At Blair Dance Center, your child will study the art of dance while building confidence, coordination, social skills, athletic skills and more. The classes offered are designed for either children who simply want to experience dance for fun or for students who are serious aspiring dancers.
Music and Motion
All preschool classes are designed to instill in our students a love for the magical world of dance and theater by capturing their natural enthusiasm for music, movement and creative play. This fun class will focus on large motor skill development, jumping, skipping, galloping and clapping in time with the music. The chilren will participate in creative movement to music, exploring a wide variety of tempos.
They will perform one routine in the recital.
This 45 minute class will focus on proper etiquette and behavior while never losing sight of the joy and fun dancing brings. Your four year olds will learn the basic beginning fundamentals of ballet, right vs. left direction, and enjoy song and dance routines.
They will perform one dance in the recital.
For students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, ballet and tap technique will be taught in these 45 minute classes. Ballet will teach proper body alignment, poise and grace. Tap dancing is a fun way to explore rhythm training. The children will begin to memorize dance combinations of various steps they accomplish.
They will perform one ballet and one tap routine in the recital.
Students in fourth through twelfth grade, jazz technique is added to this core class. Each week the students will experience all three dance forms in class. New combinations are taught on a weekly basis as they continue working on technique. They will also explore a variety of leaps, turns and across the floor combinations.
They will perform one ballet, one tap and one jazz routine in the recital
Pointe (Add On Class)
Pointe work is performing using hard-toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes to allow the dancer to dance on her toes. Pointe work is appropriate when a student is at least 11 years old because their growth plates in their feet have finished growing. The graduation to this level takes years of preperations and involves the strength and alignment of the body, not just the feet. Since this is highly individualized, the student is evaluated by the instructor in a pre-pointe class before prgressiong to the next level.
Pointe classes will present one recital piece. Beginning pointe students perform on the teacher's discretion.
Hip Hop (Add On Class)
Hip Hop is a lifestyle and attitude that has developed both musically and physically over the past 30+ years. This class is not only a fun and athletic form of exercise, but it has earned the respect as an influential form of dance. The hip hop students will learn techniques such as body isolations, pop-lock movement and how to execute diverse styles and attitude. Hip Hop is the dance style most frequently seen on television and music videos. This class is offered to students in second through twelfth grade.
One recital routine will be presented.
Pom (Add On Class)
Pom is intended to teach sharp, clean motions through across the floor and pom combinations. This class will focus on the lines of the body and working in complete unison with other dancers. The class will drill kicks, leaps, turns and trucks as well as focus on flexibility and pom choreography. Your child will learn the importance of working together as a team with the other students. The pom program focuses on preparing dancers for the many skills that are required by dance/cheer teams in High School and College.
These dancers will perform one recital routine.
Clogging (Add On Class)
Clogging uses combinations of heel and toe movements to accompany the music in a lively and rhythmic high stepping dance. Cloggers wear taps, but they differ slightly. Tap shoes have a single tap attached to the toe and heel. Clogging taps have another piece attached, therefore considered "double taps."
Students will perform one number in the recital.
Lyrical (Add On Class)
Lyrical and Contemporary style dance stresses versatility and improvisation, different from the nature of ballet. In this class dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This class is offered to students ninth through twelfth grade and are taught at our most advanced level, Elite!
One recital routine will be presented.
Tumbling is a form of gymnastics performed without any specialized equipment. Stunts like somersaults, handsprings, walkovers and aerials are shown on the floor using tumbling mats for added cushion. Students will learn a variety of gymnastics skills and lifts that can be incorporated into routines of most styles.