The Studio School of Dance believes that dance provides a foundation for success in life. The skills learned in the dance classroom transfer to other areas of a student’s life. Dance classes increase the child’s well-being by improving his/her physical development and intellectual skills and by increasing self-discipline. The Studio offers a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for those new to dance. The Studio also offers adult classes, workshops, and fitness classes for everyone to enjoy.
This program merges creativity and dance techniques as well as helps younger dancers gain the following skills: Physical: Coordination, refinement of gross and fine motor skills, understanding of space and their bodies; Social: Listening, responding, taking turns, working cooperatively, sharing with others; Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, identifying, differentiating, and sequencing. Students must reach the class age by September 1st.
- Mommy and Me (Ages 1-2)– With Mommy (or Daddy) close by, students will learn the basics of dance, while engaging in hands-on movement activities essential to proper development in coordination, recognizing music and rhythms, counting and timing, and self-confidence. Students learn to stretch and dance using exciting props such as dance scarves, hula hoops, and ribbon sticks.
- Creative Movement (Ages 2-3)- The children are introduced to the basic concepts of rhythm and movement using creative games that expand their individual creativity. They will learn special awareness, listening skills, group socialization, and structure. They will strengthen their bodies and learn coordination to ready themselves for the next level in dance. Our goal is to make sure we are building the love of dance in each child, nurturing their natural creativity in a fun and loving atmosphere. Our goal is to awaken interest, enthusiasm, and self-confidence through dance.
- Pre-Ballet Level I (Ages 3-5)- This class is an introductory class. The class begins with conditioning, stretching, and strengthening exercises. They will learn patterning and will have opportunities in each class where they dance alone, and in a group. Basic Ballet vocabulary and class etiquette are introduced. Pre-Ballet Level I meet 1 time a week
Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking multiple dance classes per week in different styles. The Academy program is centered around a strong ballet curriculum but will allow dancers to explore other genres of dance. This program offers the opportunity to tailor schedules based on their age and technical needs. Although this program offers some “flexibility” to the dancers’ schedule, a certain level of commitment will be expected for the dancer to gain something from their training. Placement class is required
Level II (Ages 5-8)- The class more closely follows the structure of a ballet technique class. The class begins with conditioning, strengthening, and stretching exercises to help students use, and isolate, certain muscle groups pertaining to dance. Students will use the ballet barre and will learn ballet vocabulary. Body placement and alignment will be discovered. Class etiquette is part of the classroom practice and expectation. This class focuses on Musicality and how movements correspond with the music. Small jumps and exercises across the floor will be practiced building strength and endurance. Level II is recommended to attend Ballet 2 times a week but 1 time a week is acceptable.
Level III (Ages 7+)- Stretching, Conditioning, and Strengthening of the dancer’s muscles will continue and students will begin to incorporate more use of the upper body. Barre work becomes more complex as we introduce musicality, accuracy, and strength into the combinations. Ballet vocabulary continues to be reinforced, along with the execution and advancing of proper technique. Artistry and Performance quality is also introduced. Some pre-pointe exercises/classes may be given towards the end of the year to strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare the students for pointe shoes, and more advanced technique. Level III is recommended to attend Ballet 2-3 times a week & Improv/Contemporary 1 a week.
Level IV (Ages 9+)- Pre-pointe exercises/classes will strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare the students for pointe shoes, and more advanced technique. Barre work becomes more complex as we continue to add musicality, accuracy, and strength into the combinations. Ballet vocabulary continues to be reinforced, along with the execution and advancing of proper technique. Stretching, Conditioning, and Strengthening of the dancer’s muscles will continue and students will incorporate more use of the upper body. Level IV is recommended to attend Ballet 3-4 times a week, Pre-Pointe, Improv/ Modern, Contemporary, Progressive Ballet Technique & Dance Conditioning 1- 2 times a week.
Level V & VI (Ages12+)- Level V&VI is recommended to attend Ballet/ Pointe 4-6 times a week Improv/ Modern, Contemporary, Progressive Ballet Technique & Dance Conditioning 1- 2 times a week.
Adult Dance Program
It’s never too late to learn dance or get back into dance. Taking part in our Adult Dance classes is good for your body as well as your mind. Besides promoting cardiovascular fitness and posture this introductory class provides a welcoming and friendly class for adults aged 18+. The Adult Dance Program includes the following styles: Ballet and Latin Dance Cardio, Yoga
The Art Program is a partnership between The Studio School of Dance and Barnitz Art. The weekly morning sessions are an ideal environment for making art. It supports kids ‘creativity, builds their self-esteem, and rewards their parents with artwork created by their children. Our course will cover a range of mediums & techniques. The lessons are broken down into two-week lessons. Our classes will max out at 8-10 students to ensure an intimate learning environment.
Kid’s Yoga Class is designed for children ages 6-11. Children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises that cultivate a calm mind, increase strength and flexibility, improve gross and fine motor skills, improve concentration, and help them understand how to identify and manage their feelings.