Class Descriptions

Baby Ballet

Offered for ages 2-3

Class time:45 minutes

A unique, fun and exciting class, constructed especially for the very youngest dancers. Lessons are designed to stimulate the imagination and creativity of each child and encourage strength, flexibility, balance and precision in the child’s body. The very basic Ballet technique and terminology is introduced to dancers.

Classical Ballet

Offered for ages 2 – Adult

Class time: 45-60 minutes

Offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Classical ballet is the foundation of all dance movement and is the most important subject to be studied. This class is about expressing the language of ballet as an art form with emphasis on the traditional, academic, technical steps and vocabulary.  Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on the Cecchetti method and as students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Placement into advanced levels is at the teachers discretion. *Please see our class placement policy below.

 

Jazz Dance

Offered for ages 6 – Adult

Class time: 60 minutes

Offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

This class emphasizes the mastery of correct technique and proper body alignment designed to increase body strength and flexibility. Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Tap

Offered for ages 3 – Adult

Class time: 45-60 minutes

Offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway, Soft Shoe, Buck and Wing, Jazz Tap to Rhythm Tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement and steps. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun!  At intermediate & advanced levels, classes feature a focus on quick memorization of footwork, accurate execution of combinations, advanced ankle strength development, and the identification and execution of advanced rhythmic tap patterns and combinations. Dancers must be recommended/placed in the advanced levels by the educator.

Acrobatics

Offered for ages 6 and up

Class Time: 60 minutes

Offered at Levels I, II, III

Acrobatics is the art of strength and control, tumbling and flexibility. Our Acro classes explore these elements in a safe and supervised environment. Classes begin with a warm-up, strength exercises, stretching and progress to balancing work, contortion and acrobatic skills.  Students will move into intermediate and advanced levels once they have completed they necessary skills in the previous level or have been recommended by the instructor.

Lyrical

Offered for ages 8-Adult

Class time:60 Minutes

Offered at Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Lyrical class is designed for intermediate to advanced students with previous training in ballet. Students will explore basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. It emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students must have a basic understanding of ballet and jazz technique.

Pre-Pointe & Pointe 

Ages: Instructor placement is required for this class.

Class time: 30-60 minutes

Offered in Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Pre-Pointe classes run for 30 minutes and consist of strengthening exercises for feet and ankles.  All Pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. Selection for Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes depends on age, ability and strength at instructors discretion. 

Musical Theatre

Offered for ages 6-Teen

Class time: 60 minutes

Offered at Levels 1 and 2

Musical Theatre class will focus on learning proper dance technique and vocal performance while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows.  Class curriculum is based on Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Vocal warmups and exercises will focus on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.

Hip Hop 

Offered for ages 6-Adult

Class time: 60 minutes

Offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. While no previous dance training is required, classes will use basic body isolations and a high intensity warm up. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves.  This class will break down steps and technique and also emphasize bringing style and personality to the movement.  

Modern

Offered for ages 10-Adult

Class time:60 minutes

Offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Modern is a fusion of other dance forms. All movements are expressive & interpretive forms of dance, and use the techniques learned in all other subjects combined with unique new terminology & steps. Although it is not required, having a good foundation and understanding of Ballet is extremely helpful. Our modern classes will incorporate many of the foundations of traditional modern dance, including suspension and release, fall and recovery, the use of momentum and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering, and also in various methods of improvisation.

 

*Class Placement*

 At Let’s Dance Studios we are extremely careful and dedicated to choosing the correct class level for each student. It is very important to remember that all students are individuals with very different talents, skills, and ability levels and they will not all progress at the same rate. In maintaining a high quality of dance education, it is therefore sometimes impossible to keep the same students together in a class year after year. Please remember, it is very common to see two children of the same age and with the same number of years of dance training with extremely different capabilities.  Please note that progression in dance is not like the grade system in traditional academic schooling in that promotion to a new level should not be expected on an annual basis. 

*Please keep in mind that class promotion is the teacher’s decision. And that that decision should be respected and trusted first and foremost. There are many factors that cannot be judged by the untrained eye – flexibility, natural ability for movement, the speed at which a dancer picks up choreography, his/her ear for music & beat, his/her performance quality, command of a room or stage, and also the actual skill level & step vocabulary he/she has. Many students “know” many steps, but do not yet have the technique or musicality to execute them correctly, or with styling applied, which is key in dance. In other words, we don’t just move dancers “up” because they “know” or “can do the step,” but base our choices on the quality of how it is done – whether it can be done in combination, with style, and with control. These are the things that make dance an art, not just a sport 🙂