Dance - Class Descriptions

 

Joy Performing Arts places students in classes based on the dancer’s age, ability, and maturity level.

Pre-Dance:

Aspiring dancers will benefit from this fun beginning class that will emphasize correct posture and
alignment necessary for all forms of dance. This class highlights progressive large motor skill
development, spatial awareness, rhythm, balance and flexibility through the use of hula-hoops,
maracas, tambourines, ribbons, balance beams, mini tramps, and progressive large motor skill
directional dance songs. Students will do some tumbling and be introduced to Ballet and on occassion Tap. 

Creative Arts:

This combination class is for a beginning dancer up through the age they are ready to move into a
Ballet class and Dance Fusion class concurrently. It combines ballet and tap for students 4-7 years old.
For students 7-9 years of age with a minimum of 2 years of dance already, it combines ballet, tap, and
an introduction to jazz.

Tap/Jazz Fusion:

This class fuses the teaching of Tap and Jazz and is the next step after Creative Arts. It is recommended that a student continues with a Level I/II Ballet class to achieve greater skill level in dance. Tap/Jazz Combination classes like these are offered to make it easier for families with more than 1 child dancing, or for the dancer who is training in several different styles of dance at one time. This allows for a younger dancer to progressively excel as they continue to
add to their curriculum.

 

Ballet:

Joy Performing Arts uses the traditional study of classical ballet utilizing the Checetti Method. 
The Checetti Method will help your child develop the grace and technical skills that come only with
proper ballet training. Ballet training will provide a solid foundation for all forms of dance.
This class is required for all students level 2 and above.

Ballet I (8 & up):

 This is a beginning level class.  This class develops the student’s awareness of alignment in basic ballet vocabulary. Barre work is introduced in simple exercises. The goal of this class is to create a strong technical foundation.

Ballet II:

Building on the concepts of Ballet I, a minimum one year of Ballet I. This class is designed for the beginner intermediate level dancer.

Ballet III:   

This is an intermediate level class. This class develops the student’s strength in centered alignment.  Barre work builds on the student’s ballet vocabulary.  Focus is on technical execution, musicality, and line. In this class the student should be familiar with basic technique, while adding on more complicated steps, jumps and turns.

Ballet IV-V:

By placement only, these are intermediate advanced level classes. Students must know proper Ballet terminology and execution there of, this is a fast paced class and most dancers are already on Pointe. This level requires firm commitment and a good attitude. By audition, or invitation only.

Jazz - Ballet Technique /Leaps and Turns:

 For any dancer age 8 and up who desires to be advanced. This additional technique class through barre work, center floor, and developing  turning, balancing, and leaping exercises and skills. This class is strongly recommended for all dancers and is broken up into two levels. Level 1 and 2 are for beginning/intermediate Jazz or Ballet I & II. Level 3 & 4 is for intermediate advanced & advanced Jazz or Ballet III, IV,V students.

 Pointe: 

 Dancing on Pointe is a continuation of advanced ballet training and requires strength, dedication and commitment. Students must have three to five years of consecutive training.  Each student is considered on an individual basis and initial consideration is by teacher recommendation.  Students will only be placed on pointe after a detailed evaluation by our studio director and discretion will be excercised before before placing students on Pointe. We are concerned with providing the best training for all of our students, and must be careful when placing students on Pointe. Damage caused by attempting Pointe work too early can cause life-long discomfort. 

Intermediate/Advanced Tap:

Tap is an American theatrical style of dance that has evolved into many different genres across the
world. It is distinguished by percussive footwork that marks rhythmic patterns on the floor.
Tap dancing develops rhythm, speed, agility, and coordination.

 

Beginning Jazz (8 & up): 

This is a great introductory class for the student looking to learn jazz technique as well as funky hip-hop moves! Students learn to move energetically, yet wholesomely. Sharpen dance skills and strengthen muscle tone. Exhilarating study of jazz broadens dance repertoire and helps students find their own personal “groove"

 Intermediate/Advanced Jazz:

To excel in jazz, the dancer should master ballet technique because it consists of slower movements
that strengthens the body and improves balance. Both fluid and sharp movements, leaps and turns of
jazz are enhanced considerably by a strong techinical foundation in ballet. Although we offer other
classses of different styles of jazz, like lyrical and hip-hop, our foundational jazz class at JPA is
defined as contemporary classical jazz infused with lyrical and modern.

 Hip-Hop:

This is a high energy, fast paced, freestyle form of dance. It combines many different elements such as
popping, locking, freezing, stalls, crumping, and breakdancing, which in turn, incorporates acrobatical feats of strength
and flexibility. Boys and girls of all ages love this athletic form of dance. Ability, movement, and flexability are enhanced  considerably by taking an acrobatic class in conjunction with Hip-Hop.

Contemporary:

Contemporary dance is a beautiful style that blends ballet and jazz. Students will learn how to use motion to
interpret music and express emotion. Movements in Contemporary dance are characterized by  fluidity 
grace and strength. Leaps are executed high and with a soaring quality.  

Acrobatics:

Acrobatics involves difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination. Students learn how to do basic
tumbling skills from cartwheels all the way up to advanced tricks such as ariels, handsprings, tucks and everything you would do in gymnastics on the mats.
The use of balancing partner work is used in every class. Through out the year, students will be working
on improving their flexibility and mastering different tumbling skills.
 Students in Acro B and Acro C are required to take strength training and running mat pass class as a supplement.

 

Musical Theatre (6 & up):

This is a class that focuses more on different styles of theatrical dance. It involves learning combinations to music from Broadway Musicals in which there is a specific story that is being expressed in the dance. All musicals have a different story, therefore in musical theatre or Broadway style dance, you are always acting within the dance itself.   This class is fun and exciting and students will be learning many different styles since the world of theatre dance is so versatile in styles. Some styles include: Luigi, Fosse, traditional, and comedy/character dance!

 *Private Lessons are available in all forms of dance @ $35.00 per half hour.

 

Modern dancers should be doing things no one else is doing, and it should come from the gut."
Twyla Tharp