Dance Classes For Beginners Through Advanced
|3 - 5 Year Old Ballet
|Ages 3 thru Kindergarten||A delightful introduction to the world of dance, our 3 - 5Year Old Ballet classes are presented in a manner appropriate to children in this age range.
The primary goals for our pre-school creative movement programs are for each child......
• to love dance and feel the joy of movement
• to master basic movement skills, including hopping, skipping, leaping, chasse-ing, marching, jumping, and galloping
• to be introduced to simple ballet vocabulary: plie, releve, tendu, passe, bourrees in parallel position
• to acquire basic rhythm skills, including finding the downbeat, clapping, tapping, drumming in quarter-note time
The curriculum includes the use of props, musical rhythmic games, imaginative play encouraging expression through music, modified ballet positions, natural coordinating skills, simple steps and dances.
Children who study dance improve their coordination, fundamental motor skills, listening skills, spatial awareness, rhythmic ability, musicality, and creativity as well as gain confidence, enhanced concentration, and an appreciation for the arts.
Click here to see what a typical class is like for our dancers in this age group.
|Primary Levels 1, 2, 3|
|Grades 1 thru 4||Students are introduced to basic ballet technique, fundamental movements, simple steps, combinations, patterns and dances. They will use the barre to gain strength and to learn technique, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination which they will then apply to center and across the floor combinations.
Ballet is not just for serious dancers, but for all students of dance who want to improve posture, coordination and agility. Alignment, placement, strength, flexibility and technique are achieved at the barre and in the center. Dancers will improve overall wellness through participation in activities that challenge the body and mind, stimulate the imagination and enhance self-esteem!
To see what our Primary dancers work on in ballet class, please click here.
|Elementary Levels 1 and 2
|Grades 4 and over||Classes have more structured barre combinations, and center work becomes more advanced with an emphasis on technique, simple allegro and adagio combinations.
Though not compulsory, students at this level are encouraged to take two ballet classes per week.
We have found that the students taking two ballet classes per week enjoy their lessons more and make greater progress. They gain a new awareness and enthusiasm for dance. These students are better prepared for the next level of advancement.
View a short video about what our Elementary levels of ballet work on in class by clicking here.
|Ages 10 and over||This level builds upon the student’s previous ballet training and is an introduction to the physical demands and responsibilities required for pointe work.
Pre-Pointe students will learn specific technical movements to prepare and strengthen the legs, ankles, and feet while also working on exercises to develop their core muscle strength. Repetition of these skills will prepare young dancers for success en pointe in the future.
Dancers may remain in the pre-pointe level another year to insure they have developed proper alignment before progressing to pointe.
Dancers will also learn about pointe shoes, how to properly sew and tie pointe shoe ribbons to their ballet slippers, and proper foot care.
Students in the Pre-Pointe level are required to take two Ballet Classes per week.
To learn more about our Pre-Pointe level and how the dancers prepare for pointe work, please click here to view a short video clip
|Beginning and Intermediate Pointe|
|Ages 11 and over||The dream of every little girl that studies ballet is to someday dance in beautiful, pink satin pointe shoes.
This level is for girls ages 11 and over that have a minimum of two years ballet training, have completed the Pre-Pointe level, and are currently taking two or more ballet classes per week.
Advancement to the Beginning Pointe level and Pointe Work is based not solely by age and amount of training, but by the physical and technical readiness of the individual. The decision for this advancement is decided strictly by the Director and the student's instructors.
Dancers will continue to build upon their technical skills, vocabulary, and flexibility. This class will also incorporate Thera-Band exercises, like pointing and flexing the feet in parallel and turnout, to continue to strengthen and prepare the dancers’ feet for pointe work.
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|Intermediate/Advanced through Pre-Professional
|Ages 11 and over||As the levels advance, from Intermediate through Professional, basic Barre and Centre work take on more complex and structured form. Emphasis is placed on the refinement of technique, body placement, flexibility, strength, endurance, musicality, style and stage presence.
Students at this level take 3 to 5 ballet classes per week.
