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.
Ballet classes at Studio BE
We welcome Miss Shannon Cushing as our 2020-2021's, Director of Ballet Training, creating a full Ballet Syllabus for this upcoming year's Ballet and Ballet/Combo classes. Our teachers have been working together over the summer to find creative ways to improve Ballet technique for each age group. Our curriculum is consistent across both recreational and competitive Ballet classes.
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.
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.
Ballet & Tap Combo Ages 6-8, 9-11, AND 10-13
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.
Lyrical dance has grown to be a favorite among students. 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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.