In-Season Classes at Dance Esteem

Dance Together: Ages 18 – 35 Months

This class titled “Dance Together” will run as a parent and me concept. The class is offered to both boys and girls ages 18 to 35 months and their parent/guardian. Dance Together will help the parent and child adjust to new group activities and will introduce your child to natural rhythms and first step motor skills. Suitable games, music and props will motivate self-discovery. In a stimulated environment, your child can benefit both physically and emotionally while interacting with you. The dress code is very relaxed. Dance attire or comfortable exercising clothing are both welcome. Non-skid socks or ballet shoes are recommended for the little ones. Socks are recommended for adults.


Princess/Prince Ballerina: Ages 3 – 4

Princess/Prince Ballerina Dance is a fun filled introductory ballet/tap combination class. This class balances age appropriate dance training with creative concepts which enable the students to enjoy the learning process. Motor skill development, and self-confidence are also great advantages gained from this class.


Kindercombo: Ages 4 – 5

Kindercombo Dance is a formal introduction to dance through combinations of Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater and intro to Jazz. This class will enhance the dancer’s spatial and musical awareness. A gentle but more structured curriculum is presented at this level as your child becomes ready for more traditional training.


Ballet

Ballet is the basic foundation of all dance forms and is highly recommended as a compliment to other dance classes. Proper body placement, carriage, poise, grace and agility are included in this art form. Terminology and placement learned in ballet quickens advancement in several dance genres.


Tap

Students will learn to use the sound of one’s shoes, hitting the floor, as a percussive instrument. Syncopation and rhythmic tapping will be broken down with technique and terminology. A warm-up across the floor, center work and small combinations will be taught.


Jazz

This genre explores traditional, classic, Broadway, and contemporary styles in a fun and energetic atmosphere. A jazz warm up is given focusing on isolations, coordination, flexibility, strength and musicality. This is followed by jazz progressions across the floor. The class concludes with a jazz combination in which students learn jazz choreography to further prepare them for a full length jazz routine.


Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a style that incorporates classic jazz and ballet technique. This genre focuses on the expression of strong emotion and is designed to extend the dancer’s creativity. The style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer’s movement. Ballet training is highly recommended and required for any dancer taking lyrical.


Modern

In this class, students will learn techniques of modern dance pioneers such as Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. Students will also be taught to express themselves as dancers with some improvisational exercises. Modern is a great preparation for students who are considering dance as a possible study in higher education. Ballet training is highly recommended.


Contemporary and Modern

Contemporary/Modern dance is a fusion of jazz, lyrical, and ballet techniques which can be set to almost any style of music. Contemporary is characterized by its versatility and ability to unite other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Students will also be taught to express themselves as dancers with some improvisational exercises. It is a great preparation for students who are considering dance as a possible study in higher education. Ballet training is highly recommended.


Theatrical

Theatrical is a dance style based on Broadway's most influential choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Jack Cole and more! Dancers will learn choreography based on popular set musicals, movies and plays. The class will incorporate classic jazz technique, build and refine dancers' acting skills, and work on the art of storytelling through movement.


Hip Hop

Hip hop offers popular street style and dance video moves put into combinations that are fun, exciting, upbeat and entertaining. Placement, style, and musicality are stressed in this class. Dancers will learn new tricks and some break dancing. 


Boys Hip Hop: Ages 5+

This hip hop class is for boys only, ages 5 and older. Hip hop offers popular street style and dance video moves put into combinations that are fun, exciting, upbeat and entertaining. Placement, style, and musicality are stressed in this class. Dancers will learn new tricks and some break dancing.


Pointe

Dancing en pointe is every dancer's dream. Pointe refers to the act of standing on the tips of the toes while executing selected ballet steps, all while wearing pointe shoes. Dancing en pointe requires strength and advanced skill. Prior permission from the instructor is required before students begin to take pointe classes. All dancers wishing to participate in pointe class are required to take ballet.


Cheerleading: Ages K – 3rd grade

Cheer is a style of dance which combines classical dance technique with precision, acrobatic elements and sharp cheer motions. Forward rolls, backward rolls, handstands, bridges, cartwheels, round-offs and more are set goals the students are expected to master during this curriculum.


Tumbling for Dancers

Tumbling for dancers will focus mainly on acrobatic technique, with some incorporated dance technique. Students will begin by gaining an understanding of basic acro skills such as cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, hand stands, back bends, and round-offs. Throughout the year, students will learn more difficult tricks such as handstand rolls, front and back limbers, front and back walkovers, dive rolls, back extension rolls, aerials, front and back handsprings, tucks etc.


Leaps & Turns: Ages 5+

The focus of Leaps & Turns is personal development and growth of flexibility, body placement, cardio endurance and a strong emphasis of proper technique for various jumps, leaps and turns. Ballet training is highly recommended for this class.


Strength & Conditioning For Dancers: Ages 5+

Dancers will learn various types of stretches to prevent injury, increase flexibility, and rehabilitate pulled/sore muscles. Abdominal work, cardio exercise, upper body training, squats and foot strengthening work will be included. In addition, students will explore how to create movement without any set choreography, and master the art of spatial and level patterns.

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Class Definitions

Ballet: This represents the foundation of all of the various dance genres. We highly recommend that all students start at the barre to learn vital skills.


Tap: Tap offers students an opportunity to insert rhythm and sound into their dance experience. Dancers will learn important techniques to help enhance their tapping skills. 


Jazz: This style involves expanding movement and choreography that will help participants reach new levels of flexibility and coordination.


Lyrical: Lyrical pushes participants to delve into their own innate creativity and style. By combining techniques integral to Jazz and Ballet, this style promises to be a unique experience for every participant.


Contemporary: This popular style is an exhilarating mixture of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz techniques that expand students’ abilities to express themselves with movement.


Hip Hop: Hip Hop classes offer the opportunity for students to incorporate upbeat, funky, and street moves into routines.