Beginning School Age Dance

Ages 5+ Years

This technical program at Above the Barre is where the foundation of dance is built. Whether a child is dancing for recreation, performance or competitive purposes, technical classes should come first and foremost in all of our dancer’s training. The two most beneficial dance genres at this stage are ballet and tap.  In addition to the many physical benefits of formal dance training, ballet helps develop the mind and attitude of the dancer with discipline, focus and appreciation of structure which are critical attributes for continued dance education. Ballet training is essential for dancers who want to excel in jazz and contemporary styles as technique and vocabulary for these disciplines come from ballet. Tap is essential as it is a dance form that helps the young dancer with coordination, rhythm, timing and musicality; giving a child a music foundation which is essential for all forms of dance. Hip-Hop is perfect for the beginning or advanced student who has the desire to participate in a less structured dance form which does not require knowledge or training in classical technique.



Basics 3

Ages 6 or 7 Years

Basics 3 includes the study of both Ballet and Jazz, preparing young dancers for our Beginning program. Their knowledge of Ballet will grow as they learn more steps and positions and practice good posture while their training in Jazz will center around rhythm, musicality, and isolations of the body. Additionally, students will continue to advance their coordination and strength as they practice simple jumps and traveling movements.

*This class is for returning and ongoing 5 year olds who have either completed the Basics 2 course and/or strong dance foundation and technique, as well as those dancers who are 6 and older but still working on developing a strong foundation.
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Beginning Ballet A

7+ Years

In Beginning Ballet A, students will be introduced to the basic elements of classical Ballet technique. Coursework will emphasize proper placement of the body, posture, and poise as students learn to use their turn out and maintain alignment of the hips. Techniques learned in both levels of the Beginning program will provide dancers with a solid foundation for future training in the Intermediate program.

*This class is for returning and ongoing dancers 6 years of age and older who have either completed the Basics 3 course and/or have a strong dance foundation and technique
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Beginning Jazz A

Ages 7+ Years

In Beginning Jazz A, students will be introduced to the basic elements of traditional Jazz technique. Coursework will emphasize proper placement of the body, posture, and poise as students learn to use their turn out and maintain alignment of the hips. Techniques learned in both levels of the Beginning program will provide dancers with a solid foundation for future training in the Intermediate program.

*This class is for returning and ongoing dancers 6 years of age and older who have either completed the Basics 3 course and/or have a strong dance foundation and technique
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Beginning Ballet B

By Evaluation Only

Beginning Ballet B students will continue to develop their posture and poise as they strengthen and build on the skills they learned in Beginning A. Techniques learned in both levels of the Beginning program will provide dancers with a solid foundation for future training in the Intermediate program.

*This class is for returning and ongoing dancers 6 years of age and older who have completed the Beginning A course



Beginning Jazz B

By Evaluation Only

Beginning Jazz B students will continue to develop their posture and poise as they strengthen and build on the skills they learned in Beginning A. Techniques learned in both levels of the Beginning program will provide dancers with a solid foundation for future training in the Intermediate program.

*This class is for returning and ongoing dancers 6 years of age and older who have completed the Beginning A course



Contemporary Expressions

Ages 7+ Years

In Contemporary Expressions, students will be trained in the basics of contemporary technique while they explore creative elements of improvisation and choreography. Their technical training will help develop flexibility, coordination, strength, physical awareness, and body control. This class can be a great addition for students taking a Beginning Ballet, Jazz, Tap or Hip Hop class.

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Beginning Hip Hop

Ages 6+ Years

Hip Hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements. All of our music, dances and costumes are child friendly, modest and age appropriate.

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Beginning Tap

Tap is an important dance form for dancers; serving as a critical building block for all dance forms as it develops a strong foundation of coordination, rhythm, timing and musicality. Lower levels of tap will master basic tap technique while intermediate and advanced tap levels will learn more intricate and complex tap steps involving syncopated rhythms. 

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Beginning Acro

This class is designed to promote excellence in flexibility, strength, balance, limbering and tumbling This program will help dancers and non-dancers master tumbling skills that are commonly used in dance: walkovers, aerials, back handsprings, aerial walkovers and layouts, while instilling grace, flexibility, balance, and strength to seamlessly, beautifully, and safely perform all skills on a stage or hard floor. 

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