- All Classes at Dance Connection follow a curriculum appropriate for each class and level, the skills which students focus on for each class will be distributed to students/parents in the first 2 weeks of class. Students must not only "know" but display exemplary knowledge and execution of skills in order to move up to the next level in any genre. Curriculum are developed by owner in conjunction with instructors of each class as well as masters classes instructors take throughout the year to increase their own skills and development.
- The last class of each month will be open for any parent to attend to observe. Parents are required to turn off all cell phone noises, photos are ok, Parents must ask permission before recording in the classroom and are asked to stay seated for the duration of the class to limit distractions to the class. Instructors reserve the right to ask any parent to leave if there is too much distraction.
- DANCERS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ALL DRESS REQUIREMENTS AND TO HAVE A DANCE BAG TO KEEP BELONGINGS IN.
Our hip hop classes include basics of pop & Lock, Bboy/Bgirl (break dancing), & waving. Hip Hop classes also include current trends/styles in hip hop and incorporate learning combinations, battling, & Free Style.
Dress: Dancers should wear comfortable athletic clothes which allow for easy movement. Hair should be pullout of face, no Jewelry allowed. Shoes should comfortable sneakers which are not worn for daily ware. STREET SHOES NOT PERMITTED . Many students wear converse, sneakers, or combat boots. Performance shoes will be announced by mid September and need to be purchased AT LEAST 1 month before performances.
Our ballet curriculum includes technique from Chechetti, American Ballet, and Russian. Each level of ballet has a set curriculum (distributed the first week of class) and works to achieve all skill set throughout the year.
Girls are to wear a leotard (any color) and pink ballet tights free from holes. Hair is to be in a proper ballet bun (no whispies or bangs for levels 1 and up). Jewelry is not permitted. No shorts or skirts allowed for levels 1 and up. Warmups may be worn in cold months for warm up and plies only. proper ballet slippers are required for all levels. undergarments are not permitted for levels 1 and up.
Guys are to wear fitted athletic pants (must be able to see knees) or shorts and a fitted sleeveless top. Black ballet slippers. Undergarments will be discussed per age group in each class.
Our tap curriculum consists of a strong foundation in classical tap as well as education in hoofing style. An example of basic skills include shuffle, flap, tip, heel, ball, ball-change, times steps, and more complex combinations of movements.
Dress:Tap dancers are to wear fitted and comfortable athletic attire, all dancers are required to have tap shoes.
For Ballet/Tap combo classes, no clothing change is required.
Our curriculum for these styles include modern basics from the following techniques: Graham, Limon, and Horton. Each level will focus on curriculum skillset and work towards achievement and proficiency for each skill.
Girls are to wear fitted athletic clothes, shoes may be bare feet, dance paws, or other shoes as directed by the instructor. Hair is to be pulled off face and neck (pony tail is ok).
Guys are to wear fitted athletic pants or shorts, and a fitted sleeveless top. Shoes may be bare feet, dance paws, or other shoes as directed by the instructor.
Our jazz curriculum is technique focused with strong emphasis from classical jazz dance "father" Luigi. Classes also include classical broadway/fosse style as well as skills from more current styles of Jazz funk & Pop Jazz. These classes focus on skills of leaps, kicks, turns, combinations, and isolations.
Girls are to wear dance shorts with tights, tight leggings ok for colder months, hair off face and neck, Jazz shoes, no jewelry.
Guys are to wear fitted athletic pants or shorts, and a fitted sleeveless top. Black jazz shoes (lace up) are required.
Stretch/strengthen and/or Variations class:
These classes focus on specific skills for strengthening and conditioning muscle groups for dancers and working towards flexibility goals. Variations focus on progression of movement for Ballet, Jazz, or contemporary Combinations and may be built upon each week.
Dress: Dancers are to wear fitted clothing so bodies may be seen clearly.
Acro for Dance/DanceAcro:
Our Acro for dance/Dance Acro classes focus on strong and correct execution of basic skills of gymnastics such as hand stands, head stands, cartwheels, rolls, bridges, strength holds and strengthening exercises and how they are incorporated into dance movement. As the levels advance skill such as limbers, kick overs, cartwheel variations, roundoff, handsprings, flips, & ariels are taught and perfected and integrated into dance movement. Our more advanced classes include aspects of all above mentioned worked into circuits and combinations. Our instructor and assistants are highly trained in spotting.
Dress: students are to wear fitted clothing, no lose or baggy tops or bottoms permitted. No tights, bare feet.
All ballet/tap combo. classes focus on basics necessary for the genre of dance. In Ballet dancers will learn termonolgy and skill such as eleve, plie, tendu, chasset, jumps, skipping, hopping, partner work. Tap will be introduced with educaitonon parts of the tap shoe, how to control sound and basic sills, of ball, heel, toe, tip, shuffle, shuffle combinations, and digs, terminology will also be a focus. Children in These classes will also learn classroom etiquette and work towards increasing attention span.
Girls are to wear tights of any color with a leotard of any color. Shorts & skirts are permitted. Hair must be pulled off face in any fashion. Pink Ballet slippers & black tap shoes are required.
Guys: are to wear comfortable athletic ware (no overly baggy pants or shorts) and are required to wear black ballet slippers or jazz shoes and black tap shoes.
Works to develop sharp skills of jazz, use of teamwork, visual aid of poms work. dancers will work on flexibility and learn combinations with poms and skills of dance moves. Dancers need to wear leggings or shorts, tank top and jazz shoes.
Irish Step Dance
Initially may be taught in soft-shoe, as students advance into jig(hard)shoes more advanced skills will be taught as well. This genre was developed after "Riverdance" was welcomed into the stage. This is a high impact style of dance and requires good ballet technique foundation.