dance curriculum

 

The Dance Centre focuses on the growth of the student in the art of dance. We believe that students need to appear in an annual performance to sharpen their performance skills, an integral part of dance training. We do not, however, place a heavy emphasis on this production. Class time spent rehearsing is kept to a minimum, as our teaching curriculum spans all ten months of the school year. In following with this philosophy, all classes perform one dance in the Annual Spring Concert.


Baby and Me
For Ages 18 - 24 months 
Clap,tap,stretch & bend. Lot's of singing and dancing with Mom, Dad or caregiver. The class works on musicality, rhythm, flexibility & much more! 6-8 week sessions (no recital)

Pre-Elementary Dance
For Ages 24 - 36 months 
Girls and boys love to dance with scarves, hoops, instruments, tumble mats and more in this fun filled creative movement class. Movement memory, flexibility, dance vocabulary and coordination skills are taught through stories and songs.

6-8 week sessions (no recital)

Elementary Dance I, III, & III 
For Ages 3-5
All levels of Elementary Dance incorporate basic ballet technique and terminology to lay the groundwork for success in higher level dance classes. They are play-based classes that also include creative and dramatic movement to emphasize gross motor skills and creativity. Elementary Dance I for 3 year olds includes basic tumbling to build upper body strength and awareness. Elementary Dance II & III incorporate Tap to teach rhythm and moving in time to music.

Preliminary Ballet/Tap I & II
For Ages 6-8 
These classes work to perfect the skills learned in Elementary Dance and use them in combinations. The students build on their ballet and tap vocabularies, creating a sound basis of strength, coordination and rhythm for all of the upper level classes.

Preliminary Ballet/Jazz I & II
For Ages 6-8 
These classes work to perfect the skills learned in Elementary Dance and use them in combinations. The students build their ballet vocabularies and are introduced to the style of jazz.

Ballet"The Basis of all Forms of Dance"

We base our training on the Vaganova Syllabus. Ballet levels are graded (1) for beginner through (7) for advanced, with each level building on the skills of the previous one. Classes are from 1 to 1.5 hours in length.

Pointe 
Pre-requisites: This class is by invitation only, and is held immediately after a ballet class. Students who desire to study pointe must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week.

Jazz 
This class combines the technical training of classical jazz with the movements of today's Street Funk styles. Classes are held once per week for 1 hour. Levels are graded (1) for beginner through (6) for advanced, with each level building on the skills of the previous one. Pre-requisites: Level 6 students must be currently enrolled in two ballet classes per week.

Tap 
Students are taught the art of creating rhythm and music with their feet while presenting visual pictures. Tap levels are graded (1) through (7) for advanced, with each level building on the skills of the previous one.

Modern 
Our approach draws from the major codified techniques to teach the concepts of shape, dynamics and physical expression.

Pre-requisites: Students must have completed at least one year of a full-hour ballet class (level 1-7) and be currently enrolled in a ballet class.

Hippity Hop
Ages 5 to 8  

Hip Hop 
Ages 9 and up 
Based on Street Style dance. If you're looking for "video" dancing, this class is for you! Get funky, sweat and have fun!

Broadway Dance

Ages 9 - 13 
Attention singers and actors! Work on your favorite Musical songs and dances in this fun filled hour. This is a great class to prepare for the school musical.

X-Tensions Dance Company 
By Audition Only 
This class is geared to the more serious dancer. These students will have the opportunity to perform outside of the school several times throughout the year. They will study with professional dancers and learn many different styles of choreography. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week along with another technique class.