Youth Classes

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of classes for children and youth of all ages. For more information on any of the below categories, simply click the title to explore.

+ Acro

Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience.

There are three classes levels: Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced. Each participant will be evaluated to determine skill level and class.

Open Gym
Open gym is for all tumbling students interested in working on favorite tricks with one on one guidance. This is ideal for tumblers who are on the verge of mastering a trick. This class focuses on proper technique, safety, tips for working at home, and (of course) learning new tricks!

+ Ballet

Although Italy began the ballet tradition, it was the French that cemented it. Incorporating some aspects of Italian ballet, French ballet gained prominence in France and eventually international influence. To this day, the brunt of ballet vocabulary originates from French.

Ballet, especially classical ballet, puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement. A distinctive feature of ballet is the outward rotation of the thighs from the hip. The foundation of the dance consists of five basic positions, all performed with the turnout.

Students are required to learn the names, meanings, and precise technique of each movement they learn. Emphasis is put on building strength mostly in the lower body, particulary the legs, and the core (also called your center or stomach) as a strong core is necessary for many movements in ballet.

Ballet classes at In Step are offered to students ranging in age from 3 years to adult. Classes are organized by skill level of beginner to advanced pointe.

3-4 Ballet
This ballet class is for 3-4 yr olds and teaches basic ballet position and terminology through movement and game play. Dancers learn the basics of ballet in a fun, learning environment.

5-7 Ballet
This class is for the beginner(ages 5-7) ballet student. Beginner technique, combinations, and choreography will be explored throughout the semester.

8-10 Ballet
This class is for the beginner+ jazz and hip hop dancer. Both styles will be explored, along with the basic technique of each, to introduce and prepare for the more in depth, intermediate classes. Beginner+ technique, styles, and choreography will be explored throughout the semester.

11-13 Ballet
This class is for the middle school student and intermediate ballet student. Intermediate technique, combinations, and choreography will be explored throughout the semester.

14 & up Ballet
This class is for the high school+ student and experienced ballet student. Advanced technique, combinations, choreography, and dance history will be explored throughout the semester.

+ Clogging

Clogging is a traditional type of percussive folk dance which is associated with a number of different regions across the world. Originally, it was not always called "clogging", being known variously as flat-footing, foot-stomping, buck dancing, jigging, or other local terms. What all these had in common was emphasizing the downbeat of the music by enthusiastic footwork.

In the U.S., the Appalachian style of clogging, as well as many distinct styles, have developed. Modern competitive clogging style incorporates aspects of the English and Irish step dances, as well as American Appalachian clogging, French-Canadian step dance, tap and more. The high-energy style has opened the form to a wide audience, and the traditional styles also continue to flourish, with hundreds of workshops and competitions every year.

It is recommended that children do not begin clogging until age 6, where the basic steps of clogging will be enphasized. Tap is also recommended prior to clogging.

Clogging 1
This class is for beginner (ages 6-10) cloggers. In this class, cloggers will learn basic step, technique, and clogging terminology. This class will prepare cloggers to continue their clogging education and increase their ability to take clogging classes from different instructors with different styles.

Clogging 2
Tuesday Clogging is for middle school cloggers and/or the intermediate clogger. Tuesday cloggers are knowledgeable in clogging basics and learn intermediate techniques and modifications of basic steps. This class is performance based and attends competitions and workshops on annual basis. This class is open to all dancers with beginner+/intermediate clogging experience.

Clogging 3
Monday Clogging is for ages 14 & up and is designed for the experienced clogger. Monday cloggers are very knowledgeable in clogging basics and learn more advanced techniques and modifications of basic steps. This class is performance based and attends competitions and workshops on annual basis. This class is open to all dancers with intermediate+ clogging experience.

+ Contemporary

CONTEMPORARY 1

This class is a fusion of classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques. Students learn variations of techniques to create a unique class environment and learn about body alignment, proper dance precision, and creating shapes within the body. Ages 8-12

MODERN

Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. In the early 1900s a few dancers in Europe started to rebel against the rigid constraints of Classical Ballet. Shedding classical ballet technique, costume and shoes these early modern dance pioneers practiced free dance.

In America dancers such as Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham developed their own styles of free dance and laid the foundations of American modern dance with their choreography and teaching.

