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BALLET CLASSES

Dance With Me (18mos.- 2.5) This is an interactive parent (or adult friend) and toddler class, where the adult will help the little dancer by guiding them through the movements of dance class. We will have fun playing, skipping, stretching, singing, tumbling and, of course, DANCING! Students ages 18 months – 2.5 yrs old may enroll and must be accompanied by an adult. The participating adult is expected to be consistent throughout the season. 

Preschool Ballet (Ages 3-4) classes use the basics of ballet and creative dance to develop/increase coordination, body awareness and rhythm. This is an introductory technique-based class focusing on developing independence and acclimating to a dance setting. We use a monthly theme system that allows students to learn dances, songs and steps associated with the theme of the month! Preschoolers learn the best when they are having fun, and we are having lots of it in these classes. Students ages 3-4 must enroll.

Grade School Ballet (Ages 5-Teen) consists of technique-based classes focusing on posture, balance, self-discipline, grace, self-confidence, fitness and individual expression. It is the foundation of dance and a mandatory class here at the Tia Russell Dance Studio. Students ages 5-Teen must enroll.


JAZZ CLASSES

Preschool Jazz (Ages 3-4) classes run on the same monthly theme system as our preschool ballet. This is a fast-paced introductory technique class focusing on isolations of the body. There is a stronger emphasis on technique, memorization of patterns and expressions by use of props and playful music! These classes begin to prepare children for the grade school classes. Students ages 3 and 4 may enroll.

Grade School Jazz (Ages 5-Teen) classes focusing on isolations of the body and reflects a person’s emotions through movements like shaking, twisting and swinging. Jazz dance is fast-paced, energetic and rhythmic form of dance. As the student advances, movements such as turns, leaps and jumps will be added to the practiced routines. Jazz dance is essentially a performance of movements and rhythms with a main purpose of entertaining self as well as others. Students ages 5-Teen may enroll.


HIP HOP CLASSES

Grade School & Adult Hip Hop (Ages 5-Adult) classes concentrate on the fundamentals of Hip-Hop movement. This is a very up-beat class with high energy. This class focuses on stretching, isolations, rhythms, musicality, upper body strength and choreography. Commercial hip hop styles as demonstrated in the latest music videos to popular music will be the influence of this class. Students ages 5-Adult may enroll.


WEST AFRICAN CLASSES

Grade School & Adult West African (Ages 5-Adult) classes are active and use the concept of total body articulation. Dancers will learn fancy footwork, jumps and intricate head and body movements. Dancers will practice across the floor movements, learn choreography and practice individual expression during bembe circles. Students ages 5-Adult may enroll.


TAP CLASSES

Preschool Tap (Age 4yrs) classes run on the same monthly theme system as our preschool ballet. Students focus on rhythm, musicality and timing. Preschool tap is an introductory class focusing on the fundamental skills in tap dance and body placement. Students age 4 may enroll. 

Grade School & Adult Tap (Ages 5-Adult) classes focuses on rhythm, musicality and timing. Classes begin with an energetic warm-up, across the floor exercises and end with a choreographed combination. Our beginner students focus on the fundamental skills in tap dance and body placement. As they advance, they work on increase of speed and difficulty of steps. Students ages 5-Adult may enroll.


LYRICAL CLASSES

Grade School Lyrical (Teen Only) classes are a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques and individual expression. Depending on the given song and choreography, lyrical pieces may not be graceful, but will always be expressive and unpredictable. Lyrical is based around choreography, the interpretation of the music, and the spirit of emotion. Students enrolled in Teen 2 & 3 Ballet are eligible to enroll.

Adult Program Lyrical classes focuses on isolations of the body and reflects a person’s emotions through movements like shaking, twisting and swinging. Jazz dance is fast-paced, energetic and a rhythmic form of dance. Lyrical is a slow-paced, emotion driven class. Adults only.


HORTON MODERN CLASSES

Grade School Modern (Teen Only) classes are technique classes designed to correct and improve dancer’s physical limitations so that they might pursue any form of dance. The Horton technique concentrates on defining shapes and dancer’s ability to move through the shapes with energy and use of space. Some of the exercises used to strengthen the body are flat-backs, lateral stretches, tilt lines, lunges and circular movements. The primary focus of this class is to create length in the spine and hamstrings. As the student progresses, exercises will become longer and more complex. Students enrolled in 9-12 Ballet 2 & 3 and any Teen Ballet class are eligible to enroll.


ACRO DANCE CLASSES

Grade School Acro (Ages 5-Teen) classes combine classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character & unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics. Students ages 5-Teen may enroll.