Class Placement is determined by the instructors and is based on a student's ability and certain age restrictions. We work very hard to ensure proper evaluation and placement so each dancer can receive the most out of their class. Dancers must be enrolled in classes based on their given placement. New students should enroll in the appropriate age level class or level 1 class. If a new student has prior dance experience please contact ale@definitivedance.com for placement guidance.

Students must be registered for a ballet class if they are taking Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, or Turns & Leaps. This requirement applies to all ages and levels. Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance; a paramount dance discipline which will help to enrich your child's dance experience. Ballet Levels 3 - 5 are required 2 times per week. Wednesday Ballet 2 - 5 spend the entire year focusing on building ballet technique and do not participate in recital (only Monday 2 - 5 participate in recital). Students enrolled in Hip Hop, Tap, or Teen Jazz/Lyrical are not required to be enrolled in ballet.

*Must be of age for that class by September 1 of that school year.


Creative Movement

Ages 3 - 4 (3 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to develop leg, back and stomach muscles through movement. Your young child will also learn; coordination, rhythm and music appreciation in a fun environment.
Attire - pink ballet shoes, any color leotard and tights, dance skirt, or dance shorts. 


PRE-DANCE

Ages 5 - 6 (5 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to build movement fundamentals required for ballet, jazz and tap through stretching, jumping, twisting, and simple choreography while using fun, age appropriate music.
Attire - pink ballet and black tap shoes or black jazz shoes, any color leotard and tights, dance skirt, or dance shorts. 
Pre-Dance Ballet/Jazz - students work on Ballet and Jazz fundamentals
Pre-Dance Ballet/Tap - students work on Ballet and Tap fundamentals


Ballet

Ages 7 + Up (7 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and control through the use of barre exercises and adagio sequences. An understanding of proper body mechanics and the French vocabulary is emphasized. Ballet is the basic foundation for all forms of dance. Levels 3 - 5 are required to attend ballet 2 times per week. We encourage Level 2 to attend both classes per week (Wednesday ballet classes Level 2 - 5 are technique only). Level 1 and Teen Ballet are one class per week.
Attire - pink ballet shoes, black leotard, pink tights, hair in a ballet bun. 
Ballet 1 - new and returning students ages 7 - 9, one class per week
Ballet 2 - 5 - students placed by teacher, two classes per week. Monday Ballet classes will participate in the end of year recital, Wednesday Ballet classes will focus on technique the whole year.
Teen Ballet - Designed for the teenage student age 12 + up who is new to ballet.


Ages 7 + Up (7 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to emphasize body lines, flexibility, and choreographic style through the use of up-beat, contemporary and stylized music selections. Dancers are educated in Classical Jazz, Musical Theater, and Contemporary Stylized Jazz styles influenced by Funk, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Modern. Students must be enrolled in Ballet.
Attire - black or nude jazz shoes, form-fitting dance/athletic wear (leotard, shorts, half-top, leggings, fitted tank top, no loose clothing). Hair up in ponytail or bun. 
Jazz 1 - new and returning students ages 7 - 11, one class per week
Jazz 2 - 5 - students placed by teacher, one class per week

JAZZ


Ages 10 + Up (10 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and control for abstract and athletic movement. Contemporary incorporates ideas from ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern movement. Students must be enrolled in Ballet.
Attire - barefoot or nude foot-thongs, form-fitting dance/athletic wear (leotard, shorts, half-top, leggings, fitted tank top, no loose clothing). Hair up in ponytail or bun. 
Contemporary 1 - new and returning students ages 10+ Up, one class per week
Contemporary 2/3 - 4/5 - students placed by teacher, one class per week

CONTEMPORARY


Ages 7 + Up (7 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to incorporate ballet, jazz and modern movements while using current music to develop interpretive, emotional dance expression. Dancers study improvisation skills, choreography, and other tools that encourage artistic growth. Students must be enrolled in Ballet.
Attire -nude foot-thongs or nude half-soles, form-fitting dance/athletic wear (leotard, shorts, half-top, leggings, fitted tank top, no loose clothing). Hair up in ponytail or bun. 
Lyrical 1 - new and returning students ages 7 - 12, one class per week
Lyrical 2 - 4/5 - students placed by teacher, one class per week

Lyrical


Ages 7 + Up (7 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to develop basic fundamental musical rhythms through sophisticated, multi-dimensional percussive use of sounds and rhythmical footwork.
Attire - black lace-up tap shoes, form - fitting dance/athletic wear. 
Tap 1 - new and returning students ages 7 + Up, one class per week
Tap 2/3 - 4/5 - students placed by teacher, one class per week

Tap


Ages 7 + Up (7 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Hip-Hop dance is performed to hip-hop and pop music. It is an intense athletic style of dance. Hip-Hop requires arm, core and leg strength. Students learn the basics of breaking, popping and locking, and current trends in Hip-Hop/Street dance. This is a fun, high energy style of dance.
Attire - CLEAN athletic shoes/tennis shoes, dance/athletic wear.
Mini Hip Hop - New + Returning Beginning Students Age 7 - 8 one class per week
Junior Hip Hop - New + Returning Beginning - Intermediate Students 9 - 11 | Ranita Hollinshed
Teen Hip Hop
- New + Returning Intermediate - Advanced Students Age 12 + Up

HIP HOP


Dance Company
Designed to build, develop, and strengthen the execution of technical dance skills for choreography. Students must be enrolled in Ballet.
Attire - jazz shoes, nude foot-thongs, or nude half-soles, form-fitting dance/athletic wear (leotard, shorts, half-top, leggings, fitted tank top, no loose clothing). Hair up in ponytail or bun. 
Turns & Leaps - company students placed by teacher, one class per week.

TURNS & LEAPS


New + Returning Students Age 8 - 11 (8 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed to be fun and effective and to build acrobatic fundamentals of strength, balance and flexibility to increase technique levels in all other dance disciplines. The beginning limbering and tumbling skills gained in this class are to prepare dancers for current industry trends in dance choreography.

ACRO  


Ages 12 + Up (12 as of Sept 1, 2019)
Designed for the teenage dancer that wants to be exposed to various dance styles. Students learn basic dance technique skills, and explore creativity and artistry be working on phrases of choreography in different styles each month. 

teen jazz/lyrical


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