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PRESCHOOL CLASSES

PreSchool I

Ages 2½ - 3½ (Must be 3 by December 31)

PreSchool I classes enhance body awareness, eye-hand coordination, listening skills, socialization, rhythmic awareness and musicality. Ballet is the main component of this class utilizing games, songs, and toys as learning tools. Dancers will also learn basic ballet positions and steps, along with the French terminology for each. Class is 40 minutes long and meets once per week. These students may choose to participate in the annual spring recital.

APPAREL: Leotard (any color), pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes; (ballet skirt optional) HAIR: Ballet Bun (Short hair must be secured away from face.)

 

PreSchool II

Ages 4 – 5 (MUST be 4 by September 30)

PreSchool II classes are based on positive reinforcement in a nurturing atmosphere. Children participate in creative dancing and singing games as their warm-up activities, followed by an energetic approach to ballet and tap exercises. Power & Grace strongly recommends basic BALLET technique for all dance students to develop flexibility, strength, and posture. Basic ballet positions and movements and French ballet terminology are taught at this level with emphasis on creativity and imaginative learning. TAP lessons develop rhythmic awareness and musicality while having lots of fun. PreSchool II classes meet once each week for 45 minutes. These students may choose to participate in the annual recital.

APPAREL: Leotard (any color), pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes; (ballet skirt optional) These students need a small bag to carry shoes to class. HAIR: Ballet Bun (Short hair must be secured away from face.)

 

Jazz

Ages 6 & up

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years due to its popularity on television, videos, movies, and Broadway. This dance style consists of unique moves, footwork, leaps and turns. With its background in ballet movements, jazz encourages grace and balance while showcasing energy, individual style, and originality.

APPAREL: Dance shorts, capris, or pants; Snug-fitting tank top or cami; Black Jazz shoes. HAIR: Ballet Bun or Ponytail (Hair must be secured away from face.)

 

Hip-Hop

Ages 6 & up

Hip-Hop is a derivative of jazz dance, with a “street attitude” developed in the last few decades. While not as structured as classical ballet or jazz, it combines a funky, modern urban-style street dance with free-flowing, rhythmic motions that can be smooth or hard-hitting. Power & Grace teaches Hip-Hop in a “family-oriented” style and environment.

APPAREL: Dance shorts, capris, or pants; Tank top or tee; CLEAN tennis shoes or dance sneakers. HAIR: Ballet Bun or Ponytail (Hair must be kept away from face.)

COMBO CLASSES

Primary I

Ages 5 – 6 (MUST be 5 by September 30)
**5-year-olds should complete PreSchool II prior to enrolling in Primary I.**

Primary I classes are a continuation of Ballet & Tap along with the introduction of JAZZ. Basic ballet technique, terminology and flexibility are continued, along with graded Tap skills. Beginning JAZZ is introduced at this level. Primary I classes meet once each week for 60 minutes. These students may choose to participate in the annual recital.

APPAREL: Leotard (any color), pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes; (ballet skirt optional)
JAZZ shoes MAY be required after December. Dancers need a small bag to carry shoes to class.
HAIR: Ballet Bun (Short hair must be secured away from face.)

 

Primary II

Ages 7 – 9 (MUST be 7 by September 30)

Primary II is a COMBINATION CLASS. Ballet, Tap, and Jazz are offered in a 60-minute session, once each week. This class offers an overview of all three genres of dance allowing beginning students to choose the type of dance they prefer, or preparing them for more advanced classes in all three. Primary II classes are designed for children who have completed Primary I, but are not yet ready to enter PreCompany classes OR beginners over the age of 6. Basic ballet technique, terminology and flexibility are continued, along with graded Tap skills.

APPAREL: Leotard (any color), pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes; (ballet skirt optional)
JAZZ shoes MAY be required after December. Dancers need a small bag to carry shoes to class.
HAIR: Ballet Bun (Short hair must be secured away from face.)

