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Dance Arts Conservatory

Class Descriptions

At Dance Arts Conservatory we want our students to be well rounded in all dance forms and therefore, we offer a variety of dance disciplines.

BALLET:
The basis for all dance. An artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet is characterized by light, graceful, and fluid movements.
POINTE: Instructor Recommendation Only
En pointe (pointe) means "on the tip" and is a part of classical ballet technique, usually practised using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes or toe shoes. The technique developed from the desire for dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like and has evolved to enable dancers to dance on the tips of their toes for extended periods of time.
MUSICAL THEATER JAZZ:
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, acting skills and of course dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
CHEER DANCE
Cheer Dance is a style of dance style that integrates pom pom technique and jazz with a hip hop flair. The dance team style is most commonly found in the collegiate dance squad/team setting.
TAP:
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument.
CONTEMPORARY:
Contemporary dance uses dance techniques and methods found in ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance, and it also draws from other styles of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique. Emphasis is placed on emotion and story telling.
HIP-HOP:
Hip-hop dance refers to 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. What separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dancers frequently engage in battles—formal or informal freestyle dance competitions.
ACRO:
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.



Class Levels

Pre School/Creative Movement: Offered to students who are 2+ years old. This class is a creative movement class which incorporates props, music, and movement games. This is their first introduction into the world of dance through music and movement.

Pre-Ballet/Tap/Jazz: Offered to students who are 4-6 years old. This hour long class provides students with equal parts ballet, tap, and jazz. Recommended for students who have successfully completed Pre School/Creative Movement.

Tiny Tots Tumbling: Offered to students who are 3+ years old. This class is a creative movement class which incorporates props, music, and movement games into a basic acrobatics class. Students will learn basic tumbling and acro fundamentals.

Level 1 & Level 2: This is the first level of the formal dance program. Students should be approximately 6 years of age. Body placement, posture, musicality, and artistry are introduced. Level 2 will expound on the basic fundamentals that were learned in the previous level. Classes offered at this level are ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theater, cheer dance, and contemporary.

Level 3 & Level 4: These levels are for students of the pre-teen age category, who have successfully completed the previous formal levels. Students in this level are strongly encouraged to supplement all their classes with ballet classes.

Teen Level: This level is offered to older adolescents who have progressed through the previous formal levels.

Adult Level:Adult dance classes are offered to adult students who have taken a break from their dance education or are new to the art of dance. Classes offered at this level are ballet, tap,and hip hop.

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