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Class Descriptions

Ages 2-Young 3

WEE-Dance
Our WEE Dance is for Mommy (or Daddy/caregiver) and a tot. It is designed to help aid in the development of skills appropriate for a 2 year old. For this reason our class uses a parent or caregiver to help us orient the child into a classroom setting encouraging the development of fine and gross motor skills. These skills are developed through the use of music, dance, and support of those who love them. Along with assisting in the development of motor skills in the children we incorporate sharing, taking turns, and following directions. These aspects all lead to the development of socialization and additional necessary skills of listening and memory.

Schedule:  Wednesdays 11-11:45am in 6-8 Week Sessions (Dates TBA)

Ages 3-5

PS1, PS2 (Pre-School) and Child (Kindergarten)

These classes are fun and exciting intro to ballet and tap dance, that focus on co-ordination, self-expression and musicality in creative and imaginative ways. Dancers learn many cute songs with dance steps that they will be singing to you throughout the year. They learn the importance of taking turns and working together in a structured class. We will keep students entertained and help them to acquire a lifelong love of dance.

Schedule:PS1 Ballet/Tap (Ages 3/4) Mondays 3:15-4:15pmOR    Saturdays 9am-10am 
 PS2 Ballet/Tap (Ages 4/5) Mondays 3:15-4:15pmORSaturdays 10am-11am
 Child Ballet/Tap (Ages 5/6) Mondays 4:15-5:15pmORSaturdays 11am-12pm

 

Ages 5 & up

Level placement is based on both age and experience. As the student progresses through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. New and beginning dancers are accepted by age only through level 1, older dancers' placement will be based on a variety of factors. Age/level breakdowns are listed below, and please note that ages and years of experience are only approximate, and all placements are ultimately indivualized.

  • Elementary 1 & 2: Ages 6-8, typically 1st and 2nd grade.

  • Level 1: Ages 8-10 or 11 beginner

These classes are combined ballet, jazz and tap that build upon each other in each level. Dancers will learn ballet barre exercises focusing on technique and flexibility. Leaps, turns and jumps are introduced. Basic steps begin to be combined for short combinations making this an exciting class for this age group.

  • Level 2-5: Ages 11 and up, with 2+ years of experience. Advanced levels are often repeated 2 or more years.

Level classes are style specific technique classes, during which the curriculum becomes increasingly more complex and intricate as the student progesses through the various levels. Focus is on proper technique with combinations becoming more difficult.

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Hip Hop  Age 5 & up

This commercial style refers to street dancing and has evolved throughout the years. Dancers learn vocabulary and steps that progress through their age levels. This popular style of dance is a favorite way to learn great moves for social events and, as they become older, progress into the commercial dance world.

Schedule:(Ages 5-7) 5:15-6pm
 (Ages 8-12) Monday 6-7pm
 (Ages 13 & up) Intermediate Monday 8:15-9:15pm
 (Ages 13 & up) Advanced Mondays 7:15-8:15pm

       

Pom  Age 12 & up

This is a great class seen performed by high school dance teams. It is designed to introduce dancers to the basics of proper jazz dance technique while including the sharp synchronized movements and visual effects of working with pom poms! It is recommended that the dancer has 3 years of experience in ballet, jazz or lyrical. For those students looking towards trying out for high school  or college dance teams this is a great class full of fun, high energized Pom routines.

Schedule:  Teens Mondays 6:15-7:15pm

 

Lyrical  Elem 2 & up

Lyrical is a dance style that combines ballet, jazz, and contemporary technique. Dancers are trained to use emotion and movement to portray feelings from the lyrics of a song. Combinations are taught and improvisation is highly encouraged. The beginner level is an intro to lyrical, and does not require a  coinciding ballet class, but if the student wants to progress into the next level, a year or more of ballet class is required. Students in levels 2-5 are required to have ballet experience and also be enrolled in a ballet class at ADA.
 
Schedule:
(Beginner Age 7-9) Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm
 (Level 2/3) Thursdays 7-8pm
 (Level 4/5) Thursdays 4-5pm

 

Ballet  Elem 1 & up

Ballet is considered the basis of all dance training. Dancers learn grace, elegance and discipline while focusing on technique and flexibility. We strongly feel that ballet is the most important dance form that a child can study. We offer Ballet for all ages and abilities. Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vagonova and Cecchetti methods.

 

Jazz  Elem 1 & up

The jazz style is based off of ballet technique and includes sharp and fluid movements as the dancer builds technique and style. For this reason, it must be taken with a ballet class. Popular music is used while dancers work on body isolations, stretching, flexibility, turning, and leaping.

 

Tap  Elem 1 & up

Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in this country. Students are taught rhythms, timing, and leg/foot coordination done to various types of music. We teach all types of tap from standard basics like “42nd Street” (Broadway Style) to the funky rhythm tap as seen in “Bring In Da Noise” (Hoofing Tap). Students will receive well-rounded knowledge of all types of tap in Elem 1-Elem 3. When they get to Levels classes they are offered Broadway Style and/or Hoofing Tap.

 

Pointe  Age 11 & up

Pointe dance is for intermediate to advanced ballet dancers with a minimum of 3 years of ballet training. It is a part of classical ballet technique that requires the dancer to support all of their body weight on the tips of fully extened feet. This work is done wearing a specially fitted pointe shoe
A: This class is for the beginner to intermediate student. Dancers must be at least 11 years old with 3 years of ballet training and approved by the instructors to register. Dancers must stay in this class for a minimum of 2-3 years to build strength and endurance for more advanced work. Dancers must be take the ballet class time that precedes this class.
B: This class is for dancers in Level 4-5 who are ready for more advanced pointe work. Approval must be given by the instructor to move up to this level and these dancers must take the ballet class that precedes this class.

*We highly suggest that all our pointe dancers take at least 2 ballet classes per week.

All Pointe classes are on Saturdays 

 

Acro Dance  Age 8 & up

Acrobatic dance is a combination of dance technique and acrobatic skills. It focuses on strength and flexibility as the basis for tumbling, balancing, limbering, and partnering technique. Acro classes are taught by an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher, and progress through specific benchmarks to safely and effectively teach these new skills. Additional dance classes are not required, but highly recommended as the dancers will attain skills at a faster pace with the extra focus on technique.

 

"Darlene and the entire ADA staff! Congrats on yet another wonderful recital! What an amazing job! Jacklyn had the time of her life. She is so sad for her first Monday without dance. Thanks again for all you do to make this such a memorable time!"

Rose Peters

 

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