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Waterford Dance Academy

The timeless art of classical Ballet embodies the highest standards of precision, discipline, and beauty. As a student of the Academy your child will learn essential skills and techniques of Ballet and the dynamic energy and strength of Modern Dance. Students will learn from highly trained and respected instructors who have studied and mastered these art forms. At the Waterford Dance Academy we create an environment of confidence, education, poise and strength by exploring and respecting the art of dance.

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Classes and Programs

The Waterford Dance Academy offers classes for children of all ages and skill levels during the school year, as well as special summer workshops.

Dance Discovery (ages 3-4)

Designed for pre-kindergarten students, this weekly 45 minute class focuses on large motor skills development, basic musical awareness, beginning listening skills, and creative movement. Students will grow to love rhythm and music, and learn how to use their bodies to express their creativity.
Saturday 9:00-9:45 am

Pre-Ballet (ages 5-6)

During this weekly 1 hour class, pre-ballet students will begin to learn the basics of classical ballet through age-appropriate skill development and music appreciation. Students will understand values of focus, practice and hard work in an age-appropriate and nurturing environment. 
Thursday 3:45-4:45pm
(Modern) Saturday 9:45-10:45 am

Foundations A

This beginning ballet class teaches basic technique and movements. Much of the work is done at the barre with balance and movement introduced in the center. The elements of ballet class are introduced, eventually moving towards more advanced center work including simple jumps and turns. Students will be taught the value of focus, practice and hard work in a way that gradually improves their stamina. Performance quality, counting music and memory skills are honed because students will be unassisted during their performance in the spring. Class etiquette is taught and expected. 
Wednesday/Thursday 3:45-4:45 pm
(Modern) Saturday 9:45-10:45 am

Foundations B

This beginner level ballet class focuses on building barre technique, artistry and strength. Arm placement and vocabulary is introduced. Center work includes balance exercises, simple turns, and jumps. Students should be able to complete a thirty-five minute barre warmup without losing focus, should be able to count themselves in for exercises going across the floor. They will learn stage, classroom and body directions, ballet conventions and expectations and will be working to polish the ballet technique learned in Foundations A. Students at this level are expected to be able to do their own hair for class each day. Class etiquette is expected and expanded.
Tuesday/Wednesday 3:45-5:00 pm
(Modern) Monday 3:45-4:45 pm

Ballet Technique

This is an intermediate level ballet class. The basics of barre technique are developed and more intermediate steps and combinations are introduced. They will expand upon stage, classroom and body directions, ballet conventions and expectations and will be working to polish the ballet technique learned in Foundations classes. .Steps in the center consist of balance exercises in bigger positions, more intermediate turns (such as double pirouettes), and the introduction of more jumps. An understanding of body placement, positions and a consistency of coordination of movement is expected. Pre-pointe exercises will be introduced.
Monday/Tuesday/Friday 3:30-5:00 pm
(Pre-Pointe) Tuesday 5:00-5:45 pm
(Modern) Monday 5:00-6:00 pm
(Jazz) Thursday 6:15-7:15 pm

Intermediate Ballet Technique

This is an intermediate/advanced level ballet class. The barre technique is developed and more intermediate and advanced steps and combinations are introduced. Steps in the center consist of balance exercises in bigger positions, more intermediate turns (such as double pirouettes), and the introduction of more jumps. An understanding of body placement and a consistency of coordination of movement is expected. A greater understanding of ballet vocabulary is solidified in this level. This class includes pre-pointe work.
Tuesday 5:00-6:30 pm (Technique)
Wednesday 4:45-6:15 pm (Technique)
Thursday 4:45-6:30 pm (Technique)
6:15-7:15 pm (Jazz)
Monday 5:00-6:00 pm (Modern) or Friday 3:30-5:00 pm (Modern/Contemporary)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 am Saturday (Technique)

Intermediate Ballet Technique – Including Pointe

This is a beginning/intermediate level pointe class. This class is invite only for this level. Basic pointe technique skill sets and combinations will be taught. An understanding of body placement and a consistency of coordination of movement is expected. Dancers should fully understand and utilize ballet vocabulary and positioning in this class. This class includes pointe work.
The above Intermediate Ballet Technique sessions plus:
Tuesday 6:30-7:15 pm
Wednesday 6:15-7:00 pm

Advanced Ballet Technique

This is an advanced ballet class. Barre and center work reflect combinations of intermediate and advanced steps, such as high-level adagio work, multiple turn combinations, and more intricate jump combinations. This class continues to focus on body placement and quality of movement, and includes focuses on lyricism, control and variations of speed. Intermediate/advanced level pointe work is included.
Monday 5:00-6:30pm (Technique)
6:30-7:30pm (Pointe)
Tuesday 5:45-7:15 pm (Technique)
Wednesday 5:00-6:30 pm (Technique) 
6:30-7:30 pm (Pointe)
Thursday 4:45-6:15 pm (Technique)
6:15-7:15 pm (Jazz)
Friday 3:30-5:00 pm (Contemporary)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 am (Technique)

Modern Dance

These classes will explore the essential elements of dance through composition, improvisation, and basic Modern technique. Students will explore curving core movements of the spine and dynamic energy use in technical combinations. Stretching and strengthening exercises will be incorporated into warm-ups to help students with straight legs and pointed feet. The whole-body strength will also be a strong focus for articulated torso work.

Contemporary Dance

A form of dance which incorporates elements of classical ballet and modern dance. It takes its technique and use of pointe work, if any, from classical ballet, although it permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines set forth by schools of ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work, balletic movements and turn-in of the legs.

Open Classes

These pre-professional level classes are open to members of the school and community who might not be enrolled in other Academy classes, but who still want to take advantage of our exceptional staff, convenient location and affordable price. Please contact the studio director for more information.

Ballet: Monday 5:00-7:30 pm & Saturday 9:30-11:30 am (Technique)
Modern/Contemporary: Friday 3:30-5:00 pm
Jazz: Thursday 6:15-7:15 pm