Miss Karen's Dance Studio


Class Descriptions and Proper Attire

Class Descriptions and Proper Attire
3-5 year old Beginner Dance
This class is a combination class of songs, ballet, tap, and tumbling, which meets for 1 hour once a week.
Students will need a leotard and tights, hair pulled up and off of their face, pink ballet shoes (boys wear black ballet shoes) and black tap shoes. If your child has different color shoes now, that is fine. You will be expected to get the proper color for our showcase in June.

4-6 year old Beginner Dance II
This class is the second year of the combination class of ballet, tap, and tumbling, which meets for 1 hour once a week.
The dance attire is the same as the first year dancers.

Youth Level Classes
These classes are for slightly older beginners….ages 7-9. It is 1 ½ hours of ballet, jazz, and tap. You may choose to make it a 1 hour class by choosing ballet/jazz or jazz/tap.
Students are required to wear leotard and tights. Their hair should be pulled up and off of their face. Pink ballet shoes, black jazz shoes, and black taps will all be required by time of showcase.

Level III and Level IV
This is a 1 ½ hour class of ballet, jazz, and tap for dancers that have completed beginner dance I and II for Level III and through Level III for Level IV. These classes cannot be split into a 1 hour class.
Students are required to wear leotard and tights. Their hair should be pulled up and off of their face. Pink ballet shoes, black jazz shoes, and black taps will all be required by time of showcase.

Classical Ballet
Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of dance. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique, flowing, and precise movements. Ballet is the foundation of all dance.
Students are required to wear a solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair in a “neat” bun.

Pointe
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet, in which a dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet.

Jazz
Jazz dance is a form of dance which is heavily influenced by the sounds, rhythms, and techniques of jazz music.

Lyrical
This style of dance is created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary techniques. Lyrical dance is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions.

Modern
Modern dance is a form of dance which focuses on the serious expression of inner emotions, using a free flowing, interpretive style, rather than following the rigid rules of many dance styles.

Contemporary
Contemporary is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

Tap
A style of dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music…breaking, locking, and popping are examples of street dancing.

Theatre Dance
This class will combine music, spoken dialogue, and dance from the musical theatre genre. Some examples are “Annie”, “Grease”, and “Footloose”.

Fosse
This is a “mature” style of musical theatre dance, which was developed by Bob Fosse. Fosse was an American dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director, and actor. He won 8 Tony Awards. Some of his choreography includes All That Jazz and Cabaret.