The teaching staff at A Time To Dance is committed to excellence in every way. Our teachers have a genuine love for children, a devotion to bring out the best in every student by motivating and inspiring them. We see each child as a unique and special individual and help guide them through creativity. Children young and older discover new things every day, and the dance studio is a safe and nurturing environment to do just that!
First Call Program
Classes for children 6 and under:
Children ages 6 and under are on a journey. They are experiencing the wonders of the world everyday. Everything is new, new, new! The dance school is another one of those wonders-yet another place for young minds to explore. They’ll touch the mirrors, lose focus, perhaps hang from the barre and enjoy conversations with those around them. This is all a result of positive natural curiosity. These young minds are simply doing as they should: gathering information about the world around them.
We are here to help cultivate their creativity, develop a basic understanding of musicality, movement skills and inspiring a love for the way they move and the art of dance. We’ve developed different varieties of classes for this age group to meet the many different personalities and interests of our young dancers.
Creative Movement: Creative movement classes are best suited for young dancers just starting out. Many of our 2 year olds and young 3′s find this class perfect for their pace. Here they will learn about musicality and movement skills. Creative movement is learning skipping, hopping, or clapping to the beat of music. We enhance their imagination by introducing imagery or “make believe”. With imagery we can become dancing clowns or fairies or-of coarse-a ballerina. Props are a great way we introduce the use of more motor skills-and the children love it. We use magic wands, beach balls, hula-hoops, rhythm sticks, flowers-the list is endless. This class is a wonderful introduction to dance.
Combination Classes: Tap/Ballet : We offer a combination of dance styles to better meet the needs and personalities of our dancers. These classes continue to enhance their creativity, while strengthening their fundamental dance skills. Dancers begin learning dance terminology, rhythm, arm placement, placement of the feet and posture for each of the chosen dance styles while learning to put it all to music. The combination classes are an hour in length devoting 30 minutes to each of the two dance styles. This class is a great way to be introduced to more than one style of dancing! These classes are offered for 3-4 year olds, 4-5 year olds, and 5-6 year olds.
Classes for children 7 and up:
Ballet: Ballet Classes that focuses on introducing Ballet terminology and the basics of Ballet, while creating a solid foundation in movement and a continued love for dance.
The A Time To Dance Pre-Professional Dance program is designed for any gifted student who would like to prepare for a career as a professional or college dancer. Students must be at least at an intermediate level to participate. The diverse curriculum includes intensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Strength Training, Improv and more. Students must comply with course requirements specific to each level. Attendance in all Pre-Professional classes is required.
All students must audition to be accepted into the program. Audition/Placement will be determined by an individual audition and/or performance in class. Both current and new applicants are evaluated and placement is determined for the following academic year during the summer. All applications are considered in the order received.
Ballet: The importance of mastering basic ballet steps early and then building ones strength slowly so that one can learn to dance correctly without risking injury is a must. Ballet teaches turns, jumps and leaps, how to take off and land properly, sudden transfers of weight from one direction to another, proper body alignment and balance. Ballet helps with agility and contributes to the ability to pick up and retain choreography. Muscle memory becomes instinctive. All other dance forms benefit form proper ballet technique. (One can enjoy the benefits and tools of ballet classes without wanting to be a ballet dancer). Ballet is the most demanding form of dance because of the precise execution of movement. It requires much discipline and patience. Reaching for ultimate perfection of balance, timing, strength execution and creative expression in ballet is an ever reaching goal for a dancer.
Jazz: Jazz dance is a fusion of kicks, leaps, turns and isolations put to the beat of faster paced music. Music is upbeat and the class is high energy, put to popular music. This class is a favorite of many.
Hip Hop: Isolations, rhythm, breaking, popping, locking, krumping and even “House Dancing” all make up this crazy free style form of dance, also very popular today.
Contemporary: Contemporary dance is more weighted than Ballet, it is more grounded. Working turned in as well as turned out, with feet flexed, as well as pointed, breathing through movements, contraction and release, and fall and recovery are all terms you will hear us use.
Lyrical :Lyrical dance is just that – dancing hand in hand expressing the lyrics of the music with movement. It is a combination of ballet, jazz and modern techniques. Lyrical has a free-flowing style that is set to popular songs and ballads. This is a popular class.