• 2016-2017 Class Descriptions

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    Recommendations: Classes will be taught based on recommendations and the approximate age/grade is subjective based on experience, ability, and personality. Joy in Motion encourages anyone to try a class even if they haven’t fulfilled the recommendation. We will honestly assess each dancer and suggest what we feel is best based on our professional opinion. Our goal is to set performers up for success, not crush their dreams or push them in an unhealthy way. Some students find the most joy when they can feel they are one of the most practiced in their class, and others find joy in a big challenge to grow. We are all capable of more than we know and we always encourage a “never give up; always do your best” attitude.

    Early Childhood/Youth Classes

    Fairytale Garden Pre-Ballet – (July-Dec'13 or 2012 Birthday) Enter the world of ballet through the garden gate. Bourre with the bees and learn to coupe like the cricket in an imaginative pre-ballet class that will introduce classical ballet terminology, engage young creative minds, and build gross motor skills and spatial awareness. Teacher not able to assist with toileting needs.

    Funky Freedom – (4–6+ y/o or TK/K) This class is designed to promote self-expression through music, creative movement, dance and acting exercises. It strengthens a child’s trust in his/her own creative freedom and boosts their confidence. Various dance techniques are integrated in age appropriate ways so that children get a well-rounded and truly enjoyable dance experience. Teacher not able to assist with toileting needs.

    COMBINATION CLASSES

    Joy in Tap & Jazz – ( 4-6 y/o or TK/K) A fun-filled class that exposes dancers to the foundational skills needed for both Tap and Jazz dance styles. Students will improve their understanding of rhythm, overall body control and spatial awareness. Dance games and exercises will promote individual self-expression and boost self-confidence. Even if a dancer has taken a year of classes, this may be a good fit. (NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED)

    Joy in Ballet & Tap – (4–5 y/o - PreK/TK or 4–6 y/o - TK/K) Pack up your dance bag for this classic combo that mixes ballet and tap with plenty of dance games along the way. Dancers will practice rhythm, grace, shape-making and class etiquette while boosting their confidence and having fun! Even if a dancer has taken a year of classes, this may be a good fit.

    Joy in Tap & Jazz – (7–8+ y/o 1st & 2nd Grade) Continues the basics of both Tap and Jazz dance styles in a fun class aimed at improving rhythm and promoting self-expression while boosting self-confidence. This class will ensure students can thrive at a faster age-appropriate pace of learning while still simply feeling the joy of dancing. This is a great class to take for continued excitement and success or for a first dance class.

    Joy in Ballet & Tap – (K/1st Grade+) Power and grace. Elegance & rhythm. Try on two dance styles with this class that promotes self-expression, boosts confidence, and reinforces class etiquette. This class moves at a faster pace for dancers already familiar with a class setting. This is a great class to take for continued dance fun or for a first dance class.

    Break into Tap & Jazz – (Beginning 9–11 y/o) Want to start dancing, but don’t want to be put in with the “little” kids? This class is for you! Designed for 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th graders who want to practice the foundational steps of tap and jazz before moving into more in-depth classes such as Tap Progression, Be-Jazz-eled or Jazz & Pizzazz. Explanations and exercises will be geared toward the memory and knowledge of students in the middle grade school ages.

    HIP HOP

    Boys Hip Hop – (All 7–10+ or 2nd Grade+) Get poppin’, lockin’, glidin’ and freestylin’ in the BOYS ONLY class! There will be floor work, strength training and more. We want to continue breaking the myth that, “dancing is for girls.” Our goal is to build up their confidence, give them the ability to let go and encourage them to be themselves. We want them to show the world what they can do. (Athletic shoes required and knee pads are highly recommended.)

    Hip Hop Boom – (Intro/Beginning 7–8+ y/o or 1st & 2nd Grade) This class builds self-expression and boosts confidence. Hip Hop is a lifestyle and this dance style is often misunderstood. Boomin’ the tunes of appropriate current Top 40 music, this class will inspire young dancers.

    Hip Hop Bounce – (Beginning/Intermediate 8+ y/o) The energy created in this class will keep dancers bouncing even after class. While encouraging self-expression, it will inspire dancers to be themselves in a positive atmosphere while learning awesome dance moves. It’s a confidence builder that both kids and parents will appreciate.

    Hip Hop Groove – (Intermediate 9+ y/o) Get your groove on in this high energy class filled with fun and increased difficulty. It will motivate and create continued confidence in both dance and life. It encourages being yourself in a positive team playing atmosphere while doing the coolest dance moves with new and old friends.

