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Classes/Dress Code

Combination Classes: 

All combination classes are introductory classes for the young dancer so that they can explore dance through creative movement, body awareness and social skills.  Many varieties are offered to give the young dancer exposure to many forms of dance.  Our Combination Classes are unique in that they are imagination driven.  Our goal is to have our youngest students learn the structure of the classroom, learn basic dance moves, and learn terminology all while they have fun.  We utilize fairy wings, instruments, crowns and wands, and we encourage that the children utilize the hour long session to get lost in the movement, and ultimately gain a passion for dance and performance. We offer observation windows for parents, and viewing screens from our lobby so that whether your child needs to be aware that you are present, or they do better without seeing you, we have covered it all, so that ultimately your child gains the experience you are hoping for. 

Dress Code: We do not enforce a strict dress code for this class.  The children may wear anything from tutus, skirts, bodysuits and tights to street clothes that are tighter fitted.  Most children at this age like to dress as "frilly" as possible...we encourage that the children feel as "special" as they possibly can.  Tap/Ballet Combination shoes - black tap shoes, and pink ballet slippers (you may purchase at Target, Walmart or on line). Typically we have sample sizes for most children this age to use for a trial.  We do not want our parents to purchase anything until they are certain that their child will stick with the program...we understand how finicky children are at this age, so we attempt to make it as cost effective as we possibly can.  Jazz/Hip Hop Combination - any sneaker is suitable. Broadway Tap/Jazz - Black tap shoe and tan Jazz shoe or Adage (sold at the studio)

Ballet:

 Classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement.  Emphasis on barre, center adagio, and variations.  Learn all classic and proper terminology.

Dress Code: Ballet is our most disciplined class.  We do request that all participants wear appropriate dancewear.  Body suits and tights (any color), pink ballet slipper, and hair pulled securely away from the face.  Ballet skirts and dance sweaters are also acceptable.  

 

Tap:

Percussive footwork that includes precise rhythmic patterns.  A dance form in which rhythm is sounded out by the taps on the heel's and toe's of the dancers shoes.  All styles, including Broadway, Hoofing, and street are incorporated.

Dress Code: Street clothes are acceptable, however we request that they be tighter fitted and do not inhibit movement. (Leggings, and sweat pants are all acceptable, however we do reiterate that clothing should allow for freedom of movement).  Shoes: Black tap shoes either lace or buckle are acceptable.

Pom/Funk:

This is an EDF original class developed and designed specifically here at our studio. It is a technique based class in combination with basic Pom movement.  This class will incorporate a specific dance style (i.e. hip-hop or jazz) in conjunction with technical work.  The class emphasizes precise, synchronized motions along with technical dance skills (such as jumps, turns, and leaps).

Dress Code: Street clothes are acceptable or dancewear.  We prefer no jeans in this class but leggings, dance shorts, bodysuits, and tights.  Shoe is a tan jazz shoe or Adage (sold at the studio) or any sneaker will also be accepted. 

Lyrical/Contemporary:

A fusion of ballet and jazz with a focus on technique.  The class combines many technical elements with the freedom and fluidity of expression, includes aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance as well.

Dress Code: Dancewear is not necessary, however we do ask that the children wear tight fitting apparel: leggings, tights, bodysuits, dance shorts.  We ask that the dancewear or street clothes are modest, and that for our older children they are fully covered.  Shoe: Adage Shoes (sold at the studio) Jazz or modern shoes of any kind, but we ask that they be tan in color. 

Jazz:

A dance form that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music.  This high energy class covers many styles from Broadway to pop music.  Class includes kicks, turns, leaps, ,jumps and all components of correct technique.

Dress Code: Dancewear, bodysuits, tights, leggings, dance shorts with tighter fitted top.  Shoe: tan jazz shoe, Adage (sold at the studio).

Hip Hop:

Hip hop is a high-energy class that will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Musical Theater:

Our Musical Theater program incorporates the three performance elements: Dance, acting, and singing. Elevate your singing, dancing, and acting skills as you bring to life a new musical each month. Together with your classmates, prepare both solo and group performances.  We will provide basic training in various dance genres - Jazz and Tap.  The recital will be a chorus of the class's favorite musical worked on throughout the year. Many students who wish to perform in High School Musicals will be best prepared if exposed to dance elements as well as acting and singing. We do not offer vocal training, but students are encouraged to bring their own desire to act and/or sing.

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Places to Purchase Dancewear and Shoes:

Online: 
www.discountdance.com 

www.allaboutdance.com
Local Distributors: 
Walmart or Target for Combination classes 
Step-Up - Richboro, PA 


The studio carries Adage Shoes throughout the season.  This is a standard shoe that is used for the following Classes: 
Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Pom, Musical Theater, Broadway classes.

Conditioning: (Relative Motion)/Barre

This class is designed to help dancers develop strength, increase flexibility, improve technique & ensure injury reduction. This class will alternate each week between barre stretching and conditioning (Relative Motion). The classes that are focused on barre & flexibility training will be spent mostly at the ballet barre doing exercises to improve technique, increase flexibility, strengthen muscular endurance, as well as improve balance & posture. The conditioning classes will be focused more on building stamina, increasing range of motion & improving dancer's overall strength. The conditioning classes will involve a combination of cardio, bodyweight exercises & exercises that focus on specific muscle groups. Props including ankle weights, yoga blocks & resistance bands will occasionally be incorporated as well.

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