SUMMER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Creative Dance for Infants and Toddlers
This class is open to children birth-2-years-old and their caregivers. (An adult caregiver must be present with each child.) Children and caregivers together, will have the opportunity to explore movement and music in a group setting using stories, props, music and dance. Come prepared to bond with your child, make new friends and have fun!
Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement for Classes Ages 3 ½ – 4
Pre Ballet and Creative Movement (Ages 3 ½ – 4): Classes will incorporate movement games and activities as a way of exploring body awareness, musicality, group dynamics, creativity and self-expression. Ballet technique will be introduced as well as work with beat and rhythms. Classes are fun and each child is individually challenged while being encouraged to learn at his or her own pace. All dancers must be exactly 3 1/2 years of age by the first day of class to begin class at the Crested Butte School of Dance. No exceptions will be made. If there is enough interest from dancers younger than 3 1/2 years of age we will provide a class beginning in January.
Ballet and Tap for Level Pre-K (ages 4 ½ – 5) and Levels K, 1 and 2
Levels Pre -K (ages 4 ½ – 5) and Level K: Movement games and activities will continue to be part of each lesson. See above.
Ballet and tap technique will be more of the main core of the class including center barre work, beginning tap steps and rhythms. Level Pre – K will not perform tap in the show.
Levels 1 and 2 Ballet/Tap: Ballet and tap technique will be the main core of the class including center barre work, intricate tap steps and rhythms. Movement games and activities will continue to be part of each lesson until choreography for the May show becomes the focus of the class.
NEW!! The first 6 weeks of classes will include music experience on Orff instruments (xylophones) which will aid in teaching beat awareness. Making music will be incorporated into the dance and movement instruction.
Ballet/Jazz Level 3-4: The next step for children in their dance education, reinforcing the basic concepts learned in previous ballet & jazz classes and gradually ensures that students develop their muscles correctly and do not force turnout. Moving in time with music, as well as memorization of basic ballet and jazz terminology. Class begins with a basic ballet barre, then moves to center work and with both ballet and jazz combinations and choreography.
Ballet/Jazz Level 5: A continuation of study in the ballet/jazz genre’, this class is designed to focus more on an advance-beginner level technique. Students should become more independent in their musicality, and technique. Students will also broaden their knowledge of ballet/jazz terminology and movement. Similar to the level 3-4 Ballet/Jazz class, class will begin with a more in-depth ballet barre. This class will also introduce center floor work combinations to strengthen and stretch pertinent muscle groups specific to dance to prevent injury. Center work will be done every other week. After barre, class moves to a combination of ballet and jazz center work, combinations and choreography.
Ballet and Pointe
Ballet Level 6-7: An intermediate level class that solely focuses on ballet technique and performance. Students in this class will move into the traditional ballet class format with a full ballet barre followed by center work. Students will be introduced to performance quality movement, while correct placement and turnout will continue to be emphasized. This class will also prepare and strengthen muscles for pointe class to come in the following years of their ballet training.
Ballet Level 8-Adult: This is an advanced level ballet class for Teen and Adults alike. Previous ballet training is required. Ballet 8 helps each student create the firm foundation needed to maintain and progress muscular strength that is critical for the next level and pointe work. Core body strength, arms (port de bras) and correct turn out based on a student’s anatomy and muscular development are emphasized at the barre. Center work is focused on the basics of adagio (slow controlled combination), pirouettes, more advanced turns across the floor, petit allégro and grand allégro. Musicality and Performance quality are emphasized as students are exposed to a variety of both classical and contemporary composers.
Pointe: A beginning level pointe class, for the level 8-adult ballet students. This class will introduce the basics of pointe work and strength. Class will begin with a basic barre to strengthen feet, ankles and core. Once students become strong enough to move away from the barre, class will move to basic center work, combinations and choreography. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age. The instructor will have an audition for this class on the first day of class, with a prerequisite that students interested must have taken ballet class last year. A sheet will be posted in the pump room the following day of all those who qualify to take the class.
Jazz Level 6-7: An intermediate class that delves into the basics of jazz technique and brings it to a new level within their own scope of movement. Students will have the opportunity to explore a vast variety of styles such as classical, funk, theatre, lyrical, and more! Warm-up will involve technique exercises, cardio work, learning terminology as well as a mix between slow, controlled movement and fun, up-beatdancing. Choreography will be built upon all learned technique, current trends and student interest and expression.
Jazz Level 8-Adult: An advanced level class that aims to provide a unique experience for teens and adults to explore jazz movement, technique and terminology. Warm-up will focus on bringing technical ability to a higher level as well as strengthening muscles, body memory and self-expression through dance. For the first 6 weeks, lyrical movement will be the main focus with specific attention on musicality and flow. The class will also delve into various other styles such as funk, theatre, classical, etc. Choreography will grow out of all technique training as well as student preference and expression.
Jazz Adult Beg/Int.: A super fun way to stay in shape and learn a lot about a variety of styles within the realm of jazz dance. Class will focus on appropriate technique and body control while also providing a cardio workout through exciting dance movement. Small combinations aim to enhance body memory, technique and expression. Adults will be given a choice around performing.
Level 8-Adult: An advanced class for students with previous dance experience. In each class dancers will have the opportunity to explore the traditional framework of ballet and jazz from a new perspective. Each class will include a warm up, technique and a combination. Emphasis will be placed on developing efficient alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, broadening the range of movement qualities, exploring new vocabularies and phrasing styles, and encouraging individual investigation and embodiment of movement material.
Hip-Hop Levels K-2: This class provides young children with unique tools for the exploration of dance! With a focus on body awareness, self-expression and musicality, hip-hop brings each student to a personal level of comfort and ability. Choreography will branch from technique to improv, allowing freedom of movement and choice within hip-hop boundaries.
Hip-Hop Levels 3-5: A class that focuses on the various genres within the hip-hop world, allowing students to groove, bop, and get funky. Drawing also from jazz-based technique, students will learn appropriate body control and measures of safety that support their goals toward excelling in hip-hop movement and improv.
Hip-Hop Levels 6-Adult: A more advanced approach in studying the many genres existing within the realm of hip-hop. With a focus on core strengthening as well as technique and musicality, students will explore specific combinations as well as their own expression of hip-hop movement. Rhythm, performance, and technical skills will be enhanced through a fun, up-beat dancing experience.
All Levels: You will be making music with your feet! Technique and rhythm come together to allow you to get funky! By exploring the basics involved in tap practices as well as unique rhythms and brain teasers, students will grow toward making clear sounds and simply dancing. This class will certainly be a mix between standard methodology and creative rhythmic journeys!
All levels: A beginning /intermediate level belly dance class for teenagers, based on belly dance styles from around the world. This class will focus on basic belly dance technique, combinations and choreography.