Adult Beginning Ballet 1 (0-2 years of training)
This class is for adults with 0 to 2 years of experience, or for students with former education who want to get back into training. Fundamentals of formal ballet will be taught. Necessary skills such as core strength and stability, weight placement, turn-out, and alignment will be introduced.
Adult Ballet 2 (2-4 years of training)
This class continues to build on the information learned in Adult 1. Students should have 2 to 4 years of continuous training and have teacher recommendation. In adage movements, instructors will be watching for the development of weight placement over the forefoot of the supporting leg in order to facilitate correct turnout and strength. Single Pirouettes should become refined and strong, and doubles will be introduced. Ballon in petit allegro should be cleanly established. Grand allegro will become refined.
Adult Ballet 3 (4+ years of training)
This class continues to build on the information learned in Adult 2. Students should have 4+ years of continuous training and have teacher recommendation. Further development of strength and control of the trunk and pelvis in adage work will be concentrated on. This control of the body’s core will be further called upon to perform the correct throwing action of the leg for a Grand Battement and also in grand allegro. Double Pirouettes should be easily attained at this level.
Adult Ballet Pointework
This class is designated for adults to work on strengthening their feet and working in Pointe shoes carefully. Must be approved by Dance Arts staff. Must be enrolled in an Adult Ballet 2/3 and/or Adult Ballet 3 class immediately prior.
Adult Beginning Contemporary
So you think you can dance? Feel inspired to try something new? This beginner class will introduce you to several basic concepts of Modern dance technique that will encourage strength, coordination, and a spirit of adventure. Classes will include warm-up, technical training, and movement exercises. Younger students will be considered with permission from the Dance Arts Director.
Adult Beginner Tap
It’s never too late to learn the Shim Sham! In this beginner class, you’ll learn the basics of tap dance through traditional and contemporary dance patterns that will have you jivin’ all year long.
Continue building on your tap dance technique as you dive into traditional and contemporary combinations with more complex musicality and syncopation. Begin to learn some classic tap dance choreography that you can share with friends and family. Previous tap experience required.
Adult Beginning Jazz
Great for those looking for an introductory course to the world of dance, or for those looking to continue and expand on their dance training! Students will focus on learn¬ing and perfecting proper dance technique and improvement of quality of movement in the various styles within the jazz genre, including, but not limited to, Broadway and Contemporary. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique, layered with traditional jazz movement, such as isolation.