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Class Descriptions

DANCE BASICS

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (ages 3-4)

A special class for a special age. Dance activities emphasize the fun and excitement of discovering the world through movement. Children will enjoy the use of music, props, and poetry to develop basic motor and locomotor skills. Students must be toilet-trained.

DANCE FUNDAMENTALS (ages 5-6)

Basic dance skills and vocabulary are introduced with an emphasis on self-expression and creativity. This class is recommended as a precursor to studying formal technique in ballet, modern dance, or tap.

INTRODUCTION TO DANCE TECHNIQUE (ages 7-8)

Ballet and modern dance technique are formally introduced while maintaining a strong emphasis on the creative process. This class fully prepares the student for Beginning Ballet and Creative Modern Dance classes. Pink ballet slippers and ballet pink tights required.

BALLET

BEGINNING BALLET 1, 2, AND 3 (ages 8-12)

A 3-year program of consecutive ballet training, introducing the study of French vocabulary, basic barre and center steps. Creativity and self-expression are emphasized at all levels.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET 1

For the student with the equivalent of 3 years of ballet, this class maintains the format of the Beginning classes, but at a more difficult level and for longer duration. Intermediate students are encouraged to study more intensively by taking at least 2 classes per week. Students may enroll for Modern Dance, Composition, Jazz or an additional ballet class to fulfill this recommendation.

NOTE: All Pointe dancers must be taking a minimum of two technique classes per week. In addition to the appropriate ballet class, students may enroll for a modern, composition, jazz or another ballet class to fulfill this requirement.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET 2 / POINTE PREPARATION

For the student with the equivalent of 4 years of ballet who desires to prepare for the challenge of working "en pointe." To insure the basic physical strength and mental awareness for such a difficult endeavor, at least one additional technique class per week is required. (See Note above.)

BASIC POINTE 1, 2, AND 3

A 3-year course for the intermediate ballet student who has completed Pointe Preparation. Emphasis is on the individual's correct foot and body alignment on pointe as well as the study of the proper techniques for the execution of more difficult steps.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE BALLET / POINTE

For the student who has completed the equivalent of all Basic Pointe levels. Class covers barre and center work including adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, grand allegro, and short variations.

ADVANCED BALLET / POINTE

For the experienced dancer with several years of ballet training.

ADULT BEGINNING DANCE (ages 13 and up)

Students learn the fundamentals and vocabulary of ballet and modern dance, including barre, floor work, com- binations, and improvisation on creative themes. Healthy posture, warming up, stretching, and warming down are emphasized.

MODERN DANCE

CREATIVE MODERN DANCE (ages 8-11)

This class is offered to expand and supplement the young dancer's perceptions of dance as well as develop rhythmic, coordination, and creative skills not covered in the traditional ballet class.

MODERN DANCE / COMPOSITION 1, 2 and 3 (ages 12-17)

For student with at least two years of dance training in modern, ballet, or jazz. This class includes the study of modern dance and jazz techniques to further expand rhythmic, coordination, and creative skills. Students learn the craft of choreography as they develop vocabulary, original movement, and evaluation techniques to express a wide range of ideas. Approval of instructor required.

ADVANCED COMPOSITION

For students with more than four years of previous study in modern dance and compositional study, this class emphasizes the opportunity to create original dances for performance. The Intermediate Modern class is a concurrent requirement. Students must be taking at least one additional technique class per week.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE

A challenging technique class for the teen, adult, or professional dancer with 3-4 years of modern dance training.

TAP

CHILDREN'S BEGINNING TAP 1, 2, AND 3 (ages 7-11)

A 3-year program of consecutive tap training. Tap develops rhythm, coordination, and appreciation of a very American dance form. Black oxfords (no pumps) with taps required. A basic dance skills class is recommended as a preparatory experience.

PROGRESSIVE TAP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS (ages 12+)

Have fun with tap! Check current schedule for class offerings. Learn basic skills, vocabulary and combinations. Black oxfords or low pumps with taps required.

JAZZ

BEGINNING JAZZ (ages 9-11) AND TEEN JAZZ (ages 12+)

An exposure-level class appropriate to the development and age of the students. Classes introduce warm-ups, stretches, and dynamic combinations to the upbeat rhythm of contemporary music. A concurrent ballet class is recommended to prepare for further study.

BEGINNING JAZZ 2 - INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED JAZZ

This progressive program of jazz training maintains the format of Beginning Jazz and introduces urban influences and hip-hop. NOTE: A concurrent ballet class is required.

LYRICAL DANCE

Combine ballet and jazz skills to interpret contemporary and popular songs through dance.

SPECIAL CLASSES

CLASS FOR THE AGELESS DANCER

Rediscover flexibility, strength, balance, and joyful dance through this class for the mature dancer.

BOYS DANCE 1 (age 8 -12 years)

For boys who want to get moving with high-energy action using fun themes and jammin music! Rhythms, props, and a range of athletic movements will be used to create original dances while developing coordination and dance knowledge.

FAMILY DANCE PARTY

Family Dance Party is a movement experience for the whole family. The class features multiple components to boost cognition, creativity, relationship building, and teach basic dance movement vocabulary.

MIND-BODY CONNECTION

This class re-patterns movement habits in response to emotional and physical experiences. Movement solutions and coping strategies for life's challenges such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and more. Available in group and private sessions.

MOVEMENT FOR THE LIMITED BODY

This multi-aged class is designed for movers with physical disability or special needs. The class features creative movement and basic dance movement vocabulary structured in a way that boosts cognitive and physical needs while moving freely. Braces, walkers, wheelchairs are welcomed, as is freedom from these devices.

See Class Schedule for current class times and fees.

More information: 517-333-3528, School/Classes: School@Happendance.org