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Pre-K/K Combo (ages 2- 5 yrs)
This class is designed to introduce dance concepts and establish coordination, creativity and dynamics through ballet, tap and tumbling. This Preschool Combination class will help your child experience the magic and wonder of dance while learning new skills and techniques. The purpose of the program is to provide a strong foundation for continued dance training as well as develop a love for dance and creative movement. Etiquette such as listening, following instructions and being respectful is emphasized.
Hip Hop Tots & Tumbling (ages 4-6 yrs)
Hip Hop/Tumbling (ages 7-9yrs)
Hip Hop is the perfect class for children who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! We incorporate Hip Hop and basic tumbling skills to explore musicality, rhythm, and creative movement. Students will learn skills such as forward roll, bridge, cartwheels and more. This urban/street-style dance class teaches boys and girls alike to pop, lock and tumble it out, and takes FUN to a whole new level!
Taps and Tendus (ages 5-8yrs)
Come enjoy the beautiful grace of classical ballet and the joyful, rhythmic sounds of tap! This beginner level class will cover the proper placement of body position, posture, terminology and class behavior while cultivating the individual creativity of each child. Class starts with 30 of ballet technique and finishes with 30 minutes of classic tap training.
Ballet is core to a dancer’s training and is considered the fundamental dance form that caters and supports all other dance genres. This class is designed to build strength, flexibility, coordination, fluidity and grace. Ballet class includes barré work, center exercises including Adagio and Petit Allegro phrases and across the floor work including traveling turns and Grand Allegro phrases.
Jazz is a fast-paced, dynamic and rhythmic form of movement. With a similar vocabulary base in ballet, jazz consists of unique moves, big leaps, multiple turns, isolations, stretching and strength. Styles of jazz to be taught include commercial, musical theatre, and traditional Fosse.
In POWERHOUSE Jazz, students will focus on Jazz technique and complex turns, leaps and conditioning. This fast-paced class is full of unique moves, big leaps, multiple turns, isolations, deep stretching and strength. Students will focus on several technical skills each month with specialized training to help our dancers advance at a faster pace while gaining strength and proper technique. We are excited to bring this level of training to our students at WDE!
Tap is a rhythmic form of dance that consists of making sounds with the feet. Tap is energetic and exciting and has many styles including musical theatre, swing and acoustic.
Musical Theater introduces students to Broadway dance and theater. This class is designed to improve a student's dance repertoire as he or she has fun singing and dancing to favorite show tunes. Class will consist of a jazz warm-up and progressions. It will improve the student's ability to pick-up dance combinations, vocals, blocking and choreography. It is age appropriate and dancers have lots of fun re-creating Broadway production numbers and popular movie musical productions.
Set to today’s upbeat music, Hip-Hop is a popular dance style rooted in the commercial entertainment industry and seen in music videos and concerts, commercials, movies and sporting events. In hip-hop class, students will learn a series of fun, energetic steps set to age-appropriate music. Teaching rhythm and coordination, students will be challenged to think on their feet while enjoying a fast-paced class popular with both boys and girls.
As seen on such TV hits at So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance, Contemporary dance is a performance genre that developed during the 21th century and has since grown to be one of the most dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Contemporary fuses classical, modern, and jazz styles together to create a unique form.
Acro Dance is an art form that incorporates both the fluid movements of dance and the difficult tricks from acrobatics. Dancers not only learn how to execute each acro move with strength, flexibility and technique, but also learn to perform each trick seamlessly through choreographed routines. Adding acro dance is next-level training that will develop a specific skill set, and creates well-rounded and versatile dancers. Intermediate and advanced class participation requires instructor approval.
Acro for Cheer
Acro for Cheer is designed to develop the strength, flexibility, and power needed for the sport of cheerleading. Our students will learn proper technique for jumps and tumbling skills. They will focus on form and timing of choreographed movements. Students will build their cardiovascular and muscular strength through HIIT (high intensity interval training) and improve their flexibility safely using dynamic and static stretching. Students will also work on basic stunts and move into more complex stunting as they build trusting relationships with each other.
WDE's High Tech class is all about solidifying our students’ technique and pushing each individual dancer to reach their ultimate potential. In this class, dancers learn how the body's center is an axis from which all movements begin and end. While focusing specifically on turns, leaps and other skills and tricks across the floor, students are learning to maintain balance, build strength and master control. Dancers are barefoot and in jazz shoes while they work within jazz, contemporary and freestyle genres.
Instructor Approval Classes
Pre-Pointe- 4th grade and up
Pre-pointe is designed to teach the fundamentals of and basic techniques in pointe work as preparation for dancing En Pointe to students of the appropriate age and technical ability. Because of the risk of injury students must be physically ready, so one complete dance year (minimum) of pre-pointe and a pointe evaluation is required before advancement to pointe class. The pointe evaluation allows teachers and students the opportunity to see where the student needs work in order to prepare for pointe. The evaluation focuses on legs (straightness and strength), feet (flexibility, strength, alignment, and shape), ankles (strength and straightness), and overall body alignment. Please note: Students must be registered for Ballet class in order to attend Pre-Pointe.
EDC Prep Classes
Students who show strong technical ability, work ethic and have an interest in training to audition for Elite Dance Company are permitted into EDC Prep classes with instructor approval only. EDC Prep students will train in ballet, jazz and contemporary. Students are exposed to multiple styles of dance to broaden their training, increase their knowledge in dance and find their own appreciation for each dance form. Students in the dance program are encouraged to be active in the dance community and are given multiple performance opportunities throughout the year.
Acro -Petite Prep, Intermediate, and Advanced
Acro Dance is an art form that incorporates both the fluid movements of dance and the difficult tricks from acrobatics. Dancers not only learn how to execute each acro move with strength, flexibility and technique, but also learn to perform each trick seamlessly through choreographed routines. Adding acro dance is next-level training that will develop a specific skill set, and creates well-rounded and versatile dancers.
High Tech- Choreo
WDE's High Tech-Choreo class adds a choreography component to the High Tech curriculum. Students learn the essentials of dance piece construction and collaborate with instructors to create original works.
Elite Dance Company
The Elite Dance Company (EDC) is a competitive and performance-oriented company for dancers 5 and up who wish to be part of an advanced dance program track that focuses improving technical and performing skills in all genres. We take great pride in EDC and have high expectations for all members. Emphasis is on training diverse and skilled performers and providing performance and competition opportunities throughout the year. EDC is a by audition only.