Learn more about the progression of our ballet levels by watching this short video here.
|Ages 6 and over||While Irish Step Dancing has been around for centuries, it was made famous in the 1990’s by shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Irish Step Dancing is known for its rapid leg and foot movements while the upper body and arms are generally kept stationary. Sawnee Ballet is proud to partner with Drake School of Irish Dance to offer both soft shoe and hardshoe instruction in this fun, athletic form of folk dance. Students will learn basic steps and dances for Reels, Jigs and group dances called Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee). Students interested in competing will have the opportunity to participate in Irish Dance Competitions known as Feiseanna through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG), a fun way to test skill, knowledge and artistry against other dancers studying the Commission Curriculum.
|Ages 6 and over||Tap dancing is a unique American style of dance that evolved from Irish and African roots. Tap uses percussive foot ware enabling the dancer to make precise sounds, phrasing, and rhythms. Tap dance develops rhythmic ability, balance, critical thinking skills, listening skills, musicality, and music appreciation as well as the foot articulation and speed (which can be applied to petit allegro combinations in ballet).
Learn Broadway and rhythmic styles of tap dancing, as well as the classic routines like the Shim-Sham.
Learn more about our tap program by clicking here.
|Ages 8 and over||This is eclectic style of movement and fusion of many dance forms. Jazz is a fun, exciting, energetic and popular style of dance and is the primary style of dance used in Broadway productions, television, and film. Ballet companies worldwide also include Jazz choreography in their repertoire.
Jazz can range from classical to funky and includes isolations, rhythmic varieties and energetic locomotion. Classes are comprised with a beginning warm-up, combinations of technique across the floor, and ending with a dance combination. Jazz focuses on technique, placement, strength, coordination and style.
Although not compulsory, it is recommended that students taking jazz study ballet as well.
Students enrolled in the upper level jazz classes are highly encouraged to supplement their training with Leaps & Turns and/or Stretch/Flexibility.
Click here to see the progression of our jazz levels and what a typical class is like
|Ages 8 and over||Is it your dream to be on Broadway? Become a triple threat! An exciting class combining the classical jazz dance of musicals with introductions to acting. Theatre Games, improvisation, and Theatre Jazz Dance combine to form the American Tradition of Musical Story Telling.
Come be a shining star and learn some of Broadway's greatest musical hits, past and present. Musical Theatre jazz dance is stylized and encourages performance and personality! Broaden your dance, acting/self-expression, and performance skills while learning ensemble work and the stylized movements of choreographic geniuses such as Bob Fosse.
Catch a glimpse into our Musical Theatre program by clicking here.
|Ages 8 and over||Modern technique is based on the artistry of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Jose Limon. This style of dance concentrates on body awareness, exploring different levels, traveling movements, and increasing the body's strength and flexibility. Dancers will be introduced to the organic concepts of fall and recovery, jumps, turns, improvisation, and exploration of different musical rhythms and their dynamics. A focus on floorwork will also build strength and fluidity.
See what our typical modern classes consist of by clicking here.
|Ages 9 and over||Hip Hop is high energy street dance as seen in music videos and movies like "Step Up Revolution." Hip Hop has a range of styles including breakdancing, pop-n-locking, and krumping. Since Hip Hop is such a broad genre, there is much room for personal interpretation. It often mixes various styles such as urban, stepping, and jazz, and it is also well known for its isolated movements and musicality.|
|Ages 5 and over||Tumbling will emphasize the teaching, practicing, and perfecting of skills such as various rolls, cartwheels, walkovers, and handsprings. Classes will begin with stretching and conditioning to strengthen and prepare the tumblers for the above listed skills. The class is designed for each student to work at his/her own pace with harder skills being introduced as they progress. The tumblers will also learn to combine various skills to prepare them for tumbling routines.
To see what our tumblers are working on at the various levels, click here.
|Stretch and Flexibility|
|Ages 8 and over||Increase your strength, flexibility and endurance with Stretch and Flex. This class focuses on student and teacher set goals for improvement with regular check points to assess progress. The class consists of warm up, static and dynamic stretching, conditioning exercises and a culminating cardiovascular component.|
|Leaps and Turns|
|Ages 12 and over||Take the time to help your body learn and memorize proper techniques for impressive leaps and turns. This class focuses on student and teacher set goals for improvement with regular check points to assess progress. Initial focus will be on student mastery of basic contemporary and jazz jumps and turns. Class content will progress to flashier jumps and turns and even explore some basic weight sharing and partnered movements.|