Flowing Grace Children's Dance Classes
Creative Movement, ages 3-5:
Our focus for our littlest dancers begins with coordination and awareness of their bodies. The class involves stretches, simple ballet positions, introductory ballet steps, and musical awareness. Our highlight for class is the “Surprise Box” time where we encourage them to dance with different props using their own expression and reviewing of what they’ve learned. We use different forms of creativity in our engaging class structure, including dancing games, stories, and fun imagination improv.
Pre Ballet, ages 5-7:
Pre Ballet is an extension of Creative Movement. We work on more advanced ballet steps, positions, better poise, and strength. This class prepares them for a more structured Ballet I class.
Ballet I, ages 6-9
Our dancers in Ballet 1 develop stronger ballet technique and development of the ballet terminology. We focus strengthening their positions and poise and critiquing the execution of steps and movement. Most of our students in this class have already had a year or two of dance experience, but we do encourage beginners in this age range. We also try to harbor a very encouraging atmosphere for dancers to grow in. At this age dancers often find out whether they have the determination to be a dancer.
Ballet II, ages (approx) 9-11
The focus for our Ballet II dancers is to continue their development of strength and technique but to also find their own individual strengths and work through their individual weaknesses. We do seek committed students at this age as ballet is a beautiful art that requires determination at this level. Dancers at this level may be invited to join the DOT program.
Ballet III, ages (approx)11-13
At this level, the instruction is focused more on perfecting the technique they have been taught. We concentrate on toning the muscles and defining the body placements. We continue to encourage this group to own their dancing, to feel the music and the steps as an expression of themselves. The dancers advance to a more performance level mindset and ability. Pointe preparation is also a focus at level 3. If a dancer has reached the requirements, they will progress to pointe at levels 3 and 4.
Ballet IV, ages (approx) 14-18
Continued development of expression and strength as more advanced technique is introduced and perfected. Pointe work is also developed to the dancer’s ability. Training at this level also seeks out each individual’s desires to what they want to do with their future and their dancing talent. Some of our dancers have sought out dance degrees or have taken their training to the world of Theatre.
Adult Ballet, ages 18+
We encourage adults with either beginner or advanced dance experience. It is never too late to enjoy dance! Our adult class is a balance of challenge and grace. We love to encourage you in your current dance skill but also seek to press you to a new level of ability (just let us know your desired level). Don’t worry about competition; the class is structure to help you feel your best as a dancer within your own limits. Our hope is that it will be an outlet for you to strengthen your mind and muscles, and refreshing get away to just enjoy yourself!
Combo Class, ages 3-7
In this class, our students receive the best of both worlds! They learn energetic tap and graceful ballet technique. The above descriptions still apply to Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet combo classes but with an added twist of tap. This class is designed for little ones who show a desire to learn both styles.
Jazz, ages 12-18
Jazz is for the dancer who prefers expression that is little more upbeat or snappy. We will work on basic steps and technique as well as discover different styles. The origins of Jazz come from African, South and Central American dance, and represent a convergence of cultures. They focus on rhythms, creativity, improvisation, and expression.
Tap, ages 3-18
Tap is for the dancer who likes to make some noise! The classes are tailored to the students depending on their individual level. The coordination learned in the precise foot movement of tap has been know to help improve footwork for other sports as well!
Contemporary/Modern, ages 8-adult
Contemporary is an expression of dance through a fluid of movement. It fuses several different genres of dance (ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern) but without the rigid format of some of those dance styles. Contemporary seeks to connect your mind and body with the self-interpretation of the music. The levels of dance focus more on playing off of other dancers moves and incorporate a lot more floor work. Contemporary is also inspired by various concepts and seeks to translate current day culture.
*OPEN classes of Jazz, (Core Strengthening) Ballet or Tap; teens-adults
Are you wanting to try dance for the first time and feeling intimidated about it? Do you want to dance but have a crazy busy schedule and need a class that allows flexible attendance? Good news, the “open” classes are for you! You can attend regularly, or if you need to miss a class here and there, the pressure is off! Pay per class with exact change ($12) OR purchase a 6 class card to use at your pace ($60). (We do ask that you have one year of dancing experience for the Open Jazz.)
*ALL Boys Combo Class
Geared for boys ages 6-12, young gentlemen can now work on developing tapping, contemporary, hip-hop/break dancing skills. The class is specially designed for boy energy put to good useful dancing; surely BOYS can dance too!! We are hoping this all boys class will help them feel more welcomed and less “bashful” about giving it a try!