The Dancerz Stage offers a variety of classes for all ages and abilities. Below you will find a descriptive list of the types of dance, along with their age appropriateness. Be sure to visit our POLICIES page to learn about class rules and tuition policies, and our REGISTRATION page for convenient online registration.
Ballet is the cornerstone of all dance styles. Classes focus on barre work, center exercises and movement combinations. Dancers must have a solid grounding in ballet if they are interested in dance as a career or wish to audition for any performing arts specialty school. Students will learn technique and placement, while emphasizing musicality. All students are encouraged to take at least one ballet class.
Pre-Pointe & Pointe classes are for the serious ballet student and require completion of pre-Pointe prior to being placed in a Pointe class. Students will learn about pointe shoes and how to sew and tie them correctly. Each class will consist of strengthening exercises to prepare the student to safely dance en Pointe.Pointe (Ballet) is for students at least 12 years old who have acquired an acceptable level of strength, flexibility, and endurance. Dancing on pointe, is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill and is a central part of a female ballet dancer's training and repertoire. Placement in this class is at the teacher’s discretion. To be on pointe, a student must take at least one Ballet class.
Tap develops rhythm and coordination with inimitable style. Patterns of sound are made with the feet and include an emphasis on musicality.
Jazz introduces students to syncopated rhythms, body isolations, and a repertoire of standard moves. Jazz has roots in Ballet and Modern, but also draws on the body isolations, rhythms and techniques of African dance. Along with Ballet and Modern, Jazz is crucial to the foundation of a career in dance.
Hip Hop is a blend of today’s high energy “street style” Movement. Typically performed to “popular music,” This style of dance has been sought after by teens, Preteens and the “young at heart.” This high-energy dance class is enjoyed by both boys and girls who want to learn the latest urban dance steps. Influenced by some of today's hottest video choreography, these dances are presented in an age appropriate and level conscious manner while combining elements from traditional African, jazz, and street dance styles. The style boasts that everyone is capable of taking part and having fun! Sometimes percussive and other times it incorporates “house or club” dancing, making Hip Hop the latest Dance phenomenon.
Modern/Contemporary Fusion is a class combining the form and function of technique (pairing earthy/grounded concepts of modern dance with ballet and popular dance styles) with an inventive movement vocabulary. This multi-level class is comprised of: center barre work in parallel and turned out positions-emphasizing clean technique and alignment, across the floor combinations, and class combinations that are added weekly. Music selections span eras and styles. This form of dance is inspired by nature, music, art, and human emotions.
Musical Theater is a class that focuses more on different styles of theatrical dance. It involves learning combinations to music from Broadway Musicals in which there is a specific story that is being expressed in the dance. All musicals have a different story, therefore in musical theatre or Broadway style dance, you are always acting within the dance itself. This class is fun and exciting and students will be learning many different styles since the world of theatre dance is so versatile in styles. Some styles include: Luigi, Fosse, traditional, and comedy/character dance!
Turns, Leaps & Conditioning (TLC) class helps dancers of all levels stay in shape and learn some new exercises they can use all year to increase their strength and endurance (stamina), flexibility, grace and confidence. Classes will be designed to work each dancer’s body, concentrating on the core muscle groups so vital to helping dancers at all levels improve their technique and control, as well as avoid injury. Exercises and combinations will be designed to focus and develop such vital techniques as balance, control, extension and flexibility. It’s good for our brain, too, because it develops and enhances memorization skills. The class incorporates movements and techniques from ballet and jazz. This class will focus on increasing students flexibility, and focus on leaps and turns. And it’s fun!!! All students are encouraged to participate in these classes to improve their flexibility, strength and balance.
Move with Me (Caregiver and Me Class)
- Basic rhythms skills
- Gross motor movement
- Movement sequence
- Body awareness to any toddler accompanied by an adult
Combination Classes - Combination classes are a great way for students to experience different types of dance in a short amount of instructional time. Classes are available for students 2 year olds – 10 years old. The main focus of combination classes is on students having fun and enjoying dance as an everyday activity.
o Creative Movement/Ballet/Tap Combination/Acro
§ This combination class will allow students to develop coordination, rhythm, and self-discipline as they express themselves through movement. Students will be introduced to ballet incorporating basic terminology with the positions of the feet, hands and body. They will also be introduced to tap using basic tap steps and slow music so children can develop a sense of rhythm and learn to count music while dancing at the same time. Teaching aids include scarves, tambourines, bean bags, and hula hoops. The students: learn to listen and follow instructions; learn basic locomotor movements; learn simple dance terminology and concepts; are exposed to different types of music and rhythms; learn to wait their turn. We emphasize a non-competitive atmosphere. Some tumbling will also be incorporated.
o Ballet/ Tap/Jazz (5-6 yr old)
§ Combination class focuses on getting students ready to transition from combination type classes to full hour classes in a specific style of dance. Ballet class will include more challenging barre exercises while emphasizing basic terminology. The tap portion of the class will concentrate on developing intricate patterns and rhythms, while the jazz portion of class will begin to develop student's flexibility and balance skills.
o Tap/Jazz Combination (7-9 year old)
§ Students will continue to enjoy expressing themselves through the art of dance in this fun and interactive class. At this level, students will learn more challenging tap and jazz skills through imagination activities, movement games and singing. Dancers will enjoy learning basic jazz and tap terminology along with fun and engaging games.
The Creative Choreographer class gives students the opportunity to explore their creative side and ideas to create dances. Students will be able to create dances through experimentation, improvisation as well as guided exercises and choreography techniques. Students will work on their own choreography for a Choreography Showcase performance. All students will also work together in which they present their culminating group choreographic project at the end of year recital.