Dance Class Descriptions
Technique Classes are offered for ages 7 years through adult in the areas of classical ballet and modern. Technique classes are designed to enhance student growth and development by: familiarizing students with the movement vocabulary of the selected dance form; increasing flexibility, muscular control, coordination, strength, and stamina; focusing on proper body alignment; emphasizing rhythmic accuracy; and providing an awareness of the elements of dance - the body, space, force, and time.
BALLET IA is designed for students beginning Ballet technique for the first time. Generally for ages 2nd-4th grade.
BALLET IB is designed for student who have been taking Ballet I or IA for 1-2 years. Placement in this level is generally by instructor recommendation and for 3rd-4th grade and up.
Students continuing their ballet training begin a more formal study of the classical technique. Strength, posture, alignment, musicality and clean movement patterns are emphasized. Multiple classes per week are recommended for students progressing through the curriculum. Teachers regularly evaluate progress to ensure proper placement.
Classes will focus on the fundamental philosophies of modern dance. Students will be encouraged to develop dance sequences and compositions.
JAZZ I/II 12 & up
JAZZ III 12 & up
Classes will focus on the fundamental philosophies of jazz and hip-hop dance. Students will be encouraged to develop dance sequences and compositions.
DANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN INTRO (3yo) DANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I (4yo) DANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II (5/6yo) and PRE-TECHNIQUE (1st grade)
DYC attempts to expand the child’s understanding of how his/her body moves in space, to encourage the child’s development of basic movement skills, to provide him/her with a positive self-image in movement, and to broaden his/her understanding of dance as an art form - communicating through body movement. Children in DYC classes experience movement, music and creative expression. They build confidence and a sense of achievement while mastering fundamental skills and the basics of dance. Completion of the DYC program prepares young dancers for more advanced Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern dance classes. A performance opportunity at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center is offered for the Dance for Young Children students in May.