When one is learning the art of modern dance, one should put themselves in the mindset of whatever their dance is expressing.

CONTEMPORARY 2/MODERN

Ages 13 & up. This class explores the qualities of released and off-balance dancing while daring students to find disparate qualities of stillness and explosion. Students are encouraged to develop an individual style driven by their internal life and the specificity of their bodies. By researching movement tasks as opposed to recreating shapes, students will begin to solve kinesthetic problems in a profound and personal way. We will focus on becoming compelling and magnetic performers, and working within a broad range of movements, from vigorous and athletic, to gestural and theatrical. The movement is approached from many systems: muscular, skeletal and nervous system, inviting dancers to work with versatility, intuition, strength, flow, stamina and ease. Multi-cultural inspirations are drawn from a broad range of musical styles and rhythmic complexities

+ Hip Hop

Hip hop dance covers a wide range of styles, including dances that have often been associated with hip hop culture, to those that are merely performed to the music. These styles have grown in popularity over the years, partly due to the rise in popularity of hip hop music.

Students can begin studying hip hop at the age of 5 and are placed in one of four classes based on skill level. Even though hip hop music may contain explicit lyrics, special measures are taken to assure that all music is not only edited, but age appropriate as well.

5-7 Jr. Hip Hop
This class serves as an introduction to hip hop dance for the younger student. Using games and music, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and basic footwork. It is a great way to get kids moving!

8-10 Jazz Hip Hop
This class is for the beginner+ jazz and hip hop dancer. Both styles will be explored, along with the basic technique of each, to introduce and prepare for the more in depth, intermediate classes. Beginner+ technique, styles, and choreography will be explored throughout the semester.

11-13 Hip Hop
This class is for the middle school and/or intermediate hip hop dancer. Intermediate technique, combinations, styles and choreogrpahies will by explored throughout the semester. Guest artists will also be incorporated!

Advanced Hip Hop
This class is for the high school+ and/or experienced hip hop dancer. Advanced technique, combinations, styles and choreogrpahies will by explored throughout the semester. Guest artists will also be incorporated!

+ Intro to Dance

This course provides an elementary dance foundation in modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and world dance forms. It explores space, time and energy and emphasizes individual and group dance experiences. It includes improvisation, composition, and dance movement analysis.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand basic dance terminology.
  • Develop an awareness of his/her body.
  • Distinguish between ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and world dance forms.
  • Analyze the elements of dance through improvisation, composition, performance, and observation.
  • Develop an aesthetic appreciation of dance as a cultural art form.
  • Examine, research and discuss various contemporary and historical dance perspectives.
  • Develop dance skills through musicality, coordination, flexibility, and style.

    + Jazz

    Jazz dance has seen many evolutions throughout the years. Having its origins in African American Dance, it was popularized by dances such as the Charleston and Jitter-Bug, and later trasformed into many various styles, such as those of Luigi and Bob Fosse. Jazz dance is common in Musical Theatre and is a popular dance style choice of danceline and teams.

To excel in jazz dance, the dancer must master ballet techniques. In jazz dancing the movements are big and exaggerated and there is usually an attitude the dancer conveys to the audience. The attitude would depend on the dance.

At In Step, dancers can begin studying Jazz dance at the age of 5 and are placed in one of four classes based on skill level and age. Ballet is recommended both prior to and in coordiance with Jazz. Many different forms and styles of Jazz dance are explored in these classes.

11-13 Jazz
This class is for the middle school and/or intermediate jazz dancer. Advanced technique, combinations, styles and choreogrpahies will by explored throughout the semester. Guest artists will also be incorporated!

14 & up Jazz
This class is for the high school+ and/or experienced jazz dancer. Advanced technique, combinations, styles and choreogrpahies will by explored throughout the semester. Guest artists will also be incorporated!

+ Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre class will incorporate Broadway style jazz and elements of music and interpretive movement from beloved shows and showtunes. Students will learn vocal technique as well as movement techniques and characterization. Ages 6 & up.

+ Pom Pom

Pom squad or drill team, is a sport team that participates in competitive dance. In a routine, a squad will incorporate a specific dance style (i.e. hip-hop, jazz or lyrical), technical work (tumbling, leaps, turns, kicks, splits, jumps) and, depending on the routine, pompon and/or cheers. A pom squad slightly differs from a regular dance squad in that it uses pom-poms in all its dance routines, whilst a regular dance squad may or may not do pom work in a dance routine.

