Introduction to Movement - Introduction class for toddlers in which they will be exploring movement, following along with and listening to an instructor, counting to the music, and dancing alongside others. They will begin to learn basic dance terminology while engaging in simple ballet and jazz movements. By using age appropriate activities and music, this fun and engaging class is sure to be loved by your little mover.
Fundamentals of Dance - Designed to introduce students to the art of dance by learning the fundamentals of movement through an emphasis on jazz, tap and ballet. Using specialized curriculum for the young child with age appropriate music and activities, these classes enhance a student’s creative ability, attention span, physical mobility and musical comprehension. Students learn basic dance terminology, body and movement awareness, and also strengthen memory and confidence as they prepare for a year-end performance!
Ballet - As the foundation of all dances, ballet is fundamental to the education of any dancer. While learning technique, students build proper posture and carriage, develop grace and control and gain self-confidence and personal discipline. Ballet classes improve a student's ability and performance in all other forms of dance. The class concentrates on terminology & technique. The intermediate and advanced levels are encouraged to take more than one class per week.
Pointe - The time a ballet student advances to Pointe is determined by the Instructor and is based on a student's individual strength and ability. Students must take a minimum of three years of ballet training to be considered for Pointe.
Lyrical/Contemporary - This class explores body and spacial awareness, movement, rhythm, and improvisation. Lyrical dance combines the grace of ballet with the stylization of jazz to create a form of dance that allows students to express emotion through movement. With the foundation of this style being ballet and jazz, it is encouraged that dancers are also enrolled in those classes.
Technique - Non-recital - This class focuses on stretching, across the floor progressions, center work, leaps and turns, and more. In all exercises, students develop muscle strength, flexibility, and further their jazz technique. Designed to take in addition to Jazz for the upper levels.
Jazz - Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class can include stretches, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Upper level Jazz dancers are asked to take Leaps & Turns along with their jazz class.
Hip Hop - Fun and energetic! This class focuses on age appropriate hip hop dancing and music that students will love. They will not only learn high energy hip hop choreography but also rhythm, coordination, isolations and breakdancing! Students will be introduced to many different styles of hip hop enforcing well-rounded hip hop dancers.
Tumbling - Non-Recital - This class will focus on fundamental tumbling skills and technique. Dependent on level, students will learn such things as handstands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, handsprings, aerials, etc. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility & strength.
Tap - Students will learn technique, clarity of sounds, tempo, combinations and the basic moves of tap such as standard time steps, shuffles, flaps, etc. This class offers students the opportunity to focus on their coordination and musical awareness. A mix of music styles such as Broadway show tunes or pop may be used. Classes include warm-up, progressions, and combinations.
Musical Theatre - Incorporates dance (jazz & tap), voice, acting, and the use of props to help make a well rounded performer. It is a great class for students who are looking to acquire the elements needed to perform roles in their schools and community theatre productions. This class is a wonderful learning and confidence building experience.
Clogging - Modern clogging is inspired by traditional styles but performed to a wide variety of music, including bluegrass, modern country, pop, and hip hop. Clogging shoes are unlike tap shoes in that they have double taps and it’s high energy style of movement is loved by dancer and audience alike! Irish step dancing, hard and soft shoe, will also be explored in this class.
Street Jazz - Not your average jazz class! A unique combination of hip hop and jazz is taught in this class by instructors that create choreography that is fresh and exciting! Focus is placed on stylization, performance, energy and precision. Class will consist of stretching, warm ups, combinations and unique drills/activities to boost confidence, stage presence and to bring out your own personal style.
Yoga - Whether you wish to grow strong, release tension, or just turn off the mind chatter, our yoga classes will provide you all of the above. You will be guided through transitions focusing on a healthy alignment of the spine, as well as strengthening the musculature that supports the body. Ambient music and visualizations will help promote relaxation and peacefulness. Come wake up, expand, explore and energize your body.
Student Yoga - Alive with flowing sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques, this class allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. Partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire positive peer interactions that they are sure to carry into their everyday lives. Journaling, group discussions and valuable activities create a positive environment that supports self-esteem, body appreciation and tools for stress management.
Strength and Conditioning for dancers - Dancers ARE athletes! Dancers use every single muscle of their bodies and it is crucial to build flexibility, strength and control in all of those muscles. Great for all levels of dancers to help each individual become stronger, physically fit and help prevent against injury.
"Feel Good" Fusion - Dance. Period. Don't you ever just here a song and it makes you wanna dance? (Bruno Mars? Luke Bryan? Britney?) Yes! Well, we're taking all those feel good songs and doing some feel good dancing! Influenced by the music, and inspired by all styles, the instructor will teach fun combinations and keep you moving for a great workout (bonus!). Basic moves make this class fun for anyone… even the non-dancer!
Introduction to Aerial - Intended for any student interested in learning aerial dance! This class uses aerial silks to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral the body into and out of various positions. This class serves as an introduction to the style as the student becomes acquainted with working with the fabric.
Aerial Dance - Level 1 - This class uses aerial silks to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral the body into and out of various positions. This class serves as an introduction to the style as the student becomes acquainted with working with the fabric, however, level 1 is intended for Intermediate/Advanced level dancers that have significant tumbling and/or dance experience, which is reflected in the pace of the class.
ZUMBA - Ditch the workout, join the party! Our Zumba certified instructor, Dimitra, takes the traditional latin inspired dance moves and music along with some pop tunes and more current moves to bring you a fun dance party atmosphere! And the best part, no dance experience necessary! The workout is basically watch and follow. The moves are repeated often enough for you to catch on and they're not complicated. The routines are repeated week after week with additions every now and then to spice things up even more! According to the Zumba website, "Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be 'FUN AND EASY TO DO'... Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a 'feel happy' workout."
Barre Fitness - Barre is a hybrid workout class - combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches. Barre also focuses on high reps of small range movements.
Aerial Fitness - Aerial Fitness uses a soft hammock to support and suspend the body while using your body weight and gravity to lengthen & strengthen and improve posture and align joints. This dynamic workout focuses on 3 dimensional movement, conditioning and joint rotation/mobility. It fuses stretching style exercises, pilates based core moves, fun aerial challenges, strength training, and balance and posture work. Great for those looking for something outside of the normal gym workout to stay fit or for those to use it as a great body conditioning in addition to your weight or cardio workouts.
Curious about class attire and what to bring? Here's some simple guidelines but please don't hesitate to ask!
Where to get shoes?
For young dancers, local stores (Target, Payless, etc) often have ballet and even tap shoes for little ones.
We also recommend ordering from discountdance.com for shoes and/or any dancewear you may need. Use studio code TP102935 to earn points for our studio!
What else to know? Bring your water bottle!
*Helpful hint: young dancers are given brief water breaks and we often find they get "upset" when they don't have a water bottle to drink from like the others do...even if they aren't actually thirsty ;)