Classes

Dance Attire includes leotards, tights, dance skirts, dance dresses, leggings, tanks, and/or unitards.  No midriff showing tops, shorts without biker shorts underneath or oversized t-shirts or sweat shirts (past warmup time).

Tumbling

Combination Classes

Tumbling - 3 years through 12th Grades

Ages 3 to 5 year olds

Tumbling will focus on skills from your basic rolls to advanced back handsprings and tucks depending on the child’s individual skill level. Classes are always creative, energetic and fun!  Tumbling provides great building blocks for body control and muscle development that will prove useful in any athletic activity for life, especially for dance. 
Advanced Tumbling requires students to be able to perform a bridge kickover.

Attire: Dance Attire and barefoot.
Students enjoy Ballet, Tap and a bit of Jazz each week.  This class is great for the younger students because it exposes them to many different types of dance so they can better recognize the style that they enjoy the most.  A Saturday observation day is held in January for family members, so they can see all the wonderful things the students have been learning!

Attire: Dance Attire, pink Leather ballet shoes and black patent leather tyette style tap shoes.

Ballet

Jazz

1st through 12th Grades

1st through 12th Grades

Ballet is at the core of any and all dance forms. Ballet is a graceful and disciplined art.  It focuses on stature, grace and poise.  Barre work is typically done to classical music, but the recital and combinations can be performed to classical or contemporary pieces. 

Attire: Dance Attire, pink leather or canvas ballet shoes.
Jazz is a highly energized and exciting dance form. Strong technique is still involved in Jazz, but it is less disciplined and can be very stylized. Jazz is typically done to fast, popular music. The older students enjoy expanding on their Jazz knowledge and exploring diverse styles.

Attire: Dance Attire and tan split sole leather jazz shoes.

Tap

Clogging

1st through 12th Grades

2nd through Adult

Tap focuses on creating rhythmic sounds with the feet. Special shoes are worn with taps on the heels and toes which create amazing sounds when combined. Tap can be  performed to Broadway or popular music.

Attire:  Dance Attire, black patent leather tyette style taps for grades 1-3, 1 inch high heeled black tap shoes for grades 3-12th, and black flat tap shoes for Elite Classes.
Clogging is similar to tap dance, however very different. Originating in the Appalachian Mountains, it is now performed throughout the world.  Clogging is perfomed on the downbeat (opposite of tap) of various types of energetic music.  It is somewhat known as the "melting pot" of step dances and is a blast to learn! The impressive precision footwork is a definate crowd pleaser.

Attire:  Dance Attire, split-sole black clogging shoe with Steven's stomper taps.

Contemporary

Pointe

6th through 12th Grades

6th through 12th Grades

Contemporary dance is a combination of modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet performed to various styles of music.  It stresses versatility and improvisation, which is very unlike its structured cousin, ballet.  Contemporary dance strives to connect the fluid movement of the body to the music. It is often done in bare feet but ballet shoes or toe thongs are also used.
**Contemporary cannot be taken as a single class.  Because of the intricate nature of the class you must be enrolled in a regular dance class to participate.  Additional dance class can include ballet, technique or jazz.

Attire:  Dance Attire, pink canvas pirouette half sole shoes.
Pointe is very similar to ballet but is performed on the tips of the toes in special pointe shoes. This class is very strenuous and requires a great deal of ballet based technique and very strong ankles. Pointe is not a class that every student can take.  Some feet are just not designed to wear pointe shoes. These students are also required to take separate ballet and technique classes in order to master the skills necessary for Pointe.

*Pointe I students ~ please note 1st time Pointe students will take the Pointe I class as pre-pointe in regular ballet shoes until approved by Kelsey to purchase pointe shoes.

**Pointe II students must have 3 or more years of experience in Pointe I.

Technique

Hip Hop

5th through 12th Grades

7th through 12th Grades

Technique is a required class for anyone taking Pointe or Elite classes. This class is specifically designed to concentrate on the building blocks necessary to achieve proper dance technique. This class is essential in achieving the maximum potential in each dancer. Technique class does not perform a separate recital piece.

Attire:  Dance Attire, pink leather or canvas ballet shoes.
Hip Hop is a popular, energetic style of dance usually performed to hip hop music.  Dance Arts’ style of hip hop is fun, challenging, appropriate and very G-rated.  Courtney approved hip hop will be funky dance moves influenced by many factors such as popping, locking, and swag, then personalized by Mrs. Kelly.
**Hip Hop cannot be taken as a single class.  Because of the intricate nature of the class you must be enrolled in a regular dance class to participate.  Additional dance class can include jazz, technique or ballet.

Attire:  Dance Attire or workout type clothes, black Glam Pie Hip Hop sneakers.

Musical Theater

3rd Grade through Adult

In this class we will learn the different styles of dance performed on broadway while focusing on the importance of story telling with your face and body.  This class is perfect for the aspiring actor or theater dancer. 

Attire:  Dance Attire and jazz shoes.

Junior Elite Ballet and Jazz

Elite Ballet, Jazz and Tap

6th through 12 Grades (no experience)

9th through 12 Grades (1 year experience required)

These classes are more advanced for students who wish to further challenge themselves in dance. Elite works at a faster pace and focuses heavily on technique. As performance, camp and workshop opportunities arise throughout the year, these dancers are expected to be available to attend.Due to the intense nature of these classes students are only allowed 5 absences per year. If more than 5 classes are missed students will not be allowed to perform in the recital piece, unless private lessons at $50 per hour are scheduled. Students in these classes should have a passion for dance that goes beyond most. Students interested in Elite are required to enroll in the regular dance class as well as a Technique class, Stretch and Strengthen or Yoga.

In addition, any student that enrolls in the Elite classes will receive a list of required skills. These skills must be demonstrated for Courtney or Kelly during the designated evaluation period, which is generally 6 weeks after classes have started. During the first 6 weeks of classes, these skills will be worked on extensively.  If these skills are not mastered, the student will be asked to withdraw from the Elite class. These classes are not meant for everyone, and students need to understand that there is nothing wrong with continuing to dance in the regular classes. Elite is a serious commitment and must be treated as such.