Class Descriptions for Children and Teens Dance Classes


Creative Movement for Ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2

This class is a great introduction to dancing for children just developing their coordination.
The teacher guides the children in a way that makes discovering movement, balance and listening skills easy and fun. This class is an excellent first group activity.

 

Pre Ballet & Tap
Ages 3-4


Ages 3-4 is an introduction to dance.  The primary goal is to foster a love of movement.  In Kindregarten Dance the creative component is quite large.  In Pre Ballet / Tap the focus is on simple Ballet and tap moves.  Several fun or special activities happen in each class.  For example a scarf or flag dance at the end can facilitate the dancer's own physical expression.  Children will understand that dancing is a means of communicating feelings and actions.  The material and vocabulary covered in these classes are all steps which a child that age can master to build self-confidence.  The material is also a set up to prepare students for kindergarten Dance or Pre Ballet & Tap ages 4-5.


Pre Ballet & Tap

Ages 4-5


Ages 4-5 covers a basis of movement found in all dance-forms and will be a continuation from the previous level.  The goals in Kindergarten Dance and Pre Ballet / Tap for children ages 4-5 are foster creativity, freedom, and expression in movement, and a love for dance.  The class includes concepts that are found in an older child's class.  The concepts will prepare the students for the following year when they graduate to Pre-Primary Ballet, Jazz or Tap.  One or two creative or free components are also included within each class.  By the end of the year the students can dance set work independent of the teacher, memorize simple exercises and sequences and make a start of musical interpretation.


What is Hip Hop?

Hip Hop is a fast, high energy type of dance seen in music videos and commercials.  Dance moves seen in performances by artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber and J Lo would be typical examples of Hip Hop.

 

Pre Hip Hop
Ages 4-5


This energetic class is for children who are age 4-5 and have either completed Kindergarten Dance and/or are not yet old enough for our regular Hip Hop classes, or who want a longer, faster paced class than kindergarten Dance ages 4-5.  It prepares students to move on to our regular Hip Hop classes which require coordination and a physical development of a 5 year old with a strong mind.


Hip Hop

Ages 5-8, 8-10, 10-13, Teens


This class is one of the most popular classes in the school.  Class length is 50 minutes, one time per week.  Students learn the cecessary elements of jazz which are crucial to succeed in Hip Hop.  Students will learn coordination, balance, and the ability to memorize routines.  From one age level to the next, classes expand into more complex moves and routines.


Cheer Funk (Not available at the moment)

Age 5-8


This is a fun class for young children getting introduced to dance, movement and coordination.  This class combines cheer moves with a strong influence of Hip Hop.  It is an ideal class for children finishing Pre Hip Hop and are not yet ready to move on to our regular Hip Hop classes.


Ballroom & Latin  
Ages 5-8, 8-10, 10-14, Teens

Our Ballroom & latin classes are a huge success due to the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars".  Children will be learning a variety of Ballroom and latin dances just like the celebrities on the show, including: Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Foxtrot, Tango, and Waltz.  Students will be educated in the proper technique and the styling of each dance.  It is a fun class and will teach your child grace, balance, and great posture.

 

Dance for Children



STARLIGHT’s Performing Arts Program is designed to teach your child the art of dance and movement in a fun and disciplined environment.  Our trained and experienced faculty teaches children ages 2 1/2 -17 in tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, Latin dance, and ballroom dancing, while building self confidence, meeting other children and having a lot of fun. Twice a year your child will have the opportunity to perform on stage at our grand recitals for family and friends.


 

Our classes give your children:

  • Dance skills and education
  • Encouragement and support
  • Self-confidence
  • Better balance
  • Musicality
  • Partnering skills


Dance Recitals

STARLIGHT holds two Recitals per year: one in December and a Grand Recital in June. All the kids from all the classes come together for a stage performance to perform a rehearsed routine. They will be performing with their group and in the style of dance they have studied. This is the time for your child to show off their skill on stage. The whole family can come to support, watch them perform and cheer them on. Our recitals are great fun for all of the families and their friends. Please call STARLIGHT for more information on our complete Performing Arts Package at 973.235.9835.