About The Classes

Jazz Dance

Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance to ballet. Rhythm, upon which all dance forms depend, is particularly integral to jazz dance. The first half of class consists of exercises to stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure. Using jazz, soul, R&B, ethnic and pop music, jazz classes are a great work-out and a fun way to release tension while attaining a body awareness that can be applied to everyday activities.

Tap Dance


Tap is an exciting rhythmic exercise and dance form which is enjoyable to both kids and adults. With African-American and Irish roots, tap has become an original American art form which offers a variety of styles and techniques. Introductory and beginner level classes stress the basics of tap and build into Broadway Style combinations which are great to watch and delightful to hear! Intermediate and advanced level classes progress appropriately with more challenging material which is seen in the traditional Rhythm Tap style of the great masters Honi Coles, Leon Collins and Lady Dianne Walker.

Hip Hop


Hip hop is a fun and upbeat stylized urban class that focuses on personal style and expression. In this class dancers are encouraged to let go and be free while developing their ability to groove to hip hop music. The movement style is a blend of hip hop’s foundation: poppin’, lockin’, breakin’, housing combined with newer contemporary styles that you may see on popular TV shows. Each teacher possesses their own unique flavorful style and you can expect something fresh, new and exciting in each class. No technical training required.

Freestyle


Freestyle is collaborative class setting where dancers share their personal strengths with each other through freestyle dancing. You will work individually on personal expression and defining your own sense of style and in groups to create choreography. Together we explore the variety of hip hop’s social and foundational dance styles in an effort to provide a wider vocabulary for individual freestyle. This is a great class for dancers that might not excel at learning choreography but have a natural ability to freestyle or for those that want to be well rounded hip hop dancers.

Ballet


Ballet classes are designed to expose the student to the grace and beauty of classical dance. Each class will start with a warm up and stretch at the barre before progressing to center floor work. Emphasis will be on the basic positions of the feet and arms as they relate to proper body alignment and balance. Ballet training gives a dancer the strength and control to execute any style of dance well.

Pre-Ballet

The elements of creative movement will be augmented by more coordination and sequence-related exercises; floor formations that teach children spatial awareness; movement exercises that emphasize straight legs and pointed feet, posture, placement, stretches and comportment of classical ballet. Basic ballet concepts such as 1st and 2nd positions, plié and relevé will be introduced. Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and other imaginative activities will keep the pace of the class lively and engaging.

Pointe

Pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructors discrection. Students must be taking a minimum of one other ballet classes per week.  Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance uses vocabularies from ballet, jazz, modern and other dance idioms to create a fluid expressive dance style that presents new and unpredictable movement. Dancers must be ready to work at a full intermediate level and pace.

Breakdance


Breakdance or “Bboying/Bgirling” consists of four primary elements: toprock (footwork performed while standing), downrock (footwork performed on the floor), power moves, and freezes. These elements provide a solid foundation for breaking. This fun and exciting class will strengthen you, as you explore movements and weight changes supported by the arms. The style is typically danced to a Hip Hop or Breaking beat but may also include music with different tempos to find a new stylish twist on this classic dance form. Advanced Bboys/Bgirls will create personalized variations that are visually appealing and display musicality.

Modern


Modern consists of an eclectic mix of modern, post modern,  and contemporary forms. The class format will start with a warm-up that stresses technique, freedom of movement and full expression, then progressing to adagio and ending with movement across the floor.

Dance Imagination


Dance Imagination introduces dance basics and inspires young dancers to express themselves through movement, developing their understanding of the art and technique of dance in an atmosphere of fun and purpose. Using concepts which are familiar to the child, movement is introduced which invites them to apply imagination, energy and coordination. Through creative play and imitation, children strengthen basic motor skills and self esteem by learning what they can do. By exploring dance, music and language, the child’s many facilities of self expression are nurtured. Memorization improves because the elements of dance are identified and used in many interesting ways. Focus on form, technique and composition increases with age and ability within the curriculum. Training young dancers in this in-depth method develops body awareness, agility, rhythm, improvisation skills and creative thinking of a permanent nature, while preparing for the more regimented study of ballet, jazz, modern and other related theater arts. More on our Young Dancers Program.

