Class Descriptions

Class Types

Each class stresses acute knowledge of terminology at its own individual level. The student learns labels for each step or combination, either ballet principles with French derivation or an entire jazz, tap, or contemporary vocabulary of terms. Students are encouraged to take as many classes a week as possible. This is the only way to continuously improve your ability and style.

Mini-Motions classes expose 3 year olds to the joy of dance through movement games, specialized equipment, props, creative exercises, exploration of dance styles and an introduction to movement vocabulary. Children flourish in a positive atmosphere of self-discovery while learning a curriculum that introduces the basic concepts of various dance & movement styles that include ballet, jazz, & tumbling. The program is based on functional and age-appropriate movement skills and promotes musicality and rhythm along with foundational and fundamental dance techniques. Each level of the program is specifically tailored to meet your child’s needs.

The Mini-Motions program is co-ed to provide both boys and girls an equal opportunity to share this unique learning experience.

Ballet classes (for students age 4 and up) are the foundation for training at the Academy and focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), and use of arms (port de bras).

Through a progressive training sequence, beginning with our youngest dancers (Pre-Ballet), students are exposed to the Academy’s structured syllabus, curriculum, and levels. Ballet students are exposed to aspects of traditional Vaganova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian), and American techniques. Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in a grand allegro combination or variation. Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment.

Pre-Pointe classes are dedicated to teaching basic pointe fundamentals necessary to go on pointe. Students will work on important preparatory skills and specific exercises for feet, core, and ankle strengthening.

(Ages 9  & up; may be taken or repeated more than once) (pointe shoes are not used)

Pointe classes at the Academy are progressive & multi-level, using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes while performing steps from ballet.

Pointe Requirements:

To be eligible for Academy Pointe classes, interested dancers must complete the minimum requirement of (1) Pre-Pointe Summer Intensive and (1) full dance season (August – May) in a Pre-Pointe Class along with their regular Ballet Class/es.

Students must be at least 11-12 years of age or older with a minimum of 3 years of ballet training and enrolled in at least one additional ballet class per week.

 

Approval is needed from the Director before taking Pointe classes.

Jazz is a dance form that appeals to everyone because of its energy, variety, and vitality. Jazz Dance classes explore classic and contemporary jazz dance, rooted in the vernacular (social dance) forms, that draws inspiration from a wide range of music including jazz, swing, blues, pop, soul and funk. Academy jazz classes begin with a warm-up to develop strength, flexibility, correct alignment and coordination, followed by progressions across the floor, and culminates in extended dance combinations. The movement explores a range of styles with a focus on jazz components such as isolations, rhythm, and technical elements.

The goal is to develop dancers who are expressive, dynamic, musical, and passionate.

Contemporary and Lyrical dance appeals to the creative, artistic soul in everyone because of its expressiveness and freedom of individuality. The Academy’s unique Contemporary/Lyrical dance classes (for students age 6 and up) introduce students to elements of Horton, Graham, & Limon techniques and focus on movement from the inside out, encouraging use of breath, energy, and connection. A warm up of breath and energy work, followed by exercises that emphasize extension, balance, release, weight, momentum, force, and emotion, culminate in long movement phrases and improvisation exercises that playfully explore movement possibilities. Contemporary/Lyrical dance has influences from Modern Dance, Jazz, and Ballet.

The goal is to develop strong, versatile, and expressive dancers that can intelligently handle any dance style.

Tap Dance is a timeless art that combines dance, rhythm, and percussion. Tap dancers in musicals, movies, television, commercials, and concerts inspire us with their infectious rhythms. Tap Dance classes explore the traditions of rhythm tap and Broadway tap. Class begins with warm up exercises at the barre or in the center that increase control, coordination, and rhythm, followed by across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, shading, phrasing, and musicality, concluding with extended rhythmic phrases and combination exercises.

The goal is to develop tap dancers that are equally strong musicians, dancers, and performers.

Hip-Hop is a form of street dance, featuring popping and locking, body isolations, and current popular moves of today. It is related to Jazz, but with a less technical foundation and more of a freestyle feel. Our dynamic hip-hop classes at the Academy provide students with the latest cutting-edge hip-hop and street choreography. Classes start off with a basic warm-up, followed by across the floor progressions that build into various stylized hip-hop movement combinations and phrases. 
Hip Hop, House, Pop, and selected Rap music are used throughout our high energy Hip Hop classes. The Academy is committed to ‘clean’ lyrics and movements; all music for classes and performances are thoroughly evaluated for ‘appropriate’ use at the studio. Hip Hop choreography will consist of popping, breakdancing, groove, locking, partner work, old school Hip Hop dances and popular Hip Hop dance moves of today! Besides loads of fun, our vibrant Hip Hop program focuses on executing movements with precision, directing power to different parts of the body, channeling the attitude of the music, and freestyle expression. Join the Academy’s Hip Hop Experience! 

Musical Theatre classes focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet and jazz technique layered with Broadway style movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Special attention will be given to both past and present Broadway musicals in regards to famous musical numbers and Tony award winning choreography. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions. This class will is an excellent opportunity for students to prepare for school or community theatre auditions as well as developing confidence and stage presence.

Academy tumbling classes focus on gymnastic mat tricks, flexibility, conditioning, and upper-body strength. Tumbling focuses on acrobatics that are floor-based (rather than gymnastics with full apparatus such as bars, vault, pommel horse, etc.). Students learn the proper technique and progression of tumbling skills they need to execute through a series of progressions, levels, and exercises. In class, skills such as rolls, cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, and hand springs are covered. Our tumbling classes utilize primarily mat work with the goal of developing proper technique to apply to the tumbling skills covered in class. Students work toward individualized goals to master skills at the appropriate level for their development.

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Columbus, GA 31908

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