Ballet: the cornerstone of development of technique, discipline, grace, poise, elegance, carriage, posture, strength; indeed, all of dance. Dance First offers pre ballet, ballet, and pointe/pre pointe. One 45-minute per week ballet class is required for lyrical and jazz students. Students who are more serious about their commitment to dance have the opportunity to take two or three ballet classes per week. Dance First jazz classes focus on the history, technique, and many forms jazz has taken throughout its rich history. Ballet is a requirement for jazz. Students are encouraged to develop, teach, and share their own choreography based on the style of the choreographer we are studying. Lyrical roots lie in ballet and jazz. It is frequently a dancer favorite. This style is poetic: expressive and fluid, while maintaining the technical aspects of dance. Thus, lyrical dancers are required to also take ballet class. In lyrical class, dancers will learn ways to enhance the expression of their connection to the music, develop strength and flexibility, and, occasionally, gain exposure to elements of contemporary and modern styles. TAP!
The Dance First tap curriculum is comprised of the Al Gilbert Tap Technique, rhythm exercises, exploring tap history and greats, centre floor and traveling exercises, and building from week to week on what we have learned.
Spotlight on... Musical Theatre! In these classes we... sing, get silly, learn about musicals, learn and then build on classic Broadway-style choreography and combinations, explore breathing, facial, and improvisational exercises, and sometimes dancers even create their own choreography!
Combination Classes! Combination classes are a terrific way to introduce young dancers to many of the fundamentals of dance, including early technical skills and development, rhythm and music, dance styles, and discipline. Dance First offers two combination classes. The first is for first-year or very young dancers in the 4-6-year-old range, and is an hour of pre ballet and pre tap instruction. Second, for young dancers who have already danced at least one year, or fall into the 5-7-year range, there is a 75-minute combination of ballet, tap, and pre jazz.
Creative Movement! Does your toddler enjoy imaginative play, especially when accompanied by music? Our creative movement class is 30 minutes of music and movement for very young children. The recommended ages are 3-4, but you know your child best. If you feel your 2-year-old is ready for a group learning environment on his or her own, give it a try!