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Dance Class Descriptions
Over the course of forty-five minutes, preschoolers will explore movement by creating rhythm, patterns and shapes through the language of dance. Particular emphasis will be on developing and reinforcing basic movements for Kindergarten-readiness through learning games, exploring with props and moving with self-awareness in time with music. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Girls may wear tutus and skirts with leotard and tights and pink ballet shoes. Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants and a fitted tee-shirt with black ballet shoes.
Alignment, coordination and balance are hallmarks of this traditional dance form. Dancers will learn to present proper posture and develop the strength to present ballet technique for the stage. Particular emphasis will be on learning to dance with a lengthened back, strong core, turned-out legs and extended lines. This course focuses on character dance for theatrical performance and is strongly encouraged for all students. Dancers should wear fitted dance attire. Girls may wear leotards, tights, leggings and skirts with pink ballet shoes. Hair should be fastened in a bun. Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants with a fitted tee-shirt and black ballet shoes.
Accuracy, boldness and power are fundamental to locking, popping and having something to say in this popular dance form. Dancers will learn to be precise in their timing, perfection and presentation of subtle, power-packed, yet pedestrian style movement. This course features contemporary movement that will work on the stage and the popular dance floor. Music and movement will be hip and cool – yet age appropriate. Dancers are welcome to wear comfortable clothes that they can move in. No open midriffs, please. Hair should be fastened back from the face. Black jazz shoes may be used for performance. Clean gym shoes are permitted for class.
Acting and singing come alive through the visual “jazz” of movement based in popular dance forms taken to the stage. Dancers will learn traditional jazz technique as related to classic or “Broadway” jazz and musical theater. The curriculum for this course will coordinate with the dance styles and steps for musicals in production or up for audition at PAA. This course is designed for singers and actors who aspire to integrate movement into their repertoire. Dancers should wear fitted dance attire. Girls may wear leotards, tights, leggings and skirts. Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants with a fitted tee-shirt. No open midriffs, please. Black jazz shoes required.
Improvisation, grounded movement and dynamic flow are hallmarks of this modern form. Dancers will learn to connect movements together with attention to levels in space, direction and creative expression. Particular emphasis will be on developing critical thinking, improvisational and spontaneous problem-solving skills within a movement vocabulary. This course focuses on laying the groundwork for theatrical performers to fluidly connect maintaining a character while moving on stage.
Participants should wear supportive fitted dance or athletic attire. No open midriffs, please. Hair should be fastened away from the face. Bare feet are perfect.
Our tap classes feature both Broadway and Rhythm tap. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Rhythm tap (focused on making music) to build traditional Broadway steps (focused on the shape or design for a chorus). Classes will include “rhythm work,” which is an expressive time of inventing tap steps through rhyme, prose and improvisation. Learning to tap sharpens an ability to perceive the relationship between music and dance while developing timing and coordination. We use the names “Theatrical Tap” and “Broadway & Rhythm Tap” interchangeably. Dancers are welcome to wear comfortable clothes that allow for a full range of movement. Black patent tie or buckle taps are recommended for girls in our Grades 4-6 classes. Boys of all ages wear oxford (lace-up) tap shoes. Grades 7-12 and Adults are encouraged to wear black tap oxfords.
Contemporary Dance and Theatrical Tap lessons are available for adult-learners of all ages. Classes are geared to meet students “where they are at” and build strength and flexibility in an encouraging, enjoyable and authentic arts environment. Participants are welcome to wear comfortable dress of their choosing. Contemporary classes may be danced barefoot, in jazz shoes, or clean athletic shoes. Black tap oxford (lace tie ups) are recommended for tap classes, but participants may begin with clean hard soled shoes or cowboy boots. If you are interested in dancing but are hesitant to commit to an entire session, we invite you to give dance an audition and take your first PAA group lesson for free. Performances are available, but not required.
“SummerDANCE” Group Courses:
New and returning students will enjoy coursework which progresses from the movement vocabulary learned last season. Our one-room schoolhouse mimics the theatrical rehearsal environment, cultivates quick-study skills and fosters teamwork between dancers.
Our professional instructors intentionally provide opportunities for multi-level work within the same classroom so students may progress at their own unique pace. Please see schedule below.
Tuition includes informal dance attire for the concert.
“SummerDANCE” Private Lessons:
Private lessons are available in all disciplines whenever the studio is available. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform in the SummerDANCE Concert, but will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own informal costume. All costumes must have teacher and director approval.
Dance faculty will be assigned to classes as soon as possible. Look for faculty bio’s and class assignments shortly. All faculty are available for private lessons.
Rosanne Mork, MA, MDiv – Director of Dance
Jacky Gerzema Cape, BS, RN, former editor Dance Magazine
Lindsay Knoth, BFA in Dance
Jeannie Sincic, BFA in Dance, Wright State University (pending graduation)
|June 4 – August 15 ~ Dance Concert August 17 @ 7:00 PM|
|4:45 – 5:25||Theatrical Tap||Grades K-3||$100||Black tie patent tap shoes|
|5:30 – 6:10||Theatrical Ballet and Contemporary Dance||Grades K-3||$100||Girls-Pink / Boys-Black Ballet slippers|
|6:15 – 7:10||Theatrical Ballet||Grades 4-6||$120||Girls-Pink / Boys-Black Ballet slippers|
|7:15 – 8:00||Hip Hop & Contemporary Dance||Grades 4-6||$100||Black Jazz Shoes|
|8:00 – 8:45||Contemporary Dance||Adults||$80|
|8:45 – 9:15||Rhythm Tap||Adults||$50||Black tap shoes – oxford preferred|
|4:45 – 5:30||Theatrical Tap||Grades 4-6||$100||Black tap shoes|
|5:30 – 6:15||Preschool Creative Movement||Ages 3 & 4||$100||Girls-Pink / Boys-Black Ballet slippers|
|6:15 – 7:00||Hip Hop||Grades 7-12||$100||Black Jazz Shoes|
|7:00 – 8:00||Broadway Jazz & Contemporary Dance||Grades 7-12||$120||Black Jazz Shoes|
|8:00 – 8:45||Broadway & Rhythm Tap||Grades 7-12||$100||Black tap shoes – oxford preferred|