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NESD Class Descriptions

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Preschool & Primary Combination classes (Ages 3-6) are a stimulating introduction to Creative Movement, Ballet and Tap. These classes will help to nurture a child's ability to follow directions while stimulating their imaginations in a warm structured setting. This is the first classroom experience for many students and we lovingly teach learning skills such as “taking turns”, “staying in line”, and “being a good listener”. In addition, students learn basic dance positions and steps. The emphasis on rhythm, musicality and agility will help to develop their coordination and spacial awareness.

Ballet technique is the foundation for all dance. It teaches proper placement, alignment, balance and control.  Students focus on improving strength, control, upper body carriage and placement at the barre and in center work. Ballet technique encourages musicality and performing skills as the students work their way through a lesson that includes adage, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro and pointe work in more advanced levels. This traditional art form will teach students vocabulary, terminology and history of Ballet.  At NESD we proudly follow the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus.  This dance syllabus provides a firm basis beginning at Grade I Ballet and continued through the Advanced Vocational level.  In addition to ballet technique, the younger grades will learn some national european character dance and free-movement technique while the vocational levels teach pointe work and classical repertoire.

Pointe is offered to those students who have mastered the knowledge and technique of ballet and are ready for the next level. Strength and control are extremely important in this dance form. Instructor approval is necessary. Pointe work will be incorporated into appropriate level ballet classes. Students must take a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week to be considered for pointe work.

Jazz is a stylized, high energy form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. This form of dance includes a variety of different skills and other technical aspects, and is paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, memorization, and terminology. A great workout that leaves you feeling invigorated!

Tap is all about rhythm, syncopation and style! This exciting and challenging type of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the shoes on your feet. Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Traditionally American this type of dance can vary in technique and style, From "42nd Street" to "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk"!

Hip Hop is the current style most frequently seen on television and music videos. Movements are fast, funky, and intricate at times. This Jazz based street style can develop, coordination, agility, musicality & rhythm. Classes offered to students age 7 and up.

Lyrical is a dance form based on creative expression. It is a story set in motion. Lyrical is a fusion of contemporary ballet and jazz which combines one’s own expression along with technical skills. Students must have a solid dance base. This style of dance is only offered in the form of choreography for members of the NESD performing company and competition team.

Modern dance is a contemporary, free style form of dance, in which the teacher uses various methods to create and choreograph movement. In contrast to Ballet's structured code of steps, Modern dance movement is often fresh, inventive and exploratory. The deliberate use of exploring dynamics using gravity, and space can teach a body how to move and discover new dimensions. Improvisation, creativity, physical and emotional exploration can benefit the mind and body like no other art form.

Musical Theatre classes provide students the opportunity to explore different styles of dance most notably seen in musicals and theatrical productions. Classes include developing acting skills and movement from current and classic musicals in preparation for our year end performance.