. For more information on this program, please call us at 757-229-1717.

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ADULT DANCE PROGRAM

The Institute for Dance, Inc. offers at least one adult class per season [September-May]. Adults of all levels can attend this class at a rate of $15/class.

We also offer several 6-week Adult Dance and Exercise sessions in varying styles from hip hop to jazz and tap throughout the year. These sessions are $15/class and usually held on a weekday morning during the school year. There is a discounted rate of $10/class if you sign up and pay for all 6 classes in advance.

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PLACEMENT DISCLAIMER

The instructors will do their best to place students into appropriate classes based on their ages and levels. Our suggestions are made with the students’ development and progress in mind. Our goal is to properly place all students in classes that will maximize their opportunities at improving. Please be aware that the ages/levels listed are approximate and the students’ ages in each class may vary slightly. Any student may be moved to a different class based on the teachers’ recommendations.