Beginning Sample Dance 

Little to no dance experience required.

This class is a great way to sample many genres of dance all in one semester and learn the very basics of each.  This class will cover ballroom dancing (waltz, tango, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, rumba, mambo, and salsa), ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. This class is appropriate for the non dancer or beginner dancer to try out all styles and get a sampling to better understand their interests and what they may or may not choose to pursue in later semesters. There will be an expectation for students to perform as a class in one of our bi-monthly recitals to showcase what they have learned. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is necessary to participate in this class. Appropriate attire would be similar to workout clothes or physical education class attire. Tap shoes are not required for this level.  If students have them, they are welcome to bring them to class.

 

Sample Dance Level 1

Some dance experience required: Late Beginner to Intermediate

This class is a great way to study many genres of dance all in one semester and cover the basic techniques of each. This class will cover ballroom dancing (waltz, tango, foxtrot, swing, cha cha, rumba, mambo, salsa), ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. This class is appropriate for dancers who have had some years of experience. Compiling all styles into one class will allow us to cover many dance styles in one class throughout the semester. It is designed so that every 3-5 weeks we will focus on a different genre. The following semester will provide more opportunities to hone in on individual genres in the student’s level. There will be an expectation for students to perform as a class in one of our bi-monthly recitals to showcase what they have learned. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is necessary to participate in this class. Appropriate attire would be similar to workout clothes or physical education class attire. Tap shoes are not required for this level. If students have them, they are welcome to bring them to class.

 

Stretching & Conditioning

This class is appropriate for any and all ability levels.

In this class we will be doing pilates, yoga, kickboxing, zumba-style fitness, plyometrics, chair fitness, hiking, meditation, and more. This is a fitness/exercise class, so students should always arrive prepared to move and sweat. We also will cover the knowledge-base of basic muscular anatomy. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is required to participate in this class. 

 

Beginning Hip Hop 

This course is appropriate for beginner dancers, and consists of breaking down the elements of hip hop within choreography. The styles incorporated are popping, locking, waving, breaking, and gliding. The class starts off with a guided warm up by stretching out the body and using isolations — sometimes warm-up exercises are used in the combinations. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is required to participate in this class. 

 

Hip Hop 1

This course is appropriate for intermediate dancers. This class consists of breaking down the elements of hip hop within choreography but taking it a step further from Beginning Hip Hop by incorporating more advanced steps into beginning routines. The styles incorporated are popping, locking, waving, breaking, and gliding. The class starts off with a guided warm up by stretching out the body and using isolations — sometimes warm-up exercises are used in the combinations. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is required to participate in this class. 

Hip Hop 2

Advanced: Audition and permission from Dance Director is required

Appropriate for advanced dancers, this class consists of breaking down the elements of hip-hop within choreography. The styles incorporated are popping, locking, waving, breaking, and gliding. The class starts off with a guided warm up by stretching out the body and using isolation s— sometimes warm-up exercises are used in the combinations. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is required to participate in this class. 

 

Ballet 1

Ballet 1 will focus on the basics of ballet. This is appropriate for the beginner dancer and beyond as brushing up on basics is always important, regardless of level. Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods. As students progress through the levels, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.This class benefits students who come from diversified dance backgrounds. Appropriate attire for this level would include: leotards, tights, skirts, leggings, etc. Ballet Shoes are also required.

 

Ballet 2

Intermediate to Advanced: Audition and permission from Dance Director is required

This class is designed for students who already have a solid foundation and understanding of ballet technique and are able to decipher the vocabulary of ballet. Emphasis is placed on proper alignment, correct direction of all movements, and mostly on musicality, phrasing, and transitions (connecting one movement to another). This will be a technique class with a full ballet barre, across-the-floor progressions, and center floor work. This class benefits students who come from diversified dance backgrounds. Appropriate attire for this level would include: leotards, tights, skirts, leggings, etc. Ballet Shoes are required.

 

Contemporary 1 

This class is appropriate for the beginner to intermediate dancer. This class introduces students to the dynamic capabilities of the body as an articulate means of expression and presents basic concepts and skills from contemporary dance forms that may include modern, floor work, inversion, catch and release, resolve, classical modern, and improvisation. Classwork develops efficient alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, dynamics, and spatial awareness. Appropriate attire for this level would include: leotards, tights, leggings, etc. Hair must be pulled back. Absolutely no jeans, please!

