Ballet is the most demanding and most disciplined of all dance forms and is most effectively mastered through continued study beginning in the early years. A strong ballet foundation is critical to other styles of dance and is emphasized at Methods of Movement. Our ballet classes are classical in nature, based on a combination of Russian and Cecchetti techniques. Overall emphasis is placed on technique and control while naturally fostering grace and expression. Ballet develops coordination, rhythm, strength, and flexibility and encourages an appreciation of classical music.
A ballet-based class, Pre-School Creative Dance incorporates basic dance steps and motor development into a fun, creative, and intense 45 minute class using kid-friendly terms, games, and imagery. Rhythmic and spatial concepts are established, along with coordination and social skills. Important aspects of this popular class are self awareness, expression, and creativity. Basic ballet terminology and steps are easily learned at this impressionable age.
First Steps is specially designed for children ages 2 - 3. Similar in nature to our Preschool Creative Dance class, First Steps progresses more slowly to allow these youngest dancers the repetition and predictability they require to master their skills.
Jazz is a fast paced style of dance loosely based on classical ballet. Jazz dance is generally done to popular “top forties” and pop music, and is especially popular with pre-teen and teen-age students. An overall emphasis is placed on flexibility and coordination with additional emphasis on technique and strength.
Hip-Hop is a fast paced style of dance loosely based on jazz dance. Hip-Hop dance is generally done to popular pop music, and is a favorite of pre-teen and teen-age students. An overall emphasis is placed on strength and coordination with additional emphasis on flexibility. Tons of fun!
A unique style of dance, lyrical gracefully blends many different forms: ballet, modern, jazz, and ethnic dance. With a strong emphasis on control, balance, and extension, lyrical students must have a well developed background in ballet.
Tumblebugs is a pre-gymnastics class for children ages 3-5 years. This class is specifically designed to expose this young age group to the basic skills and classroom etiquette needed for the upper levels of gymnastics study. Tumblebugs develops coordination, strength, and flexibility in an age-appropriate setting for preschoolers.