Technique Classes

These are skill-building classes designed to help students improve in knowledge and ability of technical elements of specific styles of dance. These classes are based on ability, and student placement is determined by the instructor. Classes will learn one piece of choreography to perform at the Technique Showcase in the spring.

Ballet

Ages: 5+ yrs.
Class time: 45 minutes (Pre-Ballet 1) or 1 hour (Pre-Ballet 2 & Ballet 1-4). Ballet 2-4 are 2x per week classes.
Description: These classes stress correct placement of the body, alignment of posture, proper technique, and knowledge of ballet terminology. Students will learn classical techniques & terminology at the barre, in centre, & across the floor. Classes will perform at the Technique Showcase in the spring.
Dress Code: Leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes (split-sole recommended, leather or canvas). Hair must be completely out of the face in a bun. No skirts, shorts, or other extra clothing over leotard will be permitted for ballet levels 1-4. No jewelry. Required clothing can be purchased at DTA store.

Pointe/Pre-Pointe

Ages: 12+ yrs. (Pointe) or 11+ yrs. (Pre-Pointe)
Class time: 45 minutes
Description: These classes are designed to teach basic pointe skills and strength exercises for the feet and ankles. Students are required to have previous ballet experience and must also be enrolled in Ballet 2 or higher.
Dress Code: Leotard, pink tights, pointe shoes (ballet shoes for students entering Pre-Pointe). Hair must be completely out of the face in a bun. No skirts, shorts, or other extra clothing over leotard will be permitted. No jewelry.

Modern

Ages: 8+ yrs.
Class time: 45 minutes (Modern 1 & 2) or 1 hour (Modern 3)
Description: These classes focus on a variety of modern dance techniques while developing the mind, body and spirit to be an expressive communicator through conditional and creative movement.
Dress Code: Comfortable dance clothing in which the body can easily move, such as leotards or fitted tanks/tees and leggings or spandex shorts. No jeans, baggy pants/shirts, or other clothing that restricts movement. No jewelry. Dancers should have bare feet for modern classes.

Jazz

Ages: 6+ yrs.
Class time: 45 minutes (Jazz 1) to 1 hour (Jazz 2-4)
Description: Classes focus on turns, leaps, kicks and other jazz techniques, as well as isolations, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Techniques will be learned and practiced through exercises and combinations in center and across the floor.
Dress Code: Comfortable dance clothing in which the body can easily move. No jeans, baggy pants/shirts, or other clothing that restricts movement. No jewelry. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, half-soles, or bare feet.

Aerial Dance

Ages: 10+ yrs., unless otherwise approved by instructor
Class time: 1 hour
Description: Students will train using aerial silks. These classes are specifically designed to help increase strength and flexibility, body awareness, joint mobility, and to also decompress the spine

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