For dancers ages four and five, this popular class is designed to begin teaching students the art of ballet. The class introduces young students to ballet and basic movement skills, including warm ups, foot strengthening exercises, barre work and across the floor progressions. Class size will be kept small, so space is very limited. Dancers need to be able to be independent of Mom or Dad and be able to properly use the bathroom on their own. Students will perform a short dance in the spring recital.
Ballet is an important aspect of dance training as it feeds into all other dance styles such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Ballet puts great emphasis on proper technique and the execution of movement, focusing on alignment, turnout, poise, and self-discipline. A significant amount of time in the beginning levels is spent on ballet foundations, such as foot and arm positions, as well as basic ballet terminology. As experience grows into higher levels, leaps, jumps and pirouette turn combinations are given, as well as more complex center and across the floor variations. Students perform in the spring recital.
Students wishing to take lyrical must also be enrolled in ballet and have a minimum of two years of ballet experience. This class gives students the opportunity to experience lyrical dance, which combines techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. Students will also explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. Students will perform in the spring recital.
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students perform in the spring recital.
This class teaches dancer the technique of tap dancing as well as choreography. Dancers will learn new ways to express and interpret rhythm. This class is beginner friendly. Tap shoes are required. Students perform in the spring recital.
THURSDAY TEAM REHERSAL
This is a closed choreography session for members of our Peace Dancer Competition teams only. Prior summer auditions and summer intensive classes were required.