No other area school is better equipped to handle the needs of male dancers interested in dance. Our classes for boys are designed primarily for the purpose of focusing on the aspects of training that are specific for the male dancer. While many of the technical requirements in ballet and contemporary are the same among men and women, there are also those that are different for a male dancer. Because the men do not wear pointe shoes, the demands on them as a dancer are not equivalent to those of female dancers. They are expected to obtain a certain degree of strength and athleticism necessary for partnering and more demanding jumps. The classes are designed to hone these skills and mold young men into polished male dancers.
AGES: 3-4 Years
Creative movement is a fun, interactive class to introduce young students to dance. Introduction to musicality, locomotor skills, and group movement activities using bright visuals and a variety of music. The instructor for this class will use games, stories, and songs to teach the basics of rhythm, movement, coordination, and basic ballet steps.
Ballet is the foundation for most dance forms taught and will maximize technique and longevity in a career for dance. Studying this technique will provide the grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all areas of dance.
Level I: This level will explore beginning level ballet (recommended for ages 6+). Students will master the basic five positions of feet and arms, plie variations, tendus, among other level-appropriate skills. Dancers must master level I curriculum to move on to level II with.
Level II: Students will advance to this level and build upon skills previously taught from level I curriculum. The skill set will become more challenging and utilize both barre and centre floor work.
Level III: For advanced dancers looking to challenge their previous knowledge and training. Students will learn more complex and challenging combinations and skills. Dancers must master all previous levels and skill sets to enroll in this level with instructor's recommendations.
Level IV: Placement will be by teacher recommendation.
Contemporary will focus on the use of space, time, and energy with musical and emotional expression. A strong focus on contemporary modern techniques, i.e. Martha Graham Technique (contractions and release, off-center balances, and suspensions) will act as a foundation for all levels of contemporary.
Level I: This level explores contemporary dance by focusing on introductory level movement. Students will work on basic foundations of modern dance.
Level II: This level utilizes Graham based floor work and focuses on more technical skills to achieve choreography. Students should show proficiency in level I before moving up to level II.
Level III: This level will build upon skills taught in Level II.
Level IV: For dancers with strong technique. This class will utilize advanced technique, self warm-up, and more difficult choreography.
Jazz dance is an explorations of both style and presentation. Emphasis will be placed on basic jazz positions, exercises, foundation steps, turns, jumps, and isolations. Levels III & IV will also feature innovative choreography that is influenced by vogue dancing and street Jazz. Focus will also be placed on musicality, body alignment, conditioning, and stylization (Street Jazz).
A high energy, high impact dance class exploring current styles of movement seen on TV and in music videos. This form dance is inspired by urban Hip Hop (Baltimore Dance/House Dance) and African Dance. All movement and music selections are age appropriate for young dancers and offer a fun and relaxed environment to enjoy this popular dance form.