Combo Classes (ages 2-7): These energy filled classes are designed to introduce the basics of dance with a developmentally appropriate curriculum. We believe in inspiring young dancers and instilling a love of dance in them at a young age through song, dance, textures, and technique. For Kinder combos and above we begin teaching choreography and the skill of memorization in weekly classes.
Ballet: Ballet classes are offered from a beginner level to advanced. Students are taught proper body placement, body alignment, barre, and center floor work, along with across the floor combinations. Beginner classes introduce vocabulary, proper alignment, and classical ballet technique. Advanced classes include adagio and allegro work, and combinations using balance, strength, and style. All students are urged to study ballet, as it is the foundation of all other dance styles and facilitates further success in these disciplines.
Pointe: Pointe class is for accelerated dancers with any experience in pointe shoes. It is mixed level and taught personally to each individual based on their current pointe technique. All dancers are required to be in Level IV ballet in addition to this class. To prevent injury, we do not allow dancers under the age of 12 in this class. This is a classical ballet class, strict dress code and discipline is enforced.
Hip Hop: 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.
Jazz: Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Level IV students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.
Contemporary: Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from ballet, jazz, and modern. It emphasizes interpretation of music while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. Improv is used as an integral part of our curriculum to help develop each dancer's unique style and growth. As students progress through each, level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Level IV students must be enrolled in ballet in order to take this class.
Stretch and Conditioning: This class is designed to improve a dancer's range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility, and increase their level of core muscle strength. Through a variety of stretches and strengthening exercises, dancers will also increase their awareness of their own body's potential as it connects to expression through movement.
Acro: Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength.
Tap: Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and musicality. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Progressions: This is a class designed specifically for the dancer who wishes to perfect and refine their skills of turning, jumping, and leaping. These classes are taught with an emphasis on technique and correct body placement. They are taught in a progressive manner beginning with the basics and advancing to high level skills and combinations of those skills.
2dance2dream: A program for children with special needs, this free dance class is under the operation of Legacy of Hope Austin. All dancers must submit an application to qualify for the class via http://www.legacyofhopeaustin.org/p/2dance2dream.html.