Recreational Dance Classes

Recreational Dance Classes

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Recreational Dance Classes for Kids and Teens

Peak’s Recreational (Rec) Dance Classes will foster your dancer’s desire to grow their ability and understanding of a variety of dance styles, with a strong focus on technique. Each session, dancers will work on progressions specific to the style of the class and level they are currently enrolled in. Kids will work on perfecting the elements specific to the curriculum of their level while also being introduced to skills needed to progress to the next level. On average, dancers should expect to remain in a level for anywhere from one and a half to two years prior to advancing to the next level.

The last session of each calendar year is brought to an end by our annual Winter Production. Rec Dancers are given the opportunity to participate in this amazing production, giving them their first taste of an on-stage performance.

Please note: each dance class listed below has a specific dress code relevant to the style of dance and the movement being taught. Dress code details are specified following each class description.


BALLET DANCE CLASSES
Ballet is the foundation of all dance. The Ballet class curriculum, at each level, will include age appropriate Ballet steps and terminology. There will be an emphasis on basic classroom etiquette and self-discipline. Dancers will learn classical Ballet steps, terminology and body placement at each level. In each class, dancers will work at the barre, center floor and work across the floor technique. Ballet classes will perform Ballet choreography and combinations in class and Peak’s Winter Production. Our Ballet classes span Levels Mini-6. In order to enroll in a Level 2 class of higher, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code:  Black leotard, tights and ballet slippers required. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face and pulled back into a bun.


POM DANCE CLASSES
Pom is a powerful and endurance based genre of dance combining cheer motion techniques and dance technique. Pom classes are great for both dancers and cheerleaders. This class focuses on the core fundamentals of basic Pom structure. Students will be working on Pom motions and jumps as well as dance technique including: turns, jumps, leaps and level-appropriate Pom choreography. Pom uses sharp and precise movements, which in turn will help to improve the student’s overall arm and body placement.

Our Pom classes are great training for dancers who are interested in joining one of Peak’s competitive teams or a school Pom team. Our Pom classes cover levels Mini- Intermediate. In order to enroll in the Level 2 class, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Jazz shoes and fitted athletic wear is required. Tights must be worn under any shorts. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.


HIP HOP DANCE CLASSES
Peak’s Hip Hop dance classes will work on all facets of Hip Hop culture, from the old school street basics to the current styles and choreography of today. Hip hop dancers will learn how to isolate their body and move to a syncopated rhythm. Dancers will work across the floor, center-floor and incorporate basic Hip Hop tricks.

Our Hip Hop classes span levels Mini-Elite. In order to enroll in the Intermediate class or higher, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Non-skid sole sneakers/tennis shoes and baggy pants or shorts are required. No jeans or fitted shorts or pants. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.


LEAPS AND TURNS CLASSES
Peak’s Leaps and Turns classes focus on dynamic energy, body placement, improvisation and beginning through advanced level jumps, leaps and turns in multiple dance techniques including, but not limited to, Ballet and Jazz.

This class will incorporate Ballet fundamentals that can be applied to power-skills needed in other styles of dance. Our Leaps and Turns classes span levels Mini-Level 5. Mini, Level 1 and Level 2 will work on executing each skill individually, focusing on proper technique in conjunction with progression. In Levels 3, 4 and 5, students will work on combining advanced skills together while keeping their technique as strong as when they execute them individually.

In order to enroll in Level 2 or higher, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Jazz shoes are required as well as fitted athletic attire. Tights must be worn under any shorts. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.


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JAZZ DANCE CLASSES
Jazz classes focus on stylistic movements, as well as proper Jazz technique. In addition to being taught choreography utilizing the stylistic and technical elements of Jazz, technical skills such as leaps and turns will be incorporated when necessary. While it is not required, we highly recommend that all students who enroll in a Jazz class have some previous ballet and/or leaps and turns training. These classes will expand up various styles of Jazz, including but not limited to, Fossé, Lyrical, Broadway and Street Jazz.

Our Jazz classes span levels Mini-Advanced. In order to enroll in the Intermediate class or higher, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Jazz shoes and fitted athletic attire required. Tights must be worn under any shorts. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.


TAP DANCE CLASSES
Tap is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s Tap shoes hitting the floor (or other surfaces as a percussive instrument). As such, it is also commonly considered a form music. Students will enjoy multiple Tap Styles, such as Traditional Broadways, Jazz/Tap, Hoofing/Urban and Soft Shoe.

Our Tap classes span levels Mini-Advanced. In order to enroll in the Intermediate class or higher, the dancer must be evaluated. Evaluations are typically done during the dancer’s free Trial Class and final decisions on class level will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Tap shoes and fitted athletic attire required. Tights must be worn under any shorts. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.


CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES
Contemporary Dance incorporates many styles of Dance, such as Classical Ballet, Modern and other Classical Concert Dance Styles. Dancers will focus on stylistic movement, isolated movement and proper Contemporary technique. Dancers will also be taught choreography using the stylistic and technical elements of Contemporary. In addition, dancers will work on characterization and emotional connection to pieces as necessary.
In order to enroll in this class, the dancer must be evaluated and must have progressed past Intermediate Jazz. The final decisions on class entry will be made by our Rec Dance Director.

Dress Code: Jazz shoes and fitted athletic attire required. Tights must be worn under any shorts. Dancer’s hair is expected to be neatly pulled away from the face.

For more information on our Rec Dance classes, please contact our Recreational Dance Director, Steven, at sthornton@PeakAthletics.net

 

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