Contempra Dance Class Descriptions

 

Pre Dance Classes

Our Pre-dance classes are the first steps for the youngest dancers. Your child will begin to learn the basic positions, exercises, and dance steps of ballet, tap, and jazz. These age appropriate classes also provide creative movement time such as animal action games, freeze dance, and stretching with partners. It is our goal to spark an ongoing interest in dance for your child.  Pre-Dance class meets once a week for a 45 minutes session. Classes are a Ballet/Tap combo or Ballet/Jazz combo. Our Lil’ Princess class provides the same dance instruction described, along with arts/crafts and snack time and is 1 ¼ hours.

Fall Schedule

Pre-Dance 1

This class is designed for kids just starting out in dance. Ages 3-4 ½ with no dance experience Children will take first steps in ballet and tap dance, as well as creative movement and dance games.

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Pre-Dance 3

This class is for ages 5-6 ½ with 1 year of pre-dance experience but not necessary.  Students will be introduced to basic dance movement in a fun, exploratory environment.

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Pre-Dance 2

This class is for ages  4 ½ -6 with 0-1 years experience. Students will continue their dance movement in a fun, exploratory environment.

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L'il Princess Creative Dance for Kids (1 1/4 Hours)

This class is designed for ages 4-5 1/2 . Kids will learn ballet and tap dance as they would in an ordinary predance lesson. The class is designed to take students to the next level of dance. It is coupled with arts and crafts, storytime, and snack with friends! Your child will feel energized with creativity after this arts packed class! 

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Contemporary Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Lyrical dance is characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing from one move to another. It is recommended students have some ballet knowledge prior to taking Lyrical.

Contemporary Lyrical 1-2

This class is for ages 9-14 and is Beginner level, 0-1 years dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns, and perform basic choreography at the end of each class. While students do not have to take ballet to enroll in this class, it is very helpful to take ballet in conjunction with lyrical.

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Contemporary Lyrical 2-3

This class is for ages 11 & up and is Advanced Beginner/Intermediate level, 2 or more years of dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns that are more intricate than the previous level, and perform longer strings of choreography at the end of each class. While students do not have to take ballet to enroll in this class, it is very helpful to take ballet in conjunction with lyrical.

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Contemporary Lyrical 4

This is Intermediate level with at least 2-3 years of lyrical dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns that are more intricate than the previous level, and perform longer strings of choreography at the end of each class. Students must take a ballet class in conjunction with this class.

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Contemporary Lyrical 5

This is an Intermediate/Advanced level class with at least 3 years of ballet or modern training. Ballet in conjunction is required.

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Ballet  

ContempraDance School provides professional ballet training. At ContempraDance School, students can decide on taking one ballet class a week for casual enjoyment and the acquisition ballet knowledge as an art form, or students may wish to take several ballet classes a week to accelerate in ballet.

Ballet 1

This is a Beginner class for ages 7 to 91/2 with 0-2 years of previous ballet dance experience. This class is also the next step for kids leaving pre-dance classes. The class is a full hour and features all aspects of a ballet class including barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor steps.

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Ballet 2

This class is Advanced Beginner with 1 year of ballet experience the previous season.  Students should be familiar with the basic ballet positions and basic ballet steps, exhibit strength in proper body alignment and barre work. This class will teach involved sequences of dance steps, turns and jumps in preparation for Ballet 3. Each class meets once a week for 1 hour each session.

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Ballet 3

This class is Pre-Intermediate with at least 2 years previous ballet experience. One other ballet class is required in conjunction with this class. Class features more intricate combinations during barre exercises, and more advanced turns and jumps.

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Ballet 4 & 4+

Ballet 4 class is for the Intermediate dancer and must take one other ballet class to participate and have at least 3-4 years of ballet training for this class. Pointe is offered after this lesson for students with permission from the teacher.

The Ballet 4+ class is for Advanced Intermediate dancer.

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Ballet 5

This class is Intermediate/Advanced with at least 4-5 years of ballet experience.  Students focus on perfecting more intricate ballet moves, adding speed and complexity into their routines. One additional ballet class a week is required to enroll in this class and to maintain the complex level of the class work.

