CLASS SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS

2022 / 2023

Schedule subject to change.

Last updated - September 22, 2022

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DANCE CLASSES


 

BALLET & POINTE (pre-professional levels)

Beginning ballet levels provide students with a firm foundation of ballet fundamentals, including basic center floor technique, stretching and flexibility, and creative movement. Intermediate levels of ballet prepare students for more intricate technical skills, adding barre work, body placement, and developmentally appropriate choreography. Students at the intermediate level also begin Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes based on developmental readiness and physical ability. The study of Pointe requires 2 ballet classes per week. Advanced levels of ballet and pointe focus on high levels of technique including technical skills and vocabulary from Royal Dance Academy, Ciccetti, and Vaganova curriculum, and add a more professional level of choreography. 

 

Placement is based on one or more of the following: (1) the completion of a previous level of ballet; (2) by ballet and/or pointe experience; or (3) by teacher evaluation.

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance is a style which emerged in the 20th century as an outgrowth of modern dance and other 20th century dance techniques. It is an extremely fluid and very nebulous style of dance. Unlike traditions such as ballet, it is not associated with specific dance technique, but rather with a dance philosophy. In contemporary dance, people attempt to explore the natural energy and emotions of their bodies to produce dances which are often very personal.

HIP HOP
This high-energy class uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B, and pop music, together with movements influenced by the hip hop styles of the past as well as some of today's hottest video choreographers. This style of dance encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. 

 

*DelArts is proud to provide Hip Hop classes in which all of the choreography is clean and appropriate for all ages.


Placement is based on one or more of the following: (1) the completion of a previous level of Hip Hop; (2) by jazz dance experience; or (3) by teacher evaluation.

JAZZ

Beginning levels of jazz will focus on basic technique including isolations, body positions, stretching, turns, and jumps. Through daily warm-ups and exercises students will gain strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Musicality and performance skills are also taught through a series of dance combinations. Intermediate and advanced jazz classes build on those skills taught in the beginning levels, placing greater emphasis on developing rhythmic awareness, individual expression, and the use of the body as a rhythmic percussive instrument. Instruction focuses on performance qualities, dynamics, varied movement qualities, and strong versatile technique. Advanced classes require the study of ballet, utilizing the technique, strength, and placement taught in that discipline. 


Placement is based on one or more of the following: (1) the completion of a previous level of jazz; (2) by jazz experience; or (3) by teacher evaluation.

LYRICAL

Lyrical is a type of dance that relies on a direct relationship between the music and lyrics of various songs/poems and specific dance movements. Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques and challenges choreographers and dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical dancer's movements attempt to show the meaning of the music.

MODERN

Modern dance technique is designed to develop the mind, body, and spirit to be an expressive communicator through movement. Structured technical exercises that condition the body for strength, coordination, and flexibility are developed. Physical activities which focus on the aspects of space, time, shape, and movement dynamics are explored through individual work as well as group participation.

TAP

Beginning tap levels focus on basic tap technique as well as vocabulary and an introduction to the history of tap. Intermediate tap levels add to this study with a focus on the development of rhythmically accurate footwork, accompanying body movements, and improvisation. Advanced tap levels focuses on maintaining a high integrity of tap skills where students will be challenged with more complicated material including dance notation, tap history, improvisation, and greater demands on speed of learning combinations.

Placement is based on one or more of the following: (1) the completion of a previous level of tap; (2) by tap dance experience; or (3) by teacher evaluation.

 

Placement is based on one or more of the following: (1) the completion of a previous level of tap; (2) by tap dance experience; or (3) by teacher evaluation.

PARTNERING (Pointe G level and above)

Students must ​have strong pointe work with solid core strength, pointe technique, and placement. Students who show a lack of development in these areas will not be allowed to continue in this class. If students / parents have any questions about their ability level for this class, they should contact Miss Heather Reynolds . Class size is limited.

TUMBLING

Tumbling classes focus on a wide variety of skills including forward rolls, handstands, back and front walkovers, aerials, front and back handsprings, jumps, and leg holds. These classes provide important supplemental training for dance students but are open and accessible to non-dancers as well.

THEATRE CLASSES

ACTING

Acting students will work on warm-up exercises, improvisation, character development, stage direction, dialects, monologues, and scenes. Students will build the self-confidence to enable them to perform in front of an audience. 

MUSICAL THEATRE

Students will learn and recognize the styles of various choreographers including classics such Agnes DeMille, Jack Cole, Gower Champion, and Busby Berkley as well as more contemporary choreographers like Tommy Tune, Andy Blankenbueler, and more. Dances in the styles of these choreographers will be the focus of study, along with a study of more contemporary musicals. Singing and acting experiences will also play a part in the study of these productions, as will incorporating dance, singing, and acting to produce real "triple threat" performers!

YOUNG DANCERS CLASSES

 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Creative movement class is a wonderful way to introduce preschoolers to movement and music in a group setting. Less focused on defining steps such as in a ballet class, it draws on children’s curiosity about rhythm, music, shapes and play.

TOT DANCE

Tot Dance classes offer young dancers ages 3 - 4 an introduction to tap and ballet, with an emphasis on creative movement and fun! This 45 minute class provides the basis for future study.

KINDERCOMBO

For students ages 5 and up, these classes focus on strengthening and adding to basic technique in ballet and tap, building on the skills taught in Tot Dance. Creative movement and a minor introduction to jazz is also included in this hour-long class. 