 

Contemporary 2 

Intermediate to Advanced: Audition and permission from Dance Director is required

This course is appropriate for the intermediate to advanced dancer. This class introduces students to the dynamic capabilities of the body as an articulate means of expression and presents concepts and skills from contemporary dance forms that may include modern, floor work, inversion, catch and release, resolve, classical modern and improvisation. Classwork develops efficient alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, dynamics, and spatial awareness. This will include choreography, creation, analysis, and improvisation. Appropriate attire for this level would include: leotards, tights, leggings, etc. Hair must be pulled back.  Absolutely no jeans, please!

 

Beginning Tap Dance

This tap class is appropriate for the beginner. Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum, the courses will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Hair must be pulled back and dance clothes such as tanks, leotards, tights, leggings, etc. are appropriate for the class. Tap shoes are required: Oxford style preferred. 

 

Tap 1

Tap 1 is appropriate for the beginner to intermediate tap dancer. Tap class will focus on learning proper technique and footwork to strengthen the feet and ankles and challenge rhythms, skills, etc. Class will include a proper warm up and stretches, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Tap shoes are required for this class. We will have choreography projects, performance opportunities, and also some focus on the history of Tap. Hair must be pulled back and dance clothes such as tanks, leotards, tights, leggings, etc. are appropriate for the class. Tap shoes are required: Oxford style preferred. 

 

Tap 2

Tap 2 is appropriate for the intermediate to advanced tap dancer. Tap class will focus on learning proper technique and footwork to strengthen the feet and ankles and challenge rhythms, skills, etc. Class will include a proper warm up and stretches, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Tap shoes are required for this class. We will have choreography projects, performance opportunities, and also some focus on the history of Tap. Hair must be pulled back and dance clothes such as tanks, leotards, tights, leggings, etc. are appropriate for the class. Tap shoes are required: Oxford style preferred. 

 

Jazz 1

Jazz 1 is appropriate for the late beginner to intermediate dancer. Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality, and developing rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movements and includes a proper warm up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. We will focus on the history of jazz dance, create choreography within the jazz dance idiom, and provide opportunities to perform. 

 

Jazz 2

Jazz 2 is appropriate for the intermediate to advanced dancer. Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Leaps, turns, and more advanced repertoire are included at this level. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movements and includes a proper warm up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. We will focus on the history of jazz dance, create choreography within the jazz dance idiom, and provide opportunities to perform. 

 

Beginning Musical Theatre Dance

Beginning Musical Theatre Dance is appropriate for the beginner dancer. This class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movements from greats such as Bob Fosse, Jack Cole, and Jerome Robbins, to name a few. Students will learn about how auditions are executed and what to expect. Class includes a proper warm up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions. Hair must be pulled back. Dance clothes such as tanks, leotards, tights, leggings, etc. are appropriate for the class.  

 

Advanced Dance 11 & 12

Advanced: Audition and permission from Dance Director is required

This class is designed specifically for juniors and seniors who are advanced dance students, and it is geared toward college dance prep, audition prep, and exploring choreography on peers. This class is a great way to study many genres of dance all in one semester and cover the techniques of each. This class will cover ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, improvisation, and choreography. This class is appropriate for dancers who have had many years of dance experience and whose abilities are fitting for this level of technique in all genres. Compiling all styles into one class will allow us to cover many dance styles throughout the semester. It is designed so that every 4-6 weeks we will focus on a different genre, learning progressions and choreography in each. The following semester will provide more opportunities to hone in on individual genres in your level.  There will be an expectation for students to perform as a class in at least one of our bi-monthly recitals to showcase what they have learned. Bringing a change of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. is required to participate in this class. Appropriate attire for this level would include: leotards, tights, leggings, shoes in all genres (tap, ballet, and jazz), etc.

 

Spotlight Dance Competition Team

Audition and permission from Dance Director is required

This group will audition in the fall and prepare pieces throughout the year to compete in at least one regional dance competition. This group will need to partake in fundraising for costumes, entry fees, etc. The group will perform a multitude of genres: jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, and tap. Course fees may apply.

 

Dance History

Dance History is an exploratory course that allows students to discuss the who, what, when, where, and why of dance. The course aims to be an historical, cultural, and anthropological exploration that begins with prehistory and the origins of dance, ending in the present day with a modern view of the artform. Course themes will cover uses of the artform, cultural influences, period specific technique, and historic choreography. While movement and exploration will be encouraged throughout the course, no previous dance experience is expected or required to participate. 

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Sidney ME 04330

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