Class Descriptions

Summer of Dance is about developing skill, sweating and having fun. This program is not about competing. It’s about creating community and encouraging each other to push beyond our boundaries and develop a stronger level of physical control and expression. Combinations are not repeated so if you miss a class, you’re not behind. *denotes that this class is offered for the Summer of Dance JR dancers ages 10-16. 

Musical Theatre 1*: This class focuses on basic terminology, character, technique development and combination retention. Good for beginners or dancers who are looking to brush up their skills and technique. Appropriate dance shoes are recommended. (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes)

Musical Theatre 2*: This class explores the various styles of dance that musical theatre encompasses. It teaches and reinforces technique and terminology. The level of this class varies, but traditionally, it’s considered intermediate to advanced. Beginners are recommended to take Musical Theatre 1. Please wear dance shoes. (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes)

Musical Theatre 3: This class is for the advanced dancer. The teachers and styles may change from week to week. Audition situations will be the focus of this class so come prepared to learn quickly. Feedback will be given. Appropriate dance shoes required. (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes)

Tap 1*: This class focuses on the fundamental building blocks of tap including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift and clarity of sound.  It’s perfect for the “never tapped before” dancer or the “I took a class one time in college” performer.  It’s always good to review the basics. All levels welcomed. Tap shoes recommended.

Tap 2*: This class moves a little faster than Tap 1. It still reinforces the same building blocks but introduces more combination work. (good for beginner/intermediate levels or for dancers looking to brush up their skills) Tap shoes recommended.

Tap 3: This is an intermediate/advanced class that moves faster than the beginning class and focuses more on pick-ups, pull backs and more intricate combination sequences. Not recommended for beginners. Tap shoes required.

Techno Ballet: This is ballet practiced to a funky beat.  This class focuses on  terminology, strengthening and stretching.  This class is open to all levels. However the more advanced ballet students might find it more intermediate. This class is perfect to help create line, strength, flow of movement, control, balance and foundation of terminology that is essential in all forms of dance. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Ballet shoes or bear claws are good.

Contemporary Dance*: This class introduces more of a modern dance sensibility. It focuses and technique and expression. All levels are encouraged to attend but this class tends toward a more intermediate or advanced dancer. Floor work and leaps are part of this class. Please ask instructor for alternate moves if needed. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Bare feet are fine.

Turns and Leaps: This class focuses more intently on various turns and leaps that are used in most classes. This class will develop your balance, technique, strength and understanding of the art of turning and jumping.  This class is recommended for the student who is looking to make a profession in musical theatre.  Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Street sneakers not recommend.

Hip Hop*: This class for the student who loves the dancing they see in a music video. It’s a more urban expression with a whole new sensibility that will challenge dancers of all levels. This class is fun and fast paced and focuses on isolation, weight shift, strength and endurance. Combinations change every class. All are encouraged to attend but the beginner dancer will need to have patience and determination. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Street sneakers are okay.