BALLET / POINTE
We offer three different types of ballet classes: Lyrical Ballet, Classical Ballet and Pointe. Classes focus on ballet basics and technique. For beginners under the age of five, at least one year of Creative Movement is suggested.
• Lyrical Ballet is an interpretive style of ballet.
• Classical Ballet is a traditional and formal style. Our Classical Ballet classes do not perform in the Recital.
• Pointe 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. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes, which employ structural reinforcing to distribute the dancer’s weight load throughout the foot, thus reducing the load on the toes enough to enable the dancer to support all body weight on fully vertical feet. Typically, years of training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed to perform pointe work. Advanced Classical Ballet, pre-pointe, and teacher recommendation are prerequisites for this class.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from the metal plates on the bottom of the dancer’s shoe. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound. Common tap steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap heel, single and double pullbacks, wings, brushes, scuffs, and single and double toe punches, hot steps, heel clicks, single, double and triple time steps. This style of dance increases motor skills and rhythm. Please note that our tap classes are co-ed.