CLASS SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS
2020 / 2021
Schedule subject to change.
Last updated - September 22, 2020
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 a focus on the development of rhythmically accurate footwork and 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.
Broadway Tap students will focus on tap technique and choreography in the style of Broadway musicals. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique and producing clear tap sounds.
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 prepares 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 both Royal Dance Academy 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.
These classes are designed for students who are not focused on ballet, but need the technique for the ballet class requirement for other dance styles. There will still be a strong emphasis on correct placement and technique, but the dance vocabulary will be limited to college or musical theatre audition requirements.
PARTNERING (Pointe F level and up)
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 Priscilla. Class size is limited.
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.
This high-energy class uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by 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.
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.
Lyrical is a type of dance that relies on a direct relationship between the 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 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.
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.
Students will learn and recognize the styles of various choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Jack Cole, Gower Champion, and Busby Berkley. Dances in the styles of these choreographers will be the focus of study, along with a study of more contemporary musicals including "The Wiz," "Grease," "Annie," and "Seussical the Musical." 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!
Tot Dance classes offer young dancers ages 3 - 5 an introduction to tap and ballet, with an emphasis on creative movement and fun!
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.
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.
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.
ART FOR KIDS
Creativity is the best tool a child can learn to use. Plus, art can keep them busy for hours on end!These classes are perfect for your young artist to further their art knowledge and skills. Classes are offered at our studio on a weekly basis for 60 minutes per class. Students are taught based on a curriculum that covers a bit art history and art technique. Your children will be able to use what they learn during class and apply it to their own masterpieces.
STILL LIFE & DESIGN
Description coming soon.
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
DRUMS - Drum instruction includes an emphasis on reading music, drum rudiments, and practical exercises in rock, jazz, blues, and a host of other musical genres. Lessons will generate work on dissecting songs and learning musical performances.
GUITAR (Bass, Electric, Acoustic) - Students of all levels will study the parts of the guitar, music theory, finger picking styles, folk songs, blues progressions, scales, chords and chord structure, reading tablature, and sight-reading. Consideration is given to the individual interests and artistic goals of each student.
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 - Students will study with Betsy Connor, Kelly R. Evans, and Jenn Kelman. 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.
For private music lessons, please call us at (302) 595-4160 or e-mail us for details.