Creative Technique & Modern 1
In these fun, lively classes, students are introduced to the fundamentals of modern dance technique through creative lessons using storytelling, song, props, games and lots of structured dance improvisation. Students explore basic skills and concepts (such as level, pathway, direction and rhythm) while developing social skills and refining body awareness and self-expression.
Modern 2 & 3 Levels 2 & 3 more thoroughly explore the themes introduced in Level 1 while integrating more choreographed movement material, expanding the student’s capacity for physical memorization. Through detailed warm ups, floorwork, set phrase material and improvisation, students increase body awareness while building confidence, strength and flexibility. Modern 4/5
This class leads students through a more advanced and nuanced approach to modern dance technique, in a fun and accessible manner suited to teens and tweens. Through floorwork, standing warm up exercises and partner weight sharing explorations, students practice how to build a strong base of supportive muscular engagement and prepare their bodies for safe, aligned dancing. Class includes improvised movement scores, introduction to inversions and lots of choreographed movement phrases focusing primarily on development of timing, rhythm, weight and momentum. Ballet 1 & 2
Basic classical ballet warm-ups are explored with sensitivity to the students’ individual anatomy and capabilities. Emphasis is placed on developing strength and coordination while nurturing a love of dance. Class also explores dance-based games to develop self-confidence and learn how to work in a group. Ballet 3-7
This class is designed to emphasize a physical understanding of the source of ballet technique. Through level appropriate barre exercises students are encouraged to recognize their individual anatomy and learn how to practice ballet in a secure and effective way, placing a strong emphasis on épaulement (upper body) working in harmony with the rest of the body. Center exercises further develop an awareness of technique using accessible combinations that are designed to escalate in complexity, giving the dancer the substantial benefit of a classical ballet class.