Intro to Dance – (ages 2-3)

This 45-minute weekly class focuses on dance basics to help increase strength in gross motor skills and begin to develop fine motor skills using props, imagery, and music.  Students will learn about various tempos, spatial awareness, and grace of movement.  Watch as they develop emotional and social skills, improved alignment, flexibility, and “classroom skills” necessary for school, such as taking turns, following directions, listening, sharing, and communicating.  Students will perform a ballet dance in the annual recital.

 Combo – Tap & Ballet Combination (ages 4-5)

This weekly class focuses on the basic skills of Tap and Ballet.  In the tap segment, students are introduced to the fundamentals of tap, as well as, across the floor patterns, and center floor choreography.  In the ballet segment, students will learn about the positions of the feet, body alignment, and be introduced to the fundamentals of ballet.  In both disciplines, students will learn about various tempos, spatial awareness, and grace of movement.  Watch as they develop self-esteem, social skills, and classroom discipline.  Students will perform a ballet dance and a tap dance in the annual recital. 

Combo – Jazz & Ballet Combination (ages 4-5)

This weekly class focuses on the basic skills in Jazz and Ballet.  In the jazz segment, students are introduced to movements such as stretching and isolations, as well as, across the floor patterns, and center floor choreography.  In the ballet segment, students will learn about the positions of the feet, body alignment, and be introduced to the fundamentals of ballet.  In both disciplines, students will learn about various tempos, spatial awareness, and grace of movement.  Watch as they develop self-esteem, social skills, and classroom discipline.  Students will perform a ballet dance and a jazz dance in the annual recital.

Acrobatics (ages 6-up)

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character and its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics.  Acro dance technique includes limbering, tumbling, partnering, flexibility (contortion), strength, and balancing.  Skills such as cartwheels, aerials, handstands, headstands, walk-overs and more are taught in this class. 

Acro requires dancers to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills.  Many of the dance movements in acro are found in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and modern dance styles.  Students are encouraged to take a dance class in addition to their acro class (although not a requirement).  The Acrobatic Arts certified teacher follows proper progressions to take students from one level to the next safely to prevent injury.  Acro classes will perform one dance in the annual recital.

Ballet (ages 6-up) & Pointe (ages 12 & up – with teacher approval)

These classes focus on barre work, center floor work, and progressions, with a strong emphasis on proper technique and terminology.  Classes will also explore the history of ballet and study various classical ballets and their choreography.  Advanced dancers will be required to take Ballet twice a week (Level 3 & 4).

Studio 22 has the privilege of having a certified Cecchetti Ballet teacher on staff.  The Cecchetti Method is a progressive system of training for dancers from a beginner level to a professional level.  The Method embodies qualities that are essential to the dancer; balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, musicality and artistry.  Cecchetti USA has established a syllabus carefully orchestrated, containing exercises that build in complexity, ensuring that each new movement is introduced from a fundamental approach.  Cecchetti USA offers exams for students that are designed to give students specific goals to work toward and to maintain standards of development consistent with international standards.  Please see the ballet teacher for more information regarding exam opportunities.  Ballet classes will perform one dance in the annual recital.  For more information on the Cecchetti Method, please visit www.cecchettiusa.org.

To prepare for Pointe class, dancers must be at least 12 years old, with a minimum of 2 years of current technical ballet training.  For the safety of the student, the ballet instructor will determine if a student is ready to go up on pointe shoes.  Pointe dancers will perform their skills in the annual recital either as a separate dance, or a part of a production as determined by the teacher.

Tap (ages 6 & up)

This weekly class focuses on the fundamentals of tap.  Classes will cover style, rhythm, and proper technique during the warmup, center floor work, across the floor patterns, and choreography.  Students will learn about musical phrasing and timing and how to create percussive sounds with their feet and bodies.  Classes will explore tap roots, exposing students to the history of tap and how it developed.  Tap classes will perform one dance in the annual recital.

Jazz (ages 6 & up)

Jazz classes are based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movements and include a proper warm-up and stretch, isolations, across the floor progressions, and choreography.  Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to develop a well-rounded dancer.  Classes will explore jazz roots, exposing students to the history of jazz and how it developed.  Jazz classes will perform one dance in the annual recital.

Jazz Technique (ages 12 & up)

Improve your jazz skills!  This class is for students that are looking to jump higher and turn faster.  Based on ballet technique, this class will break down advanced skills to show students how to get the most out of their other classes.  Classes include a proper warm-up and stretch, center floor technique, and across the floor patterns.  Students must be registered for a jazz class to be eligible for this class.  This class will not perform in the recital.  This class is mandatory for all Studio 22 Team Members ages 12 & up and open to all other dancers ages 12 & up.

Conditioning for Dance (ages 12 & up)

Combining strength, balance, flexibility, alignment, and imagery this class will keep you physically fit and ready for any performance.  Learn about your body and explore how muscles move.  Mandatory for Studio 22 Team Members ages 12 & up and open to all other dancers ages 12 & up who are registered in one other style of dance.  This class will not perform in the recital. 

Contemporary (ages 8 & up)

This weekly class combines elements of ballet, modern, lyrical, and jazz.  Classes will have a heavy emphasis on ballet technique with the combined modern movements of contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.  Partner work such as lifting and weight sharing will also be covered. A proper warm-up and stretch, across the floor patterns, center floor technique, and choreography will be included each class.  Watch as students begin to develop expressive movements and explore realistic and abstract ways to move across the stage.  Contemporary classes will perform one dance in the annual recital. 

 Hip Hop (ages 6 & up)

This weekly class is high-energy!  Hip hop infuses the latest styles of commercial, street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Classes include conditioning, warm-up, stretch, isolations, across the floor progressions, and choreography.  Hip hop class will perform one dance in the annual recital.

Advanced College Level Ballet (18+)

This weekly ballet class is targeted towards college level dancers and focuses on exacting body placement along with utilizing full kinesthetic power to take risks with speed, volume, and momentum. Class will feature barre work, center floor work, and progressions, with a strong emphasis on proper technique and terminology. This is a rigorous class that will increase flexibility, strength, and endurance with the intent of pushing physical boundaries.  

Advanced College Level Contemporary Jazz Fusion (18+) 

This advanced class will blend elements of jazz dance along with contemporary dance styles.  Class will focus on developing a strong jazz technique coupled with contemporary transitions and free movement.  Contemporary Jazz will focus on artistic expression and creativity.  Dancers will be encouraged to play with musicality and feeling.  This is a rigorous class that will increase confidence, strength, and development of personal artistic style. 

Advanced College Level Improv/Choreography (18+)

This special class will give dancers the freedom and opportunity to spontaneously create movement. Class will include body mapping, partnering, and practice working with particular movement qualities. Dancers will also work independently and in groups to create segments of choreography and practice weaving steps together. Dancers will be challenged to step out of their comfort zones by thinking critically and making complex decisions. 

Advanced College Level Medley (18+)

Introducing an advanced medley class that will change styles every week! Alternative classes will include hip-hop, heels, musical theater, or a Latin jazz fusion. The objective of these classes is to be fun and filled with high energy! Dancers will improve their performance quality and increase their confidence by performing strong, sharp, and expansive movements. Classes will be taught beginning with a warm-up followed by learning a long combination and will end performing in groups.