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Class Descriptions

Classes for 1.5 to 6 year olds

Mommy & Me

For our youngest dancers starting at 1.5 years old, this class will explore the basics of ballet and tap, while engaging in activities essential to development in coordination, recognizing music and rhythms, counting and timing, and self-confidence. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for Moms to be a part of their child's dance education.

Intro to Dance

This is a class for our little dancers ages 2.5 to 3 year olds. They learn easy movement patterns and beginning dance techniques in a creative environment. Dancers hair needs to be pulled back in a bun. Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes are required (skirt optional).

Pre-Ballet/Tap

This class introduces 3-4 year olds to the world of dance through creative dance movements, ballet and tap technique and choreographed routines. Dancers' hair needs to be pulled back in a bun. Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, black leotard, and pink tights are required (skirt optional).

Ballet/Tap

This class is for 5-6 year olds and teaches them ballet and tap techniques and terminology in a fun and positive atmosphere. This class improves a dancers' flexibility and balance while emphasizing proper body placement. Dancers' hair needs to be pulled back in a bun. Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, black leotard, and pink tights are required (skirt optional).

Hip Hop/Jazz

This class is for 5-6 year olds. They will improve flexibility and balance while learning jazz technique. They will also have fun learning hip- hop routines. Dancers can wear black leotard or tank top, jazz pants or shorts and will need to have black jazz shoes and tennis shoes. Dancers must be enrolled in Ballet/Tap Combo to be in this class.

Classes for ages 7 and up

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation for all dance styles. We emphasize proper ballet technique while learning ballets very complex language and terminology. Dancers improve turnout, posture, strength,balance and flexibility. They will do ballet bar exercises, stretching, across the floors and petit and grand allegro along with learning different turns and leaps. Dancers will need to wear a leotard, tights and ballet shoes and hair must be pulled back. Dancers at higher levels are encouraged to take more than one ballet class per week.

Jazz

This is an upbeat and stylized type of dance that combines the technique of ballet with most of the moves done in a parallel position with isolations of the body and kicks, turns and leaps. Class consists of a warm up that includes stretching, strength training and balance exercises, across the floors and choreographed routines. We will have different styles of from jazz-funk to musical theater jazz and contemporary.

Lyrical

This is a style that combines both ballet and jazz techniques and is done to slower music. Dancers learn to connect their dance moves and emotion to music while working on proper technique, body alignment, extension and style.

Hip-Hop

This is a fun and energetic form of dance done to hip hop or rap music. This style of dance includes intricate and fast moves while dancers learn musicality and how to do both sharp and flowing hip hop moves. At A Step Above we believe that this style of dance should be appropriate so we edit and use only appropriate music. Also we don’t do any booty popping or shaking. Dancers need to wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.

Tap

This class teaches tap techniques combining both rhythmic and Broadway style.

Turns and Leaps

This class is a great technique class that explores different kinds of kicks, leaps, turns and tricks.

Acrobatics

This is a floor gymnastics class meant to help dancers work on tricks from beginning moves like summersaults and cartwheels to more advanced gymnastic moves like back handsprings, aerial and back tucks.

Stretch and Strengthen

This class is designed to help dancers become more flexible. It also will develop their strength with a total body workout. This class will use techniques of pilates, plyometrics and other forms of cardio. If you are looking to become stronger or more flexible, this class will help you to achieve those goals to produce better leaps, turns and kicks.

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