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Class Descriptions

Ballet

1st grade and up: A wonderful class for all students and especially essential to all those looking at a career in dance! Ballet teaches coordination and confidence while improving grace and balance.

Pointe

All Dancers taking Pointe Classes must take a minimum of 2 Ballet Classes plus their Pointe Class, including the technique class immediately preceding the Pointe Class.

Dancers recommended for Point Intensive are encouraged to take a 2nd Pointe class for additional strengthening and practice. All dancers 4th grade and up who are considering becoming Pointe Dancers are encouraged to take 2 Ballet Classes per week.

Tap

1st grade and up: Tap classes teach rhythm and musicality to upbeat, popular music and cover classic steps such as "shuffle off to buffalo", maxiford, riffs and time steps.

Jazz/Hip hop

1st grade and up: Our most popular form of dance, using your favorite music to create a high energy class! We cover the latest hip hop moves from L.A. and New York and also introduce Broadway music and musical theatre style jazz.

Funk

1st grade and up: Funk classes explore movement without jazz technique. This class will include athletic movements, teaching the dancers how to move on the floor. This class will allow students to dance freestyle and learn how to be creative with their own choreography.

All dancers taking Funk Classes (except for Boys Funk) must also take an appropriate level Jazz class.

Modern

4th grade and older: Modern dance is its own style and technique that explores the use of weight, release of energy, fall and recovery, and musicality. Modern dance is a dance technique that was created by dance pioneers who wanted to explore their own ideas and break free of the ballet tradition.

Lyrical

4th grade and older: Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. It has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Lyrical dance is expressive, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement.

All dancers taking Lyrical Classes must also take an appropriate level Ballet class.

Contemporary

4th grade and older: Contemporary dance is a compilation of different styles of dance, including lyrical, classical ballet and modern. Contemporary choreography incorporates creativity and free movement for dancers to express feelings and emotion while telling a story.

CardioGroove for Adults

Is designed to raise and target your heart rate. It boosts METABOLISM, burns CALORIES, and helps you lose WEIGHT. It also will help reduce STRESS, increase ENERGY and promote restful SLEEP. The class is HIGH ENERGY and GREAT FUN. It includes a warm down at the end of class.

Programs

Young Dancer Program — up to Kindergarten

The Dance Factory Young Dancer Program provides an introduction to the world of dance and music. All classes are designed to introduce creative movement exercises and steps that foster body coordination, rhythmic awareness, and a path to explore their own imagination.

2½ yr Creative Movement: A special class is designed to teach your child creative movement dances and how to follow basic directions in a dance class.

3yr Ballet/Tumbling: This class includes stretches and basic ballet steps, several fun dances and a portion of the class designed for learning simple tumbling movements (i.e., forward roll or crab walk)

4-5 yr Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Combo Classes: Our 4-5 year olds will learn basic ballet, tap, and or jazz steps. They will learn how to move across the floor and dances that are creative and fun.

Kindergarten Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Combo Classes: The dancers in our Kindergarten Tap and Ballet classes will begin more challenging steps and positions. The Ballet portion of their class will begin training at the ballet barre. Our Kindergarten Jazz dancers will learn an energetic Jazz warm-up and simple Jazz steps.

Beginner Dancer Program — Grades 1 thru 4

The Dance Factory Beginner Dance Program classes are curriculum-based classes geared toward introducing, strengthening, and developing the dancer's technique, skills, and artistry based on a class syllabus. Students become familiar with correct position and placement and begin to learn the vocabulary specific to the discipline. Each level within this program builds on skills and techniques. Students are placed according to ability.

Classes offered in the Beginner Program include Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Funk.

*Dancers must be recommended for placement in all regular classes starting at the Beginner Level.

Beginner Classes for the Older Dancers — Grades 5 and up

The Dance Factory offers a beginner program for dancers in grades 5 and up. Classes in this program are syllabus-based, fast moving classes that introduce older dancers to dance technique and movement in a fun and enjoyable environment. This is a great program for older dancers wishing to try a new dance discipline with dancers close to their age.

Intermediate Dancer Program — Grades 4 thru 8

The Dance Factory Intermediate Dance Program classes are syllabus-based classes for students with a minimum of 3 years dance experience in a curriculum based program. Classes in this program are syllabus based and focus on strengthening each dancer's technique, skills, and artistry while enjoying a fun dance experience . Each level within this program builds on skills and techniques. Students are placed according to ability.

Classes offered in the Intermediate Program include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Funk.

*Dancers must be recommended for placement in all regular classes starting at the Beginner Level.

Advanced Dancer Program — Grades 5 and up

The Dance Factory Advanced Dance Program classes are syllabus-based classes for students with a minimum of 5 years dance experience in a curriculum based program. Classes in this program focus on continuing to strengthen each dancer's technique, skills, and artistry. Students are placed according to ability.

Classes offered in the Advanced Program include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Funk.

*Dancers must be recommended for placement in all regular classes starting at the Beginner Level.

Boys Only Program (including Boys ONLY Funk) — Ages 4 and up

The Dance Factory Boys Only Dance Program classes are designed specifically with boys in mind. We offer high energy and the non-stop action that boys need and want. This class is fun, exciting and uses rhythmic music that the boys can move to.

These unique classes help boys develop spatial awareness, build body strength, muscle tone, balance, and coordination. The dance moves improve hand, eye, and foot coordination skills while training the boys to be aware of the position of everyone else on the floor.

*Dancers must be recommended for placement in all regular classes starting at the Beginner Level.

Specialty Classes — Funk, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical Classes — All Levels

Intensive Program — Grades 4 and up — Evaluation and Placement required

The Dance Factory Intensive Program is a program developed for students looking for a more serious and rigorous dance program. It is a curriculum-based program designed for the dedicated dance student. Students are placed into class levels based on experience, technique, and skill. Students are required to take a minimum number of classes per week including ballet classes. Students must comply with the course requirements specific to each level. Special programs related to musical theater, choreography, performance, and auditions will be offered throughout the year to enhance the experience.

New students must be evaluated by the Program Director.

*All dancers must be evaluated and recommended to be placed in any Specialty Class, Intensive-level Class, or Ballet Class. Classes with the same title are not interchangeable.

Tuition caps for individual students is $375 per month. No additional discounts apply.

Progress Reports

In the Spring, all dancers in 1st grade and older and taking Tap, Ballet, or Jazz receive a personalized progress report. This tool with help dancers better understand their progress in class while identifying areas that need more focus and improvement.