Description of classes offered
Tiny Dreamers, ages 2-3
A great way to introduce little ones to the art of dance. We'll use games and songs to teach rhythm, movement, and introduce basic ballet. This is a great way to develop basic motor skills, as well as coordination and balance. Ballet shoes required.
Pre-Ballet/Tap, ages 3-5
Basic ballet and/or tap skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination are taught, practiced, and developed through creative movement, music. Our pre-ballet and/or pre-ballet/tap classes also develop concentration and learning how to follow instructions. Ballet shoes and Tap shoes required.
Tot Hip Hop, ages 3-5
Our Hip Hop for tots uses clean and age appropriate music/movement! Jazz shoes are OK to wear in class, but Hip Hop dance sneakers are required for recital.
Combo classes for ages 5-9 (example Jazz/Tap, Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz/Ballet, Ballet/Tap)
See individual class style descriptions below. Each 45-60 minute class is divided into two equal parts so equal attention can be given to both dance styles. A great way for dancers to get two dance styles in to one class, as well as really be able to find what style(s) they enjoy.
Focuses on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout.
Barre and center work, along with combinations.
Make some noise! Tap teaches rhythm and coordination with sound, and kids will learn basic tap terminology and choreography.
Full of rhythm, jazz dance brings energy and life to dance. Explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, rib cage, feet and arms, which encouraging individual expression and personal style.
Students will learn the fundamentals of hip hop movement, in an upbeat and high energy class. Stretching, isolations, rhythms, upper body strength and funky footwork will be incorporated. We use "kid friendly" hip hop music - AND kid friendly hip hop moves!
Students will learn popular dance steps found on Broadway, while learning how to use BIG facial expressions, poise, and act - all through dancing! No vocal lessons given in this class, this is strictly musical theater dance. We use exercises to encourage confidence on the stage. Musical Theater is a non-leveled class, but over summer it is leveled and based on Jazz level. Examples of songs and choreographed numbers - Wizard of Oz, Annie, Grease - and more
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz technique, that utilizes slow fluid movements to interpret music and express emotion while telling a story through the art of dance. Should have at least one year of ballet or jazz training before starting.
Contemporary Dance combines ballet, modern, and jazz to develop an expressive style of movement also including improvisation.
From pom/cheer routines to kick-lines, this has been an exciting addition to DDA! An additional cost of $12 for poms (yours to keep).
Leaps and Turns
Get that extra time to focus on JUST your leaps and turns that are so important for jazz technique and choreography. Begins at a level 2. A GREAT add on class for any Jazz student! Must be enrolled in a Jazz class.
Flex & Stretch
Flex and Stretch increases flexibility through proper stretching - there are so many wrong ways to stretch, and it's important to learn the proper techniques of stretching to prevent injury. This class is perfect for any dancer - what dancer can't benefit from increasing their flexibility!
Dancer conditioning focuses on increasing endurance and strength, as well as a strong focus on core/abdominal work. Being a strong and flexible dancer helps improve a dancer's jumps, turns, leaps, and everything in between.
This class done in ballet slippers focuses on alignment, balance, strength, theraband work, and safety needed for pointe. These exercises learned will be similar to what will eventually be done in their pointe shoes, so dancers already placed on pointe are welcome to take this class. This class is beneficial for any Level 3 and up dancer even if they do not want to go on Pointe. Must be enrolled in Ballet level 3 or higher.
Dancing in pointe shoes is a great accomplishment and this class gives special attention to the development of these dancers to ensure healthy improvement as we slowly move from barre work to center work according to each individual.
Floor Barre takes ballet technique to the floor where dancers can focus on the absolute basics and create strong muscle memory that will take their training to new heights. Floor Barre improves technique, core, turnout, flexibility and helps prevent injury. Dancers will enhance their precision and posture and train their muscles for stronger technique when they return to their ballet classes.
Must be enrolled in Ballet level 3 or higher.