Dance Discipline

dance

Artistry. Poise. Flexibility. Determination. Strength. Courage. Heart. That’s what an education in Dance gives children. Unlock your child’s potential with dance classes at Stagelight.

Pre-school Dance for ages 2.5-3: Students engage in basic movement patterns and concepts set to nursery rhymes and music. Movement patterns learned in this class–such as cross-lateral principles and vestibular exercises–help students develop a strong foundation for future dance, sports, and general classroom behavior.

Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 4-6: Students will explore the beauty of ballet and the excitement of tap through engaging activities that promote healthy development and a basic understanding of rhythm and music. Stagelight Performing Arts is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level III will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Bonnie Edwards, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level III of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Jazz/Tap Dance Combo for ages 4-6: Students will experience the thrill of moving to upbeat music in jazz and the excitement of tap through rhythm activities and tap games.

Ballet for ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-18: Stagelight Performing Arts is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level III will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Bonnie Edwards, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level III of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Broadway Jazz for ages 7-9 and 10-12: [Previously named Musical Theatre Act & Dance] Learning the choreography and dance styles of some of Broadway’s most famous choroegraphers, this class will enhance students’ dance technique, style, and performance abilities. Great for Musical Theatre-loving students!

HipHop for ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-15: Students explore the foundations of the four pillars of hiphop: B-boying, MC, DJ, and graffiti, and incorporate different styles of hiphop such as locking, breaking, popping, isolation, wacking, and house. Each class ends in a cypher with the focus being freestyle and protection of the freestyle’s artistic formation.

Jazz for ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-18: Jazz lines, rhythms, style, and technical skills capture the hearts of jazz dancers in this class that focuses on the core dance concepts and how they are utilized in both classic and commercial jazz dance.

Contemporary/Modern Dance for ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-18: Students explore fundamental movement patterns, dance technique, skill development, and choreography. Modern dance challenges students to be creative, expressive, and communicative exclusively through movement.

Musical Theatre Act & Dance for ages 4-6: Students will experience the thrill of performing like various characters through confidence-building acting games and dance combinations. Half the class focuses on Acting skills; the second half focuses on Broadway-style movement.

Musical Theatre Song & Dance for ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-18: Students will be challenged to learn and perform quickly in our combo song and dance class–“rehearsal style.” One half-hour of vocals and one half-hour of dance will enhance students’ abilities to sing, dance, and perform simultaneously. This class helps students learn and perform quickly. We recommend that students take a second “technique class” for a more in-depth study of dance or vocal music and so technique can be more quickly applied in the Musical Theatre rehearsal-style class. Such technique classes include Broadway Jazz, Jazz, Ballet, Contemp./Modern, or private lessons in any of these areas. Level II Musical Theatre classes require the additional technique class.

Stretch/Condition for ages 7-12 , and 13-18: Because time to work on proper stretching techniques and general flexibility is extremely limited in our regular dance classes, we offer this class where students improve their turn out, flexibility, strength, and physical well-being, all while supervised by instructors that understand the human body’s capabilities and limits.

Tap Dance for ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-18: Students experience the excitement of tap by exploring and creating unique rhythms and combinations that respect both traditional and contemporary tap steps and styles.

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Here’s to the dancers whose real home is the stage.

Preschool Dance
Tap/Ballet Combo
Tap/Jazz Combo
Ballet I
Ballet II
Ballet III
Pointe
HipHop
Jazz/Broadway Jazz
Cont./Modern
Musical Theatre
Tap