Pre-Dance: ½ hour class, 2-3 yr. olds, (will not be starting until Jan.)
This class is a non-recital based class for 2-3 yr. olds, introducing the young dancer to the basics of dance in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Students learn body control and flexibility through creative movement as well as basic ballet terms and technique. Cooperative learning, as well as listening and following directions are emphasized to prepare the child for more organized dance classes as they get older.
Introduction to Dance - 3/4 hour class, 3-5 yr. old , Recital: Ballet OR tap.
Costume fee: $60.
The main goal of this class is to maintain a happy, fun-loving atmosphere, while nurturing a love for dance in each child. We encourage sharing, helping each other, getting along, listening and following directions. Basic ballet and tap techniques as well as basic tumbling skills are incorporated.
Basic Dance- Kindergarten, 1 hr. weekly, Recital: ballet and tap.
Costume fee: $130
In Basic Dance, dancers learn the “basics of dance” and class etiquette in a gentle and nurturing manner. Children learn correct body alignment, body positions, terminology and proper ballet technique. listening skills and getting along with others while having fun. We also include some basic tumbling to help with strength and flexibility.
Fundamentals 1 (grades 1-2): 1 ¼ hr. class, Recital: ballet and jazz.
Costume fee: $140
At this stage we begin to formalize the young dancers’ training, concentrating on proper technique, terminology, rhythm, coordination, strength, flexibility and teamwork. Though we do expect a certain level of respect and discipline, we also believe that an enjoyable environment is one that is conducive to learning. At this level, class consists of ballet, tap and jazz, and students will perform Jazz in the recital for the first time.
Intermediate 1 (3-4 grade): 1 ½ hr class, ballet, tap, and jazz, Recital: 3 dances.
See Intermediate 2 for class description
Intermediate 2 (4-5 grade): 1 3/4 hr class, ballet, tap, and jazz, Recital: 3 dances.
At the Intermediate level, we expect more from the dancer. The students are encouraged to study ballet, tap and jazz to make for a well-rounded program of dance. It is here that we fine-tune the dancers before they move on to the next division. We try to challenge the dancer more at this level and teach them how to help themselves learn better. At this point, we also expect that students respect each other and their teachers as well as themselves and the art of dance.
Juniors (6-8 grade): ¾-1 hr. length classes, Recital: 1 dance for each class taken.
Costume fee: $75 per costume.
The Junior Class is designed to prepare the student for the Senior Division. Once the dancer has entered the Junior Division, we expect the student to strive to be the best he/she can be, always giving 100%. We expect that students know how to take class properly. Students will concentrate on strength, control, flexibility and expression in different styles of dance. Although we highly encourage dancers to take the ballet, tap, and jazz combination, non-competive dancers are permitted all genres as options. Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop are offered.
Recreational Teens, Teen and Senior Comp:1/2 -1 hr. length classes, Recital: 1 dance for each class taken.
Costume fee: $75 per costume.
As there are more options for dancers at this level, they may now pick and choose the classes they wish to take, although we strongly encourage that they continue with ballet as it is the foundation of all dance. We recommended that these students take advantage of our “Excel Program”, designed to make it more affordable for students to take multiple classes and try many different styles. The “Excel Program” affords us the opportunity to work with you and the student to customize the dance curriculum, so as to best fit the dancers’ needs and desires. Attendance is an important aspect of the dancers’ training and should not be taken lightly.
Options: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, competition (invitation or try-outs)
Modern (grades 7-12): ¾ hr. class, Recital: 1 dance. Costume fee: $65-$75
Modern is a classical form of dance that both Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham pioneered. In this class, students will work to develop strength, control and balance as well as interpretation. This program is intended for the dedicated student who wishes to broaden her experiences in different forms of dance, but can also be enjoyed by the student who just wishes to gain self esteem.
Hip-Hop (grades 2-12):1/2-3/4 hr. class, Recital: 1 dance. Costume fee: $70-80
In this class students will learn the most popular style of dance today. Music and dance moves are all age appropriate. We try to keep a relaxed and fun-filled environment, while maintaining proper training. Dancers will focus on strength, coordination and musicality.
Hip Hop/Jazz Combination (grades 4-6): 1 hr. class, Recital: 1 dance. Costume fee: $145
This class is designed for the recreational level dancer. Both hip hop and jazz technique are learned in class, as well as focus on strength, coordination, and flexibility, and musicality. Many dancers take this along with Modern.
We offer a pre-competition team for dancers from grades 1-3 who have been selected by the teachers as students who show the ability to take class well, attend regularly, are excellent performers on stage and have demonstrated that they are ready to progress at a faster pace. These dancers take an extra class each week, in addition to their ballet/tap/jazz class, and are included in the opening number of the recital.
Competition opportunities are offered to dancers in grades 3-12. Students are invited by the teachers to participate in this program. A traditional ballet/tap/jazz class is a prerequisite to be on a team, as well as other requirements as the dancers progress. Dancers above the mini level are also required to participate in the summer dance program. Mini Competitors only attend one competition, while other competition teams attend 2. Our older competition students also participate in many community based fund-raiser concerts in the Boston area. This is a team effort and all who participate must be at all classes and performances. Students will also perform these dances in the recital.