Class Descriptions

 

Class Descriptions-
Age may be a determining factor in class placement, but skill level and student readiness are also considered. Teachers will recommend which classes a student is eligible to take. Please trust that the Spotlight teachers have your child’s best interest in mind.

Toddler Creative Movement (with parent) (18 months - 3 yrs)

To register for this class, children should be fairly steady when walking. During this class, we will sing, dance, tumble, and play using many engaging activities. Toddlers will be introduced to basic movement elements: big/small, fast/slow, high/low, time, space, and energy. Children will enjoy working with hula hoops, balls, bean bags, rhythm sticks and working on a balance beam. (30 minutes, non-recital)

Explorer Classes

These classes expand on the basic elements of movement and music. Skipping and jumping will enhance coordination, while basic gymnastics help children develop strength and balance. Dramatic play games help children’s emotional and social development. Students also have opportunities to be creative and learn cooperation skills. These classes introduce students to basic technique in ballet, tap, and jazz.

Explorer 3’s – for 3 year olds (ballet shoes required) (30 minutes) Explorer 4’s – for 4 year olds (pink ballet and black tap

shoes required) (45 minutes)

Shooting Stars (5 year olds)

This class is designed for 5 and 6 year old students. Classes at this level allow students to explore dance technique and dramatic curriculum. We will explore levels, shapes, and rhythms. Students will learn short routines in tap, ballet, and jazz to hopefully find out what they enjoy the most and what classes they want to continue taking. (45 minutes) (pink ballet and black tap shoes required)

Pre-Dance This class is designed to help transition students from our Shooting Stars Class to beginning level classes in each dance style. Students who are age six can advance beyond our Shooting Stars level into more advanced fundamentals, while still taking advantage of a combination class that allows them to explore multiple dance styles. This class is offered in two different combinations. Students may choose between Tap/Jazz or Ballet/ Contemporary. (45 minutes)

Tumble Time This class is a tumbling class open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are active. This class focuses on beginning gymnastics such as rolls, crab walks, bridges, cartwheels, and building strength and coordination. Students will work on the mats, mini trampoline and mini beam, bar and wedge and octagon mat. (45 minutes)

Ballet (First grade and up or by teachers recommendation)
Ballet is a poised and graceful dance form that requires discipline and patience. Classes are split up into barre, center work, stretch, strengthening and ballet combinations. Instructors will place students according to years studying dance and ability.
(45-60 minutes)

Pre-Pointe and Pointe - Teacher’s recommendation only

Tap (First grade and up or by teachers recommendation)
Our Tap program offers skill development from beginner through advanced levels. These classes work proper technique, sound breakdown and traveling steps. A typical class begins with a leg and ankle warm-up, followed by progression work and a center combination. We focus on rhythm and timing, which is an essential part of a tappers training. (30-45 minutes)

Jazz (First grade and up or by teachers recommendation)
Jazz is a fun and upbeat style of dance for those with lots of energy. Our classes include warm-up, across the floor work and center combinations. Students can expect fun, and high-energy music. (30-45 minutes)

Lyrical/Contemporary (one year of ballet is a prerequisite)
This style of dance uses technique from ballet, jazz and modern, but puts more focus on using one’s body to express emotions. Sometimes described as “movement for the sake of movement”, this class explores connection to music as well as to other dancers, and feeling free while creating dance.

Hip Hop (one year of jazz is a prerequisite or by teachers recommendation) Hip Hop is a “funky” type of dance. It is similar to what is seen in music videos or at concerts. Hip Hop is focused on rhythm and coordination. It concentrates on the beat in the music and just letting your body move. It’s all about having fun and letting loose.

Gymnastics (5 years old and up or by teachers recommendation)
For ages 5 and up. Class will be taught to individually work with each student at their level. Tumbling, mini-trampoline, and beam will be focused on in this class. The serious gymnast to the recreational one will benefit from this class. (45-60 minutes) Beginning = Starting rolls and cartwheels
Intermediate 1 = Cartwheels, Roundoffs and Handstands
Intermediate 2 = Limbers, Walkovers
Advanced = Walkovers, Handsprings and Aerials

Acro (Teacher recommendation)
For ages 6 and up. Our acro class combines acrobatic elements with strength and flexibility. No equipment such as bars and beam are used during acro. This class is recommended for strong and flexible gymnasts interested in acrobatic tricks. Backbend kick overs and spilts are strongly suggested for this class. Partnering tricks and lifts are also part of the acro curriculum. (60 minutes)

Musical Theater Our Musical Theater class will touch on many different aspects of stage performance. We will explore public speaking, improvisation, playing a character, and basic stage and theater etiquette. In addition, this class will incorporate jazz and Broadway style dancing and music. This will allow us to work on body awareness, rhythm, and stage directions. Two different age sections are available for this class. Ages 8-11 and Ages 12 and up.