Class Descriptions

Fairytale Princess Ballet (18 months – 3 years old)

  •  Stretch your imagination and your toes with your little princess.  Learn ballet technique and terminology.  Become a new princess every two weeks!  *Costumes will be provided during class!

Preschool (2-4 years old)

  • Creative Movement, Ballet, & Tap – (45 min-1 hour per week) 15-30 minutes every week of Creative Movement and 30 minutes of Ballet and Tap alternating each week. Creative emphasize natural movement, free expression, and learning to participate in a group.  The dancer will also start developing control, flexibility, and be introduced to basic ballet technique and terms.  Tap emphasizes foot work and the expression of rhythm through sound.

 Beginner Levels (Kindergarten – 2nd grade)

  • Creative Movement, Ballet, & Tap – (1.25 hours per week) 15 minutes of Creative Movement and 30 minutes of Ballet and Tap each week.  Creative Movement at this level focuses on flexibility, natural movement, and allowing each dancer to experiment with movement in order to become more expressive and confident with themselves as dancers.  Ballet provides the dancer with training for the body to build strength, balance, and flexibility while working on turnout and over all understanding of body mechanics.  Tap emphasizes foot work and the expression of rhythm through sound.
  • Jumpin’ Junior Jazz– (45 minutes per week) introduces age-appropriate jazz technique to young dancers.  This class helps develop movement and body awareness, as well as coordination, rhythm, and creative expression of dancers interested in this fun and exciting dance style. *Dancer MUST be enrolled in a Beginner class in order to take the Jumpin’ Jr. Jazz Class!*

Intermediate Levels (3rd – 5th grade)

The following classes are offered separately providing intensive study in each discipline.  (45 minutes per week)

  • Ballet (Levels I – III) provides comprehensive training for the entire body. Ballet at this level is a structured and disciplined dance form.  It focuses on technique and knowledge of terminology.  This dance form builds strength and body tone, develops control and flexibility, and heightens the dancers awareness of overall body mechanics.  Ballet is an essential foundation for dance study.
  • Tap (Levels I – III) emphasizes footwork and the expression of rhythm through sound.  The exercises presented develop endurance, coordination, and body control as well as development of feet sense and rhythm.
  • Jazz  (Levels I – III) is a technical class which focuses on center work and progressions across the floor.  A variety of styles is taught including theatrical, pop, funk, and lyrical. Jazz dance increases body awareness, movement range, coordination, and rhythm.  It is highly effective in building cardiovascular endurance.
  • Hip Hop (Levels I – III) is considered a “funky” or “street” jazz dance.  Hip Hop teaches new and popular dance moves requiring a definitive sense of rhythm and beat, as well as a strong performance presence within the movement.
  • Contemporary  (Levels I – III) teaches the expressive power of movement by exploring time, space, quality, motivation, and aesthetic elements of dance. Improvisation is a key element incorporated in this class. Contemporary proves to be a physically and mentally challenging dance experience.

Advanced Levels (6th & Up)

The following classes are offered separately providing intensive study in each discipline.  (45 min – 1 hour per week)

  • Ballet/Pointe (Levels I – IV) provides comprehensive training for the entire body.  Ballet at this level is a structured and disciplined dance form. It focuses on technique and knowledge of terminology.  This dance form builds strength and body tone, develops control and flexibility, and heightens the dancers awareness of overall body mechanics.  Ballet is an essential foundation for dance study. 
  • Pre-Pointe (Intermediate III & Up) is a preparation class for dancers who plan to take Pointe.  This class emphasizes strength-building exercises and readiness of each individual dancer.  A year of Ballet at NAD is required in addition to Ms. Lydia’s permission.  The dancer must also be taking an additional ballet class.
  • Leaps and Turns (Levels I – IV) is a technical class which focuses on center work and progressions across the floor.  A variety of styles is taught including theatrical, pop, funk, and lyrical. Jazz dance increases body awareness, movement range, coordination, and rhythm.  It is highly effective in building cardiovascular endurance.  This class also focuses on many different turns and leaps.  Leaps and Turns is very challenging at all levels.  A dancer will be placed at the appropriate level according to his/her technical ability.  A dancer may progress to the next level only once he/she masters all elements taught in their current class and the teacher feels they are prepared technically for the next level of training.
  • Street Jazz (9th grade & Up) is a high energy, advanced class that incorporates hip hop, jazz, and “music video” styles.  It is the latest, up-and-coming dance style in New York and L.A. and emulates many of the top pop artist’s music videos such as Lady GaGa, Beyonce, and Britney Spears.  It’s SUPER FUN and an awesome chance to break the mold of all other “technical” and “typical” dance styles. 
  • Hip Hop (Levels I – IV) is considered a “funky” or “street” jazz dance. Hip Hop teaches new and popular dance moves requiring a definitive sense of rhythm and beat, as well as a strong performance presence within the movement.
  • Contemporary (Levels I – IV) teaches the expressive power of movement by exploring time, space, quality, motivation, and aesthetic elements of dance.  Improvisation is a key element incorporated in this class. Contemporary proves to be a physically and mentally challenging dance experience.  

LEVEL PLACEMENT

Northshore Academy of Dance’s leveling is based on individual dancer’s ability, in addition to considering which classes will be age-appropriate. Some dancers progress to the next level, while others remain in the same level. This is not cause for concern. Many dancers benefit tremendously from staying in a particular level in order to further develop their technique. This allows a dancer to reach their highest potential and in most cases, become one of the stronger dancers in the class. The NAD staff’s priority is what is best for every individual dancer and will place each student at a level that will challenge them, promote growth, and build self-confidence.