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Pre-Dance 1, 2 & Tiny Tappers ages 3-6

Description: Pre-dance is a dance program designed for children ages three through six. It is an introduction to the world of dance, which utilizes children's love of movement to enhance their physical development and musicality.  Students learn basic tap & ballet skills along with creative movement to help develop their coordination. 

Attire:  Leotards, tights, dance skirts, dance shorts, dance pants, are all appropriate for Pre-Dance classes. Students may choose any color or style.  Hair should be secured away from face.  Tap shoes & ballet slippers are required for class (practice shoes can be any color).  For the recital, tan colored tap shoes will be required.

Pre-Dance Class Descriptions: (All classes are 45 minutes)

Pre-Dance 1:  For 3-4 year old dancers.  Students will learn to work together as a group in a structured classroom setting.  Basic tap & ballet moves will be taught to music.  Coordination movements such as marching, skipping, galloping, clapping to the beat will also be taught.  Students will perform a Tap Routine in the Recital at the end of the year.

Pre-Dance 2: For 4-5 year old dancers.  The basic structure of the class is the same as Pre-Dance 1, but everything is done with a little more attention to detail.  Students will increase their knowledge of basic tap steps, and will start to learn dance terminology.  Better classroom behavior will be expected.  Students will perform a Tap Routine in the Recital at the end of the year.

Tiny Tappers: For 5-6 year old dancers.  The basic structure of the class is the same as Pre-Dance 1 & 2, with more attention to detail.  The goal is to reinforce the basic tap steps, while adding additional tap steps and an introduction to jazz.  Students will learn dance terminology, and be able to identify various steps by name.  Better classroom behavior will be expected.  Students will perform a Tap Routine in the Recital at the end of the year.

Attendance: Good attendance is required.  Attendance will be taken at every class, and we will recognize students with perfect attendance at the end of the year. 

Approx. cost of recital costume $65-70.00

 

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Tap/Jazz Combo ages 6 & up

 

Description:  Tap/jazz combo classes are designed to introduce beginning to intermediate level dancers to two different styles of dance. 

 

Tap dancing is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.  The goal in tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds, with various levels of tone. The knees and ankles should be relaxed, and most of the dancing is done on the balls of the feet. Tap dancing is mastered through lots and lots of practice!

 

Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. There are many different styles of Jazz – from Broadway Jazz to Classical Jazz to Jazz Funk, and more!  To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. 

 

Shoes: Tan tap shoes are required for the recital (check with the teacher regarding specific brand/style requirements).  Ballet slippers or jazz shoes may be worn during jazz class.  Jazz shoes for the recital will be announced at a later time. 

 

Attire:  Leotards, tights, dance shorts, form-fitting tops or dance skirts are all acceptable attire.  Dance pants may be worn, but cannot be too long (especially in Tap – the teacher needs to see your feet).  Legs should be covered in either tights, leggings, or pants.  Hair must be secured away from face.  Your teacher has the final say as to what is appropriate attire for class.  Students who do not adhere to the dress code may be asked to sit and watch the class.

Tap/Jazz Combo Levels Descriptions:

Tap/Jazz Combo Beginner:  For any age group, beginning to learn tap and jazz.  Learn basic Jazz steps.  Learn how to perform & memorize a Jazz routine.  Learn basic Tap steps.  Work on basic rhythm & timing.  Learn basic Tap terminology.  Learn how to perform & memorize a Tap routine.

 

Tap/Jazz Combo 1:  For 6-7 year olds.  Learn basic Jazz steps.  Learn how to perform & memorize a Jazz routine.  Learn basic Tap steps.  Work on basic rhythm & timing.  Concentrate on keeping weight on the balls of the feet. Learn basic Tap terminology.  Learn how to perform & memorize a Tap routine.