Dance Imagination Sampler

Dance Imagination introduces dance basics and inspires young dancers to express themselves through movement, developing their understanding of the art and technique of dance in an atmosphere of fun and purpose. Using concepts which are familiar to the child, movement is introduced which invites them to apply imagination, energy and coordination. Through creative play and imitation, children strengthen basic motor skills and self esteem by learning what they can do. By exploring dance, music and language, the child’s many facilities of self expression are nurtured. Memorization improves because the elements of dance are identified and used in many interesting ways. Focus on form, technique and composition increases with age and ability within the curriculum. Training young dancers in this in-depth method develops body awareness, agility, rhythm, improvisation skills and creative thinking of a permanent nature, while preparing for the more regimented study of ballet, jazz, modern and other related theater arts. More on our Young Dancers ProgramThis class is a mini session version of our Dance Imagination Program does not perform in the Spring Concert.   

*Choose from the following 7 week mini-sessions ($85 each)
Session I – September 11 – October 30
Session II – November 2 – December 21
Session III – January 4 – February 15
Session IV – February 26 – April 12
Session V  – April 23 – June 11

Repertory Classes


Repertory is for intermediate and advanced  adult students with a desire to perform and who have the ability to count music and learn movement and phrases quickly.

Musical Theatre


Musical Theatre Dance is an energetic class that explores the world of acting and dancing. Students will move to some of the most popular shows on Broadway past and present. Come join us as we dance to some of our favorite musical songs from shows like “Footloose,” “Mary Poppins,” “West Side Story” and “Chicago.” Be prepared to strut your stuff and show off all that jazz!

Hip Hop Basics


Hip Hop Basics is designed to help children develop confidence, muscle strength, coordination, musicality and self-expression in a fun and exciting format.  Hip Hop is a fun and upbeat stylized urban class that focuses on personal style and expression. In this class dancers are encouraged to let go and be free while developing their ability to groove to child appropriate pop and hip hop music.

Kids Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop

Kids’ classes are designed to help children develop confidence, muscle strength, coordination, musicality and self-expression. We are committed to dance education and to responding to each child’s needs, abilities and rate of assimilation. Taking into consideration the experience and maturity of the individual we are flexible in regards to placement according to age. Our work is based on the idea of dance as an additional resource to general education. We provide a non-competitive and supportive environment from which children and teenagers can feel secure to explore the world of dance. Although our principal focus is not on recitals, we do feel that performing in a theatrical environment is a valuable part of a student’s dance experience. We present a performance every June at Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

Making Dances

Making dances gives students the tools to create, teach and perform their own choreography with teacher and peer support. Students will be challenged to use improvisation, musicality, visual images story telling and other techniques to explore movement and express themselves through dance.

Strength & Flexibility

Building and increasing overall strength, endurance and flexibility, this class is designed to benefit dancers of all styles. Students will begin with a dynamic warm-up and continue with a variety of body weight exercises—drawing on principles from yoga, pilates, and strength training. We will finish with exercises and stretches aimed to improve flexibility while aiding in injury prevention.

On My Own

On My Own is an introduction to dance class, in which the dancers leave caregivers at the door and participate in class solo. This class will include stretching, rhythm exercises, pre-ballet, and creative movement steps that are developmentally appropriate and encourage the development of gross motor skills, coordination, musicality and confidence. This class does not perform in the Spring Concert.

*Choose from the following 7 week mini-sessions ($85 each)
Session I – September 11 – October 30
Session II – November 2 – December 21
Session III – January 4 – February 15
Session IV – February 26 – April 12
Session V  – April 23 – June 11