Class Descriptions
2022-2023 school year
begins September 6.

Ballet Program

Our ballet program was established in 2000, and is a thriving, full program for ages 2-adults. Ballet classes and curriculum are directed by Nicole Moscou.

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Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me is designed for toddlers and preschoolers who need a little extra assistance from an adult helper. This is a great way to ease your toddler into taking classes. Each child brings an adult (Mom, Dad, Auntie, Grandma, Teen friend) to participate in class alongside them. This class is for ages 3 and under, and is 30 minutes, once weekly.

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Pre-Ballet 1 and 2

Pre-Ballet is designed for ages 3-4 (some 2-year-olds are ready). This 30-minute, once weekly class teaches students about class format and etiquette (following teacher, working with others, taking turns) while also building a foundation of coordination, direction, and spatial awareness. We learn basic dance skills and ballet words, and have a lot of fun with imagination! This class is split into 2 levels. Pre-Ballet 2 is mainly for older or 2nd year students who have already mastered the basics.

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Primary Ballet

Primary is for students ages 5-6, or by placement from a previous year of dancing. This 45-minute, once weekly class builds on the skills learned in Pre-Ballet, helping the students add to their foundation with more body control and awareness, learning about grace, rhythm and musicality, and more challenging steps and combinations are added to their muscle memory bank! Primary is a lot of fun!

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Ballet 1

Ballet 1 is for ages 6-7, or by placement from a previous year of dancing. This 45-minute, once weekly class begins preparing students for a full ballet class. This class is mainly for older beginners, or 2nd year Primary students.

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Ballet 2 and 3

Ballet 2 and 3 are for students ages 8+, and will be a mix of new students and established students. Ballet 2 meets for 1 hour, once per week, and Ballet 3 has the option of having one or two 1-hour classes per week. These are the first levels that follow the classic ballet class format: Barre, Center, and Allegro. Students add to their ballet vocabulary, learn about muscles and anatomy, and build a strong foundation.

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Ballet 4 and 5

Ballet 4 and 5 classes are by placement only. Both of these levels require two ballet classes per week. Ballet 4 is for established students ages 9+, and Ballet 5 is for established students ages 10+ (Remember, a minimum age is absolute minimum, most students will be older). These levels really challenge the dancers as they move through their biggest growth spurts of childhood, and they support and prepare them for more advanced training. Pointe training may begin in Ballet 5, when the student is at least 11 years old and passes the pre-pointe test.

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Ballet 6 and 7

Our highest levels of ballet training are catered to fit the current group of students. We make sure that each student is being challenged and supported through her ballet journey. These students have usually grown up together, and work amazingly well together in choreography, and support one another as they take turns in the spotlight. We encourage different supplemental activities, such as conditioning and cross-training, or attending workshops and intensives. Ballet 6 must attend at least 2 classes per week, and Ballet 7 must attend at least 3 classes per week.

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet is a great class that is appropriate for beginners and experienced dancers alike. We have fun learning new steps and combinations, learning technique and vocabulary, as well as increasing strength and flexibility! This is a true ballet class, not a ballet fitness class (though it is a great way to exercise!)

Tap Program

Our tap program was established in early 2022. The tap program is directed by Shelly Best, who currently teaches all the tap classes. When you are placed in a class, please keep in mind that our tap program is still in its formative years, so the levels may change often. It's most important at this stage to have groups of students who have similar abilities in class together, so classes may have a wide range of ages in them.

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Primary Tap

Primary Tap is for ages 5-6. This 45-minute, once weekly class focuses on foundations of tap, rhythm, and creating awesome sounds! 

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Tap 1

Tap 1 is for ages 7+, beginners, or by placement from a previous year. 

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Tap 2

Tap 2 is for experience students by placement only, and beginning students ages 11+.

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Adult Tap

Our Adult Tap class is created for beginners and experienced dancers alike. It's a lot of fun for everyone, and Shelly does an awesome job supporting all of her students!

Tumbling Program

Our tumbling program was established in early 2022. The tumbling program is directed by Katherine Ammerman, who currently teaches all the tumbling classes. When you are placed in a class, please keep in mind that our tumbling program is still in its formative years, so the levels may change often. It's most important at this stage to have groups of students who have similar abilities in class together, so classes may have a wide range of ages in them.

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Tumbling Tots

Tumbling tots is for ages 3-4. New students in this age group should attend a trial session first to see if tumbling is a good fit for them.  Tumbling is a great activity for learning coordination, body awareness, balance, and rhythm! This is a 30-minute, once weekly class.

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Tumbling 1

Tumbling 1 is for students ages 5-7. Tumbling is a great activity for learning coordination, body awareness, balance, and rhythm! This is a 45-minute, once-weekly class.

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Tumbling 2

Tumbling 2 is for students ages 8+, or by placement from a previous level. Tumbling is a great activity for learning coordination, body awareness, balance, and rhythm! This is a 1-hour, once-weekly class.

Contemporary Program

Our contemporary dance program was established in early 2022, and is directed by Katherine Ammerman, who currently teaches all the contemporary classes. Contemporary dance combines elements of ballet, modern, and jazz, and was developed by many dance pioneers, including Isodora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and many others. 

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Contemporary 1

This class is appropriate for beginning / intermediate dancers ages 8+.

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Contemporary 2

This class is appropriate for intermediate / advanced dancers ages 12+. (Most appropriate for students in Ballet 5 or higher in this age bracket)

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Adult Contemporary

This is a wonderful class for beginning or experienced adult dancers to explore movement and music.