All early childhood classes are geared toward introducing and practicing age-appropriate movement and developmental skills, preparing students for working and functioning within a classroom environment, and to instill a love of dance.
Elite's classes are structured so that all classes begin with warm up & technique exercises for injury prevention then followed by progressions across the floor. Material being worked on is then added to small combinations
in the center.
Placement is determined by a student's demonstrated skill,
focus, rate of progress, and
"When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy."
- Katherine Jenkins
No experience...no problem!
Here at Elite we welcome ALL levels and ages. Everyone has to start somewhere,
START with ELITE!
PRE-DANCE COMBO CLASSES - BALLET/JAZZ & BALLET/TAP
All combo classes are designed to teach the early basics of ballet, jazz, and tap dance. Emphasis is on creative movement and the development of rhythm and coordination as well as improving motor skills. These classes incorporate the fun of learning through action dances, kids' favorite learning songs, and the use of small props to bring it all to life! By encouraging our little ones to use their listening skills young dancers are introduced to a structured classroom environment. Class size is kept to a minimum for optimal learning.
Tiny Dancer ballet/tap combo
Ages 2.5 - 4 / 45 mins
Tiny Dancer ballet/jazz combo
Ages 3.5 - 5 / 45 mins
GRADUATED COMBO CLASSES - BALLET/JAZZ & BALLET/TAP Ages 4.5 - 6.5 / 1 Hr
Following the same theories and guidelines as our younger combo groups, students in this graduated combo class continue to learn the building blocks of ballet, jazz & tap while applying technique to their movement. Focus is on the basics of technique in preparation for the next level which is single style classes.
Class time is increased to 1 hour. Both ballet/jazz and ballet/tap combos are offered and students are welcome to choose one or take both!
BALLET Ages 7+ / 1 Hr - 1 1/2 Hrs
The foundation of all forms of dance, ballet can be critical to a dancer's progress. Training is in classical ballet which follows a defined catalog of movements. At Elite, ballet is taught and learned through barre exercises, adagio, petite and grand allegro, and then applying these exercises to choreography. Focus is on building strength and balance, technique and form, grace and carriage. Ballet training may be necessary to determine advancement into other styles of dance as they grow.
JAZZ Ages 7+ / 1 Hr - 1 1/2 Hrs
Jazz dance, like most styles of dance, was born from ballet and now includes varying styles from traditional jazz dance to the more current contemporary styles. Jazz, like ballet, also includes turns, jumps, leaps, and combinations. Classes include strengthening exercises and stretches for flexibility, progressions across the floor, and combinations to include material learned and being worked on. Focus is on technique and versatility of styles and movement set to the personalities of today's current trends.
TAP Ages 7+ / 45 mins - 1 Hr
Lively, rhythmic tapping! Tapping is a form of dance that creates rhythm and sounds with different parts of the feet using tap shoes. As the student progresses in tap, footwork becomes quicker and execution of movement is in sync. Focus is on rhythm, musicality, and coordination.
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY Ages 11+ / 1 Hr
Distinct from ballet and other classic styles of dance, pioneers of modern dance sought to break from the 'constricting' laws of classicism and explore the unexplored. In doing so, movement became more freeing and abstract. This class explores movement in non-conventional ways and encourages students to open up their thought process. Like modern, contemporary can also break the rules of conventional dance while creating its own beautiful movement.
IMPROV & COMPOSITION Ages 11+ / 1 Hr
How is a piece of dance choreography created? In this class, students will be able to 'play' and explore the structural elements of dance composition through improvisation exercises and get a glimpse of the choreographic process. While promoting individuality, students will enjoy using their own budding artistic skills to create connecting phrases of dance. This class has two phases; studying the main components of dance composition and then using those tools in the creation phase.
LYRICAL Ages 9+ / 1 Hr
Lyrical, like contemporary, is a form of dance which fuses modern, jazz, and ballet. The goal of this style is to convey emotion and storytelling through their performance.
HIP HOP Ages 6+ / 45 min
Popular to some of today's pop artists' style of dance. Sharp and strong, this energetic style is set to current music hits. Hip hop was formed many years ago and became popular in the '80's.
THEATRE JAZZ Ages 6+ / 45 min
Using soundtracks from Broadway's most popular and classic musicals, this class is centered on bringing the world of the Broadway stage to our classroom. Students will have fun bringing characters to life with both dancing and acting!
TECHNIQUE Ages 8+ / 1 Hr - 1 1/2 Hrs
Although technique is practiced in each class, this is an additional class for students to really hone and master their technique which may then improve their training in all areas of dance. Focus is on the critical elements of dance such as posture & form, turn out & port de bras, as well as coordination & balance. Turns and leaps are a favorite in this class! Both ballet and jazz technique classes are offered and can be taken in addition to any style class or on its own.
*This is a non-performing class.
PRE-POINTE/POINTE At the discretion of the director
This class is offered to students according to strength and previous training. Must be accompanied by at least one ballet class and one technique class. This is a performing class at the Director's discretion regarding students' readiness.
The focus of Elite Dance Company’s competition team is to provide an opportunity outside of the studio for dancers age 7 and up to showcase their talents in a competitive atmosphere. Placement will be decided upon technical ability, previous training, focus, and work ethic. Mandatory classes are required for team dancers. Being part of the team requires a positive attitude and commitment to dance as well as the willingness to be pushed and challenged.
BARRE Teens & Adults
Barre is a low-impact, whole body workout which flows through a series of choreographed exercises with the goal of enhancing body alignment, coordination, balance, and overall strength. It combines core conditioning from Pilates, stretching and focus on breathing from Yoga, functional strength from traditional strength classes, and the benefits of alignment, control, and fluidity you would receive from a dance class. Everything is performed rhythmically to upbeat music, guaranteeing you a fun, intense, and safe workout.