Programs and Placement

Dancers deserve a quality education regardless of their future intentions.  

All of our classes are professionally designed from a unified curriculum to be age and level appropriate, ensuring dancers learn proper technique in all disciplines with their long-term goals in mind.

Dance Expressions offers classes in Ballet (Cecchetti syllabus & non – syllabus classes), Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary & Hip Hop for dancers ages 3 - adult (beginning through advanced levels).

(2 ½ yr olds are accepted on a trial basis)  

Dress Code:  The appropriate class attire is noted under each level and class.  

                    Here is a link to order dance supplies & shoes.  


Pre – School Dance

(3 – 5 yr. olds) 

Ballet, Creative Movement and Tap combination class - 1 hour class

Introduction to basic Ballet and Tap concepts: creative movement, motor skills, spatial concepts, terminology and basic rhythms.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink or caramel tights / dance dresses or skirts may be worn. 
-  Caramel Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes / Pink Capezio Daisy Ballet Slippers 


Primary Dance I

(5-6 yr. olds)

Ballet and Tap combination class - 1 hour class

Basic Ballet and Tap concepts are continued: creative movement, motor skills, spatial concepts, terminology and basic rhythms. 

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink or caramel tights / dance dresses or skirts may be worn. 
- Caramel Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes
- Pink Capezio Daisy Ballet Slippers 

 

Primary Dance II

(7-8 yr. olds / beginner 9-10 yr. olds)

 
 
 
 
 

Ballet and Tap Combination Class 
1 hour - once per week
Basic Ballet and Tap concepts are continued: creative movement, motor skills, spatial concepts, terminology and basic rhythms. 

Ballet, Tap and Jazz Combination Class
1 1/2 hour - once per week
Ballet and Tap concepts are expanded with an introduction to Jazz movement. 

Ballet I
1 hour - once per week (multiple classes may be taken per week)
Foundation for Ballet training: proper alignment and technique emphasized.   

Cecchetti Grade I
1 hour or 1 ½ hours per class (students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week) 
Cecchetti syllabus class – Students may be presented for Cecchetti examination at the teacher's discretion  

Primary Hip Hop
1 hour - once a week
An energetic and age appropriate class that incorporates basic hip hop movement emphasizing musicality and coordination 

Dress Code:
Jazz & Tap: any color leotard, pink or caramel tights, Tan Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes / Tan Capezio E Series Slip on Jazz Shoes 

Ballet: black leotard, pink tights, Pink Capezio Daisy Ballet Slipper or pink Capezio Leather Cobra Ballet Slippers

Hip Hop: comfortable dance wear / sneakers with non – marking soles


Elementary

(9 - 10 yr. olds / beginning 10 - 12 yr. olds)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Secondary

(10 - 12 yr. olds / beginning teens) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Teen Dance

(12 and up)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Advanced Dance (Teens)

* These classes require teacher approval

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adult Classes
 

 

Program Overview

 

Performing Company

Jazz and Tap Combination Class
1 1/2 hour - once per week
Continuation of Jazz and Tap concepts - alignment and technique emphasized

Ballet I
1 hour - once per week
Foundation for Ballet training: proper alignment and technique emphasized. This class is for the more focused dancer at this age. Classes are designed to enhance our Cecchetti syllabus classes.

Ballet II
1 hour - once per week
Continuation of Ballet I. This class is not for beginners: Students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week to establish good technical habits. Classes are designed to enhance our Cecchetti syllabus classes.

Ballet III
1 hour or 1 ½ hours per class  
Continuation of Ballet II: Must have teacher approval. Students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week to establish and maintain proper technique. Classes are designed to enhance our Cecchetti syllabus classes.

Cecchetti Grade I, II
1 hour or 1 1/2 hours - students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week.
It is highly recommended to take a non-syllabus class in addition to the syllabus class. Cecchetti syllabus class - Students may be presented for Cecchetti examination at the teacher's discretion. Once a dancer has mastered the material and can execute all exercised proficiently the teacher will notify parents with exam information. (It is not mandatory to take exams.)

