Children’s Dance Curriculum

Creative Movement (2-4 years of age with Parent)
Explore movement and coordination with your child through fun and energizing dance exercises, poses and games. Parents are asked to assist young dancers with challenging positions and moves and to demonstrate positive classroom behavior.

Pre-Primary Dance (3-4 years) *NEW!*
Pre-Primary Dance is perfect for children ages 3-4.5 years old. Dancers will dance independently of their parents and learn to dance alongside other little dancers. The class focuses on improving strength, coordination, flexibility, and stamina while preparing for many forms of dance. All classes include creative games and exercises to help stimulate learning in an expressive environment.

Primary Dance (4-6 years)
Primary Dance is perfect for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Children learn basic positions and elementary ballet, modern, and jazz vocabulary while enjoying a fun and creative environment.

Ballet I (6-8 years)
Ballet I is ideal for children in first grade and for children in second grade who have no previous ballet experience. Young dancers learn beginning barre and center work so they may build upon a strong foundation of ballet technique. All dancers are encouraged to also take Modern/Jazz I to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet II (7-10 years)
Dancers who are eligible to take Ballet II must first have completed one year of Ballet I or must be in the 3rd or 4th grade if they have no previous ballet experience. Dancers build upon beginning ballet barre and center work. Ballet II curriculum includes working with one hand on the barre, arabesques, preparation for pirouettes, and basic allegro vocabulary. All dancers are encouraged to also take Modern/Jazz II to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet III (8-13 years)
Dancers who are eligible to take Ballet III must first have completed one year of Ballet II or must be in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade if they have no previous ballet experience. Ballet III curriculum includes full barre work, basic center adage, single pirouettes and an increased vocabulary in allegro.  It is recommended that all ballet dancers also take Modern/Jazz III to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet IV (9-14 years)
Dancers who are eligible to take Ballet IV must first have completed one year of Ballet III. Ballet IV vocabulary includes expectations in flexibility, center adagio work, single pirouettes, continuation in studies of allegro and a refined performance quality. Ballet VI dancers are encouraged to take two ballet classes per week to maintain this advanced beginning level of ballet technique. All dancers are encouraged to also take Modern/Jazz IV to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet V (10 years and up)
Dancers who are eligible to take Ballet V must first have completed one year of Ballet IV, or one year of Adult Ballet Basics. Ballet V vocabulary includes expectations in flexibility, intermediate barre vocabulary, extensions in center, pirouettes from different positions, strong vocabulary in allegro work, and pre pointe preparations. Ballet V dancers are encouraged to take ballet two times per week and a take modern/jazz class to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet VI (Teacher placement required to take this class)
Ballet VI vocabulary includes intermediate barre work, 90° or higher extensions in center adage, double pirouettes, and strong intermediate level allegro work. Ballet VI dancers will begin their first pointe work at the end of class, twice per week. Dancers en pointe are required to take ballet two times per week and encouraged to also take modern and jazz classes to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet VII (Teacher Placement is required to take this class)
Ballet VII vocabulary includes intermediate barre work, expectations for high extensions, double pirouettes and intermediate petite and grand allegro vocabulary. Pointe work will be performed at the barre and in center. Dancers are encouraged to take three ballet classes per week and take additional classes in modern and jazz dance to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Ballet VIII (Teacher Placement is required to take this class)
Ballet VIII dancers work on advanced barre word, high extensions, pirouettes that end in open positions, multiple turn pirouettes, fouette turns, and advanced petite and grand allegro vocabulary. En pointe, Ballet VIII dancers will be preparing for partnering work and practicing single pirouettes.

Advanced Ballet (Teacher placement is required to take this class)
At this pre-professional level, dancers are expected to have 180 extensions, practicing multiple pirouettes en pointe, hops on pointe, complicated batterie, and impressive grand allegro. Dancers will study classical variations and prepare for professional work.

Modern/ Jazz I (6-8 years)
Modern and Jazz I is ideal for children in first grade, and students in the second grade who have no previous dance experience. Young dancers learn basic body mechanics to improve body awareness, flexibility, and strength. The class is taught in a fun and creative environment. All dancers are highly encouraged to also take Ballet I to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Modern/Jazz II (7-10 years)
This class is ideal for students who have completed one year of Modern/Jazz I or for students in the third or fourth grade who have no previous dance experience. Dancers will learn basic body mechanics based on Graham, Laban, and Bartenieff. Dancer are encouraged to also take a ballet class to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Modern/ Jazz III (8-13 years)
Modern/Jazz III is ideal for children who have completed one year of Modern/Jazz II and for dancers 10 years and older who have no previous dance experience. Dancers will learn body mechanics based on Graham, Laban, and Bartenieff in a creative and supportive environment. All dancers are highly encouraged to also take one or more ballet classes per week to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Modern/ Jazz IV/V (9 years and older)
This intermediate level of modern and jazz is designed for students who have completed Modern/Jazz Level III and for dancers ages 13 and up with no previous dance experience. Dancers will learn more complicated combinations studying Graham, Laban, and Bartinieff exercises. This class increases stamina, strength, and flexibility. Dancers are encouraged to also take at least one ballet class to complete a well-rounded dance curriculum.

Modern VI-Advanced (Teacher placement is required to take this class)
This intermediate to advanced modern class includes challenging combinations with expectations in extensions, coordination, quality, and dynamics. Dancers are encouraged to also take at least one ballet class per week.

Jazz VI-Advanced (Teacher placement is required to take this class)
This intermediate to advanced jazz class is appropriate for dancers with experience. Students will study jazz floor work, isolations, battements, multiple turn pirouettes, and various leaps. Dancers are encouraged to also take at least one ballet class per week.

Community Hip Hop (Tweens, Teens, and Adults)
This is a relaxed, fun, open level hip hop class designed for dancers of all ages and abilities. Classes consist of warm ups designed to increase strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular stamina. Choreographed routines cover a range of styles and movements used in hip hop dance. Sweatpants and clean sneakers are the best attire in this fun, supportive, and friendly environment.

Acro Dance (Tweens, Teens, and Adults)
Acro students will work on conditioning, flexibility, contortions, and strength as they add more vocabulary to their bag of tricks in this acrobatics and tumbling class.