Performing Art Studio BE-117 Washington Ave-North Haven, CT 06473

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DANCE

Performing Art Studio-BE offers a wide range of dance programs.  Whether beginner or professional, Studio-BE gives ALL DANCERS the opportunity to meet their artistic needs.  

*New this year: Our recreational program will be modeling the Martial Arts "belt system."  Just as Karate belts are achieved by mastering a certain level of technique and movements, we will reward our students color-coded bracelets to represent advancement and reward the hard work and discipline that a student has put into mastering their art. This will allow parents and students to track growth.  

Bracelets are not based on the length of time a student takes dance lessons but rather knowledge and skill.  A breakdown of our bracelet curriculum and skill sets will be emailed by the teacher during the first week of classes.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

TWIRLING TODDLERS Ages 1.5-3

The "toddler" age is a point when children make huge leaps in discovery, motor skills, and problem solving.  By introducing dance through a series of games and interactive props, our "Twirling Toddler" program stimulates creativity, curiosity, mobility and pre-reading capabilities. Through imaginative play, our "Twirling Toddlers" will learn the basics of Ballet and will have the opportunity to express themselves through creative movement.  This class meets 45 minutes per week.

Bracelet goals:

WHITE BRACELET

 

Pre-school Combo Ages 3-4 and 5-6

Our Pre-school combo is designed to introduce the basic principles of Ballet and Tap to our dancers.  The class begins with stretch, moving into Ballet and finishes with Tap technique or choreography.  Taking the time to thoroughly stretch helps our students achieve flexibility goals such as developing splits, heel stretches, bridges and more.  The class performs one routine that will be showcased in the end of the year recital (optional).  The genre of the dance is determined by the instructor throughout the course of the season. 

Bracelet goals:

LIGHT PINK BRACELET - Basic Ballet terminology 

LIGHT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on one leg

HOT PINK BRACELET - Level I Ballet and Tap terminology and movement

WHITE AND HOT PINK BRACELET - Full split on both legs

Combo Ages 6-8, 9-11, AND 7-12

Stronger levels of technique in Ballet, Jazz and Tap are achieved in this one hour class.  Proper Ballet Terminology is further developed. Classes contain barre work, center work, and combinations moving across the floor.  By stimulating general body awareness, control and coordination, a physical discipline is achieved serving as the foundation for further growth. Rhythm and musicality skills are instilled through all genres.  Classic tap technique is introduced and the class performs one routine that will be showcased in the end of the year recital.  The genre of the dance is determined by the instructor throughout the course of the season. This meets one hour per week.

Bracelet goals:

LIGHT PURPLE BRACELET - Level II Ballet terminology and movement

LIGHT PURPLE AND WHITE BRACELET - Proper heel stretch with balance and control

DARK PURPLE BRACELET - Level II Advanced Ballet and Jazz terminology and movement 

HOT PINK AND LIGHT PINK BRACELET - Advanced flexibility skills

WHITE AND DARK PURPLE BRACELET - Proper Arabesque balance and control

RED BRACELET - Level II advanced Tap terminology and technique

 

Classic Ballet classes

Stronger levels of technique are achieved as the lessons progress into more difficult and complex material.  The music and rhythmic components of Ballet are more understood as students begin to learn more extensive dance combinations.  The Ballet vocabulary becomes broader while students are encouraged to use and demonstrate the language to the class.  This class is for technique only.  

Pointe

Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. 

 

Lyrical 8+

Lyrical dance has grown to be a favorite among children.  Lyrical derives from Ballet and Jazz but introduces more fluid movement.  The strong emotional content relative to the music or subject matter allows dancers to fully express themselves through this art form.  

Bracelet goals:

LIGHT PINK BRACELET - Basic Ballet terminology 

LIGHT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on one leg

HOT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on both legs

LIGHT PURPLE AND WHITE BRACELET - Proper heel stretch with balance and control

LIGHT BLUE BRACELET - Basic Lyrical movement and Ballet terminology 

LIGHT BLUE AND WHITE BRACELET - Advanced Lyrical movement and skills

HOT PINK AND LIGHT PINK BRACELET - Advanced flexibility skills

WHITE AND DARK PURPLE BRACELET - Proper Arabesque balance and control

Lyrical INT/ADV

In Intermediate/Advanced Lyrical class new and exciting leaps, turns, and trick are introduced as choreography becomes more difficult.  The strong emotional content relative to the music or subject matter in lyrical dance allows dancers to fully express themselves through this art form.  

Bracelet goals:

LIGHT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on one leg

HOT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on both legs

LIGHT PURPLE AND WHITE BRACELET - Proper heel stretch with balance and control

DARK BLUE BRACELET - Advanced Lyrical movement and skills

HOT PINK AND LIGHT PINK BRACELET - Advanced flexibility skills

WHITE AND DARK PURPLE BRACELET - Proper Arabesque balance and control

CONTEMPORARY 

"If I could tell you that, I wouldn't have to dance it." ~Isadora Duncan

What better way to describe contemporary dance!    Reacting against the rigid disciplines of ballet, the contemporary dance form evolved in exploration of movement beyond  traditional dance technique.  Contemporary has grown to be one of the most popular dance forms over the past 5 years thanks to mainstream media exposure such as: So You Think You Could Dance.  Because Contemporary embraces the bodies natural lines and movement, the class structure is open to a wide range of dance levels.   Classes stress the importance of breathing and introduce new components of movement such as: weight, fall and recovery, contraction and release.  Students are encouraged to express their own artistry through exercises, improvisation, contact improvisation, and choreography.

