Curriculum & Classes
Experience a magical journey through creativity, freedom and expression. Watch your child joyfully leap and whirl while they gain confidence and poise every step of the way!
We offer 4 different types of programs in to match your goals and what type of experience you are looking for here at the Academy. Choose the program and types of classes that suit you best.
Flex Program (ages 7 years - Adult)Looking for class 1 or 2 days a week? Flex Program is just for you! Choose from ballet, tap, modern, contemporary jazz or hip hop classes. Specifically design for the for students interested in studying at the desired amount of classes per week. Flex program students are invited to perform in our year end culmination in June, but are not required to do so, it is all up to you!
Core Program / Classical or Contemporary Focus (ages 7-18 years)Looking to increase your skills? CP students train at a frequency that allows them to develop excellent technical and artistic skills without the commitment to competitions and or other performance opportunities throughout the school year. Students may choose a Classical (ballet focused) or Contemporary (Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop) track. Note: students must be enrolled in the Classical Core Program to be eligible for pointe shoes. All Core Program students participate in our year end culmination performance.
Ensemble Program / Classical or Contemporary Focus (ages 7-18 years)Just love to dance and want to perform more? Students in our EPP program participants compete at various local competitions and perform at local events. Students may choose a Classical (ballet focused) or Contemporary (Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop focused) track. If you love to perform then this the program for you!
Vocational Program / Classical or Contemporary Focus (ages 11-18 years)Considering a career in dance? This program focuses on individualized, accelerated 4-6 day/ week program for students pursuing or seriously considering a career in a Classical or Contemporary focus. Speak with teacher and/or director for information. VPP students are also part of the Ensemble Program.
- Crystal Group (ages 7-12 years)
- Jade Group (ages 9-14 years)
- Silver Group (ages 11-16 years)
- Onyx Group (ages 13-18 years)
Sitting in on class last week I was so impressed with Novas teacher. It is clear that knows her students and has a great way of being educational and fun at the same time. A couple of weeks ago my daughter wanted to quit ballet because 'monkey hops are too hard'. During parents' week, I watched as her teacher did them with her and then let her do them on her own and after that class Nova decided she wanted to keep trying. I'm not sure I have a future ballerina but I think she is learning an important lesson about working for her accomplishments. ~ J. Andree (parent)
First Steps Children's Program (ages 2-6 years)
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Hand in Hand - Mommy & Me (Ages 2-3 years)Happy Feet - Creative Movement (Ages 3-4 years)Petite Feet - Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6 years) Fancy Feet - Tap Intro (Ages 5-6 years)Return to top
In our First Steps Program Children's Program (FSCP) dance is introduced through creative play and imagery, simply because this is how young children learn best. The vocabulary and movement concepts covered in each level are what a child of that age can easily understand and master. As the student learns each new skill this helps to build a life long love of dance and self-confidence. The work in each level prepares the students for the next level. By the end of Pre-Ballet and Tap Intro, students can dance set work independent of the teacher, memorize simple exercises and sequences and make a start of musical interpretation. All the concepts of our FSCP prepare the student for when they graduate to our Steps In Motion in Crystal Ballet, Jazz or Tap .
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Steps In Motion Classes (Ages 7- Adult)
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Jazz (Ages 7 & up)
JAZZ involves a variety of different styles in and of itself this includes; Broadway jazz, lyrical jazz, street jazz and even jazz-funk. Jazz tends to have somewhat of a ballet influence, considering the smooth moves and long lines that jazz dancers must be competent in.
Hip Hop (Ages 7 & up)
HIP HOP is a type of dance style that uses quick movements, and requires quite a bit of athleticism involving all spacial planes, creating an almost illusion-like performance. Hip Hop movements include floating, popping, locking, krumping and breaking.
Tap (Ages 7 & up)
TAP dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance as a means to tell a story and is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, rhythm and improvisation and its practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition.
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Ballet (Ages 7 & up)
BALLET is a technical dance form highlighting the use of turnout where the dancer performs all movements with their legs rotated 180 degrees away from each other. Once mastered a dancer can move in any given direction with speed, ease and grace. It is performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought or emotion. Ballet can be magical, exciting, or provoking. The Dance Academy ballet program is based on Vaganova (Russian) method of training which is well know for creating strong expressive dancers.
Modern (Ages 10 & up)
MODERN dance develops the mind, body and spirit to be an expressive communicator through movement. The technique conditions the body for strength, coordination and flexibility. Focus and emphasis is on the aspects of time, space, shape and movement. Dynamics are explored in group and individual participation through structured combinations as well as improvisation exercises.
Contemporary (Ages 7 & up)CONTEMPORARY dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Adult Classes (Ages 14 & up)
ADULT CLASSES are designed to be an engaging, fun and inspirational introduction for beginning recreational students. Classes for more advanced adult students are listed on our schedules as level Silver and higher. Adult classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.
Private coaching is available upon request. Please call the office for details.
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