ART CLASSES

ART FOR KIDS

For the budding artist who is eager to experiment in a variety of techniques. The year long curriculum explores the basics of watercolor paint, acrylic paint, chalk pastels, charcoal, colored pencils and much more! The skills gained during the instruction and practice will set the artist up for success in creating their own masterpiece. This class is appropriate for the beginner and intermediate artist who loves to work with a variety of materials, as our projects vary greatly throughout the year. Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 6 and up. 

ART OF ANIMATION

Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks… Let’s draw them! What’s the “Buzz” you ask? This year long course will highlight existing characters who touch our “Soul”. Learn tips and tricks for identifying key shapes to duplicate these characters with ease that are sure to blow your “Megamind”!  Feeling “Brave” and want to “Up” your skills? Join us each week as we are “Fun and Fancy Free” removing those “Tangled” design dilemmas that leave you feeling “Inside Out”! You will take “Home” masterpieces you create throughout the year and they will never have you “Turning Red” again! Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 7 and up.

BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE ANIME DRAWING

This introductory anime course will have students drawing Japanese inspired Chibi characters. Chibi is a Japanese term for short or small. The facial characteristics and expressions are the framework to the more advanced anime or manga drawings without the complexity of the advanced anatomy of the human form. This is a style that can be used to make beautiful art while still being easy and fun, and is perfect for the budding artist! In addition, students looking for additional instruction, “Int. Anime Drawing” or “Int. Portfolio” are suited supplemental classes. Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 9 and up.

INTERMEDIATE ANIME DRAWING

Welcome to the the perfect compromise! This class is a supplemental course designed to enhance the Beginning / Intermediate Anime and Intermediate / Advanced Anime classes, OR it can act as a stand alone course. Class time will allow for both, introduction of new information and review of past, allowing students to further explore the distinctive Japanese art form. Continuation of character drawing will be the focus throughout, with attention paid to expression, movement, design and composition. This course study is sure to enhance the artist’s drawings and further develop manga techniques. In addition, recommended enrollment in Intermediate Portfolio is a plus. Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 10 and up or teacher recommendation.

INTERMEDIATE PORTFOLIO 

This Intermediate Portfolio class is for the serious art student nearing middle school age. This is primarily a drawing class that will focus on the common required elements needed for submission to an art school or program. This class will include both instruction and critique to give a student the tools needed to complete pieces for a keepsake or portfolio. Subjects of focus will be, but not limited to, landscape, human form, self portrait, and still life. The course work completed in this class is focused on real world objects and surroundings.  Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 11 and up or teacher recommendation.

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED ANIME DRAWING

This course will further study the basics of manga or still image drawing based on the extremely popular anime style. Students will create images using proportion, expression, and basic color application to produce images based on both imaginary and recognizable characters. The academic year will be broken down into two sections - the fall will concentrate on the anime head, position, expression and hair, while the winter will move to the intricacies of figure drawing and human anatomy to create a complex character. Supplemental recommendation to this course is Intermediate Portfolio. Students must purchase a DAC Art Supplies kit specific to this course from Jerry's Art-o-rama, which is located at 269 S. Main Street in Newark, DE. Students will be required to bring their art supplies each week. This is a year long class for ages 11 and up or teacher recommendation.

DRAWING & PAINTING

Students will learn correct drawing techniques, focusing on line, movement, shading, proportions, and color concepts. They will also develop imagination, creativity, and art appreciation. This class will also cover the basics of watercolors and acrylic techniques, with a focus on texture, line, color, shape, perspective, with still lifes, landscapes, etc. This class will touch on everything from abstract to portraits. A list of materials will be provided, and will include basic drawing and painting tools as well as canvases, etc. 

STILL LIFE & DESIGN

A still life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still objects. Still life may be classified into three principal groups, including: (1) flower pieces; (2) breakfast or banquet pieces; (3) animal pieces. Many of these works are executed purely to demonstrate the technical virtuosity and drawing ability of the artist. Students in Still Life and Design will work on techniques associated with this style of art, as well as developing, through this study, basic design principles, color theory, critical thinking, and artistic techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the design-process using methods, strategies, and techniques to create original student artwork. Students will apply their knowledge of the elements and principles of design in order to strengthen their ability to visually communicate ideas.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

This is a fun class for young photographers. Students will learn the basics of photography including how a camera works, lighting techniques, and how to design and compose a good picture. This will include work with digital computer programs. Students will take pictures in class and on their own during this course.

PRIVATE MUSIC AND VOCAL INSTRUCTION

 

PIANO - Private piano instruction will enable the student to focus on building a solid foundation in music theory, harmonization, transposition, sight reading, and improvisation. Students will explore many styles of music and consideration is given to the individual interests and artistic goals of each student. 

​BRASS - Private instruction will enable the student to focus on building a solid foundation in music theory, sight reading, and improvisation. Students will explore many styles of music and consideration is given to the individual interests and artistic goals of each student.  

VOCAL - These lessons are for those with extensive car and shower singing experience or more extensive band, theatre, or choral singing experience. Lessons will cover and build on the basics of proper vocal technique: breathing and support, warm-ups, developing your range, tone, placement, articulation, etc. Consideration is given to the individual interests and artistic goals of each student. 

 

​Each private lesson instructor manages their own schedule, and rates vary between teachers.

 

For private music lessons, please call us at (302) 595-4160 or e-mail us for specific details.