Class Descriptions

 

At Dance with Energy, we realize that each child learns differently, all classes are taught in a combination of teaching styles in order to reach all learning types. All Dance with Energy classes consist of a proper warm-up, across the floor progressions, center technique, strengthening exercises and a cumulative dance routine.  Many times class flow will be based on the group’s energy and focus for the day.  In every class all dancers will have the opportunity to practice individually with the teacher as well as with the group.  Whether your child is interested in dance as an extracurricular activity or they aspire to be a prima ballerina or dance on Broadway, we have something for everyone!!

 

TYPES of CLASSES

Combination Classes- Our combination classes are a great way to really expand your dancers’ exposure to all the different forms of dance.  Classes consist of a half hour of each dance form.  We offer combination classes to our younger, flourishing dancers.  Typically 3 – 6 year olds do better with a fast moving class and a variety of exercises to hold their attention.  We also offer combination classes to our older students who would like to try different styles of dance or who just don’t want to pick one form to study.

Single Focus Classes- Single focus classes study one form of dance for a one hour period.  They are for our older dancers who have discovered their favorite style or for our more passionate dancers who wish to study dance more seriously.  Our single focus classes help our students to transition to a more structured class environment.  While all dance styles are fun, Ballet is the foundation from which all styles have grown.  Students are strongly encouraged to study Ballet in addition to their other classes.

  

LEVELS

Discovery Dance: Ages 2 ½ - 3
Creative Movement I:  Ages 3 – 4
Creative Movement II:  Ages 4 – 5
Kinder Combo:  Ages 5 – 6
Level 1 Classes:  Ages 6 – 9
Level 2 Classes:  Ages 9 – 13
Level 3 Classes:  Ages 13 – 18
Lil’ Hip Hop:  Ages 3 – 6
Boys Hip Hop: Ages 6-10
Irish Step: Ages 5-7
Musical Theatre:  Ages 7 & up
Adult Classes:  Ages 18 & up

 

Class Descriptions

Discovery Dance:  –(Ages 2 1/2 - 3) A 3 month themed session to introduce children to Creative Movement  (Sep-Nov, Dec-Feb, Mar-May). Young dancers will expand their imaginations through movement and explore musicality, imagery and dance. A great introductory class for first time dancers. Each session will end with an informal performance in-studio for parents. 
*There will be no Spring recital performance for this class. 

Class Focus:
Basic Ballet Terminology and Steps
Dance Class Etiquette & Listening Skills
Music Patterns and Speeds
Creative Thinking, Use of imagination
Development of Coordination & Gross Motor Skills
Tumbling and Rolling

Creative Movement I & II- (Ages 3 – 5) A combination class of pre-tap and pre-ballet.  In Creative Movement I Dancers are introduced to the basics of each dance style through the use of imagery and creative song and dance. 

Creative Movement II reviews movements and exercises taught in Creative Movement I.  This class also moves to more difficult steps to prepare the dancer for Kinder Combo which takes a more formal approach to Ballet & Tap.  

Class Focus:
Basic Ballet & Tap Terminology and Steps
Dance Class Etiquette & Listening Skills
Music Patterns and Speeds
Creative Thinking, Use of imagination
Development of Coordination & Gross Motor Skills

Kinder Combo- (Ages 5 – 6) A combination class of tap & ballet.  Dancers continue their study of each form in a more focused but fun way.  Proper ballet placement and positions are taught and more challenging tap steps are introduced.  Ballet class etiquette is explored and dancers start to really concentrate on poise.  Tap sounds are expected to become clearer and articulated and repetition is used to ensure that proper sounds are being made.

Class Focus:
Ballet & Tap Terminology
Ballet Body Placement & Positions of the Feet
Balance
Ankle Articulation & Rhythm

Lil’ Hip Hop- (Ages 3 -6) An introduction to Hip Hop for our younger dancers.  Lil’ Hip Hop gets our students moving to popular, age appropriate music.  Basic dance movement is introduced and concentration is focused on coordination and gross motor skills.  The “attitude” of hip hop is explored and helps build confidence in the dancer’s movement.  Dancers also have the opportunity to free style dance.  

Class Focus:
Basic Jazz and Hip Hop Terminology and Steps
Dance Class Etiquette & Listening Skills
Music Patterns and Speeds
Development of Coordination & Gross Motor Skills

Boys Hip Hop- (Ages 6 -10) A high-energy introduction to Hip Hop for boys only. Basic dance movement is introduced and concentration is focused on coordination, athleticism, and rhythm.  The “attitude” of hip hop is explored and helps build confidence in the dancer’s movement.  Dancers also have the opportunity to free style dance.  