Pom Pom 1
This class is for the beginner that likes to cheer or is interested in danceline or cheer! Poms are incorporated in to basic dance routines.

Jr. & Sr. Competition Pom Squad
Auditioned competition Pom/Dance Team.

+ Private Lessons

Private lessons help you reach your goals and make them an exciting reality. Whether preparing for the social dance floor, a special event, or just want to brush up on your dance steps… you can achieve your goals faster with one-on-one attention.

Private dance lessons are the quickest way to improve your dancing skills. There are occasions when private dance lessons are more practical than taking a regularly scheduled group dance class.
If you want to learn a specific dance type or dance style and go at your own pace with a private instructor, then private lessons are for you. With our trained staff, you will be able to learn new steps and improve your skills, style, leading/following combinations, and most of all, have fun!

+ Tap

Tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.

Common tap steps include the shuffle, flap, cramp roll, buffalo, Maxie Ford, time steps, pullbacks, and wings. Tap dancing steps may be learned and mastered by children and adults alike and are a good way to express/learn rhythm, dance, and percussion.

Dancers at In Step can begin studying Tap at the age of 3. The Fundamentals of Tap dancing are taught at a basic level and advance through 4 offered classes.

3-4 Tap/Jazz
This dance class is for 3-4 yr olds and teaches basic tap and jazz through movement and game play. Dancers learn the basics of tap and jazz in a fun, learning environment. These classes alternate weekly. Tap one week, and jazz the next.

5-7 Tap/Jazz
This dance class is for 5-7 yr olds and teaches basic tap and jazz through movement and game play. Dancers learn the basics of tap and jazz in a fun, learning environment. These classes alternate weekly. Tap one week, and jazz the next.

8-10 Tap
his class is for the beginner+ (ages 8-10) tapper. Beginner+ combinations, rhythms, and choreography will be learned through the semester.

11-13 Tap
This class is for middle school students and the intermediate tapper. Intermediate combinations, rhythms, and choreography will be learned through the semester.

14 & up Tap
This class is for high school students and the experienced tapper. Difficult combinations, rhythms, and choreography will be learned through the semester. Both acapella and rhythms will be explored.

+ Twirling

Baton twirling is an interactive form of movement incorporating the use of a baton. Twirls and spins will be incorporated with the use of a baton while using fluid body movements. Students will lean to adapt to the use of 2 motions at one time. Rhythm, timing, and syncopation is strongly taught in baton twirling classes. Through a series of different level classes, students can learn twirling 1-3 batons, flag batons, hoop batons, and fire batons.

Twirling 1
This class is for the beginner. This class concentrates on proper baton handling. Students will go from learning how to hold your baton to the proper directions to twirl it. Students will learn basic twirls and marching.

Twirling 2
This class is for the intermediate level (usually ages 9-13). This class concentrates on learning more twirls and proper ways to toss the baton. They also learn the rules of twirling. This is a difficult class and attendance is a must. The children will do group tosses that require good attendance to be able to practice them properly.

Twirling 3
This class is for the advanced twirler. They learn more difficult twirls and tosses and progress to twirling two batons. This is a difficult class and attendance is a must. The children do group tosses that require good attendance to be able to practice them properly. They also do difficult tricks that require more practice as a group to perfect. To be invited to participate in this class the student must participate in Twirling II as well. They must also excel past the skills of Twirling II. Eligibility to participate in this class will be determined by the instructor.

+ Zumba Kids/Zumba Kids, Jr.

Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JR is a fun dance/fitness program uniquely designed to introduce children to international music and culture and to build a positive self image through a healthy lifestyle.

Zumbatomic is similar to the adult Zumba program, using Latin and International music and fitness in the choreography. The songs, games, and dance steps are age appropriate for the children and encourage enthusiastic participation from all.

The goal is to assist int he development of team work, respect, confidence, and responsibility, while learning coordination, discipline, memory, creativity, and that EXERCISE IS FUN!

Students also participate in a weekly anatomy quiz, where ALL students are asked questions pertaining to various muscles, bones, and actions.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers (or dance shoes) that allow for movement and bring some water!

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