Centreville Dance Academy

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Class Descriptions

Centreville Dance Academy offers classes in two sessions: school and summer. Our school session begins in September and ends in June with a recital at Osbourne Park High School. Our summer session runs for four weeks during the month of July. Some classes are only available during the school session; please see class description for details.


Level Classes:

Level classes are available for students age 7 – 18 years of age starting at Level 1 through Level 9. These classes were developed for the more serious dancer seeking a progressive curriculum. Director or instructor approval is needed for registering for these classes. Placement is based first on a student's ability to retain and execute the required skills for each level and then on age. A student's ability to progress through each level successfully is based on attendance, as well as the ability to retain and comprehend technical terms.

Ballet Levels A - K

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
1 - 2 Hours
Description:
Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vagonova and Cecchetti methods as students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Beginning Pointe / Intermediate Pointe / Advanced Pointe

Enrollment:
Instructor placement is required for this class.
Class Time:
Beginning 1/2 hour; Intermediate and Advanced 1 Hour
Description:
Beginning pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructors discrection. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.

Intro To Lyrical 7-13yrs

Ages:
7 to 13 years old
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
This special Summer introductory class gives students the opportunity to experience lyrical dance, which combines techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. Students will also explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract.

Lyrical Levels C - K

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
Levels C-I part of Ballet C-I / Level J-K 1 Hour
Description:
Lyrical class is designed for intermediate to advanced students with previous training in ballet. Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. It emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.

Modern

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
This modern class will incorporate many of the foundations of modern dance technique, including suspension and release, fall and recovery, the use of momentum and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering, and also in various methods of improvisation.

Jazz Levels 1-9

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Ballet Technique

Enrollment:
 
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Students will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control needed to execute ballet moves. Each class will emphasize barre exercises and may also include a combination of center floor work and across-the-floor combinations. This class does not include a year-end performance.

Stretch and Strengthening

Enrollment:
 
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
This class is designed to improve a dancer's range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength. Through a variety of stretches and strengthening exercises, dancers will also increase their awareness of their own body's potential as it connects to expression through movement.

Flexistretcher

Enrollment:
 
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Flexistretcher conditioning system class, working with the Flexistretcher allows one to simulate dance-specific or sport-specific movement patterns concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility. Utilizing the elastic resistance, the Flexistretcher increases muscle strength in a safe, productive manners. As the band stretches, resistance increases, providing a stimulus to the muscle. This resistance does not rely on gravity. Instead, training with elastic resistance provides a variable resistance throughout the stretch or exercise, eliminating the possibility of using momentum and "cheating" your way through the movement. Working against this resistance forces the muscle to respond with increased effort, which promotes the development of muscular growth, strength, and power. This class does not include a performance piece in the end of the year recital.

Intro To Dance (Combination Jazz/Tap) 11+yrs

Ages:
11+ years old
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
This fun class is designed to introduce students 11 years and up to tap and jazz dance. Learning some basic tap and jazz skills will allow the students to experience each style of dance while improving their flexibility, sense of rhythm and overall coordination.

Musical Theatre 8+yrs

Ages:
8+ years old
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Musical Theatre class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.

Acro

Ages:
8+ years old
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student's individual level of experience. And it's fun, too!

Dance Team Prep

Enrollment:
 
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Dance Team Prep is a special class we are offering in the summer to help dancers work on those specific skills and tricks required to try-out for Dance Team. Jumps, turns, kicks and pom pon techniques will be included in the class curriculum. Classes will be designed to help each dancer identify and work on specific techniques and skills needed to improve their understanding and performance of these specific moves.

Tap Improv

Ages:
8 to 18 years old
Class Time:
½ Hour
Description:
Tap improv is designed for the upper level tap student who is ready to go to the next creative level. This class will teach you to think quickly on your feet while developing personal creative expression and musicality.

Tap Levels 1-9

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Street Jam

Ages:
13 to 18
Class Time:
1 hour
Description:
Street Jam contains a blend of several styles of hip hop ( including some break dance skills), popular dance and jazz. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Hip Hop Levels 1-5

Enrollment:
Course has prerequisites
Class Time:
1 Hour
Description:
Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

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