The objectives of the beginning class level are to establish the basic elements of dance, inspire creativity, enhance self-esteem, and focus, increase overall body strength and nurture the love of movement. Activities to heighten awareness of personal space and spatial orientation to the mirror, barre and directionality are embedded within the class format. Facilitating language related to the dance experience such as comprehension of related vocabulary and following simple to complex directions are commensurate with the training.
This introduction to dance also focuses on developing behavior and social skills appropriate for a structured class in a studio setting. Parameters for participation are established and reinforced each session.
Company d dancers sign an annual commitment agreement to attend a minimum of two, two-hour classes weekly and designated rehearsals. To ensure proper understanding of the information outlined within this agreement, it is reviewed with dancers. Parents, in turn, are encouraged to sign the agreement after reviewing with their dancer. Furthermore, a dance standard form, available for all dancers and parents, is utilized by the teachers and guest artists.
Company d dancers attend an annual two week summer intensive workshop. During this time the dancers work with guest artists in the area of visual arts, theatre, dance and yoga.