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.

 

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
Tuesday: 4:45-5:30
Wednesday: 6:45-7:30
Friday: 4:30-5:15
Saturday: 10:30-11:15

 

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
Thursday: 4:30-5:15
Friday: 5:15-6:00
Saturday: 11:15-12:00

 

Beginning Ballet (Age 6-10)

Classes Available
Thursday: 5:15-6:15
Saturday: 12:00-1:00

 

Ballet I – Advanced (Age 7 with Beginning 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
Monday:
Ballet II 6:30-7:45

Tuesday:
Ballet V/VI 4:00-5:30
Ballet I 4:30-5:30
Ballet III/IV 5:30-7:00
Ballet II Advanced 5:30-7:00
Advanced Ballet 7:00-8:30

Wednesday:
Advanced Ballet 3:45-5:15
Ballet II 6:30-7:45
Ballet IV/V 5:15-6:45

Thursday:
Ballet III 4:15-5:45
Ballet I 7:00-8:00

Friday:
Ballet V/VI 4:15-5:45

Saturday:
Advanced Ballet 9:00-10:30
Ballet III/IV 12:00-1:30

 

Pointe Preparation/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:
Intermediate/Advanced Pointe 8:30-9:00

Friday:
Beginning/Intermediate Pointe 5:45-6:15

Saturday:
Intermediate/Advanced Pointe 10:30-11:00
Pointe Prep/Beginning Pointe 1:30-2:00

 

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
Monday:
Modern II 7:45-8:45

Thursday:
Modern I 5:45-6:45
Modern III-/IV 6:45-8:00
Advanced Modern 8:00-9:15

 

Contemporary 1 - Advanced (Age 8 & up)
Requires enrollment in 1 ballet class per week. A form of dance that combines ballet technique, strength of jazz and freedom of modern to interpret and tell a story through movement with emphasis placed on developing dramatic expression and creative articulation of the body. Dancers must have a strong foundation in ballet and be enrolled in ballet class to participate in this class. Requires enrollment in 1 ballet class per week.

Classes Available
Wednesday:
Contemporary III/IV 4:15-5:15
Advanced Contemporary 5:15-6:30
Contemporary I 6:45-7:45
Contemporary II 7:45-8:45

 

Beginning Jazz (Age 6 -10)

Classes Available
Thursday:
Beginning Jazz 6:15-7:00

Saturday:
Beginning Jazz 1:00-1:45

 

Jazz I – Advanced (Age 7 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
Monday:
Advanced Jazz 3:45-5:15
Jazz V/VI 6:30-7:45
Jazz IV 6:30-7:45
Jazz II 7:45-8:45

Tuesday:
Jazz I 5:30-6:30
Jazz III 7:30-8:45

Thursday:
Jazz I 8:00-8:45

 

Theatre Jazz (Age 7 & 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
Wednesday:
Theatre Jazz I (Ages 7-10) 7:30-8:15
Theatre Jazz II (Ages 11 & Up) 8:15-9:00

 

Pre-Tap I (Age 4)
Pre-Tap II (Age 5-6)
Beginning Tap (Age 6-10)

Classes Available
Monday:
Pre-Tap II 5/6yr 5:15-6:00
Pre-Tap I 4yr 6:00-6:30

Wednesday:
Beginning Tap 5:15-6:00

 
Tap I – Advanced (Age 7 with Beginning 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
Monday:
Tap III/IV 4:30-5:30
Advanced Tap 5:30-6:30
Tap VI 6:30-7:30

Wednesday:
Tap II 4:30-5:15
Tap I 6:00-6:45

Saturday:
Tap V: 10:30-11:30

 

Beginning Hip Hop
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
Tuesday:
Beginning Hip Hop 6:30-7:15

 

Hip Hop I - Advanced (Age 7 & 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
Tuesday:
Hip Hop I 7:15-8:00

Thursday:
Hip Hop I 6:15-7:00
Advanced Hip Hop 7:00-8:00
Hip Hop IV 8:00-9:00

Friday:
Hip Hop II 4:30-5:30
Hip Hop III 5:30-6:30

Saturday:
Hip Hop I 1:45-2:30

 

BBoy/Bgirl
This is where the beginning of all hip-hop/street dance begins. Coming straight out of New York learn how to top rock, get down, cypher and groove. BBOYING is a style that involves passion and high energy in order to create a stronger sense of self confidence on the dance floor. This class includes learning fast foot work and how to fluidly move from dancing on your feet to dancing on your hands.

Classes Available
Friday:
Intro Bboy/Bgirl (10 & up) 6:30-7:15

Saturday:
Intro Bboy/Bgirl (8-12yr) 3:15-4:00

 

Popping & Locking
Birthed out of the funk music scene and eventually making its way to being a foundation style of hip-hop, popping promotes strong understanding of musicality and physical concentration. In popping you learn how to manipulate the muscles in your body To create a visual popping sensation. Also learn many different styles within popping such as tutting, strobing, botting, strutting and many more. Through popping you will learn control and how to become a true magician on the dance floor.

One of the earliest forms of hip-hop dance, locking is one of the funkiest. High energy, funny and completely different, locking allows you to let go and let loose out on the dance floor with moves known as the Scooby-Doo and skeeter rabbit you'll never find a better kick out of a dance style than in locking. Learning to understand rhythms and basic grooves is what this class will focus on giving you the chance to maneuver your way through a song as if your James Brown in his prime. I promise you'll walk out of this class with a smile.

Classes Available
Thursday:
Popping & Locking (12 & up) 9:00-9:30

Saturday:
Intro to Popping & Locking (8-12 yr) 2:30-3:15

 

Teen & 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
Monday:
Teen Ballet 8:45-9:30

Tuesday:
Teen Jazz 8:00-9:00
Adult Jazz 8:45-9:30

Wednesday:
Teen Contemporary 8:45-9:30

 

Tap Rudiments & Drills (Age 8 & up)
Tap Rudiments and Drills will focus on tap dance drills and rudiments to build stamina, precision, speed, and clarity through footwork and repetition. Rudiments and Drills class is the strength and conditioning of tap dance.

Classes Available
Saturday: 9:45-10:30

 

Dance Conditioning
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
Monday
Advanced Conditioning 7:30-8:30

Tuesday
Beginning/Intermediate Conditioning 7:00-7:30

Wednesday
Intermediate Conditioning 7:45-8:15

 

Ballet Repertoire
Repertoire refers to a complete inventory of dance pieces or numbers that a dance company knows or has ready to perform. In this class dancers will learn a variety of classical ballet excerpts. The repertoire will be a part of the Act II Ballet in the Annual Spring Performance.

Classes Available
Wednesday:
Intermediate Repertoire 8:15-9:00

Thursday:
Beginning Repertoire 5:45-6:15

Saturday
Advanced Repertoire 11:00-11:45

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