Class Focus:
Basic Jazz and Hip Hop Terminology and Steps
Rhythm
Free-style Movement
Dance Class Etiquette & Listening Skills
Development of Coordination 

Ballet- Ballet training is widely recognized as the foundation for all other dance forms.  It is characterized by light graceful movements that involve precise steps and gestures set in intricate flowing patterns.  Ballet technique involves and challenges the entire body.  Its discipline and intricacies stimulate the mind as well as the muscles.  Ballet improves body posture & carriage, balance, muscle tone, endurance, strength, coordination and discipline.

Class Focus:
Poise, Grace & Posture
Barre Etiquette
Positions of the Arms, Feet and Body
Alignment & Balance
Feeling & Flexibility

Jazz- Jazz dance is energy in motion, vibrant and allows the dancer’s personality to shine.  Jazz dance is an American form of dance that developed in the early 1900’s as both African and European people began to mix their dance traditions.   Typically jazz dance is performed to the popular music of the time.  This form of dance is energetic and fun.  It consists of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

Class Focus:
Basic Jazz Leaps and Turns
Differences Between Sharp and Smooth Movement
Isolations & Contractions
Direction Changes 
Floor work

Tap- Tap dancing is based on the arrangement of steps that create their own musical sound and song.
 Dancers use special shoes equipped with metal taps on the bottom.   The goal in tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds with various levels of tone.  Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance and helps build the dancer’s aerobic fitness, coordination, rhythm and muscle control.  

Class Focus:
Rhythm & Musical Counts
Syncopation
Ankle Articulation
Time Steps

Hip Hop- Hip Hop dancing almost eludes definition and has become increasingly popular over the last two decades. This type of dance constantly evolves and welcomes innovation.  Typically it refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily performed to Hip Hop music.  Hip Hop evolved from break dancing and Hip Hop dancers often engage in friendly battles or competitions.  Hip Hop is all about attitude and improvisation.

Class Focus:
Rhythm
Free-style Movement
Body Isolations
Coordination

Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary- Modern dance emerged as a rebellion to the structured strictness of Ballet and has recently been made popular by such shows as “So You Think You Can Dance” & “Dance Moms”. Over the years its name has changed several times and has often been considered the hardest form of dance to name. Modern/Contemporary dancing uses the body as an instrument to express emotions in a free flowing interpretive style. Dancers concentrate on individual interpretation of the music or direction from the teacher rather than strict technique. Modern/Contemporary dance often has an artful contrast between moments of stillness and activity and the dancers are usually all doing different movements at the same time.  Dancers dance barefoot.  

Class Focus:
Improvisation & Musical interpretation
Contraction & Release
Fall & Recovery
Connection Between Breath & Movement

Musical Theatre- Musical theatre is a fusion of acting, dialogue, singing and dancing with scenery and costumes.  It combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance to tell a story much like a play.  Most musicals contain both solo and ensemble songs accompanied with choreography to portray the storyline.  Performers who excel in musical theatre are considered “Triple Threats” because they are trained in acting, singing and dancing.  At Dance with Energy the musical theatre class will explore two excerpts from age appropriate musicals, one from September to December and one from January to May. 

Class Focus:
The Selected Musical’s History
Plot Synopsis
Character Building
Song & Line Memorization
Use of Props & Stage Blocking

Irish Step- Irish Step Dancing developed from traditional Irish dancing.  It can be performed solo or by troupes. Dancers stiffen their upper bodies while performing quick intricate footwork.  Two types of shoes are worn; 
Hard shoes, which create sounds similar to tap shoes and soft shoes similar to ballet slippers.  Younger, beginner dancers usually start out with the soft shoe.  “Riverdance”, an Irish stepdancing company, greatly contributed to this dance form’s popularity.  

Class Focus:
Turn out & Crossed Feet
Being High on the Toes
Timing & Travel 
Arms & Upper Body Stiff

Adult Classes- You’re never too old to dust off those dancing shoes!  Whether you are a past performer or just want to explore a dance class, our adult classes will provide a great way to have fun and learn or refresh a dance style. Classes will be customized and adjusted to the skill levels of the participants.  Attire should be comfortable clothing appropriate for the style which allows free range of movement.  Proper shoes will be required.  Recital participation is not mandatory, however if any students wish to participate, a routine will be choreographed and costumes ordered!! We look forward to expanding Dance with Energy to our more mature audience.