INTRO TO BALLET        Ages 2 1/2-4.  No previous training

A class to explore basic ballet and tap technique. Dancers experience ballet fundamentals and creative movement every week.

Every week the students will stretch and participate in creative movement. Proper vocabulary for dance steps are introduced. Gross motor skills, rhythm, coordination, stretching, listening skills, and class structure knowledge is developed. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity. This class will help develop listening skills, respect, and self-confidence.

BALLET 1-5

A classical form of technical dance characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses. Steps are based on turned out positions of the legs. Ballet emphasizes the upbeat of movement

Our teachers come from various backgrounds and teach a fusion of classical ballet techniques.

Ballet 1 Ages 5-7 Basic dance technique with little or no prior training. 

Ballet 2 Ages 8-9 Basic dance technique with 1-2 years prior training

Ballet 3 Ages 9-11 Intermediate.2-3 years prior training.

Ballet 4 Ages 11-12  Intermediate.2-3 years prior training.

Ballet 5 Ages 13-18 Advanced 3-4  years prior training 

Age is only guideline, each dancer is individually placed by director. 

Pointe

Students that have been approved to take Pointe by the ballet director at OPDS in levels 3-5 are able to take the Beginner Pointe class.  Students in the class must take 2 ballet classes per week.  The class serves to strengthen and refine as well as introduce the basic technique of pointe work.

Recommended Ages 9 and up only 

JAZZ

An evolving form of dance based on technique, using isolations, rhythms, and contrasting movements. Steps are based on mostly parallel positions of the legs. Jazz emphasizes the downbeat of movement. Includes styles such as latin,  funk, and pop

Jazz 1 Ages 5-7 Basic dance technique with little or no prior training. 

Jazz 2 Ages 8-9 Basic dance technique with 1-2 years prior training

Jazz 3 Ages 9-11 Intermediate.2-3 years prior training.

Jazz 4 Ages 11-12  Intermediate.2-3 years prior training.

Jazz 5 Ages 13-18 Advanced 3-4  years prior training 

Age is only guideline, each dancer is individually placed by director. 

Contemporary/Lyrical


Classes consists of dance using motion to interpret music and express emotion.  It portrays certain emotions such as love, and tells a story through every movement made. Experience the many different styles of lyrical choreography, along with cutting-edge turns, and jumps. Students will get a warm-up and learn choreography focusing on memorization skills and style adaptability.

Tap


A percussive form of dance based on the use of metal plates on leather shoes. Steps include syncopation and rhythms and can be technical or improvised.  Rhythm Tap: Uses legs to make a louder, more grounded sound. Broadway Style: Uses arms and legs to appear more upright and theatrical.

Hip Hop


An urban form of dance associated with “street crews” which evolved into a structured class. Movement is low to the ground and influenced by today’s youth culture. Class includes techniques of locking, popping, mixes funk and street dance styles to create fun and freestyle movement.

Musical theater

Theatrical dance for the Broadway bound dancer. Learn Broadway Jazz style musicals like Annie, Lion King, Grease and many others.

Acrobatics

This is a basic gymnastics class. The objective of the class is tumbling skills for dancers. The class includes stretching, flexibility conditioning as well as learning basic tumbling.