Class Descriptions
Descriptions for the Pre-Classes (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary) and Introduction to Dance are at the bottom of this
list, from where we build the very young student's training into the different forms!
Ballet
Let every dancer discover the beauty and passion within the discipline of a rigorous ballet technique, a technique that can help a dancer of any
age or background acquire agility and precision! Beginning I concentrates on body alignment and a careful introduction to the basics of ballet.
Subsequent classes expand on this foundation. All classes consist of barre work, center work, and learning dance sequences. Our emphasis
is on understanding and learning technique from the “ inside out,” on combining the forms of the classical with contemporary themes, music,
and influences, and on developing the musicality and expressiveness within each dancer. Please remember: we need to see body lines to give
appropriate feedback…Dress codes are firmly enforced!

For dancers with previous training who are unsure of where they would fit in our syllabus: We suggest that you do a paid single, at either the
level you are currently working at or a slightly lower level, and let the teacher place you after having seen you in class.

Our teachers have both a very strong classical background in addition to work in contemporary ballet. There is a distinct Balanchine and
Russian training to the syllabus.
Modern/ Contemporary Dance
It began in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, as an artistic revolution against the dance of its era, and has come to influence both jazz and ballet
and become an integral part of a dancer’s training. Because the development of Modern technique, (now often called Contemporary or Post-
Modern,) was based on the personal vision of different individuals, there are multiple approaches to this technical form.

We focus on building a strong core, a technical base of correct alignment, vocabulary that includes outward rotation and parallel work,
contraction and release, fall and recovery, leaps, turns, and jumps, and transitions between the three movement levels. Our emphasis is on
expanding the strength, flexibility, and agility of the dancer’s body, while cultivating the personal vision, expressiveness, and musicality that each
individual brings to movement.

Jazz

Born out of the African-American dance that evolved in this country during the slave period, jazz evolved into a theatrical style in post-slavery
America.  Through its history of minstrel shows, vaudeville and burlesque, its interaction with other dance styles, and its relationship to the
music that came to be called jazz, it has made its mark as a “made in America” dance form. It is characterized by the use of isolations,
syncopated rhythms, poly-rhythmic patterns, and the use of movement that “ripples” out from the center of the dancer’s body.

Our jazz classes also include a ballet component which allows dancers to become fluent in technique that utilizes outward rotation as well as
parallel work. Choreography in this style may range from dance for musical theater, to street funk or hip hop, to lyrical or old style jazz.
Dance Team

This class focuses on all the elements of great dance team performance: building a vocabulary of Jazz and Hip Hop to create exciting dances,
developing and enhancing musicality, timing, group work, crisp presentation, performance skills and sequential movement memory.
Pointe

This class focuses on point technique and may be taken only with the instructor’s permission, and only by Level 4 dancers who are currently
enrolled in a minimum of three intermediate technique classes a week at the Dance Workshop. It may not be done as a drop-in. We not only
require students to possess the correct technical level, alignment, and physical strength for this work, but also that the student’s physical
development (bone and muscle) is sufficiently advanced. We want you to dance for a lifetime…not just until you’re 40.
Hip Hop

Blending traditional African, the “stepping” of black fraternities, and break dancing, students are taught the original street-funk moves as well as
dances consisting of various street styles. Dancers are not only challenged to form their own style within the movement, but also to adhere to
the discipline of choreography and the aerobics of street dance.
Improvisation

Discover the art of creating dance without prior rehearsal or preparation. Improvisation allows the dancer/mover to explore his/her own personal
impulses for movement, movement vocabulary, and sense of aesthetics, while composing on a structure. Great for the brain, it is an exercise in
creative thinking within a set of clearly defined parameters.

