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Competition Class Descriptions

Our Competition team is divided into different groups based on age and skill level. These groups are decided through competition assessments that take place over the summer. Aside from these groups, there are elective competitive dance classes to increase dance knowledge and skills, which help to shape well-rounded dancers. 

Competition Class Improvisation:

Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations, including levels, shapes, and dynamics. 

Competition Musical Theatre:

This class will use music from favorite musicals, showcase dances, and acting, through the words, music, movement, and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. 

Tumble Level 1/2A: 

This class is designed for students that are beginner - intermediate level.  We will work on body positions, forward and backward rolls, tabletops/bridge, bridge recover, donkey kicks, handstands, cartwheels and their variations, roundoffs, front and back limbers, front and back walkovers and more. Each class will incorporate strengthening and flexibility.

Tumble Level 2B/3: 

For students that are intermediate - advanced. All skills need to be mastered with correct technique from Tumble Level 1/2A to move to Tumble Level 2B/3.  This class will work more intensely on connecting skills, front handsprings, standing back handsprings, front and side aerial, contortion, strength, flexibility and more.

Tap: 

All tap classes will work on rhythm and musicality. Each age group will learn traditional, and rhythm tap that will focus on progressions for safety and sucess.

Jazz: 

Our jazz classes enrich and extend students' technical skills through center and progression work.

Lyrical: 

This class is a combination of ballet and jazz that challenges dancers to use choreography and movement to interpret music and express emotion.

Contemporary: 

This class helps our students develop their minds and bodies as expressive communication through music.

Stretch and Strength: 

Stretch and strength helps to improve overall strength to help with dance skills such as leaps, turns, jumps, and more. Dancers will learn proper stretching techniques, conditioning exercises, and incorporate strengthening movements to help build proper muscle strength and endurance.

Leaps and Turns: 

This class dives into the fundamentals of turning and technical sequencing of moves along with combining turns and leap. Leaps and turns focuses on proper technique in pirouettes, leaps, jumps, battements, flexibility, extensions, and more.

Hip Hop:

Our dynamic hip hop classes provide students with the latest, cutting-edge, hip-hop choreography.

Pre-Pointe:

By teacher approval and invite only. Recreational students who desire to take this class must have a strong foundation in ballet and require more ballet classes.  

Pre-pointe is used to strengthen the ankles and placement for an easier transition to pointe. Pointe work requires an immense amount of foot and ankle strength in addition to placement of body weight. Pointe shoes have a much smaller surface area to balance on; this area is called the box of your pointe shoe. Without proper training and strength, it is quite difficult to feel secure and comfortable once up on your shoes. Pre-pointe revolves around the basis of balance and strength. These goals are reinforced through the use of many releves, balance exercises, and steps that are commonly used on pointe, such as echappe and bourrée. Pre-pointe is a very important stepping stone in a dancers' education when thinking of pursuing pointe. This class ensures the proper alignment of strength that is so valuable when up on pointe.  

More information about pointe safety and pre-pointe exercises can be found under the "More" tab in the main menu bar. Just click on "More", and scroll to "Pointe Safety".