CLASSES & POLICIES
At the Dance Shoppe, we offer a wide variety of subjects, all taught by our qualified, professional staff.
The Dance Shoppe recognizes the amazing intellectual, emotional and physical differences that every year makes in early childhood. For this reason, we have classes designed for very specific age groups!
Creative Movement – For our 3 year olds – A half hour class incorporating basic motor skills and fun! Dancers will learn concepts including levels, shapes, and speed, as well as getting a taste of ballet, tap and tumbling. General classroom rules for a dance class are also introduced. Dancers must be potty trained.
PreBallet – For our 4 year olds – A half hour class introducing the beginning fundamentals and terminology of ballet. Dancers learn the grace of this beautiful dance style, and have a great time doing it!
PreTap – For our 4 year olds – A half hour class introducing the beginning fundamentals and terminology of tap. Dancers learn to make noise in a structured way, with rhythm being a key lesson in this level.
KinderBallet – For our 5 year olds – A half hour class building on the fundamentals and terminology of ballet. Proper technical execution is emphasized with basic steps, through basic imagery and gentle correction.
KinderTap – For our 5 year olds – A half hour class building on the fundamentals and terminology of tap. Rhythm and making music with the feet continue to be main elements of the class, as trickier steps are added on.
PreKinder Tumbling – For 4 and 5 year olds – A 30 minute class introducing flexibility and stretch to our younger acrobats, as well as basic tumbling skills such as rolls, bridges and cartwheels.
Tot Hop - For 4 and 5 year olds - A 30 minute class combining upbeat music with the basic elements of hip hop, this class is a great fit for energetic dancers!
PreK Ballet/Tap/Tumble - For 4 and 5 year olds - An hour long class covering ballet, tap and tumbling. A great chance to try all three subjects in a short amount of time! Students will perform only ballet and tap in the recital.
1st GRADE AND UP DANCE PROGRAMS:
Dancers beginning in 1st grade are evaluated and placed in recommended classes each season by ability, rather than age. This method recognizes that each dancer develops at a different rate, and helps challenge the dancer while teaching proper technique. Please call the studio for class placement and schedules for the following courses. All classes are at least an hour in length.
Combo - A special three-in-one class including ballet, tap and tumbling that teach the fundamentals that first graders are ready for in a shorter time span of an hour and a half. Students perform two of the three dance subjects in the June production.
Ballet – The basis for all forms of dance. Our ballet program stresses proper technique, as well as terminology, while learning grace and poise.
Tap – A class using the feet as a percussion instrument. Classical and rhythmic styles of this dance form are taught, as well as musicality and rhythm.
Jazz – A popular dance form with many different branches that have evolved. Each class begins with a thorough stretch and includes stylized movements, turns, extensions and leaps.
Turns – A class specializing in the placement of turns, working on multiple rotations and variations. Dancer must have teacher permission to join.
Tumbling – The floor portion of a gymnastics class, done on mats.
Hip Hop (for 3rd grade and up) – Choreographed dance movements set primarily to hiphop and pop music. It has evolved since the 1970's into many styles such as popping, locking, breaking, and calisthenics. Hiphop dance represents a cultural movement for all levels, beginning - advanced.
Modern (for 9th grade and up) – An introduction to recognizable modern techniques or styles (i.e., Horton, Graham, Cunningham etc.), and basic recognizable modern movement, transitions and quality of movement to create a unique style. Technique and styles include contractions, moving with a curved spine, and creative jumps, turns and floor work. The class includes center warm-up and technique, across the floor work and usually a center combination.
All Boys Class - Incorporates jazz, hip hop, tumbling, and strength training - Boys must be 6 yrs of age and entering 1st grade