In the Primary program, dancers ages 6 to 10 learn the technique, terminology, and skills that provide a strong foundation for future learning. Our primary program is ballet based with additional classes available in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and PBT.
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Ballet 1 Ages 7+
Ballet 2 Ages 9+
Our ballet program is based in the Vaganova method, and builds the foundation for all other forms of dance technique. Students are taught a full ballet class beginning at the barre and finishing in the center. Foundational movements and terminology is taught to provide a strong base for which to build upon in the coming levels. A ballet hip alignment belt and a terminology workbook is required. A Routine is developed for the Academy School Performance.
Pre-Pointe 2 Ages 9+
Pre-Pointe includes tailored exercises for students to build strength for pointe work. At the end of the term, students must pass a pointe readiness evaluation to be invited into our pointe program. This is one of the single most important moments in a dancer's training career. The health and safety of our dancers is of paramount importance, and therefore, we will take great care to make sure your child is truly ready for pointe shoes.
Level 1/2 studies continue to evolve & prepare the young jazz student for more complicated steps, footwork combinations, turns, and jumps. This is achieved through fun jazz-based exercises using songs and dance movement that is age and skill level appropriate. A Routine is developed for the Academy School Performance.
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train skill acquisition in a graded and progressive manner from junior through to advanced levels. Read More
Lyrical dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. Classes include warm up, isolations, stretches, across the floor progressions, and choreography combinations. These classes are for dancers who like precision and rhythm, physical challenges, and personal style and expression particularly with lyrically expressive songs. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, rhythms and isolation of body parts, and expressing personal style. A Routine is developed for the Academy School Performance.
Tap focuses on rhythms and patterns in footwork through proper technique, as well as personal style and producing clear sounds. Classes include a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. These classes are for dancers who like rhythm, precision footwork, and creative styling. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. A Routine is developed for the Academy School Performance.
Acro is a blend of classical dance technique with precision and acrobatic elements. This class is designed to promote strength, flexibility, and technique while safely mastering various levels of Acro elements. Ballet is a strong requirement for participation in this class.
Hip Hop dance refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily danced to Hip Hop music or that have evolved as part of Hip Hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping. A Routine is developed for the Academy School Performance.