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Introduction to Dance (Ages 3-8 yrs)
Mommy & Me, Pre-Dance, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Kinder-Ballet/Tap
These classes take the developmental needs of this age group into consideration when introducing basic dance concepts and terminology. Principles of body and spatial awareness, alignment, and rhythm are developed through games, music, and creative activities appropriate for this age level. Our Mommy & Me and Pre-Dance students do not perform in an end of the year recital. We feel it is more appropriate to show families what they have learned on the last day of class in the spring. Pre-ballet/tap and Kinder-ballet/tap will end their dance year with an Introductory Performance Concert at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
Pre-Dance students must be 3 years old by September 1, 2016
Pre-Ballet/Tap students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2016
Kinder Ballet/Tap students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2016
Blends (Ballet/Jazz, Ballet/Tap)
Basic Technique instruction is given to lay the groundwork for ballet training. Jazz and tap instruction provide students with the large motor, coordination, and rhythm skill practice needed to further their dance development. Blend classes will end their dance year with a performance concert at the Prairie Center for the Arts.
Blend students must be 6 years old by September 1, 2016 (First and Second Graders)
Training Program (Ages 8-Adult)
The training program is designed for the more serious dancer who is looking to have a comprehensive dance education. On this track, ballet classes are required for all pointe, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and designated level jazz classes. One year of ballet is required before students are able to take lyrical or modern. All pointe classes follow a technique class that must be attended in addition to their regular ballet class. Students enrolled in Contemporary must also be enrolled in Modern.
Open Program (Ages 8-Adult)
The open program classes are available for students at all levels. Ballet classes are not required for these classes. Classes include:
- Jazz A-D
- Jazz G
- All Tap Classes
- All Hip Hop Classes
- Kids Zumba
- Adult Classes
Acro Level Descriptions
Beginning Acro: This class has no prerequisites and is geared towards students with little to no previous tumbling experience. Athletes in the beginner class will learn cartwheels, round-offs, back bends, rolls, handstands, and work at an individual basis towards intermediate skills such as front limbers and walkovers.
Intermediate Acro: Students must have mastered all the skills being taught in beginning acro and will work on front and back walkovers, working at an individual basis towards advanced level skills such as back & front handsprings and aerials.
Advanced Acro: Students must have mastered all the skills being taught in intermediate acro and also must have either a back handspring or an ariel to be in this class.