Primary Level is a beginning combination class offering for the five and six year old students. This class has been designed to teach movement in an upbeat manner through Ballet & Tap disciplines. The combination of the two different styles of movement will not only be fun for the young student, but will be very beneficial for the parents by providing a sound basis for decisions regarding future dance training for their child.
Modern Dance uses many of the same elements of Ballet, however is very different in its visual styling and technique. A Ballet background is beneficial, but not mandatory. Tap, Jazz and Ballet students who would like to experience a totally different media to develop their style and strengthen their technique will enjoy Modern Dance.
Variation Classes will introduce Choreography concepts to Advanced Beginning Ballet, Middle School Ballet as well as High School and Intensive level Ballet students. Students enrolling in this elective class will learn excerpts from great Classical Ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty and others. This optional class is not meant to take the place of their regularly scheduled Ballet and Pointe Technique class(es)
Students who are enrolled in Middle School Pre-Pointe or Beginning Pointe, as well as High School Pointe classes are encouraged to take more than one Ballet and/or Pointe class per week. There is no charge for these “practice classes” and are most beneficial to the Ballet student for achieving greater flexibility and strength as well as develop clean and solid technique skills.
Spring Dance Program
It is our belief that performing is a very important part of the students’ formal dance training. Each spring at the conclusion of the second semester, the Studio presents a program in which the students have the opportunity to participate. On alternating years, we hold a full Dance Concert and the following spring it is the “Lights & Tights” Program. The Dance Concert is a costumed production with a planned theme and scenery, whereas the “Lights & Tights” Program is not a costumed production, nor does it have a planned theme or scenery. In this program students perform in their regular classroom attire. Each program is held at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center and is open for the public to view. Please note that 2020 is a “Lights and Tights” year and specific details relating to the program will begin to come forth during the course of the Fall Session.