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Ballet / Tap

This class a Beginner/Adv. beginner ballet and tap combination class. 45 minute ballet class and half hour tap. This class is for ages 7-9 and is designed to be efficient in teaching both styles for this age group. We hope to help students to continue to learn dance by offering this class on Saturdays as an option for busy students!

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Pointe

ContempraDance School offers Pointe lessons for students who wish to pursue ballet further. Pointe work is offered as an option after some of our ballet classes. Teacher and director permission is required to enroll in Pointe class. Two ballet classes a week at ContempraDance School is required to take Pointe lessons. We recommend that younger students who may wish to pursue Pointe work in the future begin taking 2 ballet classes a week at least two years prior to beginning Pointe lessons. Pointe work is not recommended at ContempraDance School for students under the age of 11. 

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Hip Hop 

Fun Fun Fun!!

Students love this incredibly energetic form of dance. They will learn how to spin, turn, kick and twist their bodies like never before. Our Hip-Hop classes are an invigorating and cultural dance workout.

Mini Hip Hop

This is an introductory class for ages 4 1/2-6 with little or no dance experience. Students are challenged to learn the basic moves necessary to understand the genre in a fun and supportive environment, set to fun, upbeat music. Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes each session.

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Hip Hop 1

This is Beginner class for ages 7-9 with 0-2 years of hip-hop experience. Students are challenged to learn the basic moves necessary to understand the genre in a fun and supportive environment. Each class meets once a week for 1 hour each session.

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Hip Hop 2

This class is for Advanced Beginner with at least 2 years dance experience. We encourage students interested in hip hop to try the class as often kids in this age range can pick up the moves after taking class a few times. Students who have had hip hop will be challenged to learn new steps, and choreography will become progressively longer as the year moves on.

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Hip Hop 3-4

Class is designed for teenage students, 13 years and up. Intermediate with at least 2-3 or more years experience. In this level, students will learn new hip hop moves, and are challenged by longer and more intricate choreography.

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Modern Dance

Modern dance is the style of dance performed by ContempraDance Theatre which is ContempraDance School’s resident professional dance company. It is one of the most expressive forms of dance incorporating various styles of movement and improvisation. With a conglomerate of lyrical, interpretive and cultural techniques, students improve their form while learning technical style and expression.

Modern 1

This is a Beginner/Advanced Beg. with 0-1 year modern dance experience. Students will be introduced to basic modern vocabulary and steps.

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Modern Dance 2-3

This is for the Advanced Beg/Pre-Intermediate student with at least 2 or more years of modern or lyrical training. Students will learn a Modern style which builds upon the Graham, Limon & Horton techniques. Ballet class in conjunction with this class is recommended.

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Modern Dance 4-5

This is designed for the Intermediate/Advanced student with at least 4 years of modern training. Ballet in conjunction is required. Students must be knowledgeable in the Graham, Limon & Horton techniques. The combination of lyrical, blues and world style movement keeps this class interesting and challenging for dancers. Each class meets once a week for 1¼ hour each session.

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Tap

Tap Dance is an exciting combination of rhythmical and intricate foot moves.
Tap shoes are required for this class.

Tap 1-2

This class is Beginner/Adv. Beginner level. 0-2 years tap experience. Ages 9 & up. Students will learn the basic foot moves and rhythms necessary for developing various combinations. Each class meets once a week for 1 hour each session. 

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Tap 4

This is a class designed for the Intermediate level student with at least 3 years tap experience. For ages 11 & up. 

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Teen/Adult Tap

This is an Open Level class designed for older teens and adults.

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Funk Dance 

This class is a blend of Jazz and Hip-Hop with a “Janet Jackson” feel. An age appropriate aerobic workout and dance routine give it a funky MTV look. Kids enjoy the class set to their favorite top 40 music. Funk is one of ContempraDance School’s most popular class styles.

Funk Dance 1-2

This class is designed for Beginner/Adv.Beg. 0-1 year experience. It is a mixture of jazz and hip hop style dance

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Funk Dance 3

This class is Pre-intermediate with 2 or more years’ experience. Students should have at least 1 year of previous jazz, hip hop, or funk dance experience.

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