The recreational classes in our Classic Program are for students looking for superior recreational training. These classes offer high-level instruction without the time commitment of our Academy Program. We have non-competitive class offerings, as well as competitive class offerings for recreational students who love the stage!
All recreational classes (with the exception of Twinkle Tots) perform a piece in our annual recital.
From Twinkle Tots to Pointe, Primary Hip-Hop, Acro, and everything in between, there's truly something for everybody!
Recreational Class Offerings
Twinkle Tots (2 - 3 years)
This class is for our youngest beginner students, and serves as a fun introduction to movement and music. In this class we use props to encourage jumping, hoping, and balancing to help us develop spacial skills, and to learn to follow instruction in a formal class setting.
NOTE: Twinke Tots is a "Session Class," and runs for between 8 to 10 weeks. More information can be found on our Schedule page.
Pre-Dance (3 ½ - 5)
Pre-Dance focuses on gross motor functions with all parts of the body, coordinating arms and legs, and fun, creative movement. Among other fun movement exercises, pre-dance students will explore skipping backward, skipping forward, and beginning dance steps like turns, pliés, and tendu.
We offer a Pre-Dance 2 class for older tots (4-5 years old) that might need an extra year to prepare for more difficult movement (dependent on enrollment).
Kinder Ballet (5 – 6)
This class is for 2nd- and 3rd-year students who are ready to lay the foundation for the practice of ballet. While still exploring creative movement, little ones will begin to learn proper arm and foot positions along with basic ballet steps, preparing them for primary classes.
Kinder Tap (5 – 6)
Our youngest class of tappers! This class provides little ones with the opportunity to branch out from ballet and try something totally new. Tappers will learn foundational skills surrounding rhythm and timing and will explore beginner tap steps.
The following classes are offered based on age, ability, and enrollment. Teacher recommendation required.
Primary (7 - 10)
Tween (10 - 13)
We believe ballet is the foundation that a dancer requires to be successful in all other genres of dance. It is the core of a solid dance education. Our classic program combines both Cecchetti and Russian methods of ballet. Dancers from our kinder level all the way through our advanced groups work to build strength in their core, to better understand their bodies, and to master technique of the movement while still being allowed the freedom to express. We strive for a balance of discipline and fun. Students should expect to learn and memorize ballet terminology, participate in barre and center floor exercises, and to fall in love with the lovely classical style that is ballet.
Ballet Variations (7+)
Arguably the most important class of all - Ballet Variations centers around learning and building a dancer's foundational technique, using a variety of methods including but not limited to Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Ballanchine. In this class, dancers will learn to understand their bodies and how it relates to movement, working to create proper placement and alignment using theory and guided barre, center floor, and traveling combinations.
Unlike ballet (though we still use that core strength and solid arm placement that comes from ballet), tap focuses more intensely on timing, rhythm, and strength of sound. Students will learn to understand timing, and the way tap sounds combine with a song to make different rhythms. They will be expected to learn and memorize individual and combination steps across and center floor. Over time and throughout each level dancers will learn how to properly direct their energy into the floor while keeping eyes up, how to clarify and emphasize sounds, how to balance and coordinate, and how to become a master of rhythm!
Ready to take your ballet training to the next level and dance to some upbeat music? Jazz students will incorporate more conditioning, strength training, and stretching into their dance curriculum, and will learn the fundamentals of turning, kicking, jumping, and having a blast! Students have an opportunity to let loose and discover their personal style so that our instructors can encourage them to let it free in these high energy classes!
You thought jazz was high energy? Fasten your seatbelts for this explosive genre! Hip hoppers are taught at a young age how to strengthen their core and coordination with appropriate conditioning. This strength and coordination will enable them to learn how to properly execute stalls, kip-ups, the worm, and several other fun moves. Dancers will learn to locate and move to the beat of pop/hip-hop/clean rap music all while building endurance and having an awesome time in the process! Performance skills necessary.
Arguably the most popular genre trending today, contemporary has evolved into its own stunning world of possibilities. The genre stems from ballet and modern techniques, but ultimately never stays in one place. It is often combined with other genres (including jazz, hip hop, and acro) for extra flare, so every contemporary teacher/choreography teacher will offer something different. Often described as a “therapeutic form of dance,” this genre truly allows for more serious dancers to put their feelings into their movement and do some of their best work! This class is for students who have had at least 2 years of ballet training (preferably more) and are ready to break out of their shell and be their expressive selves.
Musical Theater (8+)
Love the theater? We do too! Want your dancer to have a little bit of experience before they audition for that school play? Come take a musical theater class! Learn the art of lip-synching and basic stage movement, all while enjoying the tunes of musical favorites!
Modern deals with more abstract movement that strays away from ballet technique. This genre is very grounded and "pedestrian-like." No shoes required for this class, just an open mind.
That whole "dance like nobody's watching" thing? Yep. That's this class! Dancers learn to move freely and allow themselves to be guided by the music. This class also offers an amazing opportunity for students to gain confidence, all while expressing their inner dancer.
Pointe or “toe” dancing is often a the epitome of the ballet genre. This class offers instruction on how to navigate a pointe shoe and the proper technique of how these shoes operate while the dancer is rehearsing. Learn how to transfer the genre of ballet from the top of your head to the tips of your toes – literally! Ballet experience and teacher approval required.
Acrobatics is a style of dance that blends classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Focusing on the strength, flexibility, and control of the body, acrobatics is an intricate discipline that allows dancers to push themselves to new limits. Although acrobatics can be defined by it's athletic character, it is also a unique art form that allows dancers to tell stories through their acrobatic skills. Acro can help build the strength and flexibility needed to compliment all other styles of dance.
How does our Academy program compare to the other programs we offer? Take a look at our Program Reference Sheet below!