Class Descriptions

 Ballet

Ballet is the "backbone" on all dance training. In ballet the student will learn grace, elegance, technique, discipline, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. 

 

Pre-K Ballet - Students will be introduced to ballet through music and creative movement, while learning basic ballet vocabulary and positions. Ballet teaches students about spatial awareness, coordination, body awareness, flexibility and self-expression.

 

Beginning Ballet - Students will learn the basic fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, vocabulary and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre, center work, and across the floor. Students are also introduced to body awareness, coordination, and self expression.

Intermediate Ballet - Students will learn the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, terminology/vocabulary and musicality. Students will be introduced to fundamental barre work, center work, across the floor, combinations, and choreography. Students are encouraged to focus on body awareness, alignment, and muscle awareness, working on positions of the arms, direction of the body, and movement quality. 

Advanced Ballet (Pre-Pointe and Pointe) - Students will learn the fundamentals of Pointe such as strengthening the body and alignment. Students will work on flexibility and conditioning exercises to prepare our dancers for pointe shoes.

***Class will also focus on ballet technique, proper body alignment, terminology/vocabulary and musicality. Students will work on fundamental barre work, center work, across the floor, combinations, and choreography. Students are encouraged to focus on body awareness, alignment, and muscle awareness, working on positions of the arms, direction of the body, and movement quality.

 

Tap

Pre-K Tap/Beginning Tap - An introduction to tap dance with the basics. A great way for students to try tap and see how they like it. Beginning tap is also for students who have never had tap or may have had tap before, but are still on the beginning level.

Note: We have gently used Tap shoes for $5.00. Stop by or email us to try a pair on. 

 

Intermediate/ Advanced Tap - In Tap class, the dancer's foot and shoe acts as a drum, and each part of the shoe makes a particular beat and sound. In this class students will work on tempos, rhythms, Tap combinations and inspiring choreographies. 

Jazz & Contemporary 

Intermediate/ Advanced Jazz - combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance. Classes include warm up, isolations, stretches, across the floor progressions, and choreography combinations. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, rhythms and isolation of body parts, and expressing personal style. As students progress, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students will also practice precision and rhythm, personal style, and self-expression.

Creative Movement 

Dance Fun/Creative Movement - Be free and fly like a bird! Swim slow like a fish! Stomp like a strong elephant! Dance fun allows children to express, as they learn the basic forms of dance through creative movement, stories, music and rhythmical patterns, all while fostering independence and body awareness. Students will be introduced to the concepts of body, energy, space, & time as they explore themselves, their imagination and creativity. 

Hip Hop

Pre-K Hip Hop - Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, along with traditional hip hop styles such as, popping, locking, and grooving.. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Great for learning rhythm, developing gross motor skill, self expression, and body awareness.

 

Beginning Hip Hop - This class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment. Instructors use hip music to create fun cutting edge choreographies and combinations. Hip Hop helps students to increase flexibility, strength, precision, and creativity to find their own style, boosting self-confidence.

 

Intermediate/ Advanced Hip Hop - Classes include warm up, moving across the floor, and style explorations (popping, locking, gliding, contemporary). This class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment. Instructors use hip music to create fun cutting edge choreographies and combinations. Hip Hop helps students to increase flexibility, strength, precision, and creativity to find their own style, while boosting self-confidence.

Performing Arts

Music Fun - (Pre-K) Music Fun introduces children to the world of music. Children will learn about different  instruments and how they make sound. They will have an opportunity to play many different percussion instruments, as well as the piano. Students will work on language development through learning to read and sing introductory songs, while having the freedom to move and express themselves through sounds and music.

 

Music & Singing the Favorites - (Multi-level ages 5+) Welcome to Music and Singing Favorites class! This class will involve singing popular songs from, “Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Annie, Frozen,” and more! Mrs. Marina is a big fan of Disney songs, too. Music and Singing Favorites is a fun class and everyone is welcome to join!

 

Piano (Private Lessons) -  Mrs. Marina offers private piano lessons for all levels of students on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Please email us for pricing, more information and to set up an appointment.

