Please call or email the studio to have your dancer placed in the class that best suits him/her. Class placement is up to the instructor. The levels labeling each class below are the technical starting points for each class at the beginning of the dance year. The composition of the dancers in a particular class and the speed at which they learn can cause a lower level class to move faster than a higher level and exceed the curriculum taught in the higher level class. Because of this, we do not focus on the "levels." We keep the best interest of each dancer in mind while placing them in a base class.
Early on in a dancer's training, class groups are split by age. As the students progress in their dance education, they are grouped by ability while continuing to keep age appropriateness in mind. More advanced dancers may move up into higher age levels. Although age is considered and used as a guideline, ability is more often the deciding factor in class placement.
This beginning dance class is for 3-4 year old students. It introduces them to the basic positions and techniques of ballet and tumbling. In a fun and relaxed atmosphere students are given the opportunity to express their individuality through creative movement activities as well as singing and dancing.
Combination classes are focused on introducing the basic steps to dancers, while developing coordination. Dancers will learn how to count music, enter and exit a stage, and the art of performance. In our combination classes, we combine ballet and tap to acquaint students with the basics of dance in order to develop their minds and bodies for grace, poise, and coordination. We provide an environment that is developmentally appropriate and rich with musical props and stimulation. Additionally, they will be introduced to straight legs, turn-out, and stretched feet. Combination classes are offered for dancers ages 5-8.
Jazz is the ultimate combination of ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and modern styles! Jazz technique is taken from ballet and is coupled with showmanship, precision, and strength. Students age 7 through adults will build great strength and performance ability through extensive combinations. Our jazz dance is very unique and definitely for the person who wants to stay toned and move with style.
Hip Hop is a high energy and very fun style of dance. Our hip-hoppers will gain coordination, precision, isolation, and style. Hip-hop is very aerobic, and it is a great outlet for self expression.
Musical Theater combines jazz technique with other varieties to create a “Broadway” style of dance. This class will follow a jazz warm up and will have progressions and center floor work and combinations and routines that combine acting with jazz dance.
Ballet is the most important discipline in dance as it is the basis of all dance styles. Ballet teaches correct body placement while disciplining mind and body. With 13 curriculum levels of ballet, proper placement will ensure technical and motivational advancement. Ballet class will begin at the barre where dancers will learn exercises to develop the muscles and technique needed for all types of dance. At the barre the dancers are able to focus on each distinct muscle being worked instead of worrying about keeping their balance. Next the dancers begin working on skill in the center floor. Lastly, we travel across the floor in groups to practice executing the steps as if on stage. Ballet (and all of dance) is very progressive. It takes repetition to train the mind and body.
This class is to explore what it takes to be a dancer on pointe shoes. This class does not have a recital routine, but rather works on strength and conditioning in preparation for pointe. There is also a period of time where the dancers practice wearing "demi-pointe" shoes, as well as learning how to sew ribbons, how to tie pointe shoes, and how to break in the shoe. This enables much quicker progress in the Intermediate and Advanced pointe classes when the dancers have already attained those skills.
A solid base of intermediate to advanced Ballet technique is required for Pointe work. The instructor will determine if a student is technically and physically capable of dancing en pointe. Pointe classes may begin around age 12 with proper preparation. The first several months of pointe class will be spent at the barre doing exercises to strengthen the feet, ankles, and legs. Dancers may or may not perform a pointe routine in the end of the year performance, depending on their ability. Pointe dancers that are in a hurry to do too much can be injured, so it is very important that pointe dancers are focused, driven dancers who are patient enough to learn correctly.
The American Folkdance! This class teaches timing, balance and rhythm with unique combinations and choreography that "breaks the mold" of routine tap classes. Students at Robin's School of Dance learn a variety of tap styles, including traditional, funky rhythm tap, Irish clogging and musical theater tap. Available for ages 5 and up.