PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN: These classes give the young dancer an outlet for expression and knowledge of tempo, levels, energy and shapes. Imagery such as colors, emotions and nature help excite the young dancer’s imagination. Costumes and props are a special treat. Pre-ballet and dance skills will also be introduced. Tap skills are introduced in Kindergarten.
BALLET: All students are encouraged to study this style of dance technique. Nothing is better for developing coordination, balance, strength and flexibility. Knowledge of ballet steps and terminology is helpful to the study of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern dance.
POINTE: Age 11 and older: This is what every little ballet dancer dreams of: to seemingly float above the ground. Pointe should be studied when the student is sufficiently strong in both the understanding of ballet technique and strength of the body and not before. Not all students should or will be allowed to study pointe. Pointe students must be enrolled in a ballet class.
TAP: Develops rhythmic skill and coordination. This is a favorite with children because they get to make noise with their feet! The students will be exposed to musical theatre, swing, boogie-woogie, and be-bop music. Tap is included in the Kindergarten and 1st/2nd Grade classes. In the 3rd through 4th grade Tap is combined with Jazz.
CONTEMPORARY: Utilizing Jazz, Ballet and Modern techniques this class will give the experienced dancers an opportunity to add expressive style to their dancing. This class will allow the students to express emotion through their body and develop a more powerful stage presence.
HIP-HOP: Hip-hop dance evolved from urban street dