Curriculum

Placement begins at the Pre-School Level and increases to Level VI. Every student is evaluated on a regular basis to ensure proper placement. Changes in a student’s class placement are based on the recommendations of DDC Director and Faculty. Do not be concerned if your child repeats a level of training, students will not necessarily be promoted to a higher level on an annual basis. Placement and advancement from one level to the next is based on the student’s own merit; overall strength and maturity; knowledge of vocabulary and technique, and the ability to demonstrate those skills.

All students must meet the age requirement by September 26, 2020 for class participation.

 

Creative Movement
(Age 3-4)

This program focuses on coordination, motor skill development, listening skills, and creative expression. Promoting imagination, while building physical ability; this program introduces the concepts of warming up, stretching and using movement to communicate both concrete story lines and abstract idea with interactive group exercises. Students develop classroom discipline, body awareness and control while exploring their own creativity, and begin to develop an understanding of the connection between dance, rhythm and music. *Must be potty trained.

Classes Available

Monday: 3:30-4:15 Creative Movement 3/4yr – AK
Wednesday: 6:30-7:15 Creative Movement 3/4yr – SG
Thursday: 10:00-10:45 Creative Movement 3/4yr – AK
Friday: 5:15-6:00 Creative Movement 3/4yr – CM
Saturday: 10:00-10:45 Creative Movement 3/4yr – LM
Saturday: 10:45-11:30 Creative Movement 3/4yr – LM
 

Pre-Ballet
(Age 5-6)

This program is designed to introduce students to a more formal study of classical ballet through age appropriate skill development, creative expression and music appreciation, while exploring the connection between dance, rhythm and music. Age appropriate ballet vocabulary is included in the lessons complemented by stretching and strengthening exercises in preparation for more formal training.

Classes Available

Monday: 4:15-5:00 Pre-Ballet 5/6yr – AK
Wednesday: 3:00-3:45 Pre-Ballet 5/6yr – KM
Thursday: 10:45-11:30 Pre-Ballet 5/6yr – AK
Thursday: 5:15-6:00 Pre-Ballet 5/6yr – LA
Friday: 4:30-5:15 Pre-Ballet 5/6yr – CM

 

Beginning Ballet – Advanced
(Age 6 with Pre-Ballet experience & up)

Provides students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of classical ballet technique. Encourages students to achieve a significant level of self-discipline, physical control and flexibility, and correct body placement and alignment. Students will learn to develop a sincere appreciation of the historical contributions of ballet to the overall development of dance as an art form.

Classes Available

Beginning Ballet
Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 Beginning Ballet – AK
Tuesday: 6:15-7:00 Beginning Ballet – KM
Thursday: 6:00-7:00 Beginning Ballet – LA
Friday: 6:00-7:00 Beginning Ballet – CM

Ballet I
Tuesday: 5:15-6:15 Ballet I – KM
Thursday: 4:15-5:15 Ballet I – LA
Thursday: 5:30-6:30 Ballet I – VW

Ballet II
Tuesday: 5:45-7:00 Ballet II – OA
Wednesday: 6:45-8:00 Ballet II – AW
Thursday: 6:30-7:45 Ballet II – VW

Ballet II/III
Thursday: 2:00-3:15 Ballet II/III – AW

Ballet III/IV
Tuesday: 7:00-8:30 Ballet III/IV* – OA
Wednesday: 5:15-6:45 Ballet III/IV* – GR
Thursday: 6:00-7:30 Ballet III/IV* – OA
Friday: 4:15-5:45 Ballet III/IV* – AW

Ballet V/VI
Tuesday: 4:15-5:45 Ballet V/VI* – AW
Thursday: 7:30-9:00 Ballet V/VI* – OA
Friday: 4:15-5:45 Ballet V/VI* – OA

Advanced Ballet
Tuesday: 3:45-5:15 Advanced Ballet* – OA
Wednesday: 3:45-5:15 Advanced Ballet* – GR
Thursday: 3:45-5:15 Advanced Ballet* – OA

Ballet Conditioning
Saturday: 9:00-1:00 Ballet Conditioning TBD

 

Pointe
(Age 10 & up)

Requires Director permission and enrollment in 3 ballet classes per week. Pointe work is undertaken when the student has developed a strong foundation of ballet technique, and when the legs and feet are sufficiently developed. Requires Director permission and enrollment in 3 ballet classes per week.

Classes Available

Tuesday: 5:15-5:45 Advanced Pointe* – OA

Tuesday: 5:45-6:15 Intermediate Pointe* – AW

Tuesday: 8:30-9:00 Beginning Pointe – OA

Friday: 6:15-6:45 Beginning Pointe* – AW

 

Modern I – Advanced
(Age 7 & up)

Requires enrollment in 1 ballet class per week. Introduces the fundamental principles of Horton modern technique, which is reputed to fortify, stretch and strengthen the human body. It is anatomically corrective and utilized in the widest possible range of motion, with an emphasis on large, full movements done to musical phrases of varying lengths and dynamics. Requires enrollment in 1 ballet class per week.

Classes Available

Modern I
Tuesday: 6:15-7:00 Modern I – AW

Modern II
Tuesday: 7:00-8:00 – AW

Modern III
Thursday: 4:15-5:30 Modern III – AW
Thursday: 7:45-8:45 Modern III – LA

Modern IV
Wednesday: 4:00-5:15 Modern IV – AW

Advanced Modern
Wednesday: 5:30-7:00 Advanced Modern – AW

Modern II/III
Thursday: 3:15-4:15 Modern II/III – AW

 

Beginning Jazz – Advanced
(Age 6 with Beginning Jazz experience & up)

Emphasis is placed on appropriate technique of jazz dance skills and its application in the development of rhythm, syncopation, coordination, musicality, and variation of style. Coordination of these elements will focus on increasing body strength, flexibility and kinesthetic awareness. Students will study current and traditional jazz vocabulary and styles.

Classes Available

Beginning Jazz
Monday: 5:00-5:45 Beginning Jazz – SW
Tuesday: 11:00-11:45 Beginning Jazz – AK
Thursday: 7:00-7:45 Beginning Jazz – LA

Jazz I
Monday: 6:30-7:15 Jazz I – SW
Wednesday: 7:15-8:00 Jazz I – SS

Jazz II
Monday: 6:30-7:30 Jazz II – KU

Jazz III/IV
Monday: 5:15-6:30 Jazz III/IV – KU

Jazz V/VI
Monday: 7:30-9:00 Jazz V/VI – KU

Advanced Jazz
Monday: 3:45-5:15 Advanced Jazz – KU

 

Theatre Jazz
(Age 8 & up)

Students are provided with an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for American Musical Theatre. This class trains students age 7 and older in the basics of acting combined with dance. Students are educated on body conditioning, stage directions/movement and basic choreographic elements utilized in musical theatre. They spend a large amount of time working through basic acting exercises preparing them for the stage.

Classes Available

Theatre Jazz
Wednesday: 8:00-9:00 – SG

 

Pre-Tap I & Pre-Tap II
Pre-Tap I (Age 4), Pre-Tap II (Age 5-6)

Classes Available

Pre-Tap I 4yr
Wednesday: 4:30-5:00 Pre-Tap I 4yr – KM

Pre-Tap II 5/6yr

Tuesday: 4:30-5:15 Pre-Tap II 5/6yr – KM
Wednesday: 3:45-4:30 Pre-Tap II 5/6yr – KM

 

Beginning Tap – Advanced
(Age 6 with Pre-Tap experience & up)

A form of dance where rhythmic sounds are created with the feet. Works to develop rhythm, musicality, precision and physical expression.

Classes Available

Beginning
Tuesday: 7:00-7:45 Beginning Tap – KM
Wednesday: 2:15-3:00 Beginning Tap – KM

Tap I
Wednesday: 5:00-5:45 Tap I – KM

Tap II
Tuesday: 7:45-8:30 Tap II – KM
Wednesday: 5:45-6:30 Tap II – KM

Tap III/IV
Monday: 4:15-5:15 – KTM

Tap V
Wednesday: 6:45-7:45 Tap V – KTM

Tap VI
Wednesday: 7:45-8:45 Tap VI – KTM

Advanced Tap
Monday: 5:15-6:15 Advanced Tap – KTM

 

Beginning Hip Hop - Advanced
(Age 6 & up)

Students learn isolations, rhythm, and basic technique associated with a broad spectrum of hip hop styles. Hip Hop Technique is for students with enough understanding of movement and rhythm to begin mastering specific hip hop styles.

Classes Available

Beginning
Monday: 5:45-6:30 Beginning Hip Hop – SW

Hip Hop I
Monday: 7:15-8:00 Hip Hop I – SW

Hip Hop II/III
Monday: 7:15-8:15 Hip Hop II/III – JP

Hip Hop IV/V
Monday: 6:15-7:15 Hip Hop IV/V – JP

Advanced Hip Hop
Monday: 8:15-9:15 Advanced Hip Hop – JP

 

Adult Classes
(Age 12 & up)

Recreational ballet and jazz classes for preteens, teens and adults interested in learning dance technique all while having fun. Designed to develop muscle tone, physical discipline and musical expression.

Classes Available

Thursday: 7:45-8:45 Adult Ballet* – VW

Saturday: 8:45-9:45 Gentle Yoga* – LM

 

Improvisation & Choreography

Classes Available

Wednesday: 8:00-9:00 Improvisation & Choreography* – AW

 

Dance Conditioning
(Age 8 & up)

The goals for this class are to educate dancers on proper movement quality and it’s importance, increase strength to improve work and recovery capacity, increase body awareness, balance patterns of overuse to prevent injuries and to serve as a mock “screen” to get a sense of whether a dancer is over-trained, injured, or recovering poorly.

Classes Available

Saturday: 9:00-1:00 Ballet Conditioning TBD

 

Variations
(Age 8 & up)

The studio becomes a stage in Variations class as students learn excerpts from classical and contemporary ballets. A portion of the repertoire will be performed in Act II of our Annual Spring Performance. **Requires enrollment in 1 ballet level III or higher class per week.

Classes Available

Thursday: 5:15-6:00 Adv. Variations – OA
Friday: 5:45-6:15 Beg. Variations – AW
Friday: 5:45-6:30 Int. Variations – OA

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