Class Descriptions

Dance for Joy is a safe, loving environment for anyone who wants to dance.  I believe dance class should be fun, challenging, and a place to express oneself through movement.  I also teach students to be grateful for the healthy, working bodies God gave us and we often take time to show Him thanks by dancing for Him.  
 
2's and 3's

The idea with this age group is to develop a love for dance and to learn how to follow instructions and be a part of a class.  The Ballet that is being taught is often "disguised" as creative games or imaginary movement.  This is a great way to be learning and growing as a dancer without the students realizing they are actually doing quite a bit of work.  Although we won't be standing at the barre or doing pirouettes at this age, they will be building a solid foundation to one day accomplish such things. 

It is also usually works best if Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sisters, Grandmas and Grandpas are NOT in the classroom during class.  Of course, there is always an exception, but for the most part, little ballerinas need to be given space to be a part of the class without the distractions of family.  There is a room adjacent to the classroom which will be a good place to spy! Must be 2 by Sept. 1, 2017 to be in a 2 year old class. 

3's and 4's

At this age, we will build on the foundation that we work on in the 2's and 3's classes.  While still using creativity and imagination as a method of learning ballet technique, we will also begin to  incorporate more traditional teaching methods.  We will occasionally expose them to the ballet barre as well as learning some more ballet vocabulary.  We will work hard on following instructions and learning the manners of ballet class, like waiting our turn and using quiet voices.  If they are enrolled in a ballet/tap combo, then the tap portion of class is to work on musicality, rythym, and getting some energy out!  The girls always enjoy speeding up the tempo and making some noise!  Must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2017 to be in a 3 year old class.  If the class description says "older 3's-4's", then your child must turn 4 before Jan. 2018 (so, fall birthday).

4's and 5's

In the 4's and 5's class, we expect a little bit more than in the 3/4's class in the way of listening and following instructions. We still use our preschool curriculum for the most part but we will incoorperate much more ballet terminology and classical ballet technique. If your child is entering kindergarten this year, she may still enjoy this class as the kindergarten class transistions into a more structured classical ballet class. 

Kindergarten (must be 5 by Sept.1)

While still using creativity and imagination as a method of learning ballet technique, but we will transistion into a more traditional curriculum.  We will expose them to the ballet barre as well as learning some more ballet vocabulary.  At this age they are really following instrctions well, so this gives the opportunity to learn much more! If they are enrolled in a ballet/tap combo, then the tap portion of class is to work on musicality, rythym, and getting some energy out!  The girls always enjoy speeding up the tempo and making some noise!

1st and 2nd grade (6's, 7's) 

Students will begin to develop the basics of ballet technique while still using creativity and fun to assist in learning. At this age we will be using the ballet barre more than in previous years and they will begin to grasp the principles of body placement and technique.  If the students are enrolled in a tap or jazz combo class, then they will have 45 minutes of ballet and 15 minutes of the other technique.
2nd-8th grade Ballet
I am very excited to offer many options for our "older dancers" as Dance for Joy grows.  Many girls may begin to lose interest in ballet at this age and are looking for something more "exciting".  I know this can be a challene when trying to decide what extracuricular activities to put your child in, but let me encourage you to stay the course with ballet and begin to add other dance forms through the years.  Think of ballet as like eating your vegetables.  All dance forms are stemmed from ballet, therefore students will find greater success in other forms if they stick with ballet.  However what is most rewarding is that often times, dancers who manage to stick with it, begin not only to tolerate their "vegetables" but they begin to long for them and even love them.  So although ballet at this age does require focus at the barre, stamina throughout the class and determination to learn knew steps, it will be worth it!
Pre Pointe/Pointe
Pointe is for the committed dancer who is at least 10 years of age and older. To be on pointe, she must have taken ballet for three consecutive years and be approved and fitted for shoes by her instructor. Pre-pointe is for the dancer whose goal is to be on pointe, but is either not old enough or not quite ready physically to be on pointe. This class will include conditioning and strengthening exerises.
2nd-8th grade Hip Hop/Jazz
Most students this age can tell you exactly what hip hop is.  Although hip hop tends to attract students because of its entertainment value, many parents have concerns about it being appropriate movement for their child.  While my staff and I do not think that God made a mistake when He created hips or backsides, it is our desire to keep our students as unexposed as possible to the way our culture tends to use these body parts.  That does not mean that we will not use these parts to dance with, but we will keep our intentions with our movement pure.  We will find positive hip hop music to use in class to help with this process.  Jazz is a classical dance form which emphazies rythym, powerful jumps and kicks, and sharp movement.  All students must take Ballet in order to take Hip Hop/Jazz.
3nd-8th grade Modern/Jazz
We are excited to introduce modern and jazz into our prgram this year. If you are in a modern/jazz class, that means we will be alternating between modern and jazz from week to week. Modern/Jazz/Acro is to expose dancers to all these dance forms as Dance for Joy grows and expands so dancers can get a feel of the different forms. They will be alternating weeks of each dance forms, so the idea is they will have 4 weeks of modern, 4 weeks of jazz and 4 weeks of acro. These dance techniques are very different from one another but I think it is important to expose our Dance for Joy dancers to various forms of dance at this stage of our studio growth. 
 
Acro
Acro is another name for tumbling or "acrobatics".  This is basically the floor portion of a traditional gymnastics experience.  We have mats and great spotters to encourage a safe environment to experience new things!