ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

                 2016-17 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Creative Movements/Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-4): A 30 minute class designed to improve body awareness and posture placement and foster self-confidence, emphasizing motor skills development, coordination and limbering/stretching exercises. Basic beginner ballet techniques and group activities will be introduced along with classroom manners. Requirements: Must be 3 years old by September 1. Students must be able to sit quietly, listen and follow instructions.

Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap (Ages 5-6): Students learn rhythm and movement skills by exploring feelings and thoughts. Tap class starts with simple basic rhythm steps to develop strong tap techniques. Basic ballet techniques and group activities will be introduced. Requirements: Must be in Kindergarten unless moved up by an instructor. Students must be able to sit quietly, listen and follow instructions.

Level I Jazz/Funk (Ages 6-8): Students will see a combinations of fundamental movements of Jazz and hip hop. These movements include flexibility, isolation, popping, and having a low center. The movements are performed to heavy beat music that has a good rhythm and beat. What separates Jazz/Funk dance from the others is being lower to the ground and having you feet grounded. Jazz/Funk is a body and mind style, such as emotion, expression and certain body movements to match the music. Jazz/Funk is full of energy and fun music to dance too!! 

Level I Ballet & Jazz Combo (Ages 7 & up): A beginner class teaching basic ballet and jazz technique. The student will learn proper ballet and jazz techniques, vocabulary/terminology, body positions and strength/stretching exercises using basic barre work and center floor exercises. A strong ballet foundation is critical to becoming a truly fine dancer in any dance form. The class content will be very age appropriate focusing on developing good classical jazz and ballet technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance.  

Level I Jazz & Tap Combo (Ages 7 & up): A beginner class teaching basic jazz and tap technique. Students will learn basic tap terminology and techniques which will include barre and center floor exercises along with learning different rhythms and counting. This class will work on perfecting past tap steps, rhythms and sound clarity while introducing new steps. The class content will be very age appropriate focusing on developing good classical jazz and tap technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance.

Level II Ballet & Jazz Combo (Ages 9 & up): A beginner/intermediate class teaching classical ballet and jazz for older students with one or two years of dance experience. This class builds on the technique already learned through Level 1.  We will focus on developing strong traditional ballet and jazz technique, vocabulary, terminology, and stretching/strength training through both barre and floor exercises.    

Int Tap (Ages 9 & up):  A beginner/intermediate class teaching tap technique for older students with at least two years of previous dance experience. This class builds on tap technique already learned in the previous level.  Students will learn beginning/intermediate tap terminology and techniques.  This class will focus on developing  tap technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance. 

Level III Ballet & Jazz Combo (Ages 11 and up): This class will work on intermediate and advanced classical ballet and jazz technique. We will incorporate more complicated choreography and faster footwork. There will be a strong emphasis on understanding the terminology and proper execution of more advanced ballet and jazz movement. We will also concentrate on developing the strength and technique necessary for pointe work.

Jr. Company Class (Ages 13 & up): This is a teacher recommended class meeting 2 days a week for a total of 2 hours of class time. Class time consists of ballet, jazz and modern technique and repertoire.  This class will work on advanced ballet and jazz technique focusing on strength, flexibility, adagio, repertoire, and advanced turn and jump combinations.  This class is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to move further within their dance education.  

Sr. Company Class (Ages 14 & up): This is a teacher recommended class meeting 2 days per week for a total of 3 hours of class time. Class time consists of ballet, jazz & modern technique and repertoire. This class will work on advanced ballet and jazz technique focusing on strength, flexibility, adagio, repertoire, and advanced turn and jump combinations.  This class is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to move further within their dance education.

Adv Tap: This intermediate/advanced class will be challenged to develop stronger technique, rhythms and sounds. Students will be working with a variety of music from Hip-Hop to African to the old classics of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and multiple tap styles including rhythm, soft shoe, musical theater style tap and classical tap. Students must have tap experience. Practice time outside of class will be required.

                                                     REQUIRED ATTIRE

Creative Movement: Ballet shoes, tights, any color leotard and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. May wear a ballet skirt or shorts over leotard.

Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap: Ballet shoes and tap shoes, tights, any color leotard and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. May wear a ballet skirt or shorts over leotard.

Combo & Company Class: Pink ballet shoes and black jazz shoes, tights, any color leotard and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun (preferably a bun as it makes the study of proper turning technique easier). May wear ballet skirts or ASOD shorts for ballet or jazz and black jazz pants/Capri‚Äôs or tight fitting sweat pants for jazz. No baggy T-shirts, street clothes or superfluous clothing to be worn over or tied to shoulders or waist.  NO JEANS!! No Dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.   You will be asked to remove any of these items prior to the start of class.

Jazz/Funk: Clean soled tennis shoes (shoes worn outside will not be allowed) or jazz shoes, comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, no jeans allowed!! Hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.

Tap: Black tap shoes, comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, no jeans allowed!! Hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry