Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Classes begin at the barre where students perform movement sequences to develop strength, coordination, balance and proper alignment. These skills are reinforced through center and across the floor combinations. Classical technique and vocabulary are taught. Pointe shoes are introduced to students who are ready, at the discretion of the instructor.
This intermediate level class is an excellent experience for the student who is interested in further strengthening their dance technique. Including elements of ballet, jazz and modern technique, we will work to develop a solid technical base in the dancers.The students will learn a variety of jumps and turns as well as innovative choreography in this athletic class. This class will feature a variety of jazz styles- from broadway jazz to lyrical jazz. The class consists of warm up and conditioning exercises to increase flexibility and strength. Class time will be devoted to learning jazz technique as well as funky jazz dance combinations.
Modern dance is a form of concert dance which encourages the freedom of expression, improvisation, innovation and creative exploration of movement. The aesthetic of modern dance (also now called contemporary dance) is very diverse, as it is up to the choreographers to create their individual identity through their movement style. Some modern dance can take on balletic qualities, while others can bring the grounded elements of African dance into the aesthetic. Students are encouraged to express their own creativity through this form of dance.
Popstar Hip Hop- Kindergarten & 1st grade
Does your child love to dance and pretend to be a popstar? Popstar hip hop is a very cool yet age appropriate dance class for children 5-7 years old. The dancers will learn basic hip hop as well as show some of their own best dance moves while grooving to their favorite music.
Hip Hop for Grades 1-2
This class is a basic introduction to hip hop and jazz funk style dance. The class will include hip hop technique and choreography, and of course freestyle improvisation! We will have a blast dancing to age appropriate music and moves for the young dancers.
Boys Hip Hop
This boys only hip hop class is a beginner level hip hop class where basic hip hop and break dancing styles will be taught. The boys are also encouraged to show off their own dance moves during the group freestyle. (This class is not on our current 2021/22 schedule).
Jazz dance introduces a stylistic dance vocabulary for a fun, expressive way of dancing. Basic jazz dance technique will be introduced in this class. This dance style is known for it's upbeat music and choreography style
Contemporary dance is a dance genre which encourages the freedom of expression, improvisation, innovation and creative exploration of movement. We will also use improvisation games to inspire the student's own creative movement. Contemporary is offered to students who have previous dance training in ballet and jazz. Students will dance in bare feet.
This hip hop class is a fast-paced and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping. This class for young beginners specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style.
'Inspirations' is a dance program specifically designed for children with special needs. Please contact the studio for additional information about our new program!
Senior Performance Team
Junior Performance Teams 1 & 2
Pre Performance Team
The Inspire performance team is a group of young dancers ages 7-14 who train in both ballet and jazz classes at the studio. The dancers perform in events in and around the community. The dancers have performed at Celebrate Holliston, the Holliston Holiday Stroll and were featured on a local TV show, 'Milford Performs'. The dancers have also performed at local Halloween events and for the elderly. Dancers interested in joining the Performance Team should contact Miss Amanda.
School Age Class Descriptions
This is a perfect combination class for young dancers ages. Ballet training promotes coordination, balance, correct body alignment and grace. Tap dancing develops a keen sense of rhythm, timing and musical awareness. Jazz dance introduces a stylistic dance vocabulary for a fun, funky and expressive way of dancing.This class is a fun and well rounded introduction to dance for young students.
Preschool Program Class Descriptions
Move and Groove
2 year olds
Move & Groove is designed for the specific needs of a two year old. This parent/tot class is a wonderful introduction to the structure of a classroom while allowing the child the freedom to explore her own natural movement. Dancers will march, gallop and roll...jump, twirl, wiggle and giggle while using our imaginations to go on exciting adventures. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through the use of music, dance, props and fun obstacle courses.
2.5 - 3.5 year olds
In this fun and exciting class dancers will march, gallop and roll... jump, twirl, wiggle and giggle while using our minds to go on exciting adventures. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through class dances, props, and fun obstacle courses.
3- 4 year olds
4 - 5 year olds
In this class we will skip, gallop and leap... stretch, crawl, wiggle and giggle. The dancers will learn basic tap dance, which is a wonderful activity to nurture a sense of rhythm and timing. We introduce and teach basic ballet positions and movements. A portion of this preschool class also allows the dancers to be able to freely experience their own moving body and find joy in dancing. This preschool dance class is a wonderful introduction for the young student to a basic classroom structure in a fun and nurturing environment.
Adult Program Class Descriptions
Barre Fitness Basics
Streamline, tone and condition your entire body with this fun, motivating barre class that's suitable for all ability levels! Barre Fit Basics integrates danced-based positions with a focus on correct body alignment and posture. This class blends principles of dance to work the the core, upper and lower body like never before! You'll learn ballet barre methods, modifications, movements and technique for a fun, safe and effective workout experience! Light weight sneakers or socks with treads on the bottom are recommended. Yoga mats will be provided or you may bring your own.
(We are not running this class on our current 2021/22 season schedule.)
Cardio Dance Jam
CARDIO DANCE JAM is a heart-pumping cardio dance party that's a full body workout! If you're looking for something that's fun, easy to follow and gets your heart pumping (yet tones and burns calories, too) then this is the choice for you!! Dance rhythms include hip pop, pop, house, reggaetón (Latin hip hop), trap, dancehall (Jamaican reggae), African, EDM (electronric dance music) and more! Cardio Dance Jam is suitable for all ages, fitness and dance levels. The only prerequisite is the willingness to have a blast. Please bring a water bottle, sweat towel (and your smile) with you! (We are not running this class on our current 2021/22 season schedule.)
Adult Intermediate Tap
Tap is a popular style of American theatrical dance distinguished by percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor. Dancers develop a keen sense of rhythm and balance. This beginner intermediate level class is appropriate for the adult who has had some experience with tap dance and is looking to continue training. The class will take place in 8-week sessions. Come ready to have a blast! (We are not running this class on our current 2021/22 season schedule.)
Adult Intermediate Contemporary
Contemporary dance is a fusion of ballet, jazz and modern techniques. Contemporary dance allows for freedom of expression through movement. This is an intermediate level class and previous dance training is recommended.