Curriculum & Classes
First Steps Children's Program
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!
Main Division Program
Want to just have fun with friends while learning something new? These classes are for students of all ages who enjoy dance as an extracurricular activity. Joy of movement, artistry and performance presentation are the main goal of these fun and engaging classes.
Intensive Ballet & Performance Preparation Program
Are you looking for a more concentrated training program or are considering a career in dance? The Academy has a long history of success with placement in nationally recognized training programs and career placement in classical, contemporary and commercial styles of dance. If you are looking for more, this is the program for you.
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)
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 Main Division in Beginner Ballet, Jazz or Tap 1.
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Main Division Program (Ages 7- Adult)
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These classes are designed to to create an inspiring, uplifting and rewarding dance experience with focus on joy of movement and proper technique combined with the exploration of expression, artistry and performance presentation.
Jazz & Hip Hop (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 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.
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.
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 4 and higher. Adult classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.
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Intensive Ballet & Performance Preparation Program (ages 10 years and up)Return to top
This program is for students who desire a more concentrated dance training program or are considering a career in dance. In addition to their ballet studies students in this division students in level 4 are recommended to take other dance forms to become more versatile and expressive dancers. Career advisement and preparation are offered in this program.
Ballet Levels 3 to 7 (Ages 10 years & up)
In level 3 and higher once proper strength and flexibility is established the students are introduced to more complex movement combinations. After approximately 3-4 years of study in the ballet intensive division, the student may be placed on pointe. Age and technical development are both factors as to when a student is placed on pointe. Pointe work is an extension of previous classroom work and is taken in conjunction with technique classes.
Private coaching is available upon request. Please call the office for details.
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