General Class Descriptions


Ages 2-6 Series

Running various, THEMED series throughout the dance year, our “Ages 2-6 Series” classes are a great way to integrate your child into the art of dance. Classes meet weekly working on a introductory routine for a special performance which all family and friends are invited to watch. Our goal is to foster a love of movement in your child while encouraging them to further develop self confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Please view our “Ages 2-6 Series” tab under our “Classes” tab to learn more about which series are being offered and when throughout our 2016-2017 dance year.”


Jazz

Jazz relies on the dancers classical ballet training and dance technique. Jazz dance pushes the dancer to connect emotionally and physically to the music. Jazz dance has a huge range of styles : theater and Broadway jazz, classical, modern, lyrical, funk, African, contemporary and more.


Jazz Technique

Technique is one of the main ingredients in building a well rounded dancer.  Dancers will work on strength, flexibility and balance through a series of warm ups, floor and barre work.  Ballet and Jazz techniques will be covered and students can expect to learn classical positions and movements, control and connectivity of steps, turns , jumps and the dance vocabulary necessary to continue their studies in the dance arts.  These classes require a motivated learner, a performance level attitude from all students as these classes can be challenging. Technique classes meet twice weekly and additional ballet classes are recommended.


Lyrical

Lyrical jazz dance is a personal expression to the music. It incorporates elements of technique and traditional jazz but is much more expressive and intuitive. Often you are creating a dramatic pattern or you’re creating something that is personal to you.


Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Ballet teaches core strength, alignment, placement, balance and poise. Students must wear their hair back off their face and dress appropriately for class. Ballet shoes required.


Pre-Pointe

Class will focus on strengthening the feet and ankles for proper support. The legs and knees will be placed properly in ballet flats for the eventual addition of pointe shoes.


Pointe

This class is for the advanced Ballet student.  To ensure each student’s safety, the first class will consist of an evaluation which will enable the instructor to determine if each individual has the necessary training to dance En Pointe without the risk of injury.  A student will need to exhibit the technical skill necessary to align her muscles and bones perfectly over the toes of her support leg.


Tap

Tap develops coordination, rhythmic skills, stamina and musicality. Basic techniques and rhythms taught, focusing on control, speed and clarity of sounds. Tap shoes required.


Hip Hop/Funk

Hip-hop dance is characterized as hard-hitting involving flexibility and isolations, moving a certain body part independently from others. The feet are grounded, the chest is down, and the body is kept loose so that a dancer can easily alternate between hitting the beat or riding through the beat. This is in contrast to ballet or ballroom dancing where the chest is upright and the body is stiff. In addition, new style hip-hop is very rhythmic and emphasis is placed on musicality, how sensitive your movements are to the music, and being able to freestyle. As long as dancers maintain the foundational movements, they can add their own style and have a performance that is still hip-hop.


Tumbling

This class is designed to help categorize the fundamental tumbling skills into three different groups: balance and support, rotation, and springing and landing.  Learning these three individual groups will provide students the basics for all tumbling skills.  This class is recommended for students with little to no tumbling experience.


Absolute Beginning Adult Series

You think it’s too late to learn how to dance? It’s not! These 6-week series are for the adult who has always wanted to take a dance class, but has yet to give it a try. CORE Dance welcomes newcomers with open arms and wants each student to feel safe and confident in learning this new skill. Remember, zero prior dance experience is required!


Beginning Adult Series

These series, currently offered in Ballet and Tap” were created for the adult who has taken dance class in the past, but wants to perfect his or her skills a bit further before advancing to an intermediate level. This is also a great refresher/conditioning course for the intermediate/advanced dancer who has taken a break from classes and wants to ease back into the swing of things. Ten weeks in length, these classes are great for getting back into the routine of dance at a steady pace. Minimal prior dance experience is suggested.


CORE Barre Sculpt

This teen/adult 8-week series is taught by our very own Leslie Baumberger. This class helps students develop long, lean muscles by using isometric movements. You will also notice enhanced flexibility and improved balance. No dance experience needed//All fitness levels are welcomed.