CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Classes & Programs

COMBINATION CLASSES

Classes are one hour in length and introduce children in preschool through 1st grade, to several styles of dance. Classes are designed to introduce young dancers to structure while encouraging confidence to explore and create. Classes channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. Children learn about their bodies, space around them, socialization and motor skills. Students develop self esteem, concentration, behavior and respect, musicality, rhythm, memorization, coordination and become prepared for further dance studies.

Little Movers

This 45 minute class for ages 2 and 3, will introduce your active toddler to the basics of ballet, tumbling, and creative movement; while focusing on the development of listening skills to follow directions.

TPDC14_YapczenskiK&D_80Acro/Ballet/Tap

This class is a fun and exciting introduction to the joys of all three styles of movement. These combination classes focus on simple movements to provide a positive experience for young dancers ages 3 to 6. Acrobatic floor work is taught in a fun progressive method. Students will also learn ballet fundamentals.

TECHNIQUE CLASSES

The following classes are offered for students in grades 2 through 12. Classes are one hour in length.

Acro

Have fun while learning gymnastic floor elements and building endurance, increasing extension, deepening flexibility. Acrobatics are also a great way to improve one’s balance and agility.

TPDC14_McConnellC_15Ballet

The basis for all dance training. Barre, center floor work and traveling steps are taught using correct French terminology. It develops essential techniques of balance, control and memory. Ballet Also promotes flexibility and muscular strength while stressing correct body placement.

TPDC14_HenningC_58Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance is a modern fusion between jazz and street dancing. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking and popping. This popular, fun and energizing form of dance is one of the few disciplines in which personal style and creativity are considered to be very important.

TPDC14_BrightS_87Jazz

This exciting dance form has its roots in the Broadway theater. Special emphasis is placed on technique, which develops the ability to move and control each part of the body. Includes warm-up to stretch each muscle group, isolations, traveling steps, leaps and turns. It helps students discover their own sense of internal rhythm, coordination and personal style.

TPDC14_HenningL_21Lyrical/Contemporary

This dance style combines elements of Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance techniques with an emphasis on dramatic interpretation of the music. It utilizes the fluidity of Ballet with the control of Modern and the freedom of Jazz.

TPDC14_McCoyA_76Modern

This dance form emphasizes the elements of movement such as centering, gravity, posture, spatial awareness and imagery. This class also incorporates athletic movement, rhythmic and musical exploration, weight sharing and lifts. Students are also taught how to work in a group and improve their self-expression and creative skills.

TPDC14_Mehlman_28Musical Theater

This form of theater combines music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. Emotion as well as a story is communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects. This class includes improvisation, choreography, character development and audition experience.

TPDC14_ScassoZ_62Pointe

A strong foundation in ballet is required before students are selected to participate in this advanced technique of ballet on pointe.Participation is by teacher recommendation only. Classes are 1 1/2 hours in length.

TPDC14_GrossmanH_24Tap

This American dance form is characterized by rhythmic footwork that creates a tapping sound by utilizing the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoes. This contributes to the development of musicality, which will greatly benefit students in all other forms of movement. An emphasis on tempo and balance are stressed in tap class. Students explore music elements, learn note value, beat, accent, phrasesyncopation, rhythms and patterns.This helps develop the sense of musicality and rhythm, which will help in all other dance techniques.

TPDC14_PalladinoN_08Music Video Hip Hop

A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in pop music together with choreography influenced by some of today’s hottest videos. This class will focus on performance and choreography where students will be putting together their own music video to be viewed at the recital.