 

Tap/Jazz Combo 2:  For 7-8 year olds.  Reinforce all of the concepts learned previously, with more attention to detail.  Review the basic Jazz steps, isolations, traveling steps.  Review basic Tap steps.  Work on rhythm & timing.  Concentrate on keeping weight on the balls of the feet.  Review basic Tap terminology.  Work on accuracy, and performing all routines correctly.

 

Tap/Jazz Combo 3:  For ages 8 & up.  Reinforce all of the Jazz & Tap steps learned previously, while incorporating more advanced steps.  Work on flexibility.  Learn more complex steps and combinations.  Focus on proper weight placement, and clearer tap sounds.  Perform all routines with personality and style. 

Attendance:  Good attendance is required.  Attendance will be taken at every class, and we will recognize students with perfect attendance at the end of the year.

Approx. cost of costumes $90-95 total for both

 

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Tap Advanced Levels 1-4 ages 10 & up

 

Description: Tap dancing is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.  Classical Tap dancers use their arms and upper bodies to blend movements of ballet or jazz into their tap routines. Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance, requiring a great deal of physical/cardio fitness. The goal in tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds, with various levels of tone. Tap is similar to learning to play an instrument & requires practice.                                                                                                             

Attire:  Tap dancers can select their own clothing. A dancer's body lines need to be visible, so baggy clothes are discouraged.  Leotards, tights, dance shorts, form-fitting tops, dance pants or dance skirts are all acceptable.  Hair must be secured away from face.  Your teacher has the final say as to what is appropriate attire for class.  Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be asked to watch the class. Shoes: Bloch solid wood sole tie tap.   Tan for levels 1-3.      Black "Respect" for level 4 only.

 Placement: Students have been placed in the class that their teacher feels they will get the most out of.  This placement is done through careful consideration of the challenges required.  Please trust that your teacher has made this decision in all fairness to the student and the rest of the class.             

 Attendance:  Attendance will be taken at every class.  We will be awarding perfect attendance at the end of the season. (1 miss is allowed for award) Students knowing in advance that they will miss a class can write it down in the attendance book (located under our sound system) Otherwise, please call the studio & give the reason for being absent.  We will be calling any student who drives if they do not show up for class unexpectedly. If student misses too many classes they will not be able to participate in performances such as competitions, workshops, or the recital.                                                                                                                                                                      

All Adv. LevelTap classes will begin with a Tap warm-up specific to the level. This is required to participate in the class. If you miss the warm-up for any reason, you will not be allowed to take class, since it could lead to an injury.   

Tap Adv. Level 1: We will be working on more complex Tap steps, turns & choreography.  We will begin wings, pullbacks & time steps. We will be working on staying on the balls of our feet & keeping the knees relaxed while perfecting the sounds of our basic tap steps.  We will be increasing the speed of all our basic steps. Students will be learning basic Tap terminology.  We will be stressing the rhythm & timing of the choreography.  Improvisation will be introduced. A very strong emphasis on improving our performance of the routine will become our main focus at the end of the year. Good attendance is required! 

Tap Adv. Level 2:  We will be working on more advanced Tap steps, turns & choreography.  We will be incorporating wings, pull backs & other advanced steps into our routine.  Students will be expected to tap on the balls of their feet & keep knees soft at all times. More dynamics will be added to our choreography by learning to “shade” our tap sounds. Students will be expected to know basic Tap terminology.  Good rhythm & timing will be required in performance.  Our Improvisation will become more complex. Our routine’s choreography will increase in difficulty from Level 1 and we will expect an even higher level of performance of the routine. Very good attendance is required! 

Tap Adv. Level 3: We will be using more complex timing & choreography.  Students should have single wings & double pullbacks.  Students should know many different types of time steps & turns. We will be increasing the speed & difficulty in our routine from Level 2.  Improvisation will be explored even further.  Very good rhythm & timing will be expected in performance.  A very confident strong performance level of the routine will be expected. Must maintain excellent attendance!

