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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 Ballet D 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. Classes starting with Intermediate 2 and above are by Director approval and female students must have a minimum of one year of pointe.
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 interested in eventually auditioning for the Company 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 1 or 2: 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. Modern is by director approval only.
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. You must be enrolled in Ballet A or above for Lyrical.
Dance Company 1 and 2: Dance Company is by audition only. Students will study various styles of Broadway Character Dance or Contemporary, and learn choreography to be performed as part of the Hudson River Dance Repertory Company. Dance Company students are required to enroll in a jazz class and be part of the Repertory Company, and are held to the same commitments as Repertory Company dancers. Director approval required.
Musical Theatre Dance: (formerly Intro to Broadway) This open level class is for students enrolled in Jazz/Tap A and above. Students will learn choreography and characterization to music from popular Broadway musicals. Students will be encouraged to sing along with the lyrics, or even recite lines from the musical. The class uses theatre games to help bring out different character personalities in the students.
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.
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.