 

Children's Choir - Kindergarten-5th grades 

Youth Choir 6th-12th grades. If you love to sing, these ensembles are for you! Both groups meet periodically on Sunday mornings and sing spiritual songs. Together we will sing, work on our voices, learn to read music and make friends. We'll perform at BFUMC worship services and other events througout the school year. There is no charge for this class. Please email us for details. 

Acting

 

Acting/Dramatic Play - Children will have fun while exploring dramatic play, self expression, and creative movement, while working on Motor Development skills. They will explore acting through games, music and movement. 

 

Kids Acting - A fun and informal introduction to stagecraft utilizing improv, props, scene study and theatre games.  Your child will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively while interacting with other students in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

Acting (Private Lessons) - Students will learn audition techniques, character development, script analysis, scene work and audition preparation.  Whether you’re a beginner, or a seasoned actor, you will be challenged at your personal skill level, all skill levels are welcome. Please email us for more information, pricing and scheduling. 

 

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for Pre-K & Kids Yoga - is fun for everyone! Children will transform into beautiful trees, twinkling stars, playful puppies, tall mountains, brave warriors, peaceful butterflies and so much more as they practice yoga.  Taught by a certified Yoga Instructor, your child will learn safe yoga poses, breath and flow in a non-competitive, energy filled class.  This class will work on flexibility, coordination, balance and posture.  Yoga helps develop focus, concentration and patience (great for preschoolers & school aged children).  This class will help increase body awareness, basic anatomy and ability to relax (yes, they love the savasana!). Yoga helps children's self-esteem & confidence by reinforcing non-judgment and positivity.  

 

Cooking

Pre-K Cooking - This class introduces children to the world of cooking and preparing food! Students will experience the pleasures of preparing and enjoying foods that are both delicious and nutritious. Students will learn the basics of cooking: chooping, spreading, mixing, measuring and listen to books on food while exploring many healthy ingredients and recipes.

 

Kids Cooking - In our hands-on cooking class,  kids will create foods from different cultures while they explore rich colors, shapes, textures, and names of all ingredients as they cut, mix, measure, and exercise all their senses. They will have fun while learning math, science, and develop valuable skills such as following directions, taking turns, teamwork,  making healthier food choices and so much more! We’re excited to see our great little chefs in the kitchen!

Language Arts

Pre-K Spanish and Spanish 2 - We offer a class after preschool for 4-year-old children by two preschool teachers, Mrs. Wernstrum and Mrs. Balos. Spanish is taught in a warm, friendly environment with age appropriate games, crafts and activities. There is also a multi-level class for 5-year-olds and older Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 pm. Elementary aged children are learning at their own level. 

Adult Classes:

Adult Yoga

Yoga (Vinyasa Flow Style) - Vinyasa means breathe to movement.  During your practice you will move through thoughtfully sequenced asanas (poses), in an energetic challenging class accessible to all levels.  Through a combination of holding poses & flowing movement you will can improve alignment, balance and strength. Classes are fun, set to music in a judgment free atmosphere. Make time just for you & leave feeling refreshed and energized!  

Childcare is available in the Nursery $2.00 per child. 

 

Adult Zumba (On Hold at this Time)

Zumba - Zumba® fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that promises a great workout! Zumba® is a one hour class of caloric-burning, body-energizing, inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for LIFE! The routines feature interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.  Note: if you're interested in Zumba. please email us with your favorite day and time. We will start up with 5 students.

Yoga-Vinyasa Style

YOGA (VINYASA STYLE) - An invigorating style of yoga that focuses on linking breath to movement.  We welcome all levels and emphasize the importance of working at your own pace and developing a deeper sense of body awareness.  In our class, you will learn fundamental yoga postures that move in and out to complete a vinyasa sequence - a meditation in motion.  Join us for yoga in a positive, encouraging environment. Classes are set to music & are open to all levels.  We offer childcare in the nursery.  Make time for you & meet us on the mat!  Namaste.

 

Monday and Wednesday mornings - Yoga with Heather 9:15-10:30 am,  2nd floor Studio

 

Monday Afternoons - Yoga with Heather 4:30-5:30 pm,  2nd floor Studio

 

Thursday Afternoons - Teen Yoga with Heather 3:30-4:30 pm, 2nd floor Studio

 

Drop in Classes for Teens $12    

Childcare available in nursery $2/child (exclusively for morning Yoga)

 

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