Classes

Grown-up & Me                              

Ages 18 months - 3 years.  A class for toddlers and their caregivers to explore dance and movement together

 
Creative Movement                  

Ages 3-5.  Students will learn basic body movement and locomotive movements. Basic pre-ballet instruction in the basic foot and arm positions is also accomplished. Students explore tempo change, space usage, creativity with props and group work, teaching students enjoyment of dance and fostering a love of the art form. Creative Movement students perform in our annual spring recital.
  

Beginner Ballet

Ages 5-6.  Students build on the foundation of Creative Movement by beginning more technical training. Students move to the barre and learn the five basic positions as well as beginner barre technique. Beginner Ballet students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.



Ballet 1 (One ballet class per week)
Ages 5-7. Students begin more focused work with classical ballet, learning basic barre work including plie, tendu, degage, releve, and sauté. They also learn basic centre work including chaines turns, pas de bourree, bourree, jete, sauté arabesque. Ballet 1 students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.

Ballet 2 (Two ballet classes per week)
Ages 6-9.   Students graduate into two ballet classes per week in addition to other course work. Students build upon their work in Ballet 1 with more complicated barre and centre work. Students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.



Ballet 3 (Two ballet classes per week)
Ages 7-10. Students build upon their work in Ballet 2 with more complicated barre and centre work with the addition of battements and pirouettes, changement and traveling turns. Students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.

Ballet 4 (Two ballet classes per week)
Ages 8-11.  Students have two ballet classes per week in addition to other course work. Focus is on control and precision in barre work. Centre work includes focus on the body directions and learning petite allegro, adagio, grand allegro and traveling turns. Students have the opportunity to have role models and be the role models. Students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.

Ballet 5 (Three ballet classes per week)
Ages 10- 13.  Students have three ballet classes per week in addition to other course work. Focus is on control and precision in barre work. Centre work includes focus on the body directions and learning petite allegro, adagio, grand allegro and traveling turns.  Students prepare for pointe work and/or receiving their first pair of pointe shoes.  Students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.

Ballet 6 (Three+ ballet classes per week)
Ages 11+.  Students focus on beginning pointework and strengthening ballet technique.  Students may be invited to perform pieces with the company in the spring concert.  Students perform in both Nutcracker and the spring recital/concert.

Ballet 7 (Three+ ballet classes per week)
Ages 13+.  Students focus on beginning/intermediate pointework and becoming integrated into the performing company.  Students perform in both Nutcracker and the spring concert.

Ballet 8 (Three+ ballet classes per week)
Ages 15+.  Company members attend a minimum of 3-4 technique classes weekly in addition to evening/weekend rehearsals. They should be able to execute intermediate to advanced pointe work with confidence. Company members are encouraged to explore choreography and teaching.  Company members perform in all HDT shows. 

Adult Ballet

Offering a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning the fundamental techniques of ballet.  Adult ballet offers something for every age group, from young adult to seniors.

Tap

A type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe.  

Musical Theater

Musical Theater dance is the study of Broadway dance and dance styles. Young teens, teens, and adults learn choreography from selected musicals, such as Fosse.

Hip Hop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or music that has evolved as part of the hip-hop culture.  

Jazz

Jazz dance includes strength, flexibility, and conditioning technique and progressions including turns, kicks, and leaps.  In a jazz class, dancers also learn the many fun and trendy dance steps that are used for all forms of dance. 

 

Class placement is based on technique and is at the discretion of the directors and instructors.  Ages are approximate, and it is not unusual for students to spend more than one year in a level.

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