Program Information

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Dance Class Information – Jazz Dance Classes, Ballet, Tap & More


Ballet: The ballet program at HRPAC is the heart and soul of our studio.  It is designed to provide dancers with a solid  foundation of training in preparation for possible professional careers. A  blending of the Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Royal Academy methods are taught in order to produce a well rounded, well educated dancer. From Intermediate Ballet  onward, students are required to take a minimum of 2 ballet classes a week  (excluding Pointe classes) in order to begin the more serious study of  technique, positions, and turns. Accompanied by classical music, students will  study technique, alignment and proper positioning of the body, arms and feet  through barre work, center floor combinations, traveling progressions and  choreography.  Students are placed by the director according to age, experience, and ability.  Classes focus on technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality.  Placement in Ballet D requires 2 ballet classes per week; placement in Advanced Ballet requires 3 ballet classes a week.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe: Students may participate in our pointe program by invitation only. For the more serious dancer, this class  is designed to help students learn, improve, and perfect pointe technique,  precision, and artistry through barre work, center floor combinations, traveling  progressions, and choreography.  Students are required to take a minimum of two ballet classes weekly in addition to their pointe class.

Jazz: Jazz has continued to evolve with various ethnic and cultural influences  since its origin in the late 1950’s. Dancers will expand their technique  and  understanding of jazz dance to cover traditional, contemporary, and Broadway  styles. Jazz students are required to take ballet for a better understanding of  dance technique.  Class includes proper warmup, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and center combinations.  

Tap: Discover the style of the old hoofers, comparable  to that of the modern style of Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines. Discovering rhythm, style, and sound, tappers will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap.  Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankle, coordination, speed of movement, clarity of sound, and fun!

Modern: A blending of techniques is taught through stretching, center and  floor work combinations, traveling progressions and choreography. Artistry and  performance, as well as mental alertness and observation skills, are emphasized.  Space, time, and energy are explored as elements of movement. Modern dancers are  required to take ballet for a better understanding of dance technique.

Lyrical:  Created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques, lyrical dance often expresses strong emotion based on song lyrics.  The style allows expressiveness, individuality, and develops a dancer’s sense of musicality.  Director approval and previous dance training is required for this popular class. We are pleased to offer two levels of Lyrical dance this year.

Hip Hop: A blend of hip-hop, club, cheer dance, and jazz. These various  disciplines are fused together to produce a dance style with attitude. We offer  classes for students ages 6 and up.

Musical Theatre Dance: Open only to Intermediate and Advanced level Jazz students.  Students will study various styles of Broadway  Character Dance, and learn choreography to be performed as part of the Hudson River Dance Repertory Company.  Musical Theatre Dance students are required to enroll in a jazz class, and are held to the same commitments as Repertory Company dancers.  We are pleased to offer two levels of Musical Theatre Dance this year. Director approval required.

Tutu and Tumble (3-5 years old): Dance classes designed for our youngest dancers, both male and female.  These classes introduce the basics of dance and ballet technique and incorporate gross and fine motor skills with attention given to color/shape recognition and spatial awareness. Dancers learn about participating in a classroom environment, taking turns, and being independent from their caregiver in an educational setting.  Tumbling basics are introduced while students learn about social skills, cooperation, and using friendly words and actions. 

Tapping Toes (3-5 year olds):  Designed for our tiniest tappers, students are introduced to beginning tap rhythms and steps.  A perfect partner to Tutu and Tumble.

Stretch and Tumble: An Open level class for ages 9 and up, this class provides dancers the opportunity to improve flexibility and tumbling skills outside their regular dance classes.  Classes target core strength, flexibility, and tumbling, geared towards each individual dancer.  This class is not included in pre-professional package/unlimited elective tuition.  Additional charges apply.

Contemporary:  New to our schedule, Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several genres.  Open to dancers enrolled in Intermediate II Ballet or higher, this form of dance’s popularity has been increased by popular TV shows, such as “So You Think You Can Dance.”  This class is not included in pre-professional package/unlimited elective tuition.  Additional charges apply.

Hudson River Dance Repertory  Company: For our pre-professional students, the Repertory Company is comprised of students selected through annual auditions.  Company members learn a wide range of choreography, from classical to contemporary, intended to educate and inspire both dancers and audience.  Members may be presented with opportunities to choreograph their own pieces.  The Repertory Company performs at local events throughout the season. 


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