Waterford Dance Academy Performance

Waterford Dance Academy

Waterford Dance Academy

We teach the timeless art of classical ballet that embodies the highest standards of precision, discipline, and beauty at The Waterford Dance Academy. We foster the growth and development of dynamic and creative movers through Modern Dance. Students will learn from highly trained and respected instructors who have studied and mastered these art forms. We strive to maintain a supportive environment that teaches confidence, poise and strength of character.

 

Waterford Dance Academy

 

Classes and Programs

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

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Pre-Ballet (PreK-4 only)

Does your little one love to move and dance? This PreBallet class will give your little dancer a basic introduction to ballet steps and positions, while enhancing their motor skills and coordination with fun exercises. This class teaches music qualities and rhythms, story-telling with movement, and creative dance.

Wednesdays 3:30-4:15pm in Lower School Dance Room

KinderBallet (Kindergarten)

Introduce your little dancer to the beautiful art of ballet! This class will enhance your child's coordination, balance and flexibility with the teaching of basic ballet positions, steps, and terminology through simple age appropriate exercises. Your child will also continue to learn about This class teaches music qualities and rhythms, story-telling with movement, and creative dance. 

Mondays 3:30-4:15pm in Lower School Loft
Wednesdays 3:30-4:15pm in Lower School Loft

Ballet I (Class I)

This twice per week beginning level class is designed to develop awareness of alignment and basic ballet vocabulary and technique for Class I students. Class will include a warm-up routine, stretching and strength exercises, beginning ballet steps, and across the floor exercises. Your child will have a fun time learning the secrets behind becoming a great ballerina or danseur!

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm in Lower School Loft
Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm in Lower School Lof

Ballet 2/3 (Class II and III)

This twice per week beginning ballet class teaches basic technique and movements for Class II dancers. This class will focus on ballet vocabulary and technique, with an introduction to barre work, across the floor exercises, including simple turns and jumps. Your child will have a clear understanding of good posture, will learn more steps with turn-out, and incorporate beautiful arms positions. Pantomime is introduced, and counting music and memory skills are honed in this class because students will be unassisted during their performance in the spring. 

Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm in Lower School Dance Room
Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm in Lower School Dance Room

Ballet 4/5 (Class IV and V) 

This ballet level for Class IV and V dancers focuses on developing barre technique, coordination and strength. Upper body (port de bras) and lower body movements are more connected and more steps are introduced. Center work includes balance exercises on one leg, turns (pirouettes), and a variety of jumps. They will learn stage and body positions and learn more steps and patterns. Dancers at this level are expected to be able to do their own hair for class each day. Modern class will introduce Modern Dance technique through warm-up and structured improvisation, where imagination and creativity are fostered. Dancers will explore curving core movements of the spine and dynamic energy use in technical combinations. Stretching and strengthening exercises will be part of the Pre-pointe exercises to prepare dancers for the Pointe test.

Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm (Modern) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Thursdays 5:00-5:45pm (PrePointe) in Performing Arts Studio 810

Intermediate Level I 

This Intermediate level is designed for Middle and Upper school dancers with an understanding of placement and alignment, including proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), and coordinated and synchronized upper body movements (port de bras). The focus will be on intermediate ballet technique and will include combinations at the barre using reléve and balances on one leg, more difficult turns (double pirouettes), simple jumps embellished with beats (batterie), and pre-pointe or beginner pointe work. In Modern, students will continue to explore Modern Dance techniques including floorwork, curving core movements of the spine, and dynamic energy use in technical combinations and improvisation. 

Monday 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Monday 5:00-6:00pm (PrePointe/Beg Pointe) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Wednesday 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm (Int 1 Modern) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Friday 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 810
Friday 5:00-6:00pm (PrePointe/Beg Pointe) in Performing Arts Studio 810

Intermediate Level II 

In this Intermediate Level, for MS/US dancers, ballet barre and center combinations move faster, and become more complex and incorporate more center floor combinations using reléve and balances on one leg. Different rhythms are introduced. Turnout based on individual ability and strength continues to be emphasized along with posture and core strength. Center exercises are longer and require more memorization and stamina.  More types of pirouettes, turns across the floor and jumps are learned. Pointe work continues with progression to more sustained and difficult steps. Intermediate 2 Modern is an exciting and challenging technique class that will focus on alignment, rhythm, footwork, and whole body coordination. Built as a layered experience, we will progressively warm up the body in multiple dance exercises, culminating toward full-body physicality. Integrated improvisation will guide dancers to find their inherently unique expression, musicality, and joy. 

Mondays 5:00-6:30pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Tuesdays 5:15-6:00pm (Pointe) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Tuesdays 6:00-7:15pm (Int 2/Adv Modern) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Thursdays 4:00-5:15pm (Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Thursdays 5:15-6:00pm (Pointe) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Saturdays 9:30-11:00am (Ballet/Contemporary) in Performing Arts Studio 812

Advanced Level 

In this Advanced Level for Upper School dancers and compliments the Upper School Performance (USP) class during the school day. Ballet barre and center work reflect combinations of 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 artistry. Intermediate/advanced level pointe work is included. Advanced Modern is an exciting and challenging technique class that will focus on alignment, rhythm, footwork, and whole body coordination. Built as a layered experience, we will progressively warm up the body in multiple dance exercises, culminating toward full-body physicality. Integrated improvisation will guide dancers to find their inherently unique expression, musicality, and joy. 

Mondays 5:00-6:30pm (Int 2/Adv Ballet) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Tuesday 6:00-7:15pm (Int 2/Adv Modern) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Wednesday 4:00-5:15pm (Pointe/Conditioning) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Wednesday 5:15-6:00pm (Reserved for Rehearsals) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Thursday 6:00-7:15pm (Adv Modern) in Performing Arts Studio 812
Saturday 9:30-11:00am (Ballet/Contemporary) in Performing Arts Studio 812

Modern Only Track 

Our Dance Academy has a strong focus on Ballet training, but for those dancers interested only in Modern Dance, we offer a Modern Only track. This includes one Modern class per week. Please email Annie Breneman at anniebreneman@waterfordschool.org, for more information on placement and schedule.

Hip Hop Club (Kindergarten, Class I and II) 

This hip hop class is a fast-paced and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping. This class for young beginners specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style.

Mondays 3:30-4:15PM in Lower School Dance Room

Hip Hop Crew (Class III, IV, and V) 

This hip hop class is a fast-paced and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping. This class for young beginners specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style.

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm in Lower School Dance Room

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