    Hip Hop Jam – (Intermediate/Advanced 11+ y/o) This class is for the ones that love Hip Hop, have to dance, and love to challenge and express themselves. It strengthens their passion and commitment to life and dance while Jamming to popular music. The energy is still high, the vibe is still positive, the moves more challenging and the class is even more fun.

    Hip Hop Swag – (Advanced 13+ y/o or teacher approval) With familiar warm-ups, strength training and combinations of the coolest new and old school moves, this is a high intensity class. Some weeks will be street inspired, some will be fancy and fierce, and others will just be old school and flashback fun. This class is for the confident, dedicated and motivated.

    TAP

    Tap Progression – (Intermediate 8+ y/o - 2nd Grade+) This class is best for dancers with 2 or more years of tap experience and builds on basic technique. Dancers will continue to work on the basics and progress further with their ability by strengthening their foundation. Through familiar warm ups and previous knowledge, subtle differences will prove to challenge dancers and encourage them to face the next level. The goal is to progress further in understanding rhythm & timing.

    Tap Rhythm – (Intermediate/Advanced 11+ y/o) Having a good foundation and progressing through several consecutive tap classes will be when a dancer is ready for this class. There will be familiar warm-ups, “across the floor” exercises, and will focus on mastering trickier steps, creating new steps with familiar rhythms through improvisation and trickier combinations.

    Tap-Tastic – (Advanced 13+ y/o) This class should consist of dancers who have mastered all the tap basics, can do any step on verbal command, and be able to handle some improvisation even if it’s uncomfortable. This class is for the confident who want more difficult combinations, intricate timing, enjoy performing and who simply love tap dancing.

    BALLET/JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY

    Ballet Beautiful – (7-8+ y/o or 1st-3rd Grade) Love the way ballet makes you feel beautifully graceful, but don't love that stuffy ballet flavor? This class is for you! Imagination meets training in this class that builds a bridge between creative movement and a traditional ballet class with barre work. Steps and terminology will be taught at a faster rate than in the 6-7 y/o combos, though there will still be time for fun!

    Broadway Ballet – (Beginning/Intermediate 10+ y/o or 4th-7th Grade) Step up to show tunes at the barre in this classical ballet class moving at a swifter pace for older dancers trying ballet for the first time, or 9+ dancers with previous traditional ballet training and the ability to keep on task. Explanations and exercises will be geared toward the memory and knowledge of students in the middle grade school ages.

    Be-Jazz-eled – (Beginning/Intermediate 8+ y/o) High energy fun meets traditional technique as dancers sparkle to upbeat, clean world & pop hits from artists such as Michael & Janet Jackson, Shakira, and Zap Mama. Familiarity with basic steps from jazz, ballet or hip hop including chasses & step pivots recommended. Dancers will learn classic theatrical jazz steps used in many dance contexts including school musicals.

    Jazz & Pizzazz(Intermediate 10+ y/o) Add some pizzazz to your basic jazz skills. Students in this class have already mastered steps such as chasses, jazz squares, passé jumps and pas de burres, or are older and willing & able to catch up in a flash. Gain the strength, coordination and concentration needed to begin to pirouette, execute more intricate foot patterns and fly through the air.

    Contemporary Charisma – (Intro/Beginning 8+ y/o) What is charisma? Charm, presence, force of personality, & strength of character. What is contemporary? A popular form, contemporary mixes the control of ballet with the expressive torso movements of modern dance. Make your presence known while we use floor work, fall & recovery, improvisation & more to build strength in body and character!

    Contemporary Chic – (Beginning/Intermediate 11+ y/o) A first or continuing contemporary class for middle school dancers with some dance experience. Floor work, fall & recovery, partnering, and improvisation will continue with an added emphasis on building strength for turns and greater control.

    Classes for Adults – Hip Hop & Tap

    Adult Hip Hop – Get your groove and cardio on in this high energy class filled with fun because adults deserve to have fun too. It will motivate and create positive space for you in your life. It encourages being yourself in a positive environment while doing the coolest new and old school dance moves with new and old friends. For more information go to the Adult Hip Hop Gold page HERE.

    Adult Tap Classics – (Discounts for 60+) You’re never fully dressed without a smile, and these classic tap steps never go out of style. Shuffle, shim-sham, and time step away because because adults (and seniors!) deserve to have fun too. All experience levels welcome. For more information go to the Adult Tap Classics page HERE.