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Elementary Modern I
1 hour - once per week
An introduction to Modern technique: Students explore different ways of moving through space and different qualities of movement.

Elementary Hip Hop
1 hour - once per week
An energetic and age appropriate class that incorporates basic hip hop movement emphasizing musicality and coordination. Age appropriate music is used. 

Elementary Dress Code:
Jazz and Tap: any color leotard, pink or caramel tights, Tan Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes / Tan Capezio E Series Slop on Jazz Shoes

Ballet: black leotard, pink tights, Pink Daisy Ballet Slipper or Leather Cobra Split Sole Ballet SLipper

Modern: any color leotard, caramel or pink tights - footless or convertible. Bare feet - may wear black jazz shorts 

Hip Hop: confortable dance wear / sneakers with non - marking soles. 


Jazz and Tap Combination Class
- 1 1/2 hour - once per week (45 minute jazz / 45 minute tap)
- Tap rhythms are more complex and jazz concepts are more developed with an emphasis on style 

Tap Class
- 1 hour - once per week
- Tap rhythms are more compex and taught at a faster pace

Jazz
- 1 hour - once per week
- Jazz movement expanded - multiple turns, more advanced and longer combinations ofmovement, jumps, turns, leaps 

Ballet II
- 1 hour - once per week
- Continuation of Ballet I this class is not for beginners: students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week. 

Ballet III
- 1 1/2 hours - once per week
- Continuation of Ballet II: students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week 

Ballet IV
- 1 1/2 hour - students are expected to take class at least twice per week.
- Continuation of Ballet III: students may start Pointe work with teacher permission 

Cecchetti Syllabus Classes
- Class length will vary at different levels
- Students will be placed in classes according to Cecchetti level. Students may be presented for Cecchetti examination at the teacher's discretion. 

Secondary Modern
- 1 hour - once per week.
- Students explore different ways of moving through space and different qualities of movement. 

Secondary Hip Hop
- 1 hour - once per week.
- An energetic and age appropriate class that incorporates a variety of hip hop movement emphasizing musicallity and coordination. 

Secondary Dress Code:
Jazz and Tap: any color leotard, pink or caramel tights, Tan Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes / Tan Capezio E Series Slop on Jazz Shoes

Ballet: black leotard, pink tights, Pink Daisy Ballet Slipper or Leather Cobra Split Sole Ballet SLipper

Modern: any color leotard, caramel or pink tights - footless or convertible. Bare feet - may wear black jazz shorts
 


Tap Class
- 1 hour - once per week (may take multiple classes per week)
- Complex rhythms and intricate footwork 

Jazz Class
- 1 hour - once per week (may take multiple classes per week)
- Jazz movement expanded - multiple turns, more advanced and longer combinations - emphasis on technical execution and style

Jazz and Contemporary Class
- 1 1/2 hour - once per week
- Advanced class with expanded Jazz concepts emphasizing technical execution of movement and style. * This class requires teacher approval.

Ballet I
- 1 hour - once per week
- Foundation for Ballet training: proper alignment and technique emphasized. 

Ballet II
- 1 hour - once per week
- Continuation of Ballet I, this class is not for beginners. Students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week 

Ballet III
- 1 1/2 hour - once per week.
- Continuation of Ballet II: students are encouraged to take multiple classes per week. 

Ballet IV
- 1 1/2 hours - students are expected to take class at least twice per week.
- Continuation of Ballet III: students may start Pointe work with teacher permission. 

Ballet V
- 1 1/2 hours - students are expected to take multiple classes per week.
- Continuation of Ballet IV with Pointe work.

Cecchetti Syllabus Classes
- Class length will vary at different levels.
- Students will be placed in classes according to Cecchetti level. Students may be presented for Cecchetti examination at the teacher's discretion.

Modern
- 1 1/2 hours - students are expected to take class at least twice per week.
- A continuation of Modern technique, this class combines many different modern styles. 

Hip Hop
- 1 hour - once per week.
An energetic and age appropriate class that incorporates basic hip hop movement emphasizing musicality and coordination.


