Dance Class Descriptions 2019-2020
Dance with Me (18 mos.- 2.5 yrs.)
A wonderful class for children 18 months to 2.5 years to enjoy with their caregivers. Little ones and adults alike will love exploring movement and rhythm with fun music, props, and instruments. This class is offered this fall in two sessions. There is no recital performance or costume fees. Minimum enrollment required.
Creative Movement (2.3-3 yrs.)
This exciting 45-minute movement class incorporates the usage of imagination with movement and the basic principles of dance. Dancers will use scarves, shapes and sing as they are introduced to basic ballet and dance movement fundamentals. Dancers will work on body control, listening skills, balance and coordination. This class offers a gentle introduction to a class environment. Creative Movement dancers will perform a song and dance in a June Matinee Recital.
Pre-Ballet, Tap & Tumble (3-4 yrs.) & Ballet, Tap & Tumble (4-5 yrs.)
Pre-Ballet, Tap & Tumble and Ballet, Tap & Tumble classes are each 45 minutes and help foster your child’s interest in dance while including coordination, concentration, musicality, flexibility and ability to follow instructions. Classes may incorporate free movement using props and different genres of music to give children the opportunity for self-expression. This class provides the building blocks to prepare young dancers for a more structured class. Pre- Ballet, Tap & Tumble dancers will perform a tap dance in a June Matinee Recital. Ballet, Tap & Tumble dancers will perform a tap and ballet dance in a June Matinee Recital.
Kindercombo and Primary T/B/J classes teach basic dance technique and terminology to fun and inspiring music. Combo classes are a hit with dancers 5-7 years!
Kindercombo (5-6 yrs.)
Kindercombo is a class that consists of 30 minutes each of ballet and tap with a fun introduction to jazz ending each class. Kindercombo level dancers will perform one ballet and one tap dance in a June
Primary T/B/J (6-7 yrs.)
Primary T/B/J is a class that consists of 30 minutes each of ballet, tap and jazz. Primary T/B/J level dancers will perform one tap and one jazz dance in a June Matinee Recital.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are methodically developed thru barre and center floor work. PMD offers exceptional ballet training from beginner thru advanced pre-professional levels. Ballet class is required for all students with the exception of Acro, Acting and Hip Hop only. Please read class levels for ballet class requirements. Classes described as ballet technique will not perform in the June Recitals.
Tap is a timeless art that combines dance and percussion. Tap dance classes explore traditions of Broadway tap and Rhythm tap. Classes begin with warm up exercises that teach control, coordination and rhythm. Dancers then move to across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, phrasing and musicality. Highly recommended for all dancers to strengthen musicality and performance skills. Ballet, Tap and Tumble thru Jr. III Level dancers will perform a tap dance in a June Matinee Recital. Int. thru Adv. III Level dancers will perform a tap dance in the June Evening Recitals.
Lyrical/Contemporary is an expressive form of dance that merges multiple styles of dance including ballet and jazz to portray the feeling and the story of the music the dancers are performing to. Advanced lyrical/Contemporary dancers will perform in the June Evening Recitals.
Modern dance is a style of free and expressive dancing not bound by the rules of classical ballet. Modern class works on elements such as contraction and release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation. The Horton and Limon styles of modern will primarily be taught. Jr. Level modern dancers will perform a modern dance in a June Matinee Recital. Int. thru Adv. III Level dancers will perform a modern dance in the June Evening Recitals.
Hip Hop is a high energy class that uses todays music with movements influenced by poppin’, locking and breaking as well as freestyle. Hip Hop allows dancers to develop and express their own sense of style. Hip Hop class draws on popular urban culture and music and is a great fun class for beginners thru advanced dancers. Hip Hop I, I/II, & II/III Level dancers will perform a hip hop dance in a June Matinee Recital. Int., Int./Adv. & Adv. Hip Hop Level dancers will perform a hip hop dance in the June Evening Recitals.
Acrobatics Jr., Int., & Adv.
Acro is a style of dance that combines a variety of dance styles with precision acrobatic elements such as contortion, inversion balances and tumbling. It teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and focus. Junior students will start learning skills such as forward and backward rolls, backbends, handstands and cartwheels. Intermediate and Advanced students will learn to combine all of their balance and skills into intricate sequences with more advanced tumbling. Junior Level Acro students will perform in a June Matinee Recital. Intermediate Level Acro students will perform in the June Evening recitals. Advanced Level Acro is offered as a technique class only with no recital performance.