Classes

Conservatory of Dance

PARENT & TOT

Parent & Tot is a 45-minute parent/child interactive class that meets once a week for children walking age to 3. Both parent and child will work together to build on the child’s coordination, flexibility and movement. The goal of this class is to create a fun and safe hands-on approach, helping to build the child’s awareness of their body through dance. This class also helps build trust and communication between child to parent and child to teacher, and fosters the child’s independence.

PREPARATORY 1 & 2 COMBO

Preparatory I & 2 Combo is a 45 minute ballet/tap combination class for students approximately 3-4 years old. This class is the youngest class offered and is split into equal amounts of introductory ballet technique, creative movement, and tap. As most of these children have not had any previous dance experience this is an introduction to dance. Preparatory I will get a costume and perform both a ballet and a tap dance in the spring recital.

PREPARATORY 3

Preparatory 3 is a 60 minute ballet/tap combination class for students approximately 5-6 years old.  This class is split into ballet technique and tap instruction. The children at this age will begin learning the discipline and fundamentals of classical ballet as well as basic tap skills. We feel it is important for these children to start learning proper technique, but personal creativity will also be encouraged. Some children may have some previous dance training, but it is not necessary to register for this class.

PREPARATORY 4

Preparatory 4 is a 75 minute ballet/tap/jazz combo class that meets once a week. This class is for students approximately 7-10 years old. The focus of this class is on crucial ballet technique, teaching children the beginning/basic fundamentals of ballet and the associated French terminology. In addition, students will learn basic fundamentals of tap and jazz. No prior dance experience is needed to register for this class.

BALLET 1

Ballet 1 meets twice a week for a total of 120 minutes and is for students approximately 6-9 years old wanting to continue their technical training in ballet. The student will also learn about ballet history, have instruction on musicality, and be introduced to character dance. This class is a pre-requisite for Ballet 2 and ESD’s performing company. We strongly encourage these students to take the Stretch and Condition class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BALLET 2 

Ballet 2 meets twice a week for a total of 120 minutes and is for students approximately 8-10 years old wanting to continue their technical training in ballet. The student will also learn about ballet history, have instruction on musicality, and be introduced to character dance. This class is a pre-requisite for Ballet 3 and ESD’s performing company. We strongly encourage these students to take the Stretch and Condition class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BALLET 3

Ballet 3 is an intermediate ballet class for students approximately 9-12 years old. This class meets twice a week for a total of 150 minutes. It is organized to increase the student’s technique, strength, flexibility and overall knowledge of ballet. We will also expand on ballet history, musicality, character, and introduce ballet mime and variations. Ballet 3 is a pre-requisite for all students wishing to continue on to Ballet 4/Pre-Pointe and ESD’s performing company. To ensure proper class placement, each student will be evaluated and the instructor will determine which class is best suitable for the child. We strongly encourage these students to take additional Ballet technique and the Stretch/Condition class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BALLET 4/PRE-POINTE

Ballet 4 is an intermediate ballet class for students approximately 9-14 years old. This class meets twice a week for a total of 150 minutes and is a ballet technique class integrated with pre-pointe work. It is organized to increase the student’s technique, strength, flexibility and overall knowledge of ballet. We will also expand on ballet history, musicality, character, and introduce ballet mime and variations. Ballet 4 is a pre-requisite for all students wishing to continue on to Ballet 5/Pointe and ESD’s performing company. To ensure proper class placement, each student will be evaluated and the instructor will determine which class is best suitable for the child. We strongly encourage these students to take additional Ballet technique and the Stretch/Condition class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BALLET 5/POINTE

Ballet 5 meets three time per week for a total of 360 minutes of technique, and a total of 90 minutes of pointe* work. Placement in this class is by recommendation of the instructor and each student will be evaluated for proper class placement. During this advanced ballet class we will continue working students technique, strength, flexibility, and core body control.  Pointe* work will be incorporated in the class time and we will continue with the student’s education on ballet history, musicality, character dance, mime, and variations. We strongly encourage these students to take additional Ballet technique and the Stretch/Condition class. This class is a pre-requisite for ESD’s performing company. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital. 

