Williamsburg, VA 23188
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Summer Class Descriptions

READY SET DANCE! (3 – 5yrs)

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. The dancers will learn basic tap dance, which is a wonderful activity to nurture a sense of rhythm and timing. We will 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.

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 will 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 (Fundamentals I/II and Essentials I)

Students may choose BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, AND/OR HIP HOP

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

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

HIP HOP
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!

*This class is designed for tap levels Essentials II – Int. I & Int. II – Advanced

JAZZ LEAPS TURNS AND 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!

*This class is designed for jazz levels Essentials II – Int. I & Int. II – Advanced

HIP-HOP TIPS AND 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!

*This class is designed for hip hop levels Int. I/II & I/A – Advanced

DANCE FUSION

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.

CONTEMPORARY

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. All classes will include IMPROV^

^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.

ACRO DANCE

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.

DANCE CONDITIONING

In this class, students will learn specific exercises that will promote a healthy approach to stretching where each individual works within 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.

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 in events in and around our community.

CHARACTER

Character dance is an important component of training for a possible career in classical ballet. It is taught at esteemed preparatory and pre-professional ballet programs throughout the country. It is high energy, fun and is enjoyed by both students and audiences alike!

BALLET CONDITIONING*

In this class, students will focus on strength, flexibility, stamina, and kinesthetic support necessary for correct ballet technique.

*This class is designed for ballet levels Essentials I – Advanced

BALLET II

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.

*This class is designed for ballet levels Essentials I and II

BALLET III

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.

*This class is designed for ballet levels Int I/II and Pre-Pointe. Students are expected to take both classes per week.

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.

*This class is designed for Pointe levels I, II, and III.Students are expected to take both classes per week.


A NOTE ABOUT PLACEMENT:

The staff 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. 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’ recommendations.