Class Descriptions

Premiere is proud to offer a wide array of dance styles and levels for our students. To ensure the best dance experience, we have both age and previous curriculum requirements for most classes. Ages listed are a guideline only. Our staff will help you determine which classes will best suit your child.

NEW STUDENTS:

If interested in registering your child, for the current dance season, please contact the studio by email or phone with your name, address, & phone number. We will reply to answer any questions you may have. We recommend stopping by the studio for a visit to our facility. We would love to meet you and your child!  If a visit is not possible, we can guide you to create an account with us to register you or your child for classes. Thank you for your interest in Premiere Dance Studio.

NEW & CURRENT STUDENTS:

Regarding Eligibility for All Classes - On occasion, class placement may not be determined by the requirements. Eligibility might be determined by the “approval” from an instructor regarding a student’s age, level and ability to enroll in a class. As the owners, we trust and respect our instructors’ professional decisions. We know they have sincerely considered what is in the student's best interest and that the student will meet the challenges of the curriculum for that class at that level.

Acrobatics

Beginner - Advanced

Acrobatics encompasses several tumbling moves ranging from forward rolls and cartwheels at level 1, through aerials and back tucks at the advanced level. A student’s placement in class is based on their ability, core strength, upper and lower body strength, flexibility and safety. Placement is also determined by the curriculum our instructors use to determine which class level each student will be assigned. Level placement is NOT based on the number of years of experience or age of the student. curriculum will determine which class level each student will be assigned. Enrollment begins at the age of 6 with first grade in school or with Instructor approval.

Adult Classes

Adult

Eligibility age 18+, with or without dance experience. Come for the workout, come for learning something new, come because you miss dancing or, come for FUN! Styles include; Jazz, St. Funk, Jazz/Funk, Tap and Ballet. 6-week sessions. Inquire about styles offered, dates and times.

Ballet

Beginner- Advanced

Ballet is known as the foundation of all other dance styles. Students will study this classical technique through barre work and center floor combinations. They will be able to improve their strength and control as well as their balance and flexibility. The ballet technique will teach students about poise, posture and grace. Eligibility for a one-hour Ballet Class starts at age 6 by April 1 of the previous season.

Break A Leg!

Beginner

A six-week session for singers with no movement experience. A class to prepare singers to be comfortable with movement regarding coordination, timing, rhythm, steps and combinations that will be presented in auditions for musicals for which they may want to pursue. Eligibility Age 13-18. Inquire for dates off session.

Contemporary

Intermediate - Advanced

Contemporary combines the elements of Ballet and Modern dance, using influences of Jazz and other styles. Students will explore Contact Release, Fall and Recovery, Floor Work, Improvisation, and Partnering Lifts. Eligibility is Ballet and Modern training, along with a recommendation from their Modern Class instructor. Enrollment in a Ballet Class and a Modern Class must accompany enrollment in a Contemporary Class.

  

Creative Movement

CM 2/3, CM 3/4, CM 4/5

Our Creative Movement classes offer an entertaining curriculum designed to introduce young children into the world of dance. We engage the students with a creative approach to teach them locomotor skills, balance, rhythm and timing, dance steps, dance techniques and the language of both ballet and tap! In addition, children will have the opportunity to learn to cooperate, to socialize and to use good manners. We emphasize having fun while learning!

Creative Movement 2/3 students must be age 2 by April 1 of the previous season to participate in this 30-minute class weekly. This class is for children who love to move, enjoy music and like to have fun!  Families & guests of these students are invited to observe the entire last class as their end-of-year performance for this age group. Please see our "Dress Code" for this class and note that they will only need ballet shoes, no tap shoes.

Creative Movement 3/4 students must be age 3 by April 1 of the previous season to participate in this 45 minute, once a week class that offers Ballet & Tap. They perform a Tap routine in our annual June concert.

Creative Movement 4/5 students must be age 4 by April 1 of the previous season to participate in this 45 minute, once a week class that offers Ballet & Tap. They perform a Ballet routine in our annual June concert.

Flexibility and Conditioning

Intermediate - Advanced

The purpose of this class is to promote strength and flexibility for all populations with the use of resistance balls and dyna bands. It’s very athletic, stressing proper body alignment, cardiovascular tracking, as well as slow and steady flexibility training. Class starts with a strenuous warm-up followed by a brief stretch. Then with the aid of exercise balls or dyna bands, the remainder of the class is devoted to focusing on individual muscle groups to strengthen and stretch. Modifications are given for each exercise, and we are equipped with balls and bands of different sizes, resistance level, and weight to fit your needs. Because this class encourages the dancer to cross train- the option to add circuit training, partner work, and the use of other equipment such as jump ropes, hula hoops, mats, slides, balance boards, etc., are also a part of the class. Class attire is comfortable clothing, bring sneakers and a towel to lay on for floor work.

Flippin' For Fun

Beginner

A tumbling class for your young one. Ages 4-6, age 4 by April 1 of the previous season. Instructions will be given on lower and upper body strength, stretching and balance. Challenging skills include bridges, forward and backward rolls, handstands, headstands and cartwheels. Self-control, personal space, patience and general good manners are another aspect of this class. Performance included in our annual June Concert.

Hip Hop

Intermediate-Advanced

A more advanced form of Street Funk with an Urban Street style of dancing that teaches "pop and lock” dance moves. Eligibility follows the completion of our "Street Funk” curriculum to successfully meet the challenges of the Hip Hop style.

