Class Styles

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance. We teach the Russian Vaganova method, which is a graduated and structured curriculum. The technique of ballet will give your dancer a strong and healthy body, along with grace, poise and confidence that will stay with them for a lifetime. Ballet also brings discipline and body awareness that will carry over to other disciplines of dance. The Dancers Workshop encourages each student to include ballet in their choices of dance styles. There are two Tracks for Ballet: recreational dancers who meet once a week and Blue Track for the more serious minded ballet dancer, who will study ballet 2-3 times per week.Experienced ballet dancers can advance to pointe work on recommendation only. Levels are evaluated each year to correctly place each student. Ages: 7-8, 8-9, 10-12, 11-13, 14+. Solid-colored leotards, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and hair tightly secured in a bun are required.

Acrobatics

Acrobatic dancing is similar to gymnastics, although it incorporates more dancing and movement into the trick sequences. “Acro” as it is referred to is a style of dance. Acrobatic class encompasses strength training, body alignment, stretching, rolls, balances, and aerial work, combined with different dance styles. Levels are Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and are evaluated each year to provide the correct placement of each child. A students natural ability will determine the speed with which they move through the levels. Ages: 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, 14+. Footless or transitional tights are required. The class will be taken barefoot.

Jazz/Musical Theater/Lyrical

These classes feature high-energy, stylized dance forms, focusing on technique, creativity, and musicality. The class is divided into 4 parts. The first part involves warming up and conditioning our bodies to prepare for the rest of the class. During warm-up, we also focus on the proper usage of our core and other muscles. Part two is learning the technique needed to dance in these styles, which is based largely off of classic ballet technique. Part three includes learning choreography by implementing previously learned skills and focusing on the speed and act of learning. The fourth and final part of is cooling our body down from the strenuous workout. While jazz and musical theater incorporate high-energy music and Broadway-styled dance, lyrical is danced gentler and more expressively. Levels are evaluated each year to ensure proper placement of the individual dancer. There are two tracks dancers can choose from to join a Jazz class, Blue track which requires a student to take Ballet and Rec Track which does not require a student to take Ballet. Ages: 7-8, 8-9,10-12, 11-13, 14+. Any colored leotard and tights, dance shorts and/or pants, and flat jazz shoes are required. Heels are required for advanced students. 

Contemporary/Lyrical

Contemporary and Lyrical combine a number of dance styles including ballet, jazz, and modern and are unique in that they have a flexible structure and definition. The dancers are encouraged to dance with their bodies and their emotions. We can focus on telling a story or just simply move to a song. This class is filled with self-expression. Ballet is a prerequisite for the Blue Track contemporary class. Recreational Track does not require Ballet. Levels are evaluated each year to ensure proper placement of each individual child. A leotard or dance pants and dance top are required. Sweat clothing is discouraged, though jazz shoes, pirouettes, or barefoot are permitted. Hair must be neatly secured.

Hip Hop

In a hip hop class, the dancer will learn the latest trends in the hip hop community with the clean versions of each song used. This class is all about fun. Hip hop classes focus on grooving, choreography, freestyle, musicality, and individuality. Levels are evaluated each year to ensure proper placement of each individual dancer. Hip hop pants (sweatpants), tops, and sneakers are required. Dancers are encouraged to feel comfortable in their attire. Black sole sneakers and sneakers that are worn outdoors are prohibited in the dance room.

Tap

Our tap program focuses on rhythms, accents, and musicality with various shading and shadowing techniques. All styles are taught in our tap curriculum from Vaudeville to Broadway to stomping. Levels are evaluated each year to ensure proper placement of each individual dancer. Ages :7-8, 8-9, 10-12, 11-13, 14+. Any colored, flat tap shoes are required. Leotard, dance shorts, and tops can be worn. Jeans or sweatpants are prohibited. Hair should be pulled neatly away from the face.

Twirl

TWIRL is a fun + fanciful approach to dance class that inspires creativity and imagination in your child while reinforcing dance basics!

As a Twirly girl, your dancer will receive:

A Twirl activity book
A Twirl ribbon for her dance bag
A Twirl Graduation Celebration Certificate
Your little dancer will look forward to dance day each week with the fun and imaginative activities offered in her Twirl dance class!

For 5 & 6 year olds we offer a “Rockstar” class which is a combination of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Our once a month Twirl class is included in the Rockstar class. Class is one hour.  6&7 year olds are offered two type of classes; the Triple Threat class which encompasses Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and the Hip & Flip class which encompasses Hip Hop and Acrobatic. Taking both classes is recommended and highly encouraged. Each class is one hour.