Baxter Classes

2022-2023 Dance Season Class Descriptions

Acrobatics. Ages 5 & up. This is an acrobatic class that teaches floor gymnastics and basic contortion tricks. Acro is a class that progresses from forward rolls and cartwheels to advanced tumbling, including aerial work. Teachers work with each student on their individual level. This class also focuses on flexibility, agility, and teamwork.

Acting/Vocal/Musical Theater. Ages 5 & up. Students will work with a vocal, acting, and musical theater instructor in a group setting. Some highlights of the curriculum include learning to match pitch and harmonize, creating characters using monologues and skits, and mastering dance elements specific to musical theater. These classes are perfect for any aspiring Broadway Star! Several opportunities too perform for parents & guests will be offered throughout the dance season. These classes will not participate in our regular studio recitals, they will have an informal showcase at the end of the year.

Pre-Ballet and Ballet. Ages 6.5 & up. This class is divided into 5 levels, Pre Ballet (ages 6.5-8) to Ballet IV. Students are placed by skill level. (Younger students are encouraged to take a Combo Tap/Ballet class).

Broadway Heels. Ages 9 & up. This class is for the dancer who is interested in taking jazz and musical theater technique to the next level. All the elements of our Jazz/Musical Theater class in Character Shoes(Heels).

Combo. Ages 2 ½ – 6 ½. This class teaches the fundamentals of tap and ballet. Students will begin with tap and finish with ballet. Students should arrive in class with tap shoes on. Teachers will assist young dancers with shoe changes.

Hip Hop/Funk. Ages 7 & up. This class utilizes an upbeat style of dance performed to popular music. Although Hip Hop’s roots came from urban street dancing, it has become increasingly popular in the entertainment world. Funk dancing is the perfect fusion of styles, incorporating jazz roots into a melting pot of hip hop, break, popping & locking, along with other fashionable dance genre.

Jazz. Ages 13 & up. This class focuses on the classic techniques of jazz. Fast-paced and energetic, curriculum includes stretching, jumps, rhythm, and various styles of choreography. All music selections and dance moves are age appropriate.

Jazz/Hip Hop. Ages 4 & up. This class combines the upbeat dancing style of hip hop with the technique of jazz. All music selections and dance moves are age appropriate.

Jazz/Tumble. Ages 4-6. This class combines tumbling (various beginner acrobatics skills) with upbeat jazz/hip hop techniques.AllmusicselectionsanddancemovesareageThisclasswillperformajazzdanceonlyinrecital.

Leaps & Turns. Ages 8 & up. This class is designed for students who want to improve the technique of their leaps and turns. Leaps may include (but not limited to) grande jete, saute chat, center leaps, switch leaps, and reverse leaps. Turns may include (but not limited to) en dehors and en dedans pirouettes, various turn progressions across the floor, and fouette turns. This class will not perform in the recital.

Lyrical/Contemporary. Ages 7 & up. Lyrical and Contemporary dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques that uses dramatic motion to interpret music and express emotion.

Modern. Ages 11 & up. Emerging from classical dance technique, modern dance explores a range of styles and qualities of movement, including the use of gravity and weightedness in the body, musicality, athleticism, and personal expression.

Musical Theater. Ages 9 & up. This class combines elements of jazz and acting. With this style of dance, dancers work through jazz technique while portraying a character. Using songs from Broadway and movies, Musical Theater focuses on the inner actor/actress.

Pointe/Pre-Pointe. Teacher Recommended. A class wherein the ballet dancer supports all their body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Dancing en pointe makes the dancer appear weightless and sylph like; this is done by wearing special box toed pointe shoes. Students are recommended for pointe based on age and ability. A minimum of two regular ballet classes must be attended to dance en pointe, one of which must be the ballet class directly before Pre-Pointe or Pointe. There is no recital for the Pre-Pointe class.

Tap. Ages 6 & up. This is a percussive style of dancing. Its name comes from the tapping sound made when the metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touches a hard surface. (Younger students are encouraged to take a Combo Tap/Ballet class.)

Tumbling. Ages 3-6. This class teaches the basics of floor tumbling including forward rolls, back bends, cartwheels and fundamental acrobatic strengthening and coordinating skills. This class will not participate in recital.

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