Class Descriptions

Creative Movement (2 year olds)

A fun-filled introduction to the world of dance. Each 30 minute class is designed to introduce dance by using listen and move activities, obstacle courses, and so much more. While utilizing ballet based vocabulary, many forms of movement and varieties of dance are explored.

 

Tiny Tots - (Ages 3 & 4)

This is a combination class that teaches the foundations of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. Each 45 Minute class is designed to improve coordination, encourage imagination, and develop physical and social skills in a developmentally appropriate environment.

 

Tiny Tumbling (Approximate ages 3-5)

This fun-filled class is designed for students to train in the beginning stages of Acrobatics Dance & Tumbling. This style combines dance technique training with precision acrobatic elements, while increasing flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, body awareness, coordination and concentration. This class is filled with fun activities to challenge and teach students beginner skills in a safe environment. 

 

Petite Performance Team (Non-Competition Team)

This class is designed for (approximately) 5-7 year olds who are not quite ready to join our Elite Competition Team. This is a combination class where they will learn the foundations of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap (they also have the opportunity to add hip hop and/or Acro classes). They will not compete at dance competitions with us, but will still perform in our end-of-the-year Spring Showcase.  

 

Junior Performance Team (Non-Competition Team)

This class is designed for (approximately) 8-12 year olds who are not quite ready to join our Elite Competition Team. This is a combination class where they will learn the foundations of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap (they also have the opportunity to join our Junior ballet, PBT, LTF, hip hop, acro - any non-competition classes). They will not compete at dance competitions with us, but will still perform in our end-of-the-year Spring Showcase.  

 

Elite Competition Team

The Elite Competition Team gives your child the opportunity to compete at regional and national dance competitions around the surrounding areas. The team consists of ages 5 and up (or must be entering Kindergarten) who want to take their dancing to the next level. These individuals must audition in order to receive their class schedule. Auditions are held at the end of May each year, or can be done through workshops or private lessons throughout the summer. Please email StatesboroEliteDance@gmail.com for further information. 

 

Ballet

This class is designed to develop awareness of body alignment, basic ballet vocabulary and technique through the execution of barre work, center, and across the floor exercises. This class is designed to increase performance quality and confidence. With quality and knowledgeable teaching, and an encouraging environment, these classes will be a perfect fit for those who aspire to improve their dancing! Ballet also requires extreme amount of dedication, discipline and focus. This class is mandatory for all dancers wanting to compete on our Elite Competition Team, but is encouraged for all students. Dress Code: All dancers are required to follow the dress code of leotard and tights (any color is accepted), and hair pulled into a bun.

Tap

Dancers will gain an understanding of rhythms, tempo and counting as well as an understanding of note values in different time signatures. Musicality is stressed while teaching the student to count their sounds between the beats to create more complex rhythms. Dancers are taught to add sounds to the basic tap steps. Tap is about making music and understanding it. Exposing students to tap is an important component of becoming a well rounded percussive dancer. 

Jazz

Jazz will focus on elements of weight, rhythm, and sharp movement qualities. Jazz dance introduces a stylistic dance vocabulary for a fun, expressive way of dancing. Basic jazz dance technique will be introduced in this class. This dance style is known for its upbeat music and choreography style. This class is an excellent experience for the student who is interested in further strengthening their dance technique. The students will learn a variety of jumps and turns as well as innovative choreography in this athletic class. The class consists of warm up and conditioning exercises to increase flexibility and strength. Class time will be devoted to learning jazz technique as well as funky jazz dance combinations.

 

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet, acro, and jazz dancing techniques. This style concentrates on an individual approach and expressiveness of emotions. Music used for Lyrical dance is usually emotionally charged and expressive and gives dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. Their movements attempt to tell a story through movement. Movements in lyrical are fluid, continuous, and graceful, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another with little or no stopping, holding finishing steps as long as possible. These emotional dance moves help the dancer connect on an emotional level with the audience.

 

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

PBT stands for Progressing Ballet Technique. PBT is a conditioning program that has been designed specifically for dancers. PBT uses muscle memory to improve core stability, weight placement, stimulate the posture, and alignment. This class uses equipment to help develop an understanding of your body in space whilst strengthening your ballet technique. All of the PBT exercises are done with music, so the dancer’s musicality is kept and enhanced. Early training is essential for the student to feel and develop the correct movement patterns by activating the correct muscles.

Leaps, Turns & Flexibility (LTF)

LTF consists of various drills and exercises used to improve technique. This class includes stretching and strength conditioning. As well as improving extension, turns, and leaps, working both the right and left sides equally. Younger students will focus on basic drills, while exercises will gradually increase in difficulty as students become more advanced. The goal of the class is to break down the steps learned in other classes and perfect them. This class is designed to improve the overall ability of the student in all forms of dance.

Acro Dance/Tumbling

The Acro Dance class will be split into several sections based on age and skill level. This class assignment is determined by the instructor. Acro is a style of dance that combines dance technique training with precision acrobatic elements, while increasing flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, body awareness, coordination and concentration. 

Hip Hop

Hip hop encompasses a wide range of styles including breaking, locking, popping and more. This class specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style. Our Hip Hop classes are broken into two different levels: Hip Hop 1 and Hip Hop 2 (based on age and/or skill level).