Course Descriptions

OUR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


TINY TOTS
Our Tiny Tots program is a 3-month mini-course designed for children ages 2 1/2 – 3. Your child will explore the world of dance while moving to the music in a fun and creative way. At the end of the course, parents will be invited to a special in-house presentation. This course prepares students for our Kinderdance Program. This class is 45 minutes.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, optional skirt or tight-fitting dance shorts, pink, tan or white tights and pink leather Ballet shoes.


PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES
Our Kinderdance Course for ages 3 & 4 is designed to help your child develop a fondness for dance. The songs we sing, the steps we teach, the games we play and the exercises we do are all geared to the pre-school learning level. We encourage student imitation through our activities. Songs and dances simple enough for the young students to execute easily are presented so that they may develop a feeling of self-confidence.Our classes stress the importance of warming up the muscles before beginning any form of exercise. The discipline of Ballet is introduced in various forms, including fun exercises and imaginative role play. Graceful arm movements, balance, learning right from left, rhythm & coordination are also part of the class.

The Tap portion of the class teaches young students the most basic Tap steps and is designed to prepare children for the Tap levels to follow as they grow. Students begin learning Tap in September wearing their Ballet Shoes, and graduate to Tap Shoes in early January.

All Kinderdancers are invited to perform in our June recital. Students must be three years old by October 1st and potty trained in order to enroll.

In addition to our 3 & 4 year old Kinderdance classes, we are offering classes specifically for 4 year olds. These Kinderdance classes will be held at various times during the week as well as on Saturdays,  and students must be age 4  by October 1st in order to enroll in this class. Students in our 4 year old Kinderdance classes will use both their Ballet and Tap shoes starting in September. Students who are 4 years old are welcome to join either of our Kinderdance courses.


BALLET
Ballet is a classical dance form that helps to develop correct technique, posture, body alignment, control and flexibility. Ballet’s structure helps build self-discipline in the student. A typical class consists of barre work, center work and combinations across the floor.Dance Attire: Black leotard, black skirt or tight-fitting black shorts, pink tights, pink leather Ballet shoes.


LYRICAL
Lyrical is a combination of Ballet and Jazz technique that is more expressive in nature. It allows the individual to bring personal freedom, spirit and creativity to their movement.Dance Attire: Black leotard, tight-fitting black shorts, pink or tan stirrup or footless tights, tan Lyrical turners.


POINTE
Pointe is appropriate when a student is ready to graduate to hard shoes and dance on the points of their feet. It takes years of preparation to graduate to this level. Students are able to take Pointe only after age 12, or when the growth plates in their feet have stopped growing. Heartbeat teachers will evaluate each student as to when she is ready for Pointe. There is a requirement of at least two Ballet classes per week in order for a student to take Pointe.Dance Attire: Black leotard, black skirt or tight-fitting black shorts, pink or tan tights, pink Pointe shoes.


TAP
Tap dancing is focused on rhythm and sound. In class, students work on their timing, clarity, balance, coordination and intricate rhythms.Dance Attire: Any color leotard or tight-fitting dance top, tight-fitting dance shorts, any color tights.
Combo Shoes-Black Patent Taps, Mini Level-Capezio Caramel U-Shell Taps, Primary-Senior Level-Tan Slip-On Taps


JAZZ
Jazz is a structured class that teaches the discipline of dance and a strong technique. Class starts with a warm-up, then moves to practice technique across the floor and ends with a dance combination. Jazz has a wide range of styles and interpretations. Jazz classes are high energy and upbeat!Dance Attire: Any color leotard or tight-fitting dance top, tight-fitting dance shorts, any color tights.
Combo & Mini Level Shoes-Black Slip-On Jazz Shoes, Primary-Senior Level-Tan Slip-On Jazz Shoes


HIP HOP
Hip Hop is an expression of contemporary movement that is ever-changing and draws from dances created on the street. This high energy class highlights popular dance steps and music seen in current music videos. Each teacher will bring their own attitude and style to the class.Dance Attire for Recreational Classes: Any color leotard or tight-fitting dance top, tight-fitting dance shorts or pants, any color tights, black kneepads and black Hip Hop sneakers.

Hip-Hop Competitive Teams may wear loose clothing and their own sneakers for class however in order to keep our dance floors clean, these sneakers must be worn for class only. Performance sneakers will be ordered at a later date.


MUSICAL THEATER
Musical Theater classes combine jazz, acting and lip syncing to Broadway style music. The students will work on Jazz technique and combinations that blend acting with dancing.Dance Attire: Any color leotard or tight-fitting dance top, tight-fitting dance shorts, tan tights.
Shoes:Tan Slip-On Jazz Shoes

ACROBATICS
Similar to the floor skills of gymnastics, it is a high energy performing art that focuses on strength, stretch and balance.  Basic tumbling includes back bends, cartwheels, handstands/headstands, rolls, walkovers, handsprings, aerial tricks and more.
Dance Attire: Any color leotard and bare feet or acro shoes.

CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary dancing is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of Lyrical, Ballet, Modern and Jazz.  It stresses versatility and improvisation and concentrates on floor work.Dance Attire: Black leotard, tight-fitting black shorts, tan stirrup or footless tights.

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