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EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE

3 to 6 years

Our Early Childhood Program is the perfect blend of technical training with a strong focus on developing creativity, imagination, musicality and confidence.  Students may attend classes one to two times per week and have the opportunity to participate in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and the other in the Spring.​

Pre-Primary I/II: Tap & Ballet

3-4 years

Specifically designed to encourage the love of dance, this class teaches an age appropriate introduction to classical ballet, tap and creative movement. Children begin class with basic tap rhythms and exercises and move to more dynamic and intricate work throughout the year.  The ballet portion of the class focuses on a proper technical and artistic foundation and ends with a creative movement section that focuses heavily on self-expression and improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the winter and one at the culmination of the school year. Class Length: 45 minutes

Combination I: Tap & Jazz

5 yrs

This class builds upon the foundation of Pre-Primary I and II (although is perfect for the beginning 5 year old student).  The class begins with basic tap dance and rhythm exercises that get progressively more complex and faster throughout the year.  The second portion of the class introduces students to the roots and style of classical jazz dance.  Students will work on technique and fun combinations that inspire creativity, coordination and strong movement dynamics. Students are encouraged to attend Early Childhood Ballet 1 in addition to this class.  Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the winter and one at the culmination of the school year.  Class Length: 60 minutes

Combination II: Tap & Jazz

6 yrs

Building upon the foundation of Combination I, this class introduces more complex tap dance skills with varying musical patterns and rhythms.    Students learn parts of the tap shoe and all of their sounds and are introduced to time signatures as they relate to tap dance.  The second portion of the class introduces students to the roots and style of classical jazz dance.  Students will work on technique and fun combinations that inspire creativity, coordination and strong movement dynamics. Students are encouraged to attend Early Childhood Ballet 2 or Primary Ballet in addition to this class.  Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the winter and one at the culmination of the school year.  Class Length: 75 minutes

Early Childhood Ballet I

5 years

In this class, young dancers experience their first full length classical ballet class. Students learn the fundamental technique and artistry required for a strong future foundation in dance.  Our curriculum focuses on the age appropriate development of gross and fine motor movement, a love and appreciation for dance and monthly themed improvisation exercises to create a joy-filled introduction to the world of ballet.  Students are encouraged to attend Combination I in addition to this class. Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the winter and one at the culmination of the school year.  Class Length: 60 minutes

Early Childhood Ballet II

6 years

 

This class builds on the foundation of Early Childhood Ballet I and continues to reinforce the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Students will continue to learn fundamental ballet exercises along with exercises that support gross and fine motor development, musicality, dynamic and imagination. Students are encouraged to attend Combination II in addition to this class. Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the winter and one at the culmination of the school year. Class Length: 60 minutes

YOUTH DANCE


7 to 18 years

Students in the Elementary Program participate in discipline specific classes in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop and audition for additional Ensembles and performances. 

Classical Ballet

Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century.  Noblemen and women were treated to lavish events, especially wedding celebrations, where dancing and music created an elaborate spectacle. Throughout history, ballet has continued to play a major role in the European expressionism of dance and music and has been highly regarded as an influential form of art to many. 

Our ballet classes teach students a strong foundation of classical ballet technique, which includes knowledge, and understanding of the history of the art form.   Students in the Lower Elementary Ballet division learn the appropriate use of  'turn-out,’ classical posture and weight placement along with the development of a harmonious line in the body while learning to hear and respond to different musical rhythms and phrasings.  Students in Ballet 3 and 4 are required to attend ballet class twice per week.  Students will have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and one in the Spring. 

Tap

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Tap dance originated in the United States at the crossroads of African and Irish American dance forms.  Tap classes at Future of Dance are rooted in the African American history of tap dance and explore the rhythm and musicality of the art form.  Classes begin with a warm up that teaches the different sounds of the shoe followed by a series of classical tap step which are performed in the center of the room.   Students then learn traveling steps and move around the room or across the floor to practice locomotion and rhythm combined.  Class typically ends with a group combination that fuses learned skills to appropriate music.  As students progress in our tap curriculum, exercises develop into more complex movements and patterns and build sophisticated musical compilations. Students have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and one in the Spring. 

Jazz

Jazz dance is rooted in Black American society and was popularized in ballrooms by the big bands of the swing era in the 1930's and 1940's.  It has since become one of American's most popular styles of dance.

 

The Future of Dance Jazz Program teaches our students the basics of jazz dance technique through an inspiring and upbeat curriculum.  Students work as a group on gross motor development, coordination, flexibility and strength along with developing harmonious and strong classical lines in the body.  Classes begin with a group warm up and continue with across the floor progressions.  Class typically ends back to the center for fun and exciting dance combinations that are sure to get everyone moving! Students have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and one in the Spring. 

Hip-Hop

From the street corner to the world stage, hip-hop has grown into one of the world’s most prominent musical genres and cultural influences. Hip-hop is a subculture and an art movement that emerged from the Bronx in New York City during the early 1970s. Its development reflected the effects of post-industrial decline, political discourse, and a rapidly changing economy. 

 

Our Hip-Hop classes stay true to the origins and explore the movement and expression that has continued to evolve in the art form.  Our classes are upbeat, energetic and perfectly suitable for our young dancers. As dancers progress in proficiency, they have an opportunity to explore more complex musical rhythms, dynamics and stylized movement. Students have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and one in the Spring. 

Contemporary

Contemporary dance developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world.  It's creative expressionism shares technical and artistic similarities to classical ballet, modern dance and jazz.  The Contemporary classes at Future of Dance begin with a warm-up inspired by classical ballet and modern technique and move to across the floor progressions and variations that explore movement dynamic, levels and tempo. Class ends in the center with a guided combination that assimilates learned skills and technique with the ability to freely express through movement and music. Students have the opportunity to perform in two showcases during the year, one in the Winter and one in the Spring.