Dance Conservatory classes are designed to engage the student with rigorous instruction in a challenging, but supportive, environment. Instructors use positive reinforcement to provide balanced emphasis in classical and contemporary techniques in order to develop versatile healthy dancers.
Creative Movement (3-4 Years)
Young students are introduced to the fundamentals of dance through imaginative play, which enhances self-confidence and strengthens cognitive skills, coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness, and large motor skills.
Ballet (5-11 Years)
Students are instilled with ballet fundamentals and a focus on anatomical awareness, safe body alignment, and even weight distribution.
Ballet 1 (ages 5-6) – 1st Year
Ballet 2 (ages 5-6) – 2nd Year
Ballet 3 (ages 7-11) - Transition from 5-6 year old program into 7-11 year old
Ballet 4 (ages 7-11) – Beg/Int
Ballet 5 (ages 7-11) - Int
Ballet 6 (ages 7-11) – Int/Adv
Ballet 7 (ages 7-11) - Adv
Classical & Contemporary Ballet (12+ Years)
These classes combine instruction in classical and contemporary ballet techniques with a focus on anatomical correctness that includes safe body alignment and even weight distribution.
Ballet 8 (ages 12+) - Beg/Int
Ballet 9 (ages 12+) - Int
Ballet 10 (ages 12+) – Int/Adv
Ballet 11 (ages 12+) - Adv
Continuing the focus on classical and contemporary ballet techniques, students develop skills while working in pointe shoes. Instructors work with students to determine the safest approach based on the individual’s foot structure. Approval is required for enrollment. These classes are traditionally for female dancers; however, male dancers may choose to attend in order to increase foot strength.
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced (ages 12+)
While exploring classical and contemporary forms of jazz dance, instructors focus on safe body alignment while emphasizing complex rhythmic patterns, vitality, coordination, strength, and flexibility.
Jazz 1 (ages 5-6) – 1st Year
Jazz 2 (ages 5-6) – 2nd Year
Jazz 3 (ages 7-11) – Beg/Int
Jazz 4 (ages 7-11) – Int
Jazz 5 (ages 7-11) – Int/Adv
Jazz 6 (ages 7-11) – Adv
Jazz 7 (ages 12+) - Int
Jazz 8 (ages 12+) - Adv
Students learn dance techniques from classical modern to contemporary styles of movement. Instructors provide technical training and also help to develop the individual dancer’s creative expression.
Contemporary 1 (ages 7-11) - Beg
Contemporary 2 (ages 7-11) - Int
Contemporary 3 (ages 7-11) – Int/Adv
Contemporary 4 (ages 7-11) - Adv
Contemporary 5 (ages 12+) - Int
Contemporary 6 (ages 12+) - Adv
This class is designed to promote and support young men’s involvement in the dance world. Focus is placed on improving techniques specific to the role of a male dancer, while it gives young men the opportunity to be the majority in the class and to receive support as a dancer.
FALL SEMESTER BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 28th
2017-18 Class Descriptions