Pre School Combination: Tap and Ballet with Creative Movement for the pre school child. Monthly acrobatics. Tap and ballet slippers required.

Kinder and Graded Combination Dance: Tap and Ballet. Monthly Jazz and Acrobatics. Tap and ballet slippers are required. Junior Jazz: Jazz dance with monthly acrobatics. Jazz shoes are required. Tap/Jazz Combination: Tap and Jazz Dance. Monthly Acrobatics. Tap and jazz shoes required.

Graded Ballet and Jazz Dance Classes: Dance Connection strives to provide a learning environment for all people who desire to learn. A dance student’s progress is closely related to the training commitment they choose. We will be happy to help you find the right level and grouping of classes to reach your goals.
These guidelines are appropriate for all styles of dance:

• Recreational Dancer: Beginning Level or Grade 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and Intermediate level 3A and 3B classes may be taken once weekly for each style of dance. Intermediate and Advanced Level 4-6 may take two classes weekly in the same style of dance for a fun and recreational experience. Pointe is not a ballet option for the recreational advanced dancer for their own safety. Strength and repetition of training are a necessary requirement for pointe dance.

• Semi-Professional Dancer: Level or Grade 1A-1B suggested two classes per week at the same level; 2A, 2B take a minimum of two classes weekly three is recommended; Intermediate level 3A, 3B, and 4 take a minimum of three classes weekly. Advanced level ballet students may take ballet pointe class with a minimum of three classes weekly.

• Professional Division Dancer:
Beginning Level or Grade 1A and 1B take class in the same style of dance twice weekly; Level 2A and 2B take the same style of dance three times weekly; Level 3A-3B take four classes weekly; Level 4-5 take five classes weekly in the same style of dance; Level 6 take six or more classes weekly in the same style of dance. If there are fewer classes offered in the style of dance, the dancer would take the maximum number of classes offered in that style and level, and take the level higher and lower than their designated level. Other styles of dance (i.e. for hip hop, the Professional Division can include jazz dance) are always encouraged, and ballet training is a necessity for every aspiring dancer.

Dancers may be moved up in level at any time through the month of December for our ballet performance placement, and through February for all other classes. Please consider your schedule if a change in level may be necessary in the fall or winter season and try to keep the next level up open in your schedule. The levels progress from A to B within each grade, and the grades include level 1 as the beginning level through level 6 at the professional level. Obviously, students will most likely not progress one level per year, so it is common to remain in the same level for more than one year.

Lyrical: A style of jazz dance with a strong element of modern ballet relating to the lyrics and style of music. Ballet and jazz training are required to enroll.

Hip Hop: A modern and extremely popular style of dance with the emphasis on rhythm and coordination. Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required.

Pilates: A gentle yet effective non-aerobic form of exercise used to build core strength and long lean muscles, bringing the body into balance, while improving posture and toning throughout. Materials Needed: Yoga Mat, Water Bottle, Exercise Attire. Class objective: To increase flexibility, improve posture, strengthen abdominals, and tone muscles with mat exercises derived from Pilates.

Yoga: This energizing and enthusiastic Vinyasa style classes encourage alignment, awareness, and strength while keeping the classes both challenging and fun. Classes will also emphasize core and abs work. Wear comfortable clothing, shorts or tights. Bring a towel, a mat, and bottled.

Adult Fitness/Barre Method: A mixture of Pilates, Yoga, and Ballet in a fun upbeat group workout to motivating music. Builds lean muscle while still being low impact: controlled movements reduce pressure on your joints, tendons, and spine while strengthening targeted muscles.

 

BALLET, JAZZ, HIP HOP, TAP, LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY

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