Class Description -

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Creative Movement and Introductory Classes
Tiny Tots (age 3-4)
This 45-minute creative movement class allows children to explore their imaginations through the experience of music and movement.  Props and activities will be used to create a whole new learning environment.  Skills including marching, counting music, and very basic ballet steps will help our tiniest dancers with communication, memory development, and social interaction.  Must be potty trained to attend.

Intro To Dance 1 (age 4-5)
Intro To Dance 2 (age 5-6)
In this one-hour class that combines ballet and tap, students will learn to explore ranges of movement through basic dance steps that help them develop basic rhythm, movement skills, and posture awareness.

Hippety Hop (age 4-6)
Packed with specially choreographed routines to the latest age appropriate music like hip-hop and reggaeton, these classes will increase focus and self-confidence, boost metabolism and improve your child's coordination. More than just a great way to stay active and healthy; it's a high energy, rockin' good time!

Jazz/Tap (age 5-8)
Students will be introduced to the basics of classic jazz dance and tap in this one-hour class.  Learning some basic tap and jazz skills will allow students to experience each style of dance while improving their flexibility, sense of rhythm and overall coordination.

Main Dance Program Levels and Classes

Levels - Age will be used as a starting point if the student's ability is unknown, however, if the student displays the technical ability and aptitude to move into a higher level, it may be done at the instructor's discretion. Students can expect to remain in the same level for 2-3 years.

  • Level I/Beginner - ages 7-9 - This level is the first hour long class a student will take past the introductory and creative movement level that concentrates on one genre of dance.
  • Level II/Intermediate - ages 8-12
  • Level III/Intermediate - ages 11+
  • Level IV/Intermediate/Advanced ages 13+
  • Level V/Advanced - by instructor approval

The traditional technique of classical ballet has developed over centuries. Taught through structured exercises at the barre and center, it is the foundation for all forms of dance encouraging students to increase focus, body awareness, balance, coordination, control, and concentration while building a graceful and healthy body with good posture.  All students are encouraged to take ballet.  

A foot strengthening class that not only strengthens the muscles of the feet and legs, but teaches students correct alignment for better control and balance.  Although this class is geared toward the ballet dancer, students of all genres will benefit from taking this class.

Dancing on pointe is the pinnacle of the classical ballet dancer's journey.  It is performed using special shoes designed specifically to dance on the tips of the toes for long periods of time.  Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required.  PrePointe is a pre-requisite for this class and it must be taken in tandem with pointe.  Students interested in taking pointe class must have been in PrePointe for at least 6 months, must be taking a minimum of one ballet technique class per week, and must be at least 13 years old.

Students will explore various forms of this type of dancing including broadway, funk, and fusion.  Jazz dance uses a low center of gravity, isolations, and improvisation to express music and movement.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop is a combination of street, jazz, modern, and tribal styles. High energy moves are taught using a variety of upbeat music.  This fun and energetic form of dance is constantly changing with the wide variety of current music and is seen in almost every high school, college,
and professional dance team.

Tap combines study of rhythm, patterns, and syncopation in order to develop rhythm, agility, balance and coordination.

This class puts the emphasis on the torso rather than the feet.  Modern dance employs such elements as contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.  Dancers will learn a fusion of Horton, Graham, and Duncan techniques.

Students in this class will learn to combine elements from ballet and jazz in order to express song lyrics.  Contemporary dance is a relatively new form of dance combining elements of jazz, and modern to any type of music.

Musical Theater
Combining new approaches like the popular TV series "Glee," traditional Broadway style choreography, and show-stopping stage presence with a focus on acting and learning song-and-dance numbers. This class includes singing, speaking, and dancing.

Conditioning for Dancers uses techniques from ballet, Pilates, and others to create a class that focuses on strengthening not only the core and feet, but the whole body.

Zumba® classes use hypnotic Latin and International rhythms and routines that feature interval training where fast and slow rhythms, and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.  It feels more like a PARTY than a workout! 

Payment and Missed Class Policy:

Training requires consistency in order to achieve the most benefit. However, we understand that students may occasionally need to miss a class. Use the following guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your classes at The Academy of Creative Arts. 

  1. Your fees are due on or before the first class in a month
  2. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card
  3. If you pay for several months in advance and cannot complete all months, we will refund months not used when notice is received before the beginning of the month
  4. If you or your child plan to miss a class - 48 hour advance notice is required - so another student can be accommodated - if the student does not provide 48 hour notice, student can coordinate the make-up class with the instructor.
  5. Your monthly fee pays for your space in class for the month. It is your responsibility to make up classes if you or your child miss the class. 
  6. One makeup class will be offered each month. During any month that you are enrolled, you may make up a class by attending any other appropriate session (please coordinate with the instructor for scheduling the make up class).  Make up classes should be completed within 60 days of missing the class. Fees for missed classes are not refundable.
  7. If you are having trouble scheduling a make up class, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you
  8. Class timings and schedule are subject to change

We wish you a wonderful learning experience - these policies are required so that we can be respectful of the instructors time and commitment.