* Please read our Pointe shoe policy.

BALLET 6/7 POINTE

Ballet 6/7 meets three time per week for a total of 360 minutes of technique, and a total of 90 minutes of pointe* work. Placement is required for registration in this class.  Students will receive a technique class and pointe work during each class. All students must be on Pointe (excluding gentlemen) and are strongly encouraged to expand their dance education by incorporating at least 2-3 hours or more of a different genre of dance. We strongly suggest each student enrolled in Ballet 6/7 take the Stretch & Condition class.  This class builds on the dancers existing knowledge of ballet technique and Pointe work, increasing strength, while incorporating ballet history, musicality, character, mime, and variations. Each student will get a placement evaluation at the end of the year that will assess his or her progress and commitment.  In the future we will offer this class 4-5 times per week. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

* Please read our Pointe shoe policy.

BEGINNING TAP

Beginning Tap meets once a week for 45 minutes.  This class teaches the basics of tap dancing and uses various forms of music to teach rhythm and foot coordination.  This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

INTERMEDIATE TAP

Intermediate Tap meets once a week for 45 minutes and will increase student’s existing knowledge of the students tap skills. The class is intended for intermediate students that have had previous training in tap. This class is a fast-paced learning environment that will push the student to a new level of dance.  This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

ADVANCED TAP

Advanced Tap meets once a week for 45 minutes and will increase student’s existing knowledge of the students tap skills. The class is intended for advanced students that have had previous training in tap. This class is a fast-paced learning environment that will push the student to a new level of dance.  This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

INTERMEDIATE JAZZ

Intermediate Jazz is structured for the intermediate jazz dancer. This class meets once a week for 60 minutes. It is a intended for a more experienced dancer. To ensure that each dancer gets the most out of this class, we suggest these students incorporate a ballet technique class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

ADVANCED JAZZ

Advanced Jazz meets once a week for 75 minutes. It is an advanced jazz class and placement is required to enroll. This class is a fast-paced learning environment that incorporates jazz technique and focuses on turns, leaps, and jumps. This class learns choreography in classical and Broadway forms of jazz. This class will get a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BEGINNING LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY, & IMPROV

Beginning Lyrical is an introductory class lyrical dance that meet once a week for 60 minutes. This class is for beginning students and will use various types of music to teach different styles of lyrical, contemporary and improvisational dance. The student will also be taught the importance of a proper warm-up, strengthening techniques, flexibility, and musicality.  A ballet technique class is encouraged to help with body alignment and technique. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

INTERMEDIATE LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY, & IMPROV

Intermediate Lyrical is a 60 minute intermediate class This class is for intermediate students and will use various types of music to teach different styles of lyrical, contemporary and improvisational dance. Students that enroll in this class must be willing to push themselves to learn more quickly. As with all our lyrical classes, we always recommend taking a ballet technique class to increase the technique as a dancer. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

ADVANCED LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY & IMPROV

Advanced Lyrical meets once a week for 75 minutes. It is an advanced lyrical class and placement is required to enroll. This class is a fast-paced learning environment that incorporates different styles of lyrical, contemporary and improvisational dance. As with all our lyrical classes, we always recommend taking a ballet technique class to increase the technique as a dancer. This class will get a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

ITTY BITTY HIP HOP

Itty Bitty Hip Hop is a 45 minute class where students will learn basic fundamentals of hip hop and have the opportunity to enjoy learning this popular form of dance to age-appropriate music. This class is designed for beginning level of dancers.  This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE JAZZ/HIP HOP COMBO

Beg/Int Jazz/Hip Hop Combo is an introductory class introducing jazz and hip hop dance that meet once a week for 60 minutes. This class is for beginning/intermediate students and will use various types of music to teach different styles of jazz and hip hop dance. The student will also be taught the importance of a proper warm-up, strengthening techniques, flexibility, and musicality.  A ballet technique class is encouraged to help with body alignment and technique. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

