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Class Descriptions

Age ranges listed in class descriptions are a guideline. Advanced students may be put in an older age group.

 

COMBINATION CLASSES:

Tumbling Combo

Ages 3 to 5. Provides young students with an introduction to ballet and acrobatics. This class continues the exploration of imagination and creativity with music. Class meets for one hour per week and performs two routines in the spring recital.

 

Children’s Combo I

Ages 4 to 6.  Students learn the basics of ballet, tap, and jazz dance. During the year, students develop and improve rhythm, flexibility, and strength. Class meets for 90 minutes per week. This class performs three routines in the spring recital.

Children’s Combo II

Ages 6 to 8. Continues the ballet, jazz, and tap themes, and also begins exploring lyrical dance. This class is for advanced students and those who have completed a year of Children’s Combo I. Class meets for 90 minutes per week and performs three routines in the recital.

GENRE CLASSES:

Ballet

Ballet I (ages 9 to 12) and Ballet II (Ages 13 & Up). Ballet is the foundation of all dance genres. Students perfect basic techniques while developing and enhancing intermediate and advanced skills. Each class consists of a warmup, barre, center and across the floor work, and choreography. Students continue to develop and improve core strength, posture, and flexibility. Specific skill focuses will include turns, leaps, and footwork. This class meets for 1 hour, once per week. Students perform one routine in the spring recital.

Jazz

Jazz I (Ages 9 to 12) and Jazz II (Ages 13 & Up). Students perfect basic techniques while developing and enhancing intermediate and advanced skills. Each class consists of a warmup, center and across the floor work, and choreography. Students continue to develop and improve core strength, posture, and flexibility. Specific skill focuses will include turns, leaps, and footwork. This class meets for 45 minutes, once per week. Performs one routine in the spring recital.

Tap

Ages 9 and up. Students perfect basic techniques while developing and enhancing intermediate and advanced skills. Each class consists of a warmup, center and across the floor work, and choreography. Students will focus on learning specific tap steps as well as developing and improving rhythm.This class meets for 45 minutes, once per week. Performs one routine in the spring recital.

Lyrical

Lyrical I (Ages 9 to 12) and Lyrical II (Ages 13 & Up). Students perfect basic techniques while developing and enhancing intermediate and advanced skills. Each class consists of a warmup, center and across the floor work, and choreography. Students will learn how to combine ballet, modern, and jazz techniques to tell a story. This class meets for 45 minutes, once per week. Performs one routine in the spring recital.

Introductory Acrobatics

Ages 6 to 8. Students learn basic tumbling and dance skills while developing strength and flexibility. Beginner acrobatic tricks are taught, including cartwheels, handstands, headstands, rolls, chin stands, handstand forward rolls, and bridges. As the year progresses, students will advance to intermediate tricks including limbers, standing backbends, round-offs, kick overs, walkovers, one-handed cartwheels, elbow stands and chest rolls. Each class includes choreography which integrates acrobatics, tumbling, and dance skills. Astra Studio is trained in Acrobatic Arts which promotes safety and proper progressions. This class meets for 45 minutes, once per week. Performs one routine in the spring recital. 

Acrobatics

Acro I (ages 9 & up; levels primary through 4) and Acro II (Ages 9 & up; levels 5 and up). Class focuses around mastering beginner tricks and learning intermediate through advanced tricks. Students begin the year reviewing beginner tricks, such as cartwheels, handstands, headstands, rolls, chin stands, handstand forward rolls, and bridges. Students will then learn and master intermediate skills such as limbers, standing backbends, round-offs, kick overs, walkovers, one-handed cartwheels, elbow stands, and chest rolls. As the year progresses, students will learn advanced tricks,  including handsprings, hand walks, aerials, and contortion work. Partner work and tricks will be incorporated into classes. Students will also improve upon dance tricks, such as leaps, jumps, kicks, splits, and heel stretches. Each class includes choreography, which integrates acrobatics, tumbling, contortion and dance skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Strength Training & Flexibility class in conjunction with the Acrobatics class. Astra Studio is trained in Acrobatic Arts which promotes safety and proper progressions. Class meets once per week for one hour. Students perform one routine in the spring recital

Hip Hop

Hip Hop I (ages 7 to 11) and Hip Hop II (Ages 12 & Up). Hip Hop is a broad category, covering several sub-genres of the style. Hip Hop originated on the streets, and traditionally relied heavily on improv. This class explores the history, as well as movements, in the sub-genres of Breaking, Locking & Popping, Jazz-Funk, and NewStyle, while encouraging students include improv in the studio. Class meets once per week. Hip Hop meets for one hour per week, Boy's Hip Hop meets for 45 minutes per week. Each class will perform one routine in the spring recital.

Pointe

Ages 12 & up. Pointe is a sub division of Classical Ballet where the dancer places all weight on tips of feet within Pointe shoes. Pointe requires proper strength and technique. Students must have a minimum of 3 years prior Ballet training and be currently enrolled in a Ballet class. Class meets once per week for one hour. Performs one routine in the spring recital. 

Jumps & Turns

Ages 9 & up. Class meets once per week for 45 minutes. This is a conditioning class and does not perform a routine in the spring recital. Students will focus on improving and perfecting their technical execution of basic jumps, leaps, and turns, as well as learn and improve upon intermediate and advanced skills. This class is highly encouraged for any serious dancer and for all dance company members.

ACTING:

 

Acting

Ages 8 & up. Classes include a warmup game, discussion on  theatre and acting, and three to four activities which aid the development of vocalization, physicalization, focusing energy, imagination, team building, emotional execution, creating an environment, and developing a character. Lessons conclude with a reflection question. Students gain an understanding of script analysis, creating a scene, and developing character. In addition to scene work, each student will learn a monologue. This class meets for one hour per week and performs one scene in the spring recital.