At Stagelights Studio, we offer a variety of types of dance. Below is a brief description of each dance form. All our classes are divided into different levels, which are based on a student’s ability. We believe that it is important for a student to be placed appropriately so they may get the most out of a class. Placement is done by the instructor. Adjustments are made for new students within the first month if needed.
BALLET- the basis for all dance forms. It teaches the strong foundation and terminology that is needed by all dancers. It is danced to classical music and it is strongly encouraged in beginners for a foundation in their years to come of dance.
BALLET/TAP- is our higher level Pre-Ballet program. Each student receives a full ½ hour of ballet and a full ½ hour of tap. This class is offered for students age 4 -6 years old.
JAZZ- is a more funky form of dance. The body is used in many different ways and is not as restricted as in ballet. Jazz is danced to more popular music. Students must be 5 years old by the start of the session.
PRINCESS CLASS- a program designed for students ages 2-4 years. This program takes the basics of ballet technique and through the use of props and imagination, gives the children a fun and educational class. Large motor skills are highlighted as well as stimulating the brain’s coordination. Children must be 2 years old by the start of the session preferably, but not required toilet training.
POINTE- is an extended form of ballet. A student must reach a certain age and level before they are ready for Pointe based on a list of criteria. Pointe shoes are required and must be approved by the teacher. Weekly ballet classes are required to build strength in the legs, torso and ankles. All Pointe students must have prior approval of the studio’s director.
TAP- is a form of dance that deals with rhythms of the feet. Many types of music are used. Tap shoes are required for this class.
HIP HOP- is the style of dance often seen in the music videos on MTV. While jazz dance is heavily incorporated, pedestrian movements are stylized and included in combinations that are performed to upbeat music. Jazz experience is strongly recommended.
LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY- is based off ballet but is not as funky as Jazz or Hip-Hop. Lyrical uses a greater range of body movements by the use of energy, breath phrasing, fall and rebound contraction and release. Improvisation is integrated into this class, as well. Contemporary dance is wonderful for finding a dancer’s center placement and strength. Various forms of music are used.
WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES- Workshops will be offered throughout the year. We encourage every dancer to take advantage of this opportunity to study with a guest teacher who has exceptional credentials and provides our dancers with the opportunity to learn new and different techniques. We feel it is important for our students to be exposed to different styles of teaching as it makes the dancer a more well-rounded dancer. Master classes will be made available periodically throughout the year and registration information and requirements will be posted in each studio.