DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

BALLET DANCE CLASSES

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Ballet Level 1

Designed as an introduction to ballet, basic vocabulary and principles will be introduced to Level I students. There will be an emphasis on technique, poise, rhythm and self- discipline. Principles related to body alignment, muscle control, timing and spatial awareness will be investigated as well.

Class will begin with barre work, introducing external rotation of the legs and alignment of the spine, while executing basic ballet steps. Followed by centerwork, where students will incorporate knowledge gleaned from the barre to movement in the middle of the dance floor.

This class is offered for students age 6 - 12 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Students will not proceed to Level II until they have mastered the course work in Level I.

Ballet Level 2

Students in this class should have successfully completed Level I or comparable course work. This class will continue to work on external rotation and proper placement- with a focus on the upper body and position of the arms. We will move beyond the basics with more complicated barre and center work with an emphasis on weight transfer.

This class is offered for students age 6 - 12 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Ballet Level 3

Students in this class should already possess a strong understanding of proper body placement and port de bras, as well as be in full control of their turnout.  We will learn more advanced vocabulary with an emphasis on strength and stamina.

This class is offered for students age 10 - 14 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

BALLET Level 4

A student in this class will have had several years ballet experience. This class will work on advanced course work with compound combinations at the barre and in the center. Students will move beyond the technical and investigate artistic and musical expression.

This class is offered for students age 10 - 14 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Ballet Level 5

Level V is a course for the advanced dancer who has a strong understanding of ballet technique as well as artistic expression from the use of well placed port de bras and epaulement.

This class is offered for students age 12 - 19 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Teen Ballet

This class is designed as an introduction to ballet for the pre-teen and/or teen. Basic vocabulary and principles will be introduced. As in Level 1 there will be an emphasis on technique, poise, rhythm and self-discipline. Principles related to body alignment, muscle control, timing and spatial awareness will be investigated as well.  Class will begin with barre work, introducing external rotation of the legs and alignment of the spine, while executing basic ballet steps. Followed by centre work, where students will incorporate knowledge gleaned from the barre to movement in the middle of the dance floor.  Due to the maturity and focus of the dancers in this level we will move through material at a quicker pace than Level 1.

This class is offered for students age 12 - 19 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Advanced Teen Ballet

This is a class for the preteen to teen dancer with minimum 2 years of ballet. This class is for the mature dancer who can process information in an accelerated manner. The basics of good technique will be enforced as we learn new material with more compound combinations. Students in this class should already possess a strong understanding of proper body placement and port de bras, as well as be in full control of their turnout.  We will learn more advanced vocabulary with an emphasis on strength and stamina.

This class is offered for students age 14 - 19 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Ballet.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Ballet. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

TAP DANCE CLASSES

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Tap Level 1 & 2

Rhythmic tap is introduced to students in an a cappella environment to ensure students are hearing and understanding sounds correctly. This is where the foundation for musicality is laid.Shuffles, flaps, heel drops, toes drops, buffaloes, ball changes, cramp rolls, riffs, basic pull backs and time steps are steps that these students will come to master.

This class is offered for students age 7 - 12 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

TAP Level 3 & 4

Coordination, speed and agility become vital in the level 3 & 4 classroom. A focus on rhythmic tap and musicality becomes even more critical as students begin building complex rhythms in combinations. Draw backs, time steps, Cincinnati’s, maxi fords, shiggy bops, wings, double & triple paradiddles, rhythm turns, separated pull backs and single pull backs are steps these students will achieve. Students will also begin an exploration of improvisation and begin to develop their own style of movement.

This class is offered for students age 12 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Tap Level 5 & 6

As students progress into the highest levels, syncopated steps become crucial in combinations.  Weight shift, balance and endurance are key elements for the advanced tapper. Rolling shuffle graboffs, separated pull backs, wings, monsters and shiggy di bops become goals to accomplish.  Students will continue with improvisation and mastering complex rhythmic combinations.

This class is offered for students age 14 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Combination Ballet & Tap

Our combination Ballet & Tap classes are wonderful for the dancer who is just starting out!  This is a great way to get 2 styles of dance with in one hour.  These students learn the basics of Ballet, Tap and Creative Movement.  If your dancer is 3 through 6 this is where she / he will begin.  These classes are offered for students age 3 - 12 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 2 dances to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase only one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

JAZZ DANCE CLASSES

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PRE-JAZZ

Pre-Jazz is an introduction to Jazz.  Our young students learn how to correctly and safely move their coordinated bodies to the beat of the music.  Standing slow stretches, fast isolations, floor flexibility, and muscle conditioning are all included with the Jazz style of dancing.  A progressive choreographed dance routine is learned weekly. This class is offered for students age 5 - 6 and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

Jazz Levels 1-5

Jazz is a very fun, high energy and stylized form of dance.  In this class dancers will learn the basic movement, kicks, leaps and turns that have been derived through the many ears of the development of jazz.  Dancers will also tap into their sassy side and be encouraged to use their funky attitudes from within.  While finding themselves engulfed in the fast paced movement of jazz, students are encouraged and taught to hold and move through their core ballet technique.  Stretching and strengthening are a big part of the jazz class.  Isolation of each body part, traveling and stage presence are also taught.  Dancers are rewarded for taking risks in their movement and we love to see them smile and come out of their shell.

