YOUTH DANCE DESCRIPTIONS BANNER

NSSOD focuses on teaching the art of dance to youths in a safe, encouraging, and caring enviornment. Emphasis in youth classes focuses on proper technique and alignment in all styles, as well as fostering a love of dance.

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Ballet

6 years and up.

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Emphasis is on placement, balance, control, discipline, and clean lines. It is STRONGLY recommended when studying all other dance forms. Strength and flexibility will also be highlighted through the use of good technique. Ballet positions, barre work, center combinations, and large movements are part of the ballet syllabus. Each level is studied for at least one year, with some levels requiring two or more years.

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Ballet: Pointe

Dancing en pointe requires considerable strength and skill and is a central part of a professional dancer’s training. Students must be at least 12 years old and have had several years of ballet training in order to develop the strength and support their bodies need en pointe. In order to be considered for pointe work, students must be enrolled in at least 2 ballet classes per week and have approval from the instructor.

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Jazz

6 years and up Jazz is a technique based in ballet using contemporary and jazz music as expressions of energy and soul. Flexiblity, clean lines, placement, turns and leaps will be emphasized. Ballet classes are strongly recommended when studying jazz dance.

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Tap

6 years and up

Tap promotes coordination and an acute sense of rhythmic patterns. Warm-ups, combinations and short routines are a part of the tap curriculm. Tap encourages the retention of movement patterns and aids in the development of kinetic memory.

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Modern

By placement only.

Modern dance is a technique with concentrated warm ups focusing on correct placement and balance, as well as flexibility and strength. Modern uses turned in and parallel positions to emphasize movements. Ballet is strongly recommended when studying modern.

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Contemporary

By placement only.

Contemporary dance is an expressive form that incorporates jazz, ballet and modern dance techniques. This relatively new style has become very popular within the U.S. and Western Europe. In addition to its basis in jazz, ballet and modern, many choreographers draw on non-western dance traditions, such as those from Africa and Japan.

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Hip Hop

3rd grade and up

Hip Hop is a fun, high-energy dance form using popular music. Come dance to music from your favorite artists and learn awesome dance steps.

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Poms

By placement only

This energetic class is perfect for students who want to have fun, or may be interested in joining a poms team. High energy dance-based routines are taught and focus on precision, flexibility, jumps, and turns.

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Musical Theatre

By placement only

Musical theatre is a style of performance that encompasses dance and acting. Students will dance and act to songs from a variety of classic and modern Broadway musicals.

NEW! Boys Only Ballet

Ages 6-10

Taught by a male ballet dancer, our boys only ballet class is designed to give boys an introduction to ballet in a supportive and encouraging environment. This class will focus on the specific needs of boys in ballet including strength, athleticism, discipline, and musicality needed for pirouettes and jumps. Boys should wear black athletic pants, black ballet shoes, and a fitted white t-shirt.

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NEW! Ballet & Jazz Beats

Ages 4-5

In this combination class, students work on basic ballet and jazz steps. This class will teach the large motor skills, basic ballet positions, and steps along with beginning jazz technique. A great introduction to both disciplines.

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NEW! Acro

Ages 8 and up

Acro is a style of dance that combines classic dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Unlike a tumbling class, this acro class will focus on smooth transitions between dance skills and acrobatic skills. This class works on strength, flexibility, and acrobatic elements such as handstands, cartwheels, and back walkovers. Dancers interested in Acro should have at least 1 year of dance experience in any genre.

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NEW! Private Dance Lessons

Ages 6 and up

Private lessons are a great way for dancers to catch up or quickly improve their skill. Students work one on one with our teacher to learn material from their selected genre of dance. This can be a onetime lesson to work on a specific skill or an ongoing set of lessons to help students improve their overall skills. Please contact Shannon Mundorf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a time..

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