An excellent class for both new and trained dancers, participants have found an increased comfort with moving their bodies in space, a sense of
creativity that extends into other areas of their lives, and a sharpened ability to think and respond to new situations quickly and effectively.
Performance opportunities are available for those interested in an Improvisation Company.
Earth Rhythms

Incorporating the three primary purposes of all ethnic dance forms and a strong base in African dance, this class emphasizes a sense of
community and reconnection to self, others, and the world. Working with live drummers, each class includes a thorough warm up, an aerobic
section, stretches, across-the-floor work, and choreography.
Belly Dance

We currently offer classes in American Fusion Belly Dance. This includes the same fundamental set of isolations and technique that make up
the foundation of belly dance; isolations, turns and floor work: the most basic skill set a belly dancer (of any style) should know.  However, from
this common starting point the two styles of dance diverge and become more stylized. Cabaret style is the more traditional of the two, while
American Fusion integrates other dance forms, including jazz and ballet, into the style. For more information, please click on the link:
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Belly Dance
Floor Barre
A great core workout for dancers at all levels, or even for those who are looking for a very specific work out that targets the abdominals and the
leg muscles that control outward rotation.  Using the floor for immediate feedback, dancers work through a series of barre exercise done laying
down, while utilizing correct muscle engagement to control their placement. This 45 minute class builds strength and control for better technical
work in class.
Tap
Drawing from both rhythm tap and Broadway style, our tap classes focus on building a vocabulary of steps, the ankle strength and agility
necessary for great delivery, learning choreography and presentation!
Second Wind

The Second Wind classes are designed for 40 – 90+ year olds who have had little to no dance experience or have had a significant vacation
from their previous training. The “survey class” format covers technical work in ballet, modern, jazz, and improvisation. Classes include a warm-
up, center floor work, across the floor movement, and learning choreographed sequences. Funded by the PTDT and The Third Stage, Second
Wind classes are free to seniors 65 and older. This class takes a break over the summer and returns in the fall.
Pre-Classes & Introduction to Dance for Children
All of the Pre-Classes focus on developing several aspects of your child's development in movement; building body
awareness and symmetry (you may notice, for example, that your child likes to hop on one leg more than the other) spatial
awareness, musicality and awareness of rhythms, tempos, and sound qualities, in addition to teaching the "etiquette" of
dance class. All of these classes also help the young dancer build their ability to focus.

Each style does this with an introduction to the vocabulary and skills needed for the specific technical area. Pre-Ballet
classes focus on learning beginning ballet vocabulary, while Pre-Hip Hop or Pre-Jazz  uses isolations and rhythmic
awareness. Additionally, Pre-Jazz focuses on elements of musical theatre with the development of characters and story
telling through movement. Pre-Contemporary / Pre-Modern provides a learning experience in skills for contemporary
dance, utilizing both the vocabulary of ballet, the floor work of modern, and the exploration of movement levels, movement
dynamics and story telling.  These classes are great for 4 to 7 year olds who separate easily from mom and dad... (We
don't do "drama at the door") and can maintain focus for a 45 minute class.  

Pre-Tap is basic tap skills for children ages 4 -7, and introduces the new dancer to basic tap vocabulary and steps.

Our schedule will reflect where we find the current demand in the various styles. If you're interested in a class that we don't
currently offer, please give us a call, and we'll look into creating one!

Introduction to Dance is a class designed for children 3 and older who are ready for their first dance class but don't yet
possess the attention span necessary for a Pre class. Children for this class must be potty trained and able to separate
easily and without drama, from their parents who stay outside the studio, in the lobby. This class focuses on exploring
basic locomotor movements, building body awareness and symmetry, coordination, spatial awareness and musicality
through movement games that use music, props, and visual imagery. This class also helps develop focus and attention
skills.  

It's important to note, that children should not come late to this class... As parents know, three year olds are easily
distracted and late comers upset the rhythm of the class and the focus for the day  that the teacher has begun building
the moment she invites the students into the classroom.
Shaping the future...One dance class at a time...
2720 Del Rio Place
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-3949
Ballet en Pointe
Jazz Dance
Earth Rhythms
Second Wind
Contemporary
American Fusion
Contemporary
Improvisation
Tap