Hippity Hop

Beginner

A popular and FUN class that introduces jazz footwork & isolations needed to support the pop and lock Hip Hop style. Two classes offered, Ages 6-8, age 6 by April 1 of the previous season. Ages 8-10, age 8 by April 1 of the previous season. Performance included in our annual June Concert.

Jazz

Intermediate - Advanced

Students will continue to work on the fundamentals of the jazz technique which began in their Tap/Jazz class and will work to improve their strength and flexibility. There will be instruction in isolations, syncopated rhythm and stylization; learning how the technique has been influenced and transformed over the years. In class, students will begin with a full body warm-up, practice technique across the floor and learn choreography. Requirements: Completed beginner jazz curriculum or instructor recommendation for the student with Ballet experience only. A one-hour Ballet Class is required for the student in an “advanced” jazz level.

Lyrical

Beginner - Advanced

Lyrical Dance is an expression of Ballet encompassing flexibility, extension, and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Therefore, Ballet is mandatory prior to and during enrollment in this style of dance. Requirements: A one-hour Ballet Class AND the recommendation of their Ballet instructor for placement in a lyrical class based on their accomplished ballet technique.  Enrollment in a Ballet class must accompany enrollment in a Lyrical Class.

Modern

Intermediate - Advanced

Students will learn a combination of improvisational practice and technical history. Students will be guided through improv to develop confidence and creativity as a dancer. Modern’s cutting-edge history is also explored through the study of choreographers (past through present) and their individual style. Requirement: Previous Ballet Training. Ballet class must be continued while enrolled in the Modern Class.

Pointe

Advanced

All students must attend a preliminary meeting with their parent to discuss our pointe program. Requirements are as follows: 
• Minimum 4 years of Ballet experience
• Ages 12+ (or by teacher recommendation determined by body alignment, leg, ankle, and foot strength)
• Commitment to extra ballet classes during the week including a Saturday 90-minute class requirement
• Must pass ankle evaluation for flexibility
• Must pass pointe test- given in November or December each year                      
•Each test has specific requirements that will be discussed at the meeting

Street Funk

Beginner - Advanced

Street Funk is a form of Jazz that involves isolations, specific body movements, advanced coordination, and intricate jazz footwork. The ability of each student will determine their placement when and if they are ready to begin this class. A Jazz class is mandatory for Level 1 through 5 Street Funk students. T/J 2 students and levels higher are eligible to enroll.

Tap

Intermediate - Advanced

Students will be instructed to explore rhythm and sound. They will challenge their coordination and be instructed on how to control this fun instrument. Through combinations and footwork, students will be introduced to new terminology, intricate rhythms and personal style. Included Tap styles are “Broadway" and “Rhythm” tap, and the exciting and challenging “tricks” known to Tap. Eligibility is after completing the beginner tap curriculum.

Tap/Ballet

Beginner (Ages 5 1/2 - 9 1/2)

This program offers a more structured class where students receive a half hour of Ballet and a half hour of Tap. We continue to enhance the student’s motor skills, strength training, balance, rhythm, timing, and technique.

Tap/Ballet 1 - This level of dance is for those students who successfully completed Creative Movement or have no experience but meet the age requirement. Eligibility for ages 5 ½ - 7 ½ depends on the ability of each child and when they began dancing. They perform a Tap routine in our annual concert.

Tap/Ballet 2 - Students move to this level after successful completion of Tap/Ballet 1 or have no experience at age 8 ½.  Eligibility for ages 6 ½ - 8 ½ depending on the ability of each student. They perform Tap and Ballet routines in our annual concert.

Tap/Ballet 3 – Students move into this level after successful completion of Tap/Ballet 2 or have no experience at age 9 ½ Eligibility for ages 7 ½ - 10 depending on the ability of each student. At this level we include an introduction to Jazz. They perform Tap and Ballet routines in our annual concert.

Tap/Jazz

Beginner (Ages 8 1/2 - 12 1/2)

Tap/Jazz (T/J)  Beginner Ages 8 ½ - 12 ½.

This class offers an introduction to jazz dance while continuing the studies of Tap. Since the Ballet technique is an emphasis at Premiere Dance Studio, we will continue to implement Ballet technique within our ninety-minute combination class as it relates to both the Tap and Jazz styles. These combination classes will offer 45 minutes of Tap followed by 45 minutes of Jazz. Both a Jazz routine and a Tap routine are performed in our year-end Concert. Age requirements will vary depending on the ability of each student. We highly encourage that dancers continue their Ballet training with a one-hour Ballet class. Ballet is not only the basis for all styles of dance, it is a pre-requisite for anyone interested in adding Lyrical, Modern or Contemporary in their dancing future!

T/J1- Requirement: At least 3 years of dance experience or successfully completing Premiere’s Tap/Ballet program. Tap is mandatory for the TJ 1 student. Eligibility is 8 ½ -10 ½ depending on the ability of each child.  A one-hour Ballet Class is highly recommended at this level.

T/J 2- Requirement: At least 4 years of dance experience or successful completion of the TJ 1 program. This class ranges from ages 9 ½ - 11 ½ depending on the ability of each child. A one-hour Ballet Class is highly recommended at this level.

T/J 3- Requirement: At least 5 years of dance experience or successful completion of the TJ 2 program is required. This class ranges from ages 10 ½ - 12 ½, depending on the ability of each child. A one-hour Ballet class is highly recommended at this level.

New and transfer students ages 10+ may require additional instruction to meet eligibility when enrolling in a Tap/Jazz class. A summer Ballet class, if possible, is recommended to help these students meet the challenges of Tap and of Jazz as a beginner dancer.