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Class Descriptions

FOUNDATION CLASSES:
A great dance education begins with the core classes of ballet, tap, and jazz.
Ballet: teaches correct body placement while disciplining mind and body. With many curriculum levels of ballet, proper placement will ensure technical and motivational advancement.
Ballet Technique: focuses on Ballet technique only and does not perform in the Recitals. All Upper Intermediate and Advanced students are strongly encouraged to take this class.
Pointe: A solid foundation of intermediate to advanced Ballet technique is required for Pointe work. The instructor will determine if a student is technically and physically capable of dancing on Pointe. Pointe classes may begin around age 12 with proper preparation.
Tap: teaches timing, balance and rhythm with unique combinations and choreography that “breaks the mold” of routine tap classes. Students learn a variety of tap styles, including traditional, funky rhythm tap, Irish clogging, and musical theater.
Jazz: Students will build great strength and performance ability through extensive combinations. Throughout its history, jazz dance has developed in parallel to popular music. Jazz dance takes place with an existing song or movement pattern and dancers “feel and fill out” impromptu variations based on the feelings of the performer and the audience’s response to the music.  Isolations, improvisation, a low center of gravity, and a high level of energy are all important identifying characteristics of jazz dance. Other elements of jazz dance are less common and are the stylizations of their respective choreographers. One such example is the inverted limbs and hunched-over posture of Bob Fosse. We offer the ultimate combination of ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and modern styles!

SPECIALTY CLASSES:
Include hip hop, cheer dance, lyrical, liturgical, musical theatre, and gymnastics.
Hip Hop: This social or choreographed dance includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping. Hip hop dancing provides opportunities for the dancers to express their creativeness and individuality. Also, we feel that age appropriate music, costuming, and choreography is extremely important. We offer a fun and funky fusion of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Funk styles.
Cheer Dance: Dancers learn cheerleading chants, jumps, kicks, and stunts. Dancers learn stretching techniques that help stretch muscles so that fun flexibility skills can be performed. They also learn tight, popping jazz skills and choreography that will benefit them when trying out for dance teams or cheer squads. During the last portion of the class the girls learn fun choreography and combinations using poms. These classes will perform one routine in the recital. Cheer dancers do not need to take a jazz class to be eligible.
Lyrical: is a fusion of ballet, modern, and jazz dance styles and interprets the music accompaniment in an emotionally expressive way. The goal of a lyrical dancer is to use gesture, facial expression, and controlled movements in order to execute their movements and emotions fully. While lyrical dance choreography uses steps from ballet, modern, and jazz, it does not have the exactness of those techniques. *This class is only open to students taking a ballet class.
Liturgical: is dance that is incorporated into worship services. It is an expression of prayer or worship through body movement. This dance is generally fitted to the song’s lyrics or to religious concepts which enhances the prayer or worship experience. *This class is available to dancers ages 6 and older who are currently enrolled in a ballet class.
Musical Theatre: consists of a combination of dancing and acting. Routines utilize songs from broadway or movies and and dancers usually portray a character.
Gymnastics: Skills covered in gymnastics are mainly floor tumbling. We begin with foundation skills and once those are accomplished with good form, strength, flexibility and a strong core we move on to more advanced skills.

Company: Allison’s Dance Academy Company Dancers will compete in regional and national competitions. Competitions give dancers the opportunity to see where they are now, where they have been in the past, and also where they aim to be in the future. For dedicated dancers, the satisfaction of an excellent performance is all the motivation they need to work harder to continue improving. Dancers will take regular classes at Allison’s Dance Academy and attend workshops held by some of the best instructors in the dance industry. Dancers will audition to win the honor of dancing in the company.

Tiny Tots is a dance class where the kids get to learn the fundamentals of dance through movement and creative activities. They will also be learning rhythm, spacial awareness, and basic ballet positions.

These classes are Children’s Classes for ages 3-4. Tutus & Bow Ties is ballet, Tiny Tappers is tap, and Tiny Tumblers is gymnastics. Students will be introduced to basic positions and techniques and are given the opportunity to express their individuality through creative movement activities as well as singing and dancing. By the end of the year, the students can dance set work independent of the teacher.

Beginning level Children’s Classes are for 5-6 year olds. Students will be introduced to basic positions and techniques in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our syllabus covers a basis of movement and a love for dance. By the end of the year, students can memorize simple exercises and sequences.

Intermediate level Children’s Classes are for 7-8 year olds. The class includes concepts that are found in an older child’s class. By the end of the year, students have made a start of musical interpretation.

Upper Intermediate level core classes are tested twice per year based on our Graded Technique curriculum. These classes are for students ages 9 and up.

Advanced level core classes are tested twice per year based on our Graded Technique curriculum. These classes are for students ages 9 and up.

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