Tap
- 1 hour class
- Advanced tap rhythms and combinations taught at a fast pace

Jazz and Contemporary Class
- 1 1/2 hours or 2 hours
- Advanced Jazz technique including contemporary styles: multiple turns, advanced jumps and leaps, longer intricate combinations - emphasis on technical execution and style

Modern
- 1 hour or 1 1/2 hours
- Advanced Modern technique exploring many styles of Modern - with an emphasis on college preparation

Ballet VI
- 1 1/2 hours - students are expected to take multiple times per week
- Continuation of Ballet V with Pointe work. 


Dress Code: shoes may vary slightly by class - will be advised by teacher
Jazz and Tap: any color leotard, pink or caramel tights, Caramel Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoes / Caramel Capezio E Series Slip on Jazz Shoes

Ballet: black leotard, pink tights, Pink Daisy Ballet Slipper or Leather Cobra Split Sole Ballet Slipper

Modern: any color leotard, caramel or pink tights - footless or convertible. Bare feet - may wear black jazz shorts 

Hip Hop: comfortable dance wear / sneakers with non - marking soles to be used for class (not to be worn outside)

Advanced Dance (Teens) * These classes require teacher approval



Jazz / 45 minute or hour class
- Black E Series Jazz Boot

Tap / 45 minute class
- Black Tap Oxfords

Ballet / 1 hour class
- Pink Cobra Ballet Slippers 

Modern / 1 hour class 


We have structured our program and teach in a manner so that all of our dancers will be equipped with a quality education they can use however they desire in the future. All of our classes are professionally designed from a unified curriculum to be age and level appropriate, ensuring dancers learn proper technique in all disciplines with their long-term goals in mind.  Dancers progress through our program levels according to their age, ability, experience, technical proficiency, and work ethic. Our goal is to place students in the most appropriate class for their needs. Based on the goals of the individual student we will tailor a schedule of training that is most appropriate.  Teachers continually evaluate their dancers’ progress and placement. If changes need to be made to your dancer’s program, you will be notified. The more serious dancer should take as many technique classes as possible, including lower level classes as they give the dancer an opportunity to practice the basics and strengthen their foundation. It can be detrimental to a dancer’s training to be in a class above their ability level. Dancers need to be able to physically execute movements properly to avoid creating bad habits, or worse, causing injury. To ensure every dancer receives a quality dance education, all of our classes teach the proper technique for each discipline, whether the dancer’s intentions are recreational, or if they have professional goals. Some dancers may start out with a recreational mindset; then, as they mature, they may become more passionate about their dance training.


Our ballet program is based in the foundations of the Cecchetti Method.  We offer Cecchetti syllabus classes as well as non-syllabus ballet classes.  Non-syllabus classes incorporate material from many ballet methods.  Our syllabus and non–syllabus classes compliment and support each other to give the dancers a well-rounded ballet education. Ballet students are invited by their teachers to dance on pointe once they have met our pointe requirements. Pointe requirements are posted in our lobby and are available upon request.

Cecchetti Syllabus Classes

  • We are proud to offer our students a ballet method that has been proven throughout the world and history to train professional ballet dancers. Developed by Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti and dating back to the 1900's, this system passes on the ballet tradition to future generations of dancers. His method encourages a true understanding and awareness of the dancer's body and how to use it correctly to avoid injury. The Cecchetti Council of America offers graded examinations recognized internationally for each level achieved. Our ballet teachers are certified members of the Council, and are able to present students for examinations, at their discretion.  

For more information on the Cecchetti Method follow link:  www.cecchetti.org


Our performing company is designed to provide passionate and highly committed dancers with more performing and training opportunities.  Our company dancers perform in community events, benefit concerts, and competitions. Company dancers enhance their training by attending workshops with professional dancers and master teachers. As our students grow in their dance training and demonstrate mastery in their technique, they are either invited to participate, or given the opportunity to audition for our performing company. Company members maintain a rigorous schedule of classes in addition to company rehearsals. Dancers must be dedicated to their core classes, disciplined in their training, and willing to make the additional commitments. All of these experiences not only add to their training, but will also create memories to last a lifetime. Details regarding specific company requirements are posted in our lobby and are available upon request.