Dance & Performing Arts Classes
Ages 3 thru Adult - Beginner thru Advanced
Pre-Dance (ages 3 to 4)
A specially geared class specific for this age group consisting of ballet, tap, creative dance, and some acrobatic instruction enabling young dancers to explore coordination through music and dance.
Primary Combo (ages 5 to 6)
Combo Ballet and Tap class covering the basics to prepare young dancers for formal ballet and tap training which begins at age 7. Those who are enrolled in this class are eligible for Primary Acrobatics and Primary Jazz class.
Primary Acrobatics (ages 5 to 6)
The same as acrobatics (see description below) with the most basic of tumbling skills. Students in this class must also be enrolled in the Primary Combo class.
Primary Jazz (ages 5 to 6)
The same as jazz (see description below), but geared for the 5 and 6 year old student. Students in this class must also be enrolled in the Primary Combo class.
Technical Ballet training is taught (Cecchetti method) and students' progress to their own ability according to a graded syllabus. Classes are structured and students will learn physical and mental discipline that is necessary to become a Dancer. Ballet terminology and theory is included and students are expected to put these to memory. A proper understanding of classroom etiquette is expected. Correct stance and body alignment are emphasized in order to perform to excellence.
It is suggested that all dancers take at least one ballet class. This will enable our dancers to learn and experience the utmost important type of dance and give them the foremost ability in technical excellence.
Pointe (on approval)
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. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer's body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended vertical foot is said to be en pointe when touching the floor, even when not bearing weight. 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. All pointe students are required to take two ballet classes per week in addition to their pointe class, one of which is a ballet technique class.
Ballet technique is a non recital based class for strengthening a dancer's ballet technique. This is a required class for all who are en pointe, but not limited to those en pointe. This class is beneficial for the serious ballet student as time is not taken out for recital choreography.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations of tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. At Otsego School of Dance and Performing Arts, both styles of tap are taught.
Precision Dance is best-known as a routine with eye-high leg kicks in perfect unison in a chorus line. This style of dance is a mixture of tap and jazz. Students should show a proficiency in ballet, tap, and jazz. A minimum of three years tap experience is required.
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created from the combination of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Acting techniques and dance are included in this class.
An activity that is basic to all forms of human physical conduct in addition to achieving tumbling skills, it improves the agility, flexibility, strength, and coordination of the performer while reaching the height of gymnastic attainment.
An authentic cultural form of dance passed on through generations of the Hawaiian Islands, involving flowing hand movements representing a story accompanied by music.
The first American dancers to break away from classical ballet were Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. Although their styles differed, Duncan and St. Denis's unconventional approaches opened the door to a new era in dance history: the American modern dance movement of the 1920s. A free and expressive style of dance which started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet.
In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film. Born in the early 20th century, modern dance is a dance style that focuses on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet. Modern dance goes beyond the limitations of classical ballet and favors movements derived from the expression of their inner feelings. Modern dance is primarily done in bare feet with a relaxed costume. In the United States, several dance pioneers paved the way for American modern dance, including the legendary Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Alvin Ailey.
PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES
Acting (ages 7 and older)
Introductory acting, covering approaches to stage movement and characterization. Study and preparation of a variety of roles. Opportunities to appear in frequent classroom scenes and possible short skits for performances. Monologue, two handed, and three handed scenes will be memorized and rehearsed throughout the year giving an opportunity to experience all types of styles.
Puppetry (ages 9 and older)
Students will learn how to design and build their very own puppets, learn how to make them come to life, and perform to music just like a professional. They’ll learn how to play with their voices and create different characters to tell stories. They’ll also learn a bit of the history behind puppetry and how it has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment for centuries.
Vocal Coaching (ages 7 and older)
Training in the skill of proper breathing and posture while singing, range testing, and voice work in small groups, solos, and ensembles. An opportunity to learn proper movement while singing incorporating these skills into full musical theatre numbers for performances.