CLASSES

We are proud to offer a wide ranging curriculum which can satisfy the interests of any dance student of any age. Ballet, jazz and tap are taught at all levels. Classroom emphasis is on strong technique and body alignment as well as instruction in basic steps. Work is done at the barre while stretches and tumbling are done on mats on the floor. Students are taught how to put this all together in traveling dance combinations. They also learn performance technique before appearing in the annual Studio Recital in June, the climax of the school year. We cover every aspect of dance education from the classics to the most modern trends.

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A GUIDE TO CLASSES *
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Mommy & Me – A fun and creative approach to learning the basics of ballet and tap. Ages 2-3 accompanied  by a parent or caregiver. These Classes are one hour in length and consist of a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap.

Pre-School I & II –children ages 3-5 receive a strong foundation in ballet and tap through movement and musicality in a fun, age appropriate environment. They learn songs while receiving instruction in the basic elements of dance and musical rhythm for ballet, tap and acrobatics.  These classes are designed to prepare the student for a more serious dance education and brings them pass the basics of Tap and Ballet.

Contemporary Dance – The movement involves the ease of movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. It is very versatile since it can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary Dance seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners.

Disney Dance – Pre-school children are introduced to dance in a fun and creative format through Disney stories, movies, and music. Class involves story telling followed by creative ballet and tap dance . These Classes are one hour in length and consist of a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap.

Salsa Babies – a lively class for children ages 3-5 that teaches children New York Style Salsa is  with lots of cool Latin rhythms that integrate Latin dance steps. They will learn the basics of Salsa, Cha Cha, and Merengue.

Elementary – Children ages 5-7 receive instruction in elementary steps and combinations in ballet and tap. These Classes are one hour in length and consist of a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap.

Intermediate I, II, III – These are more structured and formal classes in ballet and tap for ages 7 to 12. These Classes are one hour in length and consist of a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap.

Pre-Advanced and Advanced challenging classes in ballet and tap for those who successfully complete Intermediate courses. These Classes are one hour in length and consist of a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap.

Salsa 1,2,3, & Advanced -  Designed for school-aged children ages 5 & Up. Salsa gets students playing games, singing songs and dancing along to our unique Salsa Beat. Kids experiment with tempo and rhythm, learn the basic steps to popular Latin dances and have fun using their imagination.  Knowledge of different cultures and genres of music is explored and an introduction to Spanish vocabulary is encouraged through song, dance and celebration!

Teens – These classes for the student beginning to study ballet, tap,  jazz  and pointe during teenage years. Class is tailored to move along at a good pace and hold the interest of a teenage beginner.

Jazz – The often upbeat dance style that has evolved using elements of ballet and modern influenced by rhythms & techniques of jazz music.Each class includes floorwork and stretching as well as turns and jumps.

Lyrical – students learn to express the lyrics and meaning of a piece of music through body movement as well as heart feelings through modern/jazz/ballet movement.

Pointe I, II, III – instruction in dancing on Pointe in the setting of a formal ballet class. Previous background in ballet training required. Dedicated and serious students only.

DeMa Division I & II – these are non-recital classes ages 7-11 and 12 & Up. This class is by invitation only and consists of contemporary technique styles. These classes are designed to prepare the student for a more serious dance education. All proceeds go to our non-profit professional dance company, DeMa Dance Company.

Scholarship Classes – placement by audition only – career minded students receive intensive training in ballet (Balanchine Technique) free of charge (sponsored by the Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company, Inc., a non-profit organization. They are coached for roles in the VSDC’s professional performances.

Competition Teams – Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Lyrical, Pointe, and Musical Theatre,– placement be audition/invitation only – intensive classes with focus on performing complex choreography within the ensemble of a team at various competition events. Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior Levels.

Musical Theater Workshop – ensemble classes in Musical Theater, incorporating acting, singing, staging and choreography. Students learn and workshop numbers from Broadway productions and receive the opportunity to perform with the Company. Audition is required for this class.

Zumba (Adult) – It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Theater Dance – study and learn choreography based on the dance styles of famous Broadway choreographers. Integrates work on production numbers that tell a story. Interest in acting is encouraged.

Hip Hop – High energy dance to popular music. This class is a great strength-building and cardio workout
that includes warm-up, stretching and building a vocabulary of steps and combinations. All music and movement is ageappropriate.

Acrobatics –This class teaches what is commonly referred to in Gymnastics as the event of the “Floor Exercise.” Emphasis is on developing coordination, strength, flexibility and tumbling skills. Ages 7 & Up. Each class is one hour long and is designed to develop strength, balance, control, grace and coordination, as students learn acrobatic gymnastic routines.

Yoga – available in group adults, group children and private – increase your strength and flexibility, learn to relax, reduce stress, improve self-esteem.

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Piano Instruction – one on one lessons in piano for all levels. Includes technique, performance, and music theory with emphasis on note reading. Ages 6 and up; must have a piano or full size keyboard at home.

Violin Instruction – one on one lessons in violin for all levels. Includes technique, performance, and music theory with emphasis on note reading. Ages 6 and up.

Guitar Instruction – one on one lessons in guitar for all levels – guitar and electric – all styles.  Includes technique, performance, and music theory with emphasis on note reading. Ages 6 and up.

Vocal Instruction – one on one lessons in singing, including breath control, technique, performance and music theory.

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* Class Placement – All students are placed according to their physical facility, talent, and ability. Class placement will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by the teacher and director. Previous dance experience may or may not be considered in a placement evaluation. Poor attendance will have a direct result in placement advancement. Regular attendance is essential to maintain and/or advance in your designated level.