Rising Stars Program
"Rising Stars" is a special program designed specifically for young dancers Age 2 1/2 to 7. Five levels of combination classes plus supplemental styles provide each child with an understanding of the basic dance skills they will need to "graduate" into the Academy. Class focus is on creativity, movement, motor skills, rhythm and musicality- as well as social skills.
2's in Tutus: This class provides a basic introduction to ballet and creative movement. A 45 minute class designed to introduce music and movement, develop listening skills and gain comfort with a classroom setting. We request all caregivers remain in the lobby during the duration of the class. Dancers should be 2 by December 1st.
Combo 1: This class provides a basic introduction into tap and ballet. A portion of an hour-long class is also devoted to "song & dance" as well as structural strengthening exercises. First year Pre-K, students should be 3 by December 1st.
Combo 2: A follow-up to Combo 1, all dance styles remain the same, but feature a more challenging syllabus. Second year Pre-K, students should be 4 by December 1st.
Combo 3: Replaces tumbling with a first look into jazz. The class remains an hour, but still provides a solid foundation for all three styles of dance. Kindergarten level, students should be 5 be December 1st.
Combo 4: A one hour class devoted solely to Tap/Jazz, featuring more advanced class work. This class can be supplemented with Pre-Ballet. Students should be 6 by December 1st.
Combo 5: A one hour class with instruction in Tap and Jazz. This class is in preparation for "graduating" into Academy level classes. Students will participate in 2 recital routines, with the purchase of a single 2-in-1 recital costume! This class can be supplemented with Pre-Ballet. Students should be 7 by December 1st.
Pre-Ballet: A 45-minute classical ballet class designed to supplement the Combo 4 and 5 syllabus, where Ballet is no longer part of the cirriculum. This class can be taken on it's own or in addition to a Combo or Hip Hop class. Ages 5.5 -7
Rising Stars Hip Hop: A 45 minute intro to hip hop. Instruction is focused on musicality, retention of steps, body isolations and FUN! Ages 5-7
Rising Stars Acrobatique: A 25 minute Acro extension class, class focusing on gymnastics floor skills and flexibility. Pre-K Acro is for ages 2-3. KinderAcro is for ages 4-5. These classes do not need to be taken in combination with another class.
In our Academy program (Ages 8+) a progressive syllabus ensures that each child has a complete understanding of the skills in any given level before moving on to the next. 5 Levels of progressive classes from ages 8-18, plus a recreational Teen level, are offered to ensure something for everyone! Competitive and non-competitive dancers can learn together, ensuring that all dancers get the same high quality level of dance education. Dancers 7 & Under can view our "Rising Stars" program for class offerings!
Levels are determined by our staff and are based upon age and skill level, as well as years of experience. This is so our seasoned dancers can advance, while our newer dancers can learn in a comfortable environment where they don't have to feel intimidated or frustrated.
Classes selections will vary in length from 45 minutes to an hour. Advanced level ballet classes will be 1.25 or 1.5 hours.
Dance Disciplines Offered plus Dress Code Requirements:
Tap: This style of dance isolates the foot to create various sounds, focusing on both energy and rhythm. Dress code is leotard or dance top, shorts with tights or dance pants. Tap 1 & Tap 2 wear tan tap shoes in the recital. Tap 3-5 wear black split sole tap shoes in the recital.
Jazz: This style of dance is energetic and sharp movements with the body. Focusing on strength and flexibility, athletic leaps and turns are taught to fast-paced music. Dress code is leotard or dance top, shorts with tights or dance pants. All classes wear tan jazz shoes in the recital.
Ballet/Pointe: This style of dance is referred to as the core of all dance styles. This classical dance form is characterized by grace and precision of movement. More advanced dancers will learn to perform the technique "en pointe." Pointe readiness is determined by our instructors and all students must be enrolled in Ballet 2x per week to be eligible for pointe work. Dress code is a black leotard and pink tights with hair in a bun. All classes wear pink ballet slippers/pointe shoes in the recital.
Modern: This style of dance is based on the elements of contraction and breath to use the body as a vehicle for movement. Dress code is a leotard or dance top, shorts with footless tights or dance pants. All classes use their bare feet in class and performance.
Lyrical: This style of dance combines technique and styles from Ballet and Jazz. It focuses specifically on the story and the emotions of the music. Dancers must be simultaneously enrolled in a ballet class to enroll in Lyrical.. Dress code is a leotard or dance top, shorts with tights or dance pants. All classes wear Twylas/Pirouettes in the recital.
Contemporary: This style is thought to be a hybrid of technique from the genres of Ballet, Lyrical, Modern & Jazz, even Hip Hop. It can be performed to many different styles of music, and is the most eclectic style of dance, varying from smooth and graceful movement, to sharp and athletic movement, with the common thread being a connectivity of mind and body. Dress code is a leotard or dance top, shorts with footless tights or dance pants. All classes wear Twylas/Pirouettes in the recital.
Hip Hop: This style of dance is truly part of a whole culture of music and movement. It is most simply described as choreography to urban music, widely viewed on MTV and similar entertainment avenues. Dress code is any clothing that allows comfortable movement. Jeans are not permitted. Knee pads are recommended when learning floorwork. Clean sneakers are required for class and performance, or black hip hop sneakers.
Boys Club: An all boys dance class focusing on Hip Hop technique, rhythm and musicality. This class will also cover some Breakdancing and other floorwork. Dress code is shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt and clean sneakers.
Leaps & Turns: An extra technique class to supplement training in the style of Jazz/Lyrical. This class focuses solely on the progression of technical leaps and turns, with little or no focus on choreography. Dress code is a leotard or dance top, shorts with tights or dance pants. Jazz shoes, Twylas or Foot Undeez are appropriate. There is no recital for this class.
Strengthen & Stretch: This class focuses on specific strengthening exercises to enhance a dancer's training as well as increasing flexibility in all areas. Dress code is a leotard or dance top, shorts with tights or dance pants. Bare feet or jazz shoes can be used. There is no recital for this class.
What is AcroDance?
AcroDance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.
Toddler Division: 2 – 3 years old
This is a parent/guardian assisted program where your child will develop their gross and fine-motor skills, explore foundational Acro positions, learn how to follow instructions from a teacher, take turns, and have fun in the studio.
Preschool Division: 3 – 5 years old
This is a non-assisted program that focuses on the holistic development of the child. Students will develop gross and fine-motor skills and control, introductory Acro body shapes and tricks, and kinesthetic awareness. At the same time, children will learn how to be in a class, develop their focus and listening skills, and learn co-operative skills.
This program is a specially designed as a 12 week introductory class for ages 6 & up. Our beginners will receive the proper fundamentals in their first session, which will set them up for a safe and successful future in the art of Acro Dance. AcroDance enhances students' motor skills and kinesthetic awareness. As students progress throughout this program, they will come to learn tricks such as: headstands, handstands, cartwheels, bridges and introductory partner work. Typically, at the end of this session, students are ready to move to the Junior Division.
The Junior Division is comprised of 4 levels. Students will move at their own pace through each levels following the AcroDance Junior syllabus and guidelines. Tricks will include: headstands, handstands, cartwheels, bridges, walkovers, round-offs, partnerwork and more. All Junior Division classes will have an opportunity to perform at the recital.
* Upon completion of the Junior Division syllabus, we will begin introducing Intermediate & Advanced Division classes to our schedule.