With classes from 4 years to adult, our classes are based on individual student’s abilities. Beginners are introduced in basic tumbling skills, while intermediate and advanced students are taught hand springs, aerials, and intricate tumbling passes. A spring board is used in more advanced classes.
Our Ballet classes are Checetti with strong nods to Russian and French accents. There is strong emphasis on body alignment, terminology, and technique. In addition, our ballet mistresses are well versed in pointe, modern and lyrical.
This class focuses strictly on technique. Dancers will work to master combinations using all five positions, while building strength and proper alignment. Great for all skill levels – even professional dancers continue to take these classes to maintain and fine-tune their technique!
Ballroom – Adult
People all over the world enjoy the social and competitive nature of ballroom dancing.
Ballroom dancing is a type of dancing in which a man and a woman dance together using fixed sequences of steps and movements. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television.
There are two principle ballroom styles: Internationaland American.
The International style (danced and known worldwide) grew out of English or Modern style ballroom dancing and is the style used in international ballroom competition dancing.
The American style (danced primarily in the USA) was an attempt to make ballroom dancing less formal and more social.
There are two categories: In American style, the categories are called Smooth and Rhythm and in International style they are called Standard and Latin. For the most part, the Standard and Smooth categories contain the same dances and the Latin and Rhythm categories contain basically the same dances. These are listed in the order that they are danced in competitions.
Smooth — Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Rhythm — Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo
Standard — Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot , Quickstep
Latin — Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
There are also other social styles of dances that are not ‘strictly ballroom’ but rather “fun” although “non-traditional.” They include the West Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, Argentine Tango, Country 2 step, Bachata, Cumbia, etc…
Every dance has its own history”
For our students, 2½ – 3½ years, we offer combination classes of Ballet/Tap with students receiving instruction in each discipline for a half hour each. For younger students, activities geared toward social skills are incorporated. This class performs ballet at the year-end recital.
For our students, 3½ – 5 years, we offer combination classes of Ballet/Tap with students receiving instruction in each discipline for a half hour each. For younger students, activities geared toward social skills are incorporated. This class performs tap at the year-end recital.
For our students, 5 – 7 years, we offer combination classes of Ballet/Jazz with students receiving instruction in each discipline for a half hour each. For younger students, activities geared toward social skills are incorporated. This class performs jazz at the year-end recital.
A combination of modern, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. With strong emphasis on ballet technique, contemporary incorporates the stability of ballet with the raw energy of jazz. Contemporary music, along with strong emotional content make for a very powerful dance form.
A combination of ballet and jazz. With strong emphasis on ballet technique, lyrical incorporates the stability of ballet with the raw energy of jazz. Contemporary music, along with strong emotional content make for a very powerful dance form.
For the more advanced ballet student, pointe classes are offered. With a strong technical background, students are attired with pointe shoes, learn barre work with emphasis with body alignment and strength. They continue on the center floor technique and finally “cross the floor” combinations on pointe
Using the Gilbert Graded Tap system, Mrs. P’s achieves great success with it’s 6 levels of tap, beginner to advanced. Barre, center floor and across the floor combinations are included in every class. Tap classes incorporate a variety of styles from Broadway to funk, country to swing.
With students age 6 to adult, our voice technique utilizes bel canto and sol feggio exercises with emphasis on pitch, range and pronunciation. Music styles range from Broadway “legit” to pop to country. Style, harmony, and live performance are worked on in class as well as incorporating musical theatre, interpretation and dance for a well rounded performer.