Dance & Performing Arts Classes
Ages 3 thru Adult - Beginner thru Advanced
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
K-Pop Dance is an urban styled dance that blends hip hop and jazz funk. K-Pop, which is short for Korean pop music, is a music genre from Korea that’s known for its infectious, catchy beats. K-pop has various styles ranging from super cute to edgy. This K-pop dance class is upbeat and will have you dancing to the latest Korean songs on the top 100 chart.
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. Enrollment in Ballet or Jazz class is required for enrollment in Acrobatics class.
A class focusing primarily on flexibility and muscle strength for all dancers. Students are taught proper stretching and limbering of the joints and muscles, which helps in the development of high extensions and ease of movement quality as well as injury prevention. Dance stretch bands are required for this class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This class introduces students to various excerpts from the classical ballet repertoire. But unlike solo variations, Repertoire class provides training on sections of ballets performed as a group or corp de ballet. Students will learn a brief history of each ballet we study as well as original choreography. A 1-2 inch 3-ring binder will be needed for this class. Students must be of Purple, Red or Brown class in Ballet.
This intense 90 minute class consists of ballet barre warm up before continuing into pointe technique work at the barre and center floor. In this class, after barre warm up, we will be focusing on center and across the floor combinations to strengthen students’ fluidity while transitioning from step to step.
Classes prepare students to become a teacher, dancer, visionary, creator, collaborator, and director. Students apply their own skills and knowledge of different styles of dance to create pieces that they will perform for each other, as well as audiences. Choreography class also teaches important life skills such as collaboration and teamwork, listening and communicating, self confidence and self-expression. Classes focus on various elements that make up the craft of Choreography. Dancers explore the use of Time, Shape, Energy, Space and Motion. Through Choreography class, students become comfortable with improvisation, weight sharing and group collaboration. Each week, dancers will perform their creations for one another and learn to discuss and critique what they see. A 1-2 inch 3-ring binder will be needed for this class. Students must be of Purple, Red or Brown class in Ballet.
There comes a time when every student that loves ballet begins to think about getting ready for pointe work. There is no one age or grade level that is right for everyone to jump into pointe shoes. Some girls are ready at eleven, some at fourteen, some at sixteen and some feet are just not made for pointe work at all. Pointe work depends on how strong and how well you strengthen your feet and place your body. In the Pre-Pointe Conditioning and Evaluation class we will determine if you are ready for Pointe work. This class is also a good refresher for existing pointe students to keep track of their progress and continue the basic conditioning exercises. A 1-2 inch 3-ring binder will be needed for this class. Students must be of Purple, Red or Brown class in Ballet and by invitation only.