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Classes

ABDC offers a wide variety of dance styles for any age and experience level. We have beginning classes for young ones (starting at age three), kids, teens, and adults. We also create classes that cater to dancers with every level of commitment, from recreational dancers who take one or two classes a week, to dancers who take as many classes as they can possibly cram into their schedules! Please also visit our dress code page to find the dress code for your class!

PRE-BALLET — This class introduces 3-to-5-year-olds to beginning ballet steps and basic ballet technique. It encourages creative and expressive movement and improves gross motor skills, flexibility, and musicality. Pre-ballet introduces the structure and discipline of classical ballet with a playful and creative approach.

TINY TOTS/TINY DANCERS-Tiny Tots/Tiny Dancer classes are creative movement classes for children ages 2.5-5 who are interested in dance without committing to the whole year!  Classes are run in 6 week sessions so students get a fun and relaxed introduction to dance.  Tiny Tots classes are for students and guardians to participate in together-perfect for children who aren't ready to be in a class on their own yet. Tiny Dancers are classes for children who are ready to participate in class independent of their parent/guardian!

KINDERGARTEN COMBO
— A unique class for 5- and 6-year-olds, it combines 30 minutes of pre-ballet with 30 minutes of tap. The class offers a class structure that introduces young dancers to different dance styles while accommodating most kindergarten schedules.

KINDER-HOP-Ages 4-6. This class is perfect for our littlest hip-hoppers! We will learn basic jazz and hip hop steps and improve gross motor skills while listening to fun and age-appropriate music! Students will love this high energy class! This class will learn a routine to perform in our end-of-the-year recital.

CLASSICAL BALLET — Classical ballet is available to children aged 6 through adult. Careful training in ballet will instill grace and strength that will be valuable assets throughout life. Pointe work is available through invitation only; to ensure that this strenuous work is not detrimental to a growing body and to prevent injury, a child must be physically and technically ready for pointe. Ballet Technique Grades 7-12 on Wednesdays is a supplemental ballet class for dancers looking to take more than one class per week.  It is offered as a drop-in for $12/class, and there is no recital commitment!

LYRICAL BALLET — Grades 4+. This class is designed ballet dancer who wants to develop the artistic, creative, and expressive side of ballet. It is a choreography-driven class that encourages the interpretation of music and lyrics through dance. Students must be currently placed and enrolled in a classical ballet class to participate in lyrical ballet.

TAP
— Offered to those age 6 through adulthood, tap is a dance style that develops quickness of step and mind, as well as precision in movement, and enhances both rhythm and musicality.

JAZZ — Grades 4+. Jazz is a style of dance that continues to evolve, as does our popular culture, and can encompass such varied styles as classical, swing, hip hop, and funk.

HIP HOP — For students age 10 and up, hip hop is a vibrant, energetic urban dance technique that has become widespread over the last decade and allows students to dance to popular music.

MODERN — Grades 6+. This class uses impulse, dynamics, shape, and design to explore and develop new movement language. Graham, Horton, and Limon techniques will be utilized. Please note that students wishing to be eligible to take a Company level modern class must also be enrolled in ballet.

PRE-POINTE - This class is offered by invitation only to our experienced ballet students who wish to be considered for Pointe 1. It is specifically designed to strengthen and stretch the ankles and feet in order to get them ready for dancing en pointe. Students may be given exercises to do outside of class, and will be individually coached and encouraged to work at their own pace. This class will be done in ballet slippers, and pointe shoes will be recommended on a case-by-case basis. Please note that some kids will be required to take this class for at least a full year before getting pointe shoes as we are committed to proper technique and injury prevention.

COMPANY CLASSES — These classes are offered by invitation only to students with prior dance experience who demonstrate exceptional ability, maturity, and commitment. Company classes offer students the opportunity to dance with other students who are extremely passionate about their dance education, and who want to be encouraged and challenged on a serious level. Students must be recommended by their current instructor in order to be invited to participate in company classes.

COMPETITION TEAM — Grades 5-12. This class is offered to all students currently placed and enrolled in (at least) a ballet, a tap, and a jazz class. The competition team presents an opportunity for dancers to work on their performance and precision with dancers from the 5th through the 12th grades. The competition team learns and rehearses routines weekly to compete in three local dance competitions throughout the year.

BALLET PERFORMING COMPANY — Grades 3-12. This class is offered to students who have been recommended for a ballet class, and who demonstrate both strong technical aptitude and maturity. This course emphasizes choreography, combining dancers of varying experience (grades 3-12) with the goal of performing a mini-ballet in the annual recital. Ballet Performing Company MUST be taken in addition to an appropriate-level classical ballet class.

BOOT CAMP- Grades 7-12. Students in grades 7-12 may register for Boot Camp, or drop in and pay for a single class at a time. This class will help students gain strength and flexibility, essential elements for our more advanced dancers. Class themes may include: Ankle Strength for Pointe Work, Partnering, Core Strength, Tricks, and many more! We are also hoping to bring in guest teachers for classes such as Yoga, Zumba, Bollywood Dance, Acro, etc. Class themes will be announced on the facebook page for those students wishing to drop in on a specific class, but we will need a minimum of 4 registered students in order to run the class.

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE-This class is offered to students with an interest in theater who are looking to improve their dance technique!  We will focus on jazz technique with an emphasis on performance and learning choreography quickly, which is helpful for auditions!  Depending on the interests of the dancers, we will also learn some basic ballet and tap technique.  

LEAPS AND TURNS-Grades 7-12.  Leaps and Turns-New in 2016, we are offering a Leaps and Turns class for dancers grades 7-12 who are enrolled in a ballet or jazz class!  We will work on leaps and turns of increasing difficulty as the year progresses, focusing on strength and proper technique.  This class in not performance based, so no costume payment will be required