2018-2019 Class Descriptions

Please wear appropriate dance attire to each class as listed below. Wearing proper dance attire will teach our students discipline, help them focus and reduce distractions, and create a sense of unity in the classroom. Hair must be pulled up in the appropriate fashion. Read our season policies for the 2018-2019 Season.



Tiny Toes 

Age 2 by September 1, 2018

40 minute class
 

For the youngest dancer, Tiny Toes is a creative introduction to the basic movements of dance. This class will not participate in the May Recital; therefore, will not be responsible for a recital fee or a FULL costume fee (see fees associated on the Registration/Tuition form). They will perform for their friends and family in an in-house recital in May during their last class.

Class Attire: Any leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, and hair pulled off shoulders and away from face. Skirt, tutu, and tights are optional.


KinderMoves1

LEVEL 1: Ages 3.5-4.5
Age 3.5 by September 1, 2018

45 minute class
 

KinderMoves is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of tap and ballet. Students will participate in a formal class setting. Dancers will perform two dances in the May recital to show off their skills! At the KinderMoves level we want our young dancers to understand the importance of discipline by dressing appropriately. (tights and secured hair are required)

Class Attire: Ballet Pink or Black leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes with ribbons (no buckles), ballet pink convertible or footed tights are required every class. Hair should in a tight pony tail or pulled off the shoulders and out of the face.  Boys should wear back lace up tap shoes and black leather ballet shoes. Our male dancers can wear any semi-fitted t-shirt or tank with athletic bottoms. 


KinderMoves2

LEVEL 2: Ages 4.5-5.5 

Age 4.5 by September 1, 2018

45 minute class

Level two will polish up on skills from level one. This class is a 45 minutes long and dancers will perform a tap and a ballet dance in the recital. At the KinderMoves level we want our young dancers to understand the importance of discipline by dressing appropriately. (tights and secured hair are required)

Class Attire: Ballet Pink or Black leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes with ribbons (no buckles), ballet pink footed or convertible tights are required every class. Hair should in a tight pony tail or pulled off the shoulders and out of the face. Boys should wear back lace up tap shoes and black leather ballet shoes. Our male dancers can wear any semi-fitted t-shirt or tank with athletic bottoms. 


Primary Combo

Primary Combo: Ages 5-6.5 (k-1st grade)

1 hour class

Primary combo is a great class for those that have already done KinderMoves and new dancers what want to see what they’re interested in. This class is an hour long and will include tap and ballet each class and twice a month we will add acrobatics to our class. In acro they will work on their strength, balance and agility.

Class Attire: Ballet Pink or Black leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes with ribbons (no buckles), ballet pink footed or convertible tights are required every class. Hair should in a tight pony tail or pulled off the shoulders and out of the face. (Students must have tights that can be pulled up off the feet for acro. Convertible tights are the best for this)


Acro/Jazz combo is a fun high energy class! They will spend half of each class stretching, learning jazz combinations and technique across the floor. The other part of the class will be spend working on acrobatic skills. Dancers at this level are mastering cartwheels, bridges and limbers. 

Class Attire:  Bare feet for acro/jazz classes. Fitted dance tops, leotards, bike-tards, cami-tops, booty shorts, spandex/cotton dance pants or leggings. Really anything goes as long as it’s fitted and comfortable. Tights are not required for this class. Hair should be pulled back and out of face each class!

Acro/Jazz

Acro/Jazz: Ages 5-7

1 hour class


Ballet Technique


Ballet Level1: grades k-2nd

Ballet Level2: grades 2nd-4th

Ballet Level3: grades 5th and up

45 minute or 1 hour class

Beginning levels will learn ballet fundamentals and terminology while developing strength, confidence, balance, and flexibility. As our dancers progress into upper levels they will learn concentration and endurance and become proficient in fundamental dance movement and ballet technique. Upper levels are based on faculty placement and dance experience. 

Class Attire: pink leather (levels 1 & 2) or canvas split sole (levels 3 & 4),
black leotard, pink footed or convertible tights, and hair in a slick and secure bun. Hair that isn’t long enough for a bun should be secured and pulled away from the face. 


