Motion to Music & Dance/Movement: Imaginative, fun musical activities to build strength, flexibility & body awareness. Floor work, some ballet vocabulary & large movements across the floor.
Pre-Ballet: Introduction to ballet basics. Floor activities to help develop strength & flexibility, center work with basic ballet steps, body directions & large movements across the floor.
Ballet: Students will be placed in proper grade level according to age, physical development, & prior dance training. Pointe will be introduced to female dancers at the appropriate time and age.
Jazz: Enrollment in ballet is highly recommended. Class begins with warm-up to increase flexibility, strength & coordination. Continues with progressions & leaps across the floor & concludes with learning a combination that builds weekly.
Tap: Begins with a center warm-up followed with progressions across the floor, incorporating various combinations of tap steps & rhythmic patterns. Various musical styles are introduced.
Hip Hop: Includes latest moves, plus foundation & technique required to execute more complicated & exciting hip hop moves.
Lyrical/Contemporary: Vocabulary is expanded by using off-balance movements & transition steps through floor connection. Enhanced stage presence with musicality, partnering & improvisation.
Modern: Classical contemporary dance techniques. Students will have a chance to experiment with new movement outside the realm of ballet.
Pre Professional Level: By invitation only. Stowe Dance Academy’s Pre Professional Program is offered to students who show dedication, promise, intelligence and self-expression in their dancing. This program is the most advanced program offered at SDA, and guides talented students toward becoming young artists. The Pre Professional level includes three weekly ballet classes and one elective class. For students who hope to pursue a future in ballet, five weekly ballet technique classes are offered and recommended. This program will build the foundation that is necessary to support a professional dance career. Students are encouraged to realize their potential through their own eyes, planning, setting goals and being confident about their future success as professionals in the performing community. Daily lessons in technique create an environment that promotes attention to detail from students and teachers alike in the Pre Professional program. We strongly encourage dancers to achieve success in both their academic and performing careers, as well as a strong sense of social, personal and professional skills. We wish for our Pre Professional students to establish a foundation here at SDA as to better prepare for their dance future.
Girls: class-specific colored leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in bun.
Creative Dance & Pre Ballet - Any color leotard
Beg. 1 Pale Pink leotard
Beg. 2 Pale Blue leotard
Beg. 3 Lavender leotard
Int. 4 Royal Blue leotard
Int. 5 Hunter Green leotard
Pre Pro Level B Burgundy leotard
Pre Pro Level A Red leotard
Teen Recreational Ballet Black leotard
Boys White t-shirt, black tights
Girls: solid colored leotard,
black jazz pants, black jazz shoes
or tap shoes, hair in ponytail.
Boys: white t-shirt, black jazz/sweatpants,
black jazz or tap shoes.
Anything goes, indoor sneakers only.