dress

An important aspect of dance discipline requires the uniformity of student dress in appropriate practice attire.

The proper dress not only enables freedom of movement and support, but also brings cohesion to the class and allows the instructor to observe the placement and muscular development of each participant. 

Jewelry should not be worn on the neck or the arms and the hair should be pulled off of the face. (Ballet classes should have hair arranged in a bun if length permits). Oversized tee-shirts or sweatshirts are not allowed in class as well as outerwear such as pants or skirts. Chiffon skirts — matching the leotard color — are allowed in the ballet classes. Fitted outerwear, dance sweaters and leg warmers are allowed during the warm-up portion of class in colder weather.

Classes

Jazz introduces the student to the elements of dance seen most often today on television and in live theater productions, musicals, and videos. Jazz is a versatile dance style and includes movements of African, Caribbean, lyrical, vaudeville and "street dancing." A variety of forms and music styles will be introduced to the student.

Tap is a form of dance used in broadway musicals and movies. This truly American dance form originated from clogging and became increasingly popular during the vaudeville area. Tap dance emphasizes the interpretation of rhythm and timing through sounds by the use of footwork.

Hip Hop is a high energy class exploring current styles of movement seen on TV and in music videos. This form of dance is usually performed to Hip Hop and R&B music.

Lyrical is designed to offer the student creative ways to express dramatic content to choreography by exploring alternative movements to technical steps. Jazz, Ballet, Modern, & Musical Theatre concepts are often intertwined.

Modern Dance is the interplay of movement continually confronting gravity. It explores the full spectrum of movement that exists between freedom from gravity and complete subservience to its power through rise and fall movements, spiraling turns, earth-bound runs, suspension, and "off-balance" positioning.

Musical Theatre incorporates the talents of voice drama, and dance, which portrays or projects a certain character, image or time period for stage presentation.

Private Instruction: A student may request a private lesson on a regular or one time bases. This lesson must be scheduled by reservation, and notice of cancellation for any reason, other than sickness, is necessary at least one day in advance. Instructions will be given as the studio schedule permits.

Introduction to Dance is for the beginning student between the ages of four and six years old. This class introduces the young child to musicality, simple floor patterns, partnering, mime coordination and strengthening exercises.

Classical Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance syllabus) provides a gradual technical progression throughout the various age levels in the basic principals of ballet. It is the foundation for achieving body strength and body placement. Ballet equips the ongoing dancer with the knowledge and the control necessary to approach other dance forms and therefore is required of all students before any other dance form is attempted. Free movement is also incorporated with the classical work and exercises. Classes in Pointe, partnering, variations and performance are also offered under the directors discretion when the student is ready.



YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Introduction to Dance & Primary
Girls: Short sleeve or sleeveless pale pink leotard, optional elastic waistband (or attached skirt), pale pink tights (non-shimmer) or white ankle socks (in warmer weather), pink ballet shoes
Boys: White t-shirt (no decals), dance pants or black shorts, white ankle socks, white ballet shoes


Level I & II Ballet
Girls: Short sleeve or sleeveless pale blue leotard, pale pink tights (non-shimmer), pink ballet shoes (professional brands only), optional elastic waistband skirts
Boys: White t-shirt (no decals), dance pants or black shorts, white ankle socks, white ballet shoes


OPEN PROGRAM
Girls: Pale pink tights (non-shimmer), full-sole pink leather ballet shoes* (professional brands only), black camisole or sleeveless leotard
*Level VI & above may wear split-sole pink leather ballet shoes (professional brands only).
Boys: Level III - V: Same as children's program. Level VI & above: White t-shirt (no decals), dance pants, black ankle socks, black ballet shoes


ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE PROGRAM
Student's instructor will order all leotards as a class


OPEN PROGRAM

Girls Ballet levels 3 & above: Black camisole or sleeveless leotard, pale pink tights (non-shimmer), pink ballet shoes (professional brands only)
Boys: White t-shirt (no decals), dance pants, black ankle socks, black ballet shoes




The following dance forms may wear any style or color leotard or leotard with tights or leggings:
Modern: No shoes required
Musical Theater & Jazz: Tan Jazz Shoes
Tap: Black low-heeled "Mary-Jane" taps (up to Tap III), black jazz style tap shoe (Tap IV and above)
Lyrical: Lyrical sandal
Hip Hop: Teacher's choice
Pointe: Any style pointe shoe (instructor approval)