Recreational Class Descriptions

We have classes available for boys and girls of all age groups! Sign up today through the parent portal or send us a message if you have any questions! (Summer class descriptions may vary)

 

Dance With Me (ages 18 months - 3 years): Dance with Me is a 30-minute creative movement class suitable for your young dancer. Parents/caregivers will participate actively in the class as children learn basic dance steps, movement, and terminology, through songs, stories, and play. Props will be used for interactive play.

Tots 1 - Combo Class Tap and Ballet (ages 3 - 4 years): This class is perfect for ages 3 + 4. Tots 1 combo class is comprised of tap and ballet. This class will be focused on the foundation for correct, safe, and successful dancing in years to follow. Students will learn the basic steps and terminology in ballet and tap, along with the introduction of more skills and techniques. Instructions will foster creativity and imagination in class through movement and imaginary games. 

Tots 2 - Combo Class Tap and Ballet (ages 5 - 6 years): Our tots 2 class consists of tap and ballet. This class is built on basic movements, already learned in Tots 1 but also appropriate for the first-time dancer. At this level, students will learn coordination with more challenging tap and ballet skills, through imagination activities across the floor while building balance and confidence. Dancers will enjoy learning ballet and tap terminology as well as the dance moves and express their individuality. 

Tots 1 and 2 Combo Class Tap and Ballet (ages 3 - 6): This class will focus on the basics of tap and ballet, while teaching young students about technique and discipline to build on their foundation. This class will give students that are older a chance to be role models and work on strengthening their technique. 

 

 

 

Tots 1 and 2 Tumble: This class is for ages 3-6 that are learning the basic acro positions and more. This includes forwards and backwards rolls, bridges, cartwheels and variations, and more. Students will work on strength and body awareness, all while working on solid foundations of beginner skills in a safe and supportive way. 

Tumble Level 1/2: (ages 6 and up) This is a fun class that introduces students to basic tumbling fundamentals. This includes forwards and backwards rolls, bridges, cartwheels and variations, and more. Students will work on strength and body awareness, all while working on solid foundations of beginner skills in a safe and supportive way. 

Tumble Level 2/3: (ages 6 and up) This class is for those that have mastered skills in Tumble level 1 (see above). This class will work more on strength, flexibility, and continue focusing on proper technique for all skills.  Instructors will work on round offs and variations, standing back bend and recover, back bend kick overs, and more.  Instructors will provide safety for all tumbling.

Hip-Hop and Tumble (ages 3 - 6 years) and (5-7 years) and (ages 7-10 years): This combo class is for students that are always showing off their dance moves and love to flip around. It combines the basics of hip-hop and tumbling skills with age-appropriate movement and music. 

Hip-Hop (ages 6 - 9 years): Hip-hop encompasses many different dance styles. Our hip-hop classes teach rhythm, coordination, musicality, and choreography that is age appropriate. Students will enjoy an energetic class that will develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun. 

Boys Only Hip-Hop (ages 6 - 9): Boys are welcome in ALL dance classes at SEDC, but if your boy would prefer hanging with "only the boys", this is the class for them. This hip-hop class is an explosive, funky dance style that combines memory, coordination, rhythm, and loads of energetic fun.

Preps (ages 7 - 10):

Tap - This class will work on a series of tap skills in combinations. Timing and rhythm will be taught intensively at this age.

Jazz - This class begins with a warm-up and some stretching, to work on increasing flexibility. This class will work on leaps, turns, and stylized movement to upbeat music. 

Ballet - This class is focused on graceful, precise steps, strong core and posture, and will develop discipline and coordination. Barre work and center floor work will be taught along with terminology

Hip-Hop - This hip-hop class is an explosive, funky dance style that combines memory, coordination, rhythm, and loads of energetic fun.

Tumble Level 1/2A - See description above

Tumble Level 2B/3 - See description above


Pre-Pointe (ages 9+):  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".

Preteen/Young Teen (ages 10+):

Lyrical/Ballet - (lyrical dance will be performed in the recital)

This class focuses on control and fluidity of movement. The main foundation for this style is in ballet, and uses ballet technique and terminology. Dancers will develop musicality, advance their performance skills, and solidify their ballet and jazz technique. 

Tap - 

This class will include American Tap Dance history, a standard tap dance warm up, technique drills, and choreography. Students will build on technique that has been previously learned and will develop a deeper understanding for how skills stack together to make particular combinations and rhythms. Tap dance does take practice in order to gain fluidity, as well as develop the required muscle memory. Our staff is dedicated to working with students and making sure that everyone feels comfortable in the skills and steps they are being asked to do.

Jazz - 

Dancers will continue learning Jazz terminology, ranging from isolations, to a variety of jumps and turns. This class consists of a warm up, conditioning exercises in order to increase flexibility and strength, and choreography. This class structure may change during the summer sessions in order to be more focused on developing and refining new and old skills.

Hip-Hop This hip-hop class is an explosive, funky dance style that combines memory, coordination, rhythm, and loads of energetic fun.

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