Class Descriptions

Mini Movers (Age 2)
In this class, students will be introduced to dance through movement exploration activities and basic tap steps.  For the first half of class, students will wear tap shoes to make some noise and explore different rhythms and sounds! During the second half of class, students will learn creative movement and ballet steps through use of fun music and props as well as imaginative dance exercises.  Ballet and tap shoes required.  Dress code:  dance apparel (leotards, tights, tutus, etc.) 

Ballet/Tap (Ages 3-4)
In this class, young dancers will have the opportunity to learn and build on the basics of ballet and tap dance.  For the first half of class, students will explore rhythms/sounds as well as basic tap steps and phrases.  During the second half of class, students will learn ballet steps and vocabulary through use of fun music and props as well as imaginative dance exercises.  Ballet and tap shoes required.  Dress code:  dance apparel (leotards, tights, tutus, etc.)

Princess Ballerina (Ages 3-4)
Does your dancer LOVE twirling and dressing up like a ballerina?  This is the class for them!  Dancers will learn and build on the basics of ballet, including correct terminology and technique, while dancing to fun music and with princess-themed props.  Ballet shoes required.  Dress code: any color leotard and tights (tutus and skirts allowed).

Hip Hop/Flip Flop (Ages 4-6)
Does your dancer have a TON of energy?  This is the class for them!  During the first half of class, dancers will learn innovative hip hop steps and routines to upbeat, high energy music.  The second half of class will be an intro to tumbling – dancers will bring out the tumbling mats to practice front and back rolls, cartwheels, handstands, etc.  Clean tennis shoes required for hip hop.  Tumbling will be done barefoot.  Dress code:  form fitting dance apparel.  Shorts are acceptable (no sweatpants or jeans).

Combo 1:  Ballet/Tap/Jazz (Kindergarten-First Grade)
Combo 2:  Ballet/Tap/Jazz (Grades 2-3)
Combo 3:  Ballet/Tap/Jazz (Grades 4-5)
In this class, young dancers will build on their understanding, execution, and performance of ballet, jazz, and tap.  Students will learn new ballet steps and vocabulary and practice combining steps in new ways.  In tap, students will explore rhythm as well as basic tap steps and phrases.  Jazz will give students the opportunity to dance to their favorite songs and learn fun, innovative dance moves!  In all dance forms, students will learn to put steps together into fun, challenging combinations and routines.  Ballet, tap and jazz shoes required.  Dress code:  dance apparel (leotards, tights, tutus, leggings, etc.)

Lyrical
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz, generally choreographed to slower, more emotional music involving ballad interpretation.  In this class, young dancers will learn to express themselves through movement and music. 

Musical Theatre
Dancing for the stage, Broadway style performance including various styles danced throughout the decades.  This will include an introduction to singing and acting to allow the dancer to really hone their theatrical skills.

Jazz
Jazz covers a wide variety of techniques and styles with ballet as it’s base.  It generally is performed to upbeat music that you commonly hear in music videos and on stage in musicals.  Kicks, turns and leaps at various technical stages as well as fun, lively choreography will be learned throughout the season. 

Hip Hop
This form of dance is commonly referred to as Street Dance, involving a technique all its own.  Popping, locking, breakdance and funk will be taught to age appropriate high-energy music.  Dress code:  Clean tennis shoes, comfortable clothing (t-shirt, shorts, leggings, etc.  NO jeans)

Ballet
The technique and basis for all other dance styles, ballet is a theatrical art form using classical music to convey a story through grace and precise leg, arm and foot articulation. 

Tap
Using shoes with the metal taps attached, this art form is characterized by its specific technique and various rhythms and sounds.

Lyrical/Contemporary
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz, generally choreographed to slower, more emotional music involving ballad interpretation.  Contemporary is a more recent revelation, contemporary mixes ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern, a more edgy and linear form of dance, together, both athletic and expressive.  Seen often on shows such as Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Stretch/Strength/Leaps/Turns
An athletic, intermediate/advanced class involving intense stretching and technical strengthening perfect for the dancer who wants to increase their flexibility and intensify their physical strength.  This class is for the intermediate/advanced dancer who wants to continue their technical education, broadening and challenging their vocabulary beyond the basic turns, kicks and leaps.

Dance/Drill/Cheer Technique
This class is designed specifically for those students involved in High School Dance, Drill and Cheer Squads who want to hone their skills.  We will focus on technique and conditioning relative to their team choreography. 

Drop-In Lyrical/Contemporary (ages 14+)
This class allows you to let your hair down and do some LIVING.  A little slower paced, but all the inspiration.  Class will include a warm-up and combo that changes from week to week.  This is a drop-in class - come when you can!

Drop-In Jazz/Hip Hop (ages 14+)
Come get your groove on.  Move to the tunes of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today!  We work a little stretch, a little strength, and a LOT of energy!  Class will include a warm-up and combo that changes from week to week.  This is a drop-in class - come when you can!

 

Adult Drop-In Classes

Adult Booty Burn
This barre-inspired class will blast you to the sweat zone using ballet, yoga and pilates techniques varied with cardio blasts!  

 

Elevate Company for ages 5+

El-e-vate:  To rise to the next level
Dancers in our Elevate Company program will represent Inspire Academy of Dance and our mission.  Elevate Company members share their passion and artistry on stage at competitions, conventions, and local performances.

Dancers interested in participating in Elevate should contact our office (studio@inspireacademy.dance) for audition information.  
Class placement based on instructor approval - (Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, and Diamond are Inspire Academy of Dance's Company levels)