Class Descriptions

The Children's Program

Our Children's Program has been proven to provide the best possible foundation for dance education and social development.  Wavering from this is solely the decision of a certified instructor. Creating a well rounded, solidly trained dancer will only come from a strong base and our Children's Program provides young dancers a solid base to build from. It can be damaging to a child to push too fast, both physically and emotionally. Dancers will remain within their age groups until age 7. At that point, dancers will have all the necessary fundamentals to proceed to multi-level progressions.

 

Mommy & ME! (age 2/3)                            
A wonderful class to introduce your little one to the world of dance with mom right by their side. Your dancer will learn skills to help develop both fine & gross motor movement to prepare for Pre-School, basic social skills like sharing & taking turns, beginner tumbling & flexibility, and creative movement.

 

Pre-Dance I (age 3/4)   

PreDance I has proven to be a great start to a successful dance education. Dancers will be introduced to pre-tap dance, pre-tumbling & acrobatics, building gross motor skills, hand/foot coordination, musicality, and social skills. PreDance I will give your child all  the basics to lead them through to the next class level. Dancers must be able to come into the classroom independently & must be potty trained.  This is a good class for  a 3 yr old who is fairly outgoing and a 4 yr old that has little or no training. PreDance I students will perform a tap dance routine in the year-end recital. Dancers not quite ready for PreDance I would greatly enjoy a Mommy & ME! class to get started.



PreDance II (age 4/5)

PreDance II dancers will be introduced to basic tap dance, creative movement & basic acrobatics/tumbling. They will learn memorization, sing-a-long songs, gross motor skills, hand/foot coordination, musicality/rhythmic sounds, spacial awareness, social skills, classroom etiquette and an introduction to more advanced choreography. This is a great class for a 4 yr old that has done PreDance I or a 5 yr old with little or no training.  PreDance II students will perform a tap dance routine and an acrobatics routine in the year-end recital.

Ballet Babies (age 4/5)

Ballet Babies dancers will be introduced to pre-ballet movement and creative movement. They will learn memorization, sing-a-long songs, gross motor skills, hand/foot coordination, spacial awareness, social skills, and classroom etiquette. This is a great class for your budding ballerina! Ballet Babies students will perform one routine in the year-end recital. This class would be a great addition to Pre-Dance II!



Kinder Dance (age 5/6)

A wonderful follow up to our PreDance classes. KinderDance will give young dancers a great sense of all that dance has to offer with a beginner level tap & an introduction to ballet. Using the national standards of the Dance Master's of America syllabus, the Cecchetti Ballet Method, and graded technique curriculum, each class is guaranteed to cover all the necessary material to progress at a healthy and successful pace. Students will also continue learning more about musicality, rhythmic sounds, develop classroom etiquette, and social skills. KinderDance will perform a tap dance routine and a ballet routine in the year-end recital. Also, the Acrobatics - Level I class makes for a flippin' fun addition to KinderDance! See Acrobatics class description below.



Kombo Kids (age 6/7)

A combination of beginner tap as well as an introduction to jazz dance. This class can be taken alone or in addition to Pre-Ballet Technique. Using the national standards of the Dance Master's of America syllabus & graded technique curriculum, students in the Kombo Kids class will learn all the important fundamentals in the two core subjects of dance. This is a great class for a 6 year old that has completed KinderDance or a 7 year old that has little to no dance training. Students will perform two routines in the year-end recital (tap and jazz). Also, the Acrobatics - Level I class makes for a flippin' fun addition to KomboKids! See Acrobatics class description below.

​Pre-Ballet Technique (age 6/7)

Pre-Ballet compliments the Kombo Kids class for dancers ages 6/7. At this age students will begin to learn classical ballet technique & terminology using national standards of the Dance Master's of America syllabus and the Cecchetti Ballet Method. This is a great class for the student that has completed KinderDance or a 7 year old that has little to no ballet training. Students will perform a ballet routine in the year end recital. Also, the Acrobatics - Level I class makes for a flippin' fun addition to Pre-Ballet Technique! See Acrobatics class description below.

Recreational I

Ages 8-11 & Ages 12+

Our Recreational I level of training is for both entry level dancers and for those "just for fun" dancers that enjoy their night of dance as an added activity to their lives. A large number of our students go through this level of training and gain so many life lessons along the way. This level will be available for ages 8-11 & 12+ dancers. Should dancers in this program decide they wish for a more advanced approach to teaching, they will always be encouraged to work into the Recreational II or Company Programs. Since every dancers' passion develops differently, no one will ever be "stuck" in one training direction. In this program, dancers can mix and match any classes! They can also mix & match levels should their teacher feel they excel in a certain area.  

Classes at this level will only perform in one show at our year end recital.

Adv. Recreational II

Ages 8-11 & Ages 12+

Advanced Recreational II is for dancers that want to train at a more advanced level, but also balance a school sport or other outside activity. These dancers possibly are not sure if they will continue dance after high school, but still desire an accelerated form of dance training. Dancers in Advanced Recreational II must take a minimum of 2 core classes (Tap/Jazz/Ballet) and be open to an accelerated style of teaching. Dancers may mix levels with teacher recommendation. This level may perform in more than one show at the year-end recital.