INTERMEDIATE HIP HOP

Intermediate Hip Hop is a 60 minute intermediate hip-hop class for both boys and girls. This class is a fun and enthusiastic environment for students that have had previous hip-hop experience. Popular music and cutting edge moves keeps the students actively engaged. Students that enroll in this class must be willing to push themselves to learn more quickly. As with all our hip-hop classes, we always recommend taking a ballet technique class to increase the technique as a dancer. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

ADVANCED HIP HOP

Advanced Hip Hop is a 75 minute advanced hip-hop class using popular music and is current with all the latest trends of the hip-hop scene.  Students that enroll in this class must be able to perform in a fast paced learning environment. As with all our hip-hop classes, we always recommend taking a ballet technique class to increase your technique as a dancer. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

TEEN JAZZ/HIP HOP/LYRICAL

Teen Jazz/Hip Hop/Lyrical meets once a week for 60 minutes. It is for both boys and girls in their teens ranging from ages 11-18 years old. This class is for beginning to intermediate students that want to learn basic jazz, hip hop, and lyrical moves and techniques.  We strive to make this class welcome to all levels of students and create a fun and safe environment. In addition to jazz, hip hop, and lyrical, this class works on the flexibility and strength of each student.

BREAKDANCING – OPEN INSTRUCTION

Breakdancing is a 60 minute class that meets once a week for all levels of breakdancer. Beginning/Intermediate level students will learn the three fundamentals of breakdancing: top-rocking, six-step and basic stalls, and how to combine them with personal style. This class will teach students to develop rhythm and how to hear the beat in age-appropriate music. For Intermediate/Advanced level students, the class builds off the three fundamentals of breakdancing and begins to explore power moves and intermediate stalls. Students will be introduced to more complex forms of top-rocking and six-step, and will begin learning the basics of B-Boy Battles. A higher level of strength and flexibility is required for this class. This class will receive a costume and have the option to perform in the spring recital.

STRETCH & CONDITION

Stretch & Condition is a 45 minute class focused solely on stretching and strengthening.  We will focus on targeted areas of the body where we will learn techniques to develop, build, stretch and lengthen different areas. This class is open to all ages and abilities.  No previous dance experience is required.

Conservatory of DanceDevelopMental™ Dance

Our DevelopMental™ Dance classes are designed for those students that may have special requirements beyond the normal Conservatory classes. These classes meet for 60 minutes one time each week for a 6-week session. This dance movement class is taught with a low student/teacher ratio to accommodate the needs of each student. The class uses various forms of music to invoke different movement patterns. The classes are geared to increase body and special awareness by exploring various movements. In addition to our scheduled sessions, upon request we do offer private dance and movement instruction tailored to meet specific needs.

Adult Dance

BALLET

Adult Ballet is for adults ages 17 and older wanting to learn or improve on existing ballet technique. This is a 60 minutes class that meets once a week and teaches the basics of classical ballet, helps improve flexibility, increases body awareness, and tones muscles. No prior dance experience is necessary to take this class. New classes will be added as appropriate to meet needs of intermediate/advanced ballet for adults.

TAP

Adult Tap will meet once a week for 60 minutes.  This class is for adults ages 17 and older wanting to learn the basics and fundamentals of tap dancing, musicality and basic rhythm patterns. No previous experience needed.

HIP HOP

Adult Hip Hop is a fun and energetic class is for adults ages 17 and up and is designed for those adults that want to have fun, keep in shape and stay hip on what’s new in dance. For 60 minutes each week we will introduce Hip Hop’s most popular moves to chart topping musical hits. No previous experience needed.

BALLROOM/SWING

Ballroom/Swing is for the adult dancer interested in learning basic partner dancing. This class touches on the basics of east and west coast swing, waltz, cha cha and tango. No prior dance experience is necessary to enroll. Students can either register as an individual or as a couple. This class is currently taught by private lesson only.

STRETCH & CONDITION

Stretch & Condition is a 45 minute class focused solely on stretching and strengthening.  We will focus on targeted areas of the body where we will learn techniques to develop, build, stretch and lengthen different areas. This class is open to all ages and abilities.  No previous dance experience is required.