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TWINKLE STAR Baby Ballerina/Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet (2.5-4.5 yr) Young children learn to dance through exploration of movement and rhythm. During class we use props, imaginative and fun dances, practice locomotor skills, body awareness and self expression. Must be potty trained, able to follow basic directions and separate from parent at the door.
Beginning Ballet/Tap/Jazz: Beginners need to learn proper technique, alignment, flexibility and vocabulary of dance. Skills include center/barre work, traveling & locomotor skills, basic turns and combinations. Tap=sounds, clarity, rhythm, combinations Jazz=warm-ups, isolations, combinations, progressions.
Primary Ballet 1 & 2: (5-8 yr) Ballet technique, barre work and fundamental skill development.
Ballet: Artistic discipline that uses codified, precise and highly formalized set of steps, characterized by graceful, fluid movements. Classical ballet originated in 16th & 17th century French courts.
Jazz: A dynamic, ever changing dance genre that mirrors contemporary society. Roots of jazz dance borrow from a melting pot of cultures-folk dances from Africa, North and South America, and Europe, and theater dance evolving from modern, ballet, and ethnic dance.
Tap: Style of dance wherein you create rhythms and sounds with your feet. Tap has its beginnings in folk dancing, Irish step, English clog dancing, and African traditional dance, which over the past hundred years has merged and evolved into various performance styles of tap.
Hip Hop: Urban dance style, street funk, pop and lock movements. Experience or participation in ballet/jazz very helpful, but not required.
Ballet/Tap or Jazz combo: combination class of 2 disciplines
Level 1 classes: Continuation of fundamentals and technique development; increased dance movement vocabulary & terminology. Succeeding levels of classes will build on mastery of skills. (1-2 years experience)
Level 2,3,4 classes: For students with dance experience. Students should demonstrate skill achievement and have a strong dance & movement vocabulary. Level does not correspond with number of years of dance, but to mastery of skills and technique. Placement in levels may be determined by instructor.
Contemporary: (11 yrs & up) Combines lyrical, jazz, modern and ballet tehcnique while pushing boundaries and discovering new ways to move your body. Required-enrollment in ballet, jazz or lyrical.
Lyrical: Combines ballet, jazz, modern styles with emphasis on drama/emotion and telling a story through dance. Required-enrollment in ballet or jazz.
Modern: Explore abstract, expressive freedom of movement, and interpretive dance techniques characteristic of Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. Required: enrollment in ballet or jazz
Pom: Dance style characterized by sharp arm movement with kicks, leaps, jumps, splits & use of poms. this style is popular with high school dance teams and professional cheerleaders. All levels will have the opportunity to perform at local events and parades. Enrollment in jazz or T,T,T is strongly recommended for techinique.
Turns, Tricks, Technique (T,T,T): Class is skill driven for students to learn challenging turns, leaps, jumps, strengthening and stretching activities, and core conditioning.
Acro/Tumbling: Learn acro/tumbling skills such as floor based gymnastics, balance holds, simple stunts. Acrod dance combines dance with tumbling skills.
PRIDE & PASSION of PWDA: Competition dance team; Required: Enrollment in ballet, jazz, tap. By audition and invitation.