Pointe

by invitation only

Because of the risk of injury, students must be physically ready for pointe; therefore, this class is by invitation only. Students must also be registered for two (2) ballet technique class in addition to the Pointe class.

Class Attire: pink canvas ballet shoes, pointe shoes*, black leotard, pink footed or convertible tights, and hair in a slick and secure bun. Hair that isn’t long enough for a bun should be secured and pulled away from the face.

*Please refrain from purchasing Pointe shoes until after the first class, when your child’s teacher will explain what type of shoe she needs.


Tap

Level 1: Ages 5 and up*
Level 2 & 3: based on placement*
 

*45 minute class

This class is designed for our dancers that have completed the Kinder Dance levels or are age 6 and older. The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own
bodies.

Class Attire:

  • Tap level 1-2: Tan “Mary Jane” style tap shoes, socks or tights, leotard or fitted top with dance pants or shorts*.
     *no shorts with built in briefs, only fitted dance shorts allowed, no t-shirts
  • Tap levels 3-4: Black lace up tap shoes 

Acrobatics 

Tumbling Tots: ages 3.5-5 by September 1, 2018

Acro levels 1-4: 1st grade+ and based on placement

45 minute class

It is a dance form that combines dance technique with acrobatic elements. Acro requires rhythm, strength, balance and agility. These talented students will perform a routine at the recital to display their polished skills!

Class Attire: any leotard, athletic bra tops, cami-tops, shorts, hair pulled up and out of the face. No attached leotard skirts & no shoes.

 

Jazz

Level2: grades 1st-3rd
Level3: grades 4th-6th
                          Level4: grades 6th+ this class is primarily high school age

45 minute or 1 hour class

This is a technically demanding class that focuses on musicality, jazz vocabulary, artistry, and performance skills. They will learn basic ballet terminology along with jazz technique. Dancers will perform a high energy and entertaining dance at our May recital. Placement is based on age and dance experience.

Class Attire: tan pull on jazz shoes*, fitted dance tops, leotards, cami-tops, booty
shorts, spandex/cotton dance pants, leggings, athletic shorts*, and hair pulled back and out of face.

*Almost anything goes with jazz class attire; however, no lace up jazz shoes,
no t-shirts and athletic shorts must have built-in briefs. 


Hip-Hop

Hip Hop1: grades 1st-3rd

Hip Hop2: grades 4th-6th

Hip Hop3: grades 6th+

45 minute class

This is the perfect class for those energetic dancers who love to move to familiar music! At PPA, we only use age appropriate music and choreography to create a love for dance.

Class Attire: Converse (any color) for the recital or any sneakers for class. Fitted tank top, fitness top, and athletic shorts with built in briefs are great. Sweatpants and/or leggings are good too! Sneakers are required every class.

 

Lyrical

Level 1: Ages 8 and up

LEVEL 2: Ages 12 and up (Lyrical2/ Contemporary)

45 minute or 1 hour class

Lyrical is a blend of ballet and jazz. Students will learn expressive movements that are often paired with moving music. Classes may include a warm up, improv exercises, progressions and dance technique. Lyrical builds confidence in dancers are they learn to perform while telling a story.  

Level 2 also includes elements of Contemporary dance and will build from the pervious years and combinations will be more challenging. Contemporary challenges students as they improve their improvisational skills and ability to use the space around them in a new way.  Placement will be based on years of experience and maturity.

Class Attire: Capezio, "Pirouette", or Bloch, "Eclipse" Canvas (Tan). Any leotard, dance bra-top, cami-top, yoga pants, tights or booty shorts. Tights are not required. Hair pulled up and out of face. Absolutely no t-shirts.


PPA's Performing Team & Competition Company

This team is made of dancers ages 5 and older that are ready for the next step and want to commit to dance more than once a week. These dancers are required to attend ballet and jazz classes weekly and have the opportunity to perform and compete locally.  If you are interested please contact us!