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Classes

To view all classes offered (organized by age and level), proceed to Schedule.

Pre-ballet

Intended for preschool and kindergarten students, dancers enrolled in pre-ballet focus on ballet basics, dexterity, and creativity. Dancers develop studio manners, team-working skills, self expression, and interacting with others. Various props and age appropriate music allow students to use their imagination while learning lively choreography. At this age, focus is on developing large motor skills and coordination through fun activities such as skipping, leaping, jumping, galloping, and stretching.

Recommended dancewear is form-fitting (this enables teachers to easily view body lines and technique). Black ballet shoes are available for purchase at our school.

Jazz

Jazz is characterized by powerful, energetic movement and music making this style appropriate for boys and girls wanting to increase self-awareness, confidence, and freedom of movement. Students will learn techniques such as spotting, turns, kicks and leaps; jazz progressions that lead from beginning through advanced.

Recommended dancewear is form-fitting, spandex-style clothing (this enables teachers to easily view body lines and technique). Black jazz shoes are available for purchase at our school.

Hip Hop/Street Dance

The origins of hip hop trace back to ancient African tribal dances. Hip hop is known for its strength of expression and 'street feel'. This style is great for students looking to develop social dance skills, confidence, and stage presence. Age-appropriate music combined with entertaining choreography make it a favorite. Students will learn choreography with isolations and locked movement.

Hip hop classes wear loose fitting street clothes or regular dancewear and black jazz shoes. Note: Regular street shoes are not permitted on the studio floors.

Ballet

Creative Ballet is an excellent introduction for children preparing for classical ballet. It offers dancers the opportunity to learn the basics of ballet technique in a more relaxed, fun, and interactive environment. Classical and contemporary music accompanies students as they develop poise, technique, strength, rhythm, grace and lyrical movement. Intended for children grades 2-4.

Classical Ballet follows traditional technique and is generally accompanied by classical music. We focus on turn out, high extensions, pointe work, posture, poise, and grace as well as flexibility, strength, endurance, combinations of movement, and balance. This form of dance is rigorous and challenging. Students hoping to attain Performance Team status should prepare by starting with Creative Ballet in second grade and Classical Ballet in third grade in addition to their other classes.

Note: pointe work is considered an advanced form of ballet and is only allowed in students older than age eleven who have carefully trained and have the teacher’s recommendation.

Grades 3-12 have a BALLET DRESS CODE: black leotard, pink tights, black skirt, hair secured off face in a bun. Black ballet shoes are available for purchase at our school. Younger classes should wear dancewear to allow teachers to see dancer's lines.

CHEER/TUMBLING

Hailing from scholastic sports environments, cheer promotes team effort in a lively class. Cheer movements are clean, jazz-like including kicks, jumps, and synchronized movement; focusing on flexibility, tumbling, and energetic routines.

Students will learn proper tumbling techniques for acrobatic movements. Training is progressive, building students’ strength and confidence in execution of stunts. These classes offer a great basis for floor work to those who are interested in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop.

Performance Teams

Performance Teams work together to develop many forms of dance, but primarily focus on jazz, classical ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop.

Our dancers strive for excellence and being a team member is the culmination of years of hard work! We have three performance teams that dance an average of 6-8 hours per week. Teams develop strong friendships as they work side by side, year after year.

If you are interested in becoming a member of a performance team, you may contact Kathryn to audition and will be placed on the best team for your specific level. Team tuition and expenses are handled differently than the majority of the studio. Information is available to prospective team members upon request.

1437 NE Dee Street, Roseburg, OR 97470  Phone: 541-672-8811  
Email: kathryn@roseburgdance.com

 

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