 

Ballet

Ages 6 & up

Power & Grace strongly encourages a ballet base for ALL dance students. Ballet is the place to begin for all serious dancers. There is no substitute for the flexibility, grace, and discipline gained from ballet training. Ballet teaches exact form and technique, builds strength and develops poise. Based on the Cecchetti Method, Power & Grace instructors stress a specific step-by-step approach to classical ballet training. The Cecchetti method has been widely recognized as the most injury-free and adaptive ballet style, providing the dancer with skills that can be used in any ballet setting.

APPAREL: Pink leather Ballet shoes, pink tights, leotard (any color); Ballet skirt optional. HAIR: Ballet Bun (Short hair may be pinned away from face.)

 

tap

Fun and entertaining, tap is a dance form for all ages. Basic steps, such as shuffle, ball change, etc., are combined to form precise rhythmic patterns and fast-paced choreography as the dancer progresses. Beginning classes start with basic tap steps and combinations.

APPAREL: Dance shorts, capris, or pants; Snug-fitting tank top or cami; Black TAP shoes. HAIR: Ballet Bun or Ponytail (Hair must be secured away from face.)

 

Danceline Prep

Ages 11 & up

Danceline classes stress teamwork for participating students. Basic jazz movements and combinations, as well as kickline exercises, are taught in a dance team approach. This is an excellent class to improve your skills for your school danceline team. Danceline Prep classes are offered in 12-week “mini-sessions” September – November and January – April.

APPAREL: Dance shorts, capris, or pants; Snug-fitting tank top or cami; Black Jazz shoes. HAIR: Ballet Bun or Ponytail (Hair must be secured away from face.)


Power & Grace School of Performing Arts offers several options for dancers who exhibit special interest and ability:
precompany I and II

PreCompany I and II is designed for children, approximately 7 to 10 years old, who show rhythmic and musical abilities and a heightened interest and dance. PreCompany students attend classes twice weekly and receive training in ballet, tap and jazz.

 

jazz ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is designed for young dancers, approximately ages 8 & up, who are interested in dance team training and competitions. Students attend one weekly team class, which includes basic ballet, jazz and dance team training, plus an additional weekly class of the dancer’s choice. Team members compete in a least one regional competition per year.

River Cities Dance Company

A combinations of groups of talented young dancers, ranging from the intermediate to the advanced and pre-professional levels, all members of River Cities Dance Company train at Power & Grace School of Performing Arts under the direction of Christy Holden. Acceptance into the Company provides the serious dance student with intensive training and performing experience plus opportunities to work with internationally known teachers and choreographers.

River Cities Dance Company is the resident dance company of Power and Grace School of Performing Arts. Christy Posey Holden serves as the artistic director of the dance company and all company members train locally at Power & Grace. Auditions are held each spring for membership in this strenuous and disciplined program. Training includes classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and hip-hop. Senior and Junior Company members are also instructed in classical pointe using the Cecchetti ballet method which reduces injuries and allows adaptability when auditioning for different choreography styles.

Starlets is designed for children, generally ages 7 to 10, who show apparent dance ability and are musically inclined. These children are usually selected by their dance instructors, or audition, to participate in this program. They attend classes twice weekly for training in ballet, tap and jazz. Starlets may perform in some local venues and participate in regional competitions.

Stars is a program designed for dancers, approximately ages 8 to 12, who are ready for the next level. These dancers are quickly developing their technical ability and becoming quite disciplined. They usually study 3 to 5 hours per week, training in ballet, tap and jazz. Stars perform in local venues and participate in regional competitions.

Junior Company, approximately ages 11 and up, begins pointe training, and intensifies the study of classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. At this level the students are able to broaden their knowledge as a dancer and as a performer. Dancing as a team member becomes a vital part of the 5 to 8 hours of weekly training that these students receive.

Senior Company, approximately ages 14 and up, trains 8 to 12 hours per week in a pre-professional environment. These dancers are aware of their own potential, and are dedicated to the art of dance. Pointe and classical ballet are studied intensely, as well as progressive training in jazz, modern dance, and tap. Dancers in Senior Company exhibit an extraordinary commitment to dance and make classes and rehearsals a priority.