CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

A Well Rounded Dance Education

A Fine Dance Studio (AFDS) believes strongly in being a well-rounded dancer/performer. To accomplish this goal, combination classes are available for all levels and typically are 1 hour (ages 2.5-7) to 1.5 hours (ages 7.5+). All Combo classes begin with a warm-up and center stretch. In 1 hour Combo classes, your child will learn ballet, tap and acro. In the 1.5-2 hour Combo classes, dancers will learn ballet and lyrical, tap, jazz & acro. Younger dancers may be rewarded each class with a 2 minute Disco Party. Disco Parties are a privilege earned by good behavior and respect for one another. All teachers strive to offer this reward.

The 1 hour combo classes have TWO recital dances and the 1 1/2 hr and 2 hr classes will have THREE recital dances. Dancers enrolled in this style program may also want to supplement with more ballet, technique, tap, jazz/hip hop, acro or stretch and flexibility.

BALLET

The foundation of all dance forms, proper ballet technique will improve all dancers balance, posture, control, flexibility and timing. Ballet classes are focused on technique and do not perform in the annual recital. We encourage dancers enrolled in Ballet to also also take another performance class so they can learn to apply their movement to their choreography and leaps, jumps and turns.

TAP

Tap only classes are just that -- only tap technique and choreography. Some kids just love to tap! Tap classes also improves rhythm and body control as well as precision and accuracy. Each class has one dance in the recital. Dancers in these classes are encourages to take another class to help them to stay well-rounded.

JAZZ/LYRICAL

Offered in the 1 1/2 hour length and the 2 hour length, this class focuses on Jazz and Lyrical movement, technique and choreography. Lyrical is a style of dance which uses more ballet training in a more expressive manner by interpreting the lyrics of a song through movement. The jazz portion is focused on combining different styles of jazz, from broadway, smooth, funky, fusion and more. This class will have two dances in the recital. Dancers in this program should consider taking an additional ballet and technique class. Maybe even stretch and flexibility.

JAZZ/HIP HOP

This class gives the recreational dancer the chance to engage in the two most "fun" styles of dance set to popular music. All instruction is age-appropriate and there are two dances in the recital. This class tends to be geared more towards recreational dancers as it's a more FUN oriented class where individual style is encouraged.

TEEN HIP HOP

AFDS supports self expression and dramatics in older more experienced dancers. It is important that parents understand that true Hip Hop classes will have lyrics and movement that are considered to be suggestive. Each teacher, class and song will inspire different choreography. Hip Hop can be girly and fun all the way to dark and urban. We are very clear and encourage our dancers to maintain self-respect and their own identity regardless of what the music or movement is telling them to do. We believe that through our positive environment and influence opening the doors of communication can bridge the uncomfortable gap that children feel in society today. Hip Hop often helps dancers to come out of their shell and gain the confidence necessary to stand up for what they believe in. Hip Hop is challenging, inspirational and a fantastic form of exercise.

ACROBATICS/TUMBLING

Also known as acro or tumbling, is the floor component of gymnastics but incorporates more dance style movement. At AFDS, Acro consists of somersaults, cartwheels, back bends, etc. Then moves each student along at their own rate. If one child is more advanced she will still be pushed to do things without hands, etc. The goal is to increase back flexibility, upper body strength and balance. Acro classes are most appropriate for dancers between five and eleven years old. Acro classes do perform in the recital.

BOYS DANCE

This session based class is for boys who love to dance. It develops their whole body strength, while working on gross and fine motor movement. This program is designed for each boy to progress individually, as well as work as a group to accomplish larger scale partnering and skill work. The boy's program incorporates many forms of movement including; tumbling, breakdancing, top rock, hip hop and even stretch/conditioning which have proven essential in dozens of other sports and activities. This class develops flexibility and confidence all while set to fun, current music.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Begin to cultivate a love for movement and music through teacher lead activities that introduce basic movement and dance vocabulary. With a focus on the development of gross motor skills, students will work on balance, coordination, rhythm and musicality in a fun and creative setting. Age appropriate music and exercises will encourage and empower students to be confident movers. Designed for the youngest dancers (2 to 3 years old).

WIGGLES AND GIGGLES

Wiggles & Giggles is where our little ones begin to cultivate and enhance their natural love for movement and music, introducing them to the FUNdamentals of dance. With age appropriate music we focus on the development of gross motor skills. Our students will work on balance, coordination, rhythm and body control in a fun and creative setting. This class is session based and does not perform in our annual recitals. There will be a little in class peak week at the conclusion of the session for proud parents, siblings and grandparents.

TIPPY TOES AND TAP SHOES

First steps into the fundamentals. Our younger dancers begin to cultivate and enhance their natural love for movement and music, introducing them to the FUNdamentals of ballet, tap and acrobatics. With age appropriate music we focus on the development of gross motor skills. Our students will work on balance, coordination, rhythm and body control in a fun and creative setting. This class performs in our annual recital with a ballet & tap dance. This is undoubtably the cutest moment of the entire show. Watching our littles show off their confidence and all they've learned during their year of dance.