Acro (1 hour) – Ages 5-8 / Ages 9-11 / Ages 12+. Acro is a style of dance that combines jazz technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character and unique choreography, which blends dance and acrobatics together while improving strength, flexibility, and tumbling skills. Dress Code: A black leotard; tan footless tights; black or plain-colored dance shorts.
Ballet (1-1.5 hours) – Ages 5-8 / Ages 9-11 / Ages 12+. Ballet develops grace, technique, alignment, strength, and flexibility of the body. Ballet is highly recommended for ALL dance students. Dress Code: Pink or tan tights; A black leotard; ballet skirt optional.
Cheer Dance (1 hour) – Ages 5+. A class in which students will learn the elements of cheer and jazz/street jazz dance combined. Dress Code: A black leotard; tan tights; dance shorts; clean, dry sneakers.
Conditioning & Flexibility **NEW THIS YEAR! (1 hour) – Ages 9+. Get ready to sweat!! This class focuses on stamina, endurance, core strength and flexibility. We will focus on attaining the balance of strength and flexibility that is required to execute challenging extensions, turns and leaps in dance. This class will help dancers who are looking to increase their flexibility, turn out or core strength or students just looking for a workout at the end of their long week of dance. Dress Code: Comfortable and appropriate clothing (form fitting) and clean sneakers will be required occasionally. If dancers have weights or yoga mats at home they are encouraged to bring them to class!
Competition – Ages 5 and up! Mini’s work on tap, jazz, and ballet technique and choreography in order to build a strong, solid foundation for each student’s future endeavors in dance. Sparkle and Shine students follow a required curriculum of tap, jazz, ballet, acro, lyrical and modern, dance in order to improve technical skills and prepare for dance competitions and other performances in the community. Team members and potential team members must obtain a Competition Team Handbook to read all expectations and requirements. Dress Code: Please see Competition Team Handbook.
Creative Movement (1 hour) — Ages2-3. Kids will participate in movement-based activities and dance-related games that help with gross motor skills, as well as learning how to recognize beats in music and move along to it. Students will perform a movement-based dance in the recital. Dress Code: A pink leotard, pink tights, ballet skirt or dance shorts optional.
Hip Hop (1 hour) – Ages 5-8 / Ages 9-11 / Ages 12+. Hip Hop is a form of street dance. The movements are kept to a rhythmic, syncopated beat and include isolations and full-body movements. Hip Hop is an energetic dance in which movements are fast, and funky. Dress Code: A black leotard, dance shorts or pants; a black t-shirt or tank top optional; clean/dry sneakers.
Lyrical/Liturgical (1 hour) – Ages 9-11 / Ages 12+. This class will range from upbeat and rhythmic, to slow and graceful dancing. Focus is on dancing as an expression of worship and performing with a message. Dress Code: A black leotard, tan tights, ballet skirt or dance shorts optional.
Modern (1 hour) – Ages 12+. Modern dance is a performing art developed in the twentieth century with an emphasis on the individual point of view in all aspects – from content, style, attire to choreography and characterized by bodily movements and rhythms – in contrast to formalized ballet. This class has an emphasis on personal expression and more natural, organic movements. Dress Code: A black leotard, tan convertible or footless tights and bare feet.
Mom’s Fitness **NEW THIS YEAR!(1 hour) – Any Age. Open to any adult wanting to try out a dance class! Get your heart rate going with light cardio, barre, Zumba, pilates and more!
Mom’s Technique **NEW THIS YEAR! (1 hour) – Any Age. Open to any adult wanting to try out a dance class! We will introduce technique basics in jazz, ballet and hip hop styles. This class may perform in our end of year recital. Performance will be voted on among the participants. Dress Code: Comfortable athletic clothing and you may dance barefoot. We may discuss the possibility of purchasing shoes later in the year.
Musical Theatre (1.5 hours)— Ages 7+. Explores the music and movement of Broadway’s greatest hits and how to incorporate character, personality, and props into the performance. Dress Code: A black leotard; tan tights; dance shorts or skirt optional.
Pre-Ballet (1 hour) – Ages 3-5. Students will learn the basics of ballet designed appropriately for their age and level. A variety of fun music is used while students practice structure and listening skills, along with coordination and grace. Dress Code: A pink leotard and pink tights. Ballet skirt or shorts optional.
Pre-Pointe (1.5 hours) – Ages 11+. This class will focus on enhancing basic to advanced ballet technique and alignment, as well as strengthening their legs, ankles, feet and core muscles. After the first few weeks of class, the instructors will divide the class into two classes based on level to better fit the needs of the dancers. Those who are on a Pointe track or have an intermediate level mastery of ballet technique will be in one class, and those who need to hone in on beginner level ballet technique will be in the other class. This class is highly recommended for our serious dancers who want to enhance their Ballet skills. Pre-Pointe is required for those who may be interested in Pointe. You will take this class until you have been approved to join Pointe by the instructor. This is a non-performing class. Dress Code: Pink or tan tights; a black leotard; ballet skirt optional.
Pointe (1 hour) – Students must be approved to join by the Ballet/Pointe intructor. Pointe is classical ballet in which dancers will wear Pointe shoes which will elevate and place their entire body weight onto their ankles, feet, and toes. Dress Code: Tan tights; a black leotard; ballet skirt optional.
Tap/Jazz Combo (1 hour) – Age 3-5/ Ages 4-5. Encourages creativity with an emphasis on basic tap & ballet dance technique, listening skills, and motor skills. Students will perform a tap dance in the recital. Dress Code: A pink leotard, pink tights, ballet skirt or dance shorts optional.
Tap/Jazz Fusion (1.5 hour)— Ages 5-8. A 1.5-hour class in which students will work on tap and jazz dance technique and refine gross motor skills while also learning to count music, move to the beat, and have fun, of course! Tap is an audible, fun form of dance, teaching rhythm, coordination and motor skills. Jazz is influenced by ballet, African dance, American musical styles from different eras, hip-hop and street dancing. Students will perform a tap dance and a jazz dance in the recital. Dress Code: A black leotard, tan tights, ballet skirt or dance shorts optional.
Tap & Jazz (1.5) – Ages 9-11 / Ages 12+. A stylized form of theatrical dancing conceived in America. Jazz is influenced by ballet, African dance, American musical styles from different eras, hip-hop and street dancing. Tap is an audible, fun form of dance, teaching rhythm, coordination and motor skills. Jazz is influenced by ballet, African dance, American musical styles from different eras, hip-hop and street dancing. Students will perform a tap dance and a jazz dance in the recital. Dress Code: A black leotard; tan tights; dance shorts or skirt optional.
**Opening/Production Numbers—Auditions will be made available to students who fit any given age or other requirements stated. Rehearsals are usually once a month. Additional tuition and costume fee is required for participation. Exact cost TBA.