Class Descriptions

Thank you for your interest in classes at Center Stage Dance Studio. Introducing dance to young children is an honor and pleasure we assume with creativity, enthusiasm, and professionalism.  We hope to make your child’s first experiences with dance positive and fun.  Our programs are designed to offer age-appropriate curriculums and challenging material as students advance.  Class Enrollment Guidelines and Class Descriptions are below.  For more info, please contact us today!

Please see below for the Class Descriptions, and we will help place your child in the best class for them upon registration.

Class Descriptions

CREATIVE DANCE

Designed to introduce 2.5 – 4  year old students to the joy of movement and music in the classroom.  Teachers start class in a welcome circle where creative movement games and exercises are used to introduce basic concepts of dance and introductory ballet skills.  Using basic dance concepts, the class expands to movement across the floor such as “chasses”, “skipping” “galloping”, and “leaping”. Our imaginative Creative Dance program develops social skills, and gives kids a fun, hands-on, introduction to the wonderful world of dance. Age 2.5-4

KINDERCOMBO

This 1-hour class meets once a week and is for students in Pre-K / Kindergarten. A combination of 30-minutes of Ballet & 30-minutes of Tap introduces students to both styles of dance.  At this age, ballet is an introduction of concepts through short learning exercises in the center and across the floor.  The Tap portion of the class teaches basic rhythm/musicality. Portions of the class also include fun and creative games such as acting & improvisation circles, story-telling games, music-themed activities and more.  Ages 4.5- 6

BALLET

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms, teaching discipline, and grace to dancers of all ages.  Students in grades 1 and 2 are offered a 45-minute ballet class that consists of basic barre and center work.  Students will progress to moving across-the-floor throughout the year and will perform a classical ballet routine in our recital.  Grades 3+ are offered a 1-hour ballet class. This class consists of a full barre, center work in pirouettes, adagio & petite allegro, then adding grand allegro and turns across the floor.  Ensemble Team level II+ ballet classes are 1.5 hours.  This allows the advancing dancer to receive more attentive training necessary in advanced ballet. CSDS prides itself on teaching correct placement & imparting knowledge of ballet terminology and the culture behind it to all of our students.  Advanced students will occasionally learn repertory work in class.

POINTE

Once a student has mastered proper technique, the advancing ballet student will be considered in taking their training a step further to dance en pointe. Adequate ankle strength, correct placement & proper execution of ballet technique are required. Premature pointe work can result in injury, & it is at the sole discretion of the faculty whether or not a student is showing readiness. Age 11+  recommendation only

CHARACTER FOLK DANCE (part of the Ballet curriculum)

This class is an excellent complement to students studying Ballet II or higher.  Students will learn traditional folk dances from Eastern Europe, including the Czardas, Mazurka, Tarantella, Kalinka, and more.  This athletic dance form has its roots in Russia, and is based on the Ballet vocabulary.  Traditional folk music will be played, and students will engage in upbeat and uplighting movement each week.  For students in Ballet II or higher

JAZZ

A stylized form of American dance using many styles and rhythms to coordinate, stretch and tone the body. Influential styles in our jazz training include Broadway, Contemporary, Funk and Traditional. We strive to incorporate the styles of Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Gus Giordano and Luigi.  As dancers progress, we work to incorporate the styles of today’s great jazz choreographers including Tyce DiOrio, Sonya Tayeh, and Mia Michaels. Jazz class includes center warm-up, strength & conditioning, traveling progressions, and choreographed combinations. Grade 1 students must be studying ballet in order to take Jazz I .

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY and MODERN DANCE

Expressive forms of dance that incorporate ballet and modern technique, the strength and control of jazz technique, and many story-telling elements. Interpretive movements emphasize the arms and the release of the upper body contrasted with innovative leaps, jumps, turns and strong lines. Classes include a full center warm-up. Dancers then learn progressions that move across the floor, and center combinations that incorporate emotion, story concepts and innovative choreography.  Modern Technique is incorporated, introducing students to the renowned techniques and influences of Lester Horton, Martha Graham and Jose Limon. Age 9 and up

 

TAP

An original American dance form that emphasizes the beat by making sounds with metal taps fastened to the shoes. The focus is on strong technique and musicality, with an emphasis on the roots of Tap and work of such greats as Buster Brown, Honi Coles, Jimmy Slyde,  Brenda Buffalino, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover & more.  Students in Kindercombo are introduced to tap for 30 minutes each week.  Grade 1 and 2 are placed in the Tap I program, Grades 3+ enter Tap II or Tap III or the Ensemble Team tap program,  a 1-hour class that enhances rhythm and musicality through center warm-up, floor progressions, center combinations and repertory work. Grade 1 and up

HIP HOP

Hip Hop is a street-born dance form that incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. Teachers set rhythm-based movement to old-school & modern day hip-hop music. What separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dancers frequently engage in class exercises that encourage this creativity and freedom of movement. Class structure includes a high-impact center warm-up that allows students to dance from the very start of class. Floor work includes strengthening exercises and an introduction to break dancing by learning the “6 step”.  Age-appropriate music & choreography is strongly considered by the teacher.  Ages 8 and up

ACRO

Acro is a challenging combination of acrobatics and dance that builds and utilizes excellent physical condition. It is defined by its athletic character, unique form of movement and seamless blend with many styles of dance. Students will learn specific gymnastic exercises, floor passes, and build muscle in this confidence-building and physically demanding class.  Acro routines will appear in the recital. Acro 1 students must study at least 1 other dance form for safety, coordination, and strength.  Ages 9 and up

MUSICAL THEATER

This one-hour class with introduce students to the world of song and dance.  Students will learn to express themselves through fun and interactive movement and choreography.  They will gain knowledge of classic Broadway musicals and current musicals.  This dynamic class will engage students in drama-based improv to help them be able to adapt to different characters and tell a story while dancing.  Ages 9 and up

ENSEMBLE

At CSDS we offer a variety of options for a student’s dance training.   For dancers who show potential & passion for more performance opportunities, we offer a disciplined curriculum of training known as the Ensemble Program. The Ensemble program offers a disciplined classroom with a focus on advanced technique & progress in a productive and more challenging classroom environment. Students receive the highest level of training that we offer, in addition to opportunities to attend conventions and dance competitions throughout the year. For more information on the Ensemble program, please contact us.


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