Below is a list classes we offer to Recreational I

& Advanced Recreational Ii dancers:

Ballet/Pointe
The foundation of ALL styles of dance, ballet is highly recommended for all dancers. Our instructors

use Dance Master’s of America syllabus with the Cecchetti ballet method to ensure each dancer proper training at any level.  Ballet dance promotes self confidence, improved posture, flexibility, core strength, spinal alignment, self control and so much more. Advanced Recreational II students should meet with their Ballet instructor to talk about whether they are ready to safely go on Pointe. It is important that dancers wait until their bodies are ready to join pointe class. Pointe students will learn pointe shoe anatomy & safety along with correct body placement, posture, strength and control. We promote safe, healthy progress in our Pointe classes.

In addition to classical ballet we also include Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern & Improvisational classes for Advanced Recreational II students.



Jazz

Jazz dance is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely ballet, jazz music, and African-American rhythms from as far back as the 1800's. Using classic jazz terminology and up to date choreography to upbeat popular music, this is our most popular class to date. Classes consist of proper warm-up stretch techniques, center floor combinations & choreography, across the floor progressions, leaps, jumps & turns. Our jazz classes may include Theater Jazz, Character Jazz, African & Funk Jazz techniques. This is a fun, fast paced class!



Tap
“A form of dance using rhythmic sounds with the feet” … a great way to have fun and great exercise at any age. Using a graded system of tap technique alongside DMA National Standards, our instructors offer a wide variety of styles for you to enjoy. Students will progressively learn time steps, rhythmic patterns, tap terminology and more. Tap dance increases coordination, fine motor skills, musicality, stage presence, and self-confidence!



Acrobatics

A unique style of dance emphasizing spinal flexibility, balance & counter balance skills, control and strength. Acrobatics has become a favorite among the younger dancers who like to stretch, bend and tumble. Dancers are introduced to acrobatics at the preschool level and are able to continue that interest into the kinder level and beyond to young adult. Beginning with forward rolls & cartwheels to more advanced aerial, contortion and balance skills following the DMA National standards, acrobatics is a great form of strength building exercise. Acrobatics dancers must be in good physical health to participate.

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles such as breaking, popping, locking, commercial/industry, lyrical hip-hop and new style hip-hop styles.



Company Program
 

Our Company Program is for dancers wishing for a pre-professional level of training with multiple classes throughout the week. This level will not be for everyone, but is necessary for those wishing to pursue dance in the post-secondary or performance levels. For these dancers, this is your sport. Although, some may be able to balance an outside activity, attendance stipulations will apply to this level. Dancers in this program will need to be enrolled in all 3 core classes (Tap/Jazz/Ballet) as well as an additional Company Ballet class on a second day. To be considered for Company, any & all dancers age 8+ (exceptions may apply) will be evaluated by our staff and invited into the program. If a Company dancer decides within the first 2 months that this level of training is not for them, they can switch to the ADVANCED RECREATIONAL II Program without further placement evaluations. All Company dancers will be eligible to audition for the A.L.D.S. Performance & Competition Teams if desired. Competition Team members will be required to attend Company classes, summer training, workshops & conventions as well as the appropriate team rehearsals. This performance opportunity is a personal choice for both dancers & families and requires a strong work ethic and strong dedication to their teams.

 

COMPANY I - Ages 8+

Company I is an advanced, in-depth program consisting of the three core subjects: ballet, tap & jazz. Company I students will also be introduced to advanced-beginner lyrical and character jazz styles, broadening their dance experience. This level is for serious dancers and must have a minimum of 1 year experience in ballet, tap and jazz classes (outside of the Children's Program). We also recommend Company I dancers take Acrobatics & Hip-Hop classes to add to their advanced weekly training. Company I will perform three routines in 2 to 3 shows in the year-end recital.

 

COMPANY II - Age 10+

Company II is an advanced, in-depth program consisting of the three core subjects: ballet, tap & jazz. Company II students will also continue learning lyrical dance technique, adding modern dance and musical theater to the repertory. This level for serious dancers and must have a minimum of 3 years experience in ballet, tap and jazz classes (outside of the Children's Program). Company II dancers will be introduced to dance audition skills & mock auditions to prepare them for future. We also recommend Company II dancers take Acrobatics & HipHop classes to add to their advanced weekly training. Also, some may be ready for Pointe Work (see instructor for placement). Company II will perform three routines in 2 to 3 shows in the year-end recital.

 

COMPANY III - Ages 12+

Company III is a pre-professional, in-depth program consisting of the three core subjects: ballet, tap & jazz. Company III students will also take lyrical, modern, musical theater, contemporary, conditioning & flexibility classes within their core class structure. Dancers will be exposed to as many styles of dance as possible throughout the season to better prepare them for an extended, collegiate training or a professional dance career. This level is a class for serious dancers and must have a minimum of 5 years experience in ballet, tap and jazz classes (outside of the Children's Program). Company III will be taught dance audition & interview skills. We also recommend Company III dancers take Acrobatics, HipHop & Pointe classes to add to their advanced weekly training. Company III will perform three routines in all 3 shows in the year-end recital.

 

Alma-Lea's Dance Studio, Inc.
28 Moody Road
Lisbon, Maine

04250

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