Bracelet goals:

ORANGE BRACELET - Basic Contemporary skills

ORANGE AND WHITE - Improved Contemporary and Improv skills

 

Tap Teen

Tap on an intermediate/advanced level at Performing Art Studio-BE is intense.  The class begins with a fifteen minute warm up to stretch and condition the feet, ankles, knees and hips.  Students then move into a series of exercises combining technique, musical theory, and improvisation.  Because tap has evolved into many different styles, a brief history lesson introducing a specific style is taught followed by choreography regarding the lesson.

Bracelet goals:

RED BRACELET - Level II advanced Tap terminology and technique

RED AND WHITE BRACELET - Advanced Tap terminology and technique

Hip Hop

Hip hop class is an exciting, upbeat experience guaranteed to inspire dance.  Although fun, there are principle techniques in Hip Hop just like every other dance form that are essential to understanding and developing hip hop movement.  The class always begins with a 15 minute warm up followed by  a breakdown of a particular technique.  Whether it be popping, locking, tutting, rolling, waving, gliding, ect, our instructors are there to breakdown each component of the movement with encouragement and enthusiasm.  Classes usually conclude with a freestyle circle or battle encouraging students to express their own artistry.  By the end of the year the students will have developed an extensive hip hop vocabulary, amazing coordination, flexibility, and a confidence to prepare them for any social dancing event!

Bracelet goals:

TEAL BRACELET - Level I Hip Hop musicality, coordination, movement and technique

TEAL AND WHITE BRACELET - Level II Hip Hop musicality, coordination, movement and technique

TEAL AND BLACK BRACELET - Level III Hip Hop musicality, coordination, movement and technique

TEAL SWIRL BRACELET - Advanced Hip Hop musicality, coordination, movement and technique

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is a specialized activity that is incorporated into dance in the form of tumbling and other movements. Acrobatics is a versatile sport or activity that can be suited to boys or girls and requires little or no equipment other than a gym mat. Acrobatics improves strength and overall body conditioning when done safely.

Bracelet goals:

LIGHT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on one leg

HOT PINK AND WHITE BRACELET - Full split on both legs

LIGHT PURPLE AND WHITE BRACELET - Proper heel stretch with balance and control

GREEN BRACELET - Bridge 

GREEN BRACELET - Back bend from standing

GREEN AND BLACK BRACELET - Hand stands and cartwheels

NEON GREEN BRACELET - Walkovers

GREEN SWIRL BRACELET - Aerials and handsprings

***DANCE FOR THEATER

This class is specifically designed for singers and actors that love theater and need to improve their dance knowledge and technique.  Many of our students are involved in local theater groups, school drama productions and also professional work.  This class will help breakdown proper dance technique for theater, improve coordination and movement and introduce the many choreographers and styles that have graced the Broadway stage.  This class is a MUST for singers that want to improve in dance and performers that are looking to pursue a career in the performing arts.  

Bracelet goals:

BLACK BRACELET - Broadway dance skills and movement

TUMBLING AND CONDITIONING

Strength and conditioning is crucial when learning and applying tumbling techniques.  It is important to train the body the way it moves in sport, and the training should be done in a systematic, integrated fashion. We have invited a team of highly proficient and experienced instructors in both tumbling and exercise science.

Meet Nicholas Cairo-Devlin and Christina Brown:

Nicholas Cairo-Devlin currently Living in Branford and works at Yale New Haven Hospital as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Additionally, Nick is a competitive tumbling and cheerleading coach with over 10 years of experience. He has coached at the All-Star, high school and youth levels. He has won several All-Star national competitions, 1 Pop Warner national title, and multiple CT state championship titles. Nick was also a competitive cheerleader and placed 6th in the World at the 2010 Cheerleading World Champions in Orlando, FL in the international coed level 5 division. Nick brings a unique skill set and knowledge on proper tumbling techniques and is credentialed tumbling coach. Nick is CPR/AED and first aid certified. Nick is excited to share his expertise with the dance community and hopes to bring awareness to the various technical components needed for tumbling success and proper progression.

Christina Brown lives in Wallingford CT and is currently employed at Yale New Haven Hospital as an exercise physiologist. She has her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Springfield College. She has previous experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor both in Texas where she lived after college, and in Connecticut. She is passionate about health and exercise, and loves to keep active with her husband by going for runs, hikes, and long walks, as well as going to the gym.

 

Both instructors have an academic background that specializes in the study of the body and fitness.  With this understanding they can help dancers prevent injuries while progressing in the skills and tricks that they enjoy.  Together, they will provide consistent strength and conditioning training that is necessary for the best possible performance in tumbling.