READY SET DANCE! (2 ½ – 4yrs)
In this fun and exciting class dancers will march, gallop and roll… jump, twirl, wiggle and giggle while using our minds to go on exciting adventures. We will end class with basic tumbling and balance beam activities. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through class dances, props, and fun obstacle courses.
READY SET DANCE! (4 – 5yrs)
In this class we 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. We will end class with basic tumbling and balance beam activities. This preschool dance class is a wonderful introduction for the young student to a basic classroom structure in a fun and nurturing environment.
KINDER-STARS! (5- 6yrs)
In this class 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 READY SET DANCE level in ballet, jazz and tap, and 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. Students will also work on improving flexibility and coordination through fun, age appropriate tumbling activities.
BASICS (Levels 1-2)
Students may choose from BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, OR HIP HOP.
Ballet Basics – 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 Basics – 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 Basics – This upbeat class covers the basics of tap while also teaching musicality and rhythm. Try tap for fun and fitness.
Hip Hop Basics – 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!
TAP TECHNIQUE A-Z
This class will focus on all aspects of tap technique. Dancers will learn terminology, required skills, as well as the most popular tricks!
NOTE- This class is designed for tap levels 2A-3A & Intermediate-Advanced
JAZZ LEAPS, TURNS, & PROGRESSIONS
This class will focus on all aspects of jazz technique. Dancers will learn required skills, as well as the most popular jazz leaps and turns!
NOTE- This class is designed for jazz levels 2A-3A & Intermediate-Advanced
HIP HOP TIPS & TRICKS
This class will focus on all aspects of hip hop technique. Dancers will learn required skills, as well as the most popular hip hop tricks!
NOTE- This class is designed for hip hop levels 2A-3A & Intermediate-Advanced
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.
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 style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes. The last 30-minutes of this class will be devoted to IMPROV, in which 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.
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 schedule.
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.
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 in events in and around our community.
‘Inspirations’ is a dance program specifically designed for children with special needs. Please contact the studio for additional information about our new program!
In this class students will gain a more complete understanding of ballet technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique, alignment, and increasing strength and flexibility. Students are expected to have prior experience in ballet and to be more self-disciplined.
NOTE- This class is designed for ballet levels 2A-3
This class is created for students who want to transition to a higher level of ballet. More difficult technique will be introduced and students will be encouraged to strive for grace and poise as there will be an emphasis on performance quality. Focus on basic, pre pointe and beginner pointe will be at the teacher’s discretion.
*These students are expected to take two ballet classes a week.
NOTE- This class is designed for ballet levels 3A-Pre-Pointe
ALL TECH POINTE
This is an advanced class for the ballet student who is disciplined, professional, and possesses the desire to dance. It will include more complex and difficult technique and coordination. More advanced pointe work will be emphasized and students will have the opportunity to learn a ballet variation during this time.
*These students are expected to take two ballet classes a week.
NOTE- This class is designed for ballet Elementary Tech/Pointe-Advanced Tech/Pointe
READY SET DANCE TEEN
In this class dancers are introduced to more formal dance technique in ballet, tap, and jazz. We will lay the foundation for correct, safe and successful dancing and focus on a different style of dance each week. This class is perfect for the beginning teen who is unsure of which style of dance they wish take.
ADULT DANCE PROGRAM
The Institute for Dance offers classes for adults of all dance levels! Adults can participate in several class offerings by purchasing a class card for only $50.00. Each class card allows you to attend five classes.
We also have our Adult and Exercise Series, 6-weeks sessions for adults ranging from hip-hop to jazz and tap! These sessions are $60 for the 6 weeks of classes and are for all levels of dancers.
Check out the summer class schedule and buy your card or register by contacting the main office at 757-229-1717 or stop by during business hours!
The staff will do their best to place students into appropriate classes based on their age and level. 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. We offer placement classes during the first week of the summer session for students to be evaluated by our teachers. Any student may be moved to a different class based on the teachers’ recommendation.