Overview of Classes
Creative Movement - Designed for children ages 3-5 to develop basic movement, coordination, creativity and memorization. This class includes the instruction of pre-ballet, tap and jazz skills. Each class will end with a special time in which the students will use their imagination and creativity to improvise with props such as fabric, feathers, hats, etc.
Preschool Ballet and Tap (Pre-Ballet/Tap) This class will introduce basic ballet and tap technique and terminology to children ages 4-6. We will introduce barre work, all five ballet positions, and basic steps for tap.
Ballet Ballet is considered to be the foundation of all disciplines of dance. Its attention to technical detail is essential for any serious dancer. Classes consist of barre work, center floor combinations and instruction of terminology. This class emphasizes body placement and articulation of the feet. Students must be at least 6 years old to be enrolled in Ballet. See Ballet Department Video.
Jazz Jazz is also a technical discipline of dance; however, jazz allows for various styles and interpretation of movement. Classes include conditioning and stretching, instruction of jazz technique and terminology, across the floor progressions, and center floor combinations. Students must be at least 6 years old to be enrolled in Jazz.
Tap Tap is rhythms made with the dancers feet. These rhythms can be made to complement rhythms of music or the rhythms can be danced a cappella. Concentration is on the rhythms made with the dancers feet; however, the whole body is used simultaneously. Tap is a great tool in developing coordination. Students must be at least 6 years old to be enrolled in Tap.
Lyrical Lyrical creates a story or expresses the feelings of a dancer. Ballet, jazz or modern may be danced lyrically, but the expression of the dancers face and body movement is used to tell the story rather than the lyrics of a song. Students must be at least 8 years old to be enrolled in Lyrical.
Hip-Hop Hip Hop is also known as street dancing. This style of dance is seen in music videos and in clubs. Hip Hop combines sharp isolated movement with smooth continuous movement.
Contemporary Contemporary Dance finds its roots in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Modern. Contemporary dance is characterized by its versatility; it can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement.
Musical Theatre Dance Students will learn the history of dance in musical theatre by learning variations from well known productions and choreographers, such as Bob Fosse and Busby Berkeley.
Ballroom This class will introduce the student to Ballroom and Latin patterns and techniques with a focus on International Style.
LPAC LPA Company and Professional division membership is by audition only. Dancers practice, compete, and perform at a professional level. A LPAC dancer must be enrolled in all disciplines of dance and compete and/or perform once a month. Please see LPA Company for more information on the audition process and polices and procedures. Students must be at least four years old to audition for the Petite Company or seven years old to audition for the Company.
Tumble Tots Tumbling for children ages 3 to 6 years.
Tumbling Tumbling for for children ages 6 and up.
Theatre Students will engage in acting games, such as tongue twisters (to improve diction) or memorization and improvisational games, and participate in group or partner work.
Musical Theatre Is a form of theatre combining songs, spoken dialogue and dance. Each semester students will work to create an original musical production to be presented at the end of the semester. See an excerpt from our first Musical Theatre performance.
Visual Arts and Set Design Students will be introduced to the principles of drawing and painting, as well as the works of famous artists. Students will also participate in the construction of sets for the end-of-the-year production. For ages 6 and up. See Art Department Video.
Violin/Viola/Cello Private instruction is provided through the Suzuki method, a method based on the highest form of classical training. Students are also taught from the Essential Elements series, which is used in the strings programs in the public and private school system. See Music Department Video.
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