This class is offered for students age 7 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

HIP-HOP DANCE CLASSES

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Hip-Hop

Hip Hop is a style derived from African dance and encompasses everything from popping and locking to break-dancing, footwork, jumps and ticking.  Hip Hop dance is a balance of letting go and being loose with your body and movements, while at the same time controlling them.  Whether it is fast or slow, Hip Hop is a style of dance that is filled with character, attitude and fun!! This class is offered for students age 7 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

LYRICAL DANCE CLASSES

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LYRICAL

Lyrical is an expressive genre of dance that focuses on control and fluidity of movement.  Heavily focused on ballet technique and terminology, dancers will develop their musicality, advance their performance skills and solidify their ballet/jazz technique.  A complete understanding of ballet technique and the ability to express emotions thru movement is necessary to succeed in this style. This class is offered for students age 10 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES

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Contemporary

Contemporary dance expands on the technique and movements learned in lyrical class.  Growing over popularity in the last decade the contemporary style aims to push dancers and their movement in new directions.  Experimentation and improvisation often play a large part in creating contemporary movement.  Understanding how your body moves through space,  shifting of weight and momentum, floor work and overall body strength and control all play a critical role in this style of dance.  This class encourages dancers to feel their movement from within and share that feeling thru performance. This class is offered for students age 10 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

IMPROVISATION

Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema.

Meaning the teacher is not telling you exactly what to do, the students come up with it on their own. She will guide students but this is not a choreographed type of dance.

The Contemporary / Improvisation class will make time for improvisation.  Usually improvisation is a small portion of some contemporary classes, however we wanted to include it in the title of this class as it will definitely be a part of it every week and most kids love to improvisation, so we were thinking they would want to know this information.  Then if they do not like improvisation they could just enroll in a regular contemporary class where improvisation won’t be a huge part of the class. 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of this entertaining style of dance. This class is offered for students age 7 - Adult and will learn 1 dance to perform in our Christmas Show and 1 dance to perform in our Annual Spring Recital.  Students will rent a Christmas show costume ($10) and purchase one costume for their Spring Recital. ($80 - $85) This fee includes tights, garment bag and hanger.  

 

FLEXIBILITY / CONDITIONING & TECHNIQUE DANCE CLASSES

FLEXibility and conditioning

This class is technique based and focuses on strengthening and stretching of the muscles. Dancers will also work on endurance through HIIT and cardio.

 

ADAPTIVE DANCE CLASSES

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Adaptive Dance

We offer 2 class types for our special needs students. Our Hip Hop class is offered for our teenage and older students and our Jazz and Tap class is offered to students K - 12 where children with special needs are dancing with students who are currently enrolled at Holly's Dance & Mentorship. Progressive choreographed dance routines are learned weekly and performed in our Annual Christmas Show and Spring Recital.

 

ADULT DANCE CLASSES

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Adult Dance Classes

Our adult program has been a big hit over the years! These classes are fun, challenging and rewarding. These classes perform in our Annual Christmas show and Spring Recital. Genre’s and costumes are always discussed among the dancers and selected throughout the season. We typically begin with Jazz and Tap and branch out from there.

 

FATHER & DAUGHTER / MOMMY & ME DANCE CLASSES

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Father - Daughter and Mommy & Me classes are a fun addition to the classes dancers are enrolled in. They are a big hit at our performances and a great opportunity for the parents to get involved with their child’s dance activities. Father - Daughter and Mommy & Me classes are available to any student currently enrolled at Holly’s Dance & Mentorship age 6 and older. There is no charge for these fun filled family classes!! :) There is no costume fee required. In years past all costumes have been supplied by the parents and dancers closet :) If you feel the need to go buy something new, you may certainly do so, however we try to keep this particular costume simple to attain. All these classes are choreographed and taught by Miss Holly.

These dances do not require the parent to have previous dance training. The parent choreography is catered to the non-dancer and is for FUN!! Classes are 30 - 45 minutes each, and generally begin in late April early May.