Tap Adv. Level 4: All students will be expected to have mastered advanced Tap steps, turns, wings, pullbacks, time steps, etc…   Students must have excellent rhythm & timing and know how to use dynamics & “shade” their sounds.  We will be taking Improvisation to new heights. This will be our most difficult choreography & the performance level will be expected to be as close to professional as possible.  Near perfect attendance is required! 

      Approx. cost of costume $80 & up

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Jazz Advanced Levels 1-4 Ages 10 & up

Description:  Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, footwork, jumps, leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace, balance & technique.   

Attire:  Jazz dancers can select their own clothing. A dancer's body lines need to be visible, so baggy clothes are discouraged. Tights and leotards are fine, but most jazz dancers prefer to wear jazz pants or dance shorts. Just remember, the legs must be covered in either pants or tights! NO bare legs! Tops usually worn for jazz include form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts or leotards.  Shoes: Nude color foot undeez will be required for recital but any color can be worn for class. Hair must be secured back away from face.  Your teacher has the final say as to what is appropriate attire for class.  Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be asked to watch the class.

Placement: Students have been placed in the class that their teacher feels they will get the most out of.  This placement is done through careful consideration of the challenges required.  Please trust that your teacher has made this decision in all fairness to the student and the rest of the class.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken at every class. We will be awarding perfect attendance at the end of the season. (1 miss is allowed for award) Students knowing in advance that they will miss a class can write it down in the attendance book (located under our sound system). Otherwise, please call the studio & give the reason for being absent.  We will be calling any student who drives if they do not show up for class unexpectedly. If student misses too many classes they will not be able to participate in performances such as competitions, workshops, or the recital.

 All Adv. Level Jazz classes will begin with a through warm-up.  This is required to participate in the class. If you miss the warm-up for any reason, you will not be allowed to take class, since it could lead to an injury.

Jazz Adv. Level 1:  We will be perfecting our basic Jazz steps, isolations & basic turns while incorporating ballet technique into our moves.  We will be doing across the floor progressions & center floor basic jazz movements. We will concentrate on learning Jazz terminology & a higher difficulty of choreography.  A very strong emphasis on improving our performance of the routine will become our main focus at the end of the year. Good attendance is required!

Jazz Adv. Level 2:  We will be working on more complex Jazz steps, pirouettes, jumps & leaps. Our across the floor progressions will become more complex.   We will be stressing the importance of using ballet technique in all moves.  Our flexibility needs to be improving as we will be incorporating leaps & kicks etc into our routine.  Students will be expected to know all basic Jazz terminology.  Our routine’s choreography will increase in difficulty from Level 1 and we will expect an even higher level of performance of the routine. Very good attendance is required!

Jazz Adv. Level 3:  We will be adding more advanced leaps, turns, & “tricks” to our repertoire.   Students will be expected to have mastered double pirouettes and have very good flexibility.    We will be perfecting our ballet technique in our jazz moves.  Across the floor progressions & center choreography will increase in difficulty from Level 2. A very confident strong performance level of the routine will be expected. Must maintain excellent attendance!

Jazz Adv. Level 4:  All Level 4 jazz students must be enrolled in ballet. All students will be expected to execute complex Jazz steps with beautiful ballet technique at all times.  Across the floor progressions will become more advanced. Excellent flexibility is required. We will incorporate  grande jetes, triple pirouettes, fouettes, axel turns and other advanced “tricks” into our choreography.  This will be our most difficult choreography & the performance level will be expected to be as close to professional as possible. Near perfect attendance is required! 

          Approx. cost of costume $80 & up

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Ballet ages 6 & up

Description:  Classical ballet is an artistic dance form based on an elaborate formal technique, characterized by gestures and movements of grace, precision, and fluidity.  Classical ballet is taught using the Cecchetti Method at the studio though there are other teaching methods of ballet. 

Attire:  Classical ballet attire consists of black leotard and pink tights.  Hair must be in a bun.  Pink Ballet shoes are required for ballet.  No extra tank tops, shorts, pants, etc.  Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be asked to watch the class.

