Creative Movement: ages 3-4
Dancers will learn all about music, movement, coordination, spatial relations, and the basics of ballet. Classroom focus will be on appropriate etiquette, respect for others, and self-confidence. The class will follow basic principals of Creative movement: understanding space, time, body, and movement concepts. Dancers will utilize various props and pretend to be different kinds of animals, fairytale characters, and objects in nature.
Pre Ballet: ages 4-5
This class is for dancers who are ready for a more structured class than creative movement. Dancers will perform various stretches and strengthening exercises that will help to increase their flexibility and understanding of how their muscles coordinate to help them dance. They will learn the beginning basics of positions of the arms and feet, as well as learning basic ballet steps. Dancers will also be taught to travel from one corner of the room to the other by way of basic turns, leaps, and jumps.
Pre Ballet/tap: ages 4-5
This class has the same pre ballet component with an additional 15 minutes of beginning tap. Tap skills are taught with an emphasis on coordination and musicality.
Ballet (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced).
Dancers will start the class at the ballet barre to work on classical technique, executing combinations at different musical tempos and counts. They will be taught about maintaining correct posture, and building strength, and how to put several steps together while holding correct body placement.
Dancers will stretch then come to the center for floor work and across the floor combinations.
They will learn the names of the steps as well as what they mean in French.
The difference between Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes is based on age and the level of detail offered by the instructor, The higher the level the more serious and structured the class is.
Tap is the ultimate in rhythm training. Rhythm, musicality, and sound clarity skills are introduced; each level builds on the previous one. Dancers learn a vocabulary of tap steps that will be used to develop fun and interesting choreography.
Jazz dance incorporates modern dance, dance styles from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, and street, folk, and popular dance. Students must be at least 7 years old.
Hip Hop dance is a fusion dance genre that incorporates elements of popping, locking, breaking, jazz, ballet, tap dancing and other styles and is performed to hip hop music.
Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program