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Dance With Me
Dance students may begin at the age of 2, in a parent/child class called “Dance with Me.” We concentrate on having fun and moving together in dances with large movements, props (the children love to “paint” the parents with paintbrushes) and of course lots of running (a very exciting skill for 2-year-olds).
Three-year-olds join the Discovery 1 class. This class takes us to the next step: dancing without a parent in a class of peers. We work on gross locomotor movements such as walk, run, leap (over a “mud puddle”), gallop and jump. Hop and skip begin to be introduced at this level. Spatial awareness is a big focus at this age – we learn to use our “dancers’ eyes” to avoid crashing into others. We also work on skills such as taking turns and listening to others. These skills are as valuable in the dance studio as they are in preschool.
This class provides an opportunity for preschoolers to dance in a mixed age group open to three, four, and five year olds. This fun class offers the best of our preschool curriculum along with the fundamentals of dance.
This class is for four year olds. In this level, we continue to build on the foundation, adding work with energy control, coordination, and musicality. There is an emphasis on increasing creativity to go along with the new skills we are learning.
Open to four-year-olds, this introduction to ballet is similar to other classes for this age. To the foundation of creative movement we add the beginnings of ballet technique while keeping a focus on age-appropriate fun int he dance studio. Ballet clothing and shoes are worn in this class.
Open to kindergartners, this class is an introduction to the world of ballet. We start with basic positions and skills, ballet terminology, and increase our attention to strength, flexibility, and posture. More complex dance concepts are explored, as we experience the fun of ballet.
For first and second graders, this class builds on the skills developed in Ballet I. We continue with the traditional technique, increasing the breadth of our repertoire.
For children 7-9 years old, the ballet/jazz class builds on the basic ballet techniques gained in Ballet 1 and 2 and introduces students to the world of jazz. We will explore the similarities and differences in these two great dance styles while also working on improving the students' overall body control, strength, and flexibility. Dancers will also learn elements of choreography and begin to find their own dance voices.
Using traditional techniques as developed by Joseph Pilates, this class is for all levels. Pilates is both a stretching and stregthening technique, and people of all abilities can perform the various movements, with applicable modifications if necessary.
In this belly dance sampler class, you will learn the core movements of belly dance, including shimmies, undulations, hip circles and more. Using both fast and slow movements, we will connect the moves into creative combinations that work your hips, glutes and core muscles…and you will be dancing in your first class! Learn the dance that has spanned the centuries, with a sampling of belly dance styles that include Egyptian, Turkish and American. Finger cymbal technique, as well as historical & cultural information, will be taught. No dance experience is necessary!
Clogging is an American form of folk dancing that started in the Appalachian Mountains in the mid 1700s. The word “clog” is Gaelic and means time, and clogging is a percussion form of dance that is done to the down beat of the music.
Dancers often wear a jazz-tap style shoe or patent leather shoe with a double tap on each toe and heel. Also called “jingle taps”, clogging taps have a tap that is secured to the shoe and another tap over it which is loosely attached. They make a jingling sound that can be heard while dancing or walking around.
Many people often think of tap and Irish step dancing when first learning about clogging, and there are some similarities. However, the body carriage and technique are different. Check out more information at happyvalleycloggers.com.