Placement: Students have been placed in the class that their teacher feels they will get the most out of.  This placement is done through careful consideration of the challenges required.  Please trust that your teacher has made this decision in all fairness to the student and the rest of the class.

Levels Descriptions:

LEVEL 1 and Beginner Ballet-This class is for any child that would like to begin learning the basics of classical ballet, stretching techniques for flexibility, and beginning lyrical dance.  The student will begin getting familiar with technical ballet terminology. 

LEVEL 2 (Advanced Beginner Ballet)- After building a basic knowledge for ballet technique and terminology, students can try and put this to use through combinations, and more difficult movement.  Students are required to observe level 3 or 4 ballet classes.  Students must have consistent attendance.  Students will receive a general fall and spring assessment.

LEVEL 3 (Intermediate Ballet, Pointe 1)-Focus on using technique, strength, flexibility, and balance in ballet.  Work on strong focus on musicality and performance.  Students will be chosen to do Pointe work. This will be determined at the teacher's discretion.  Students must see one ballet production through the year and be able to discuss in class. Student must have solid attendance.  Students will receive a general fall assessment and a technical spring assessment.

LEVEL 4 (Advanced Ballet, Pointe 2)- Focus on strength, technique, balance, and flexibility with the ability to utilize technique to improve ballet performance and artistry.  Students will learn to pick up combinations quickly and will be challenged to think through their own .  This is a preparation for auditions and higher levels of dance. Student must have solid attendance and will be asked to step down a level if attendance is poor.   Pointe class is optional but compliments the ballet classes.  Students must see one ballet production through the year and be able to discuss in class. Students will receive a general fall assessment and a technical spring assessment.

Approx. cost of costume   $70-75

 

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Lyrical/Contemporary/ Modern Dance

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Description:  Lyrical dance is a form of Jazz dance incorporating ballet technique.  Lyrical dance challenges dancers to use movement to interpret music and express emotion, therefore telling a story.  Contemporary dance is for the more advanced students and fuses different styles such as lyrical, modern, ballet.  A solid, ballet-based technique is an essential component for both styles of dance.  Modern allows the choreographer and dancer to experiment with different movements and techniques while rejecting any formal limitations set by classical ballet.   With Modern Dance, anything goes.

Attire:  Attire should consist of a leotard and tights.  Hair must be secured back away from face but does not have to be in a bun.  Bare feet or a lyrical sandal is preferred. 

Placement: Students have been placed in the class that their teacher feels they will get the most out of.  This placement is done through careful consideration of the challenges required.  Please trust that your teacher has made this decision in all fairness to the student and the rest of the class.

Levels Descriptions:             

Lyrical Technique-This class is offered to older students who would like to work on technique in the area of Lyrical and Contemporary dance.  This class is considered recreational but focuses on ballet technique used in both styles of dance.  This class allows students who have not taken ballet to begin learning the basics for technique when applied to different styles of dance. Creative movement and improvisation will also be introduced.

LEVEL 1-This class is for any child that would like to begin learning the basics of stretching techniques for flexibility, strengthening, and beginning lyrical performance dance.  The student will begin getting familiar with technical ballet terminology.  Students will be introduced to creative movement.

LEVEL 2 (Advanced Beginner Ballet/Lyrical)- After building a basic knowledge for technique, students can try and put this to use through combinations, and center work.  Lyrical progressions are introduced and there is an emphasis on flexibility.  Students begin to learn how to take technique used in classical ballet to enhance performing lyrical dance.  Exploration of creative movement is also emphasized at this level.  Students must have consistent attendance.  Students will receive a general fall and spring assessment.

LEVEL 3 (Intermediate Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern 1)-Focus on using technique, strength, flexibility, and balance in dancing.  Work on strong focus on musicality and performance.  Begin to use and understand Modern concepts and apply them to dance. Students must take ballet class as a requirement for Lyrical at this level.  Those in Modern 1, do not have to take ballet but are encouraged to. Exploration of movement and partnering work also emphasized.  Student must have solid attendance.  Students will receive a general fall assessment and a technical spring assessment.

LEVEL 4 (Advanced Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern 2)- Focus on strength, technique, balance, and flexibility with the ability to utilize technique to improve performance in Lyrical and Modern Dance.  Students will learn to pick up combinations quickly and will be challenged to think through their own use of creative movement in choreography and in performance.  This is a preparation for auditions and higher levels of dance. Student must have solid attendance and will be asked to step down a level is attendance is poor.   Students must take at least one classical ballet class each week.  Students will receive a general fall assessment and a technical spring assessment.

Approx. cost of costume $70 & up for higher levels

 


 

Hip-Hop/Fusion ages 6 & up

Description: Hip-Hop dance culture developed from the influence and inspiration drawn from Ragtime Swing, Jazz, Disco, Soul, and Rock n’ Roll. There are multiple dance forms that fall under the Hip-Hop dance culture umbrella: funk dance forms, such as Locking, Popping, and Breaking (performed to funk music); Hip-Hop dance (social/party dances performed to Hip-Hop music) and House (performed to House music). This high energy form of dance is often seen at social gatherings and music videos. Stylistically, Hip-Hop dance is very loose and open, which allows dancers to be influenced by many forms of movement and rhythm in a distinctive way. This style of dance allows the body to move freely and funky! The movement principles consist of a head nod, a rock, a pause, expressive isolations, and four bounces. These principles are guided in warm-up exercises to enhance body movement, body popping, and breaking.

In Hip-Hop/Fusion classes at the Dianna Durkin Dance Studio, we use “clean”, age appropriate music and movements. Since Hip-Hop culture naturally encourages free-flowing, rhythmic, urban-style street dance, we guide students in creating their own identity. Although the movements are choreographed, we encourage students to make it their own, and express their own attitude. This is a high energy, fun class for students to let loose!

 

Attire: Hip-Hop/Fusion dancers select their own clothing. Tops are usually form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts, or leotards. Jazz pants or dance shorts are preferred but not required. Students can wear baggy clothes as long as they are not sloppy. Just remember, in order to learn and dance in a fun way, you have to look and feel great - wear the kind of dance clothes that make you feel like dancing fun, cool, and hip! Clean sneakers will be required for class, and a second pair may be required as part of the costume. (Example: Any color/style sneakers may be used for class, but a black and white Converse sneaker or a Hip-Hop dance sneaker may be chosen to go with the costume.) Hair can be down, but must be secured back away from the face. The teacher has the final say as to what is appropriate attire for class. Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be asked to watch class.

 

Placement: Students have been placed in the class the teacher feels they will gain the most from. This placement is done through careful consideration. Please trust that your teacher has made this decision in all fairness to the student and the rest of the class.

 

Attendance: Good attendance is required. Attendance will be taken at every class.

Hip-Hop/Fusion Beginners - Work on basic Hip-Hop/Fusion movements with center floor combinations and progressions across the floor. Concentrate on popping shoulders and chest, keeping knees relaxed to stay low, and keeping everything tight, while dancing big at the same time. Perform the Hip-Hop/Fusion routine with style and attitude.
 

Hip-Hop/Fusion Level 1 & 2 - Work on perfecting basic Hip-Hop/Fusion movements as well as more advanced center floor combinations and progressions across the floor. Perform the Hip-Hop/Fusion routine with style and attitude at a competition level. Attendance is imperative.
 

Hip-Hop/Fusion Level 3 & 4 - Work on perfecting advanced Hip-Hop/Fusion movements and learning new and innovative moves. Perform the Hip-Hop/Fusion routine with style and attitude, no holding back! Excellent attendance is required and expected to maintain the integrity of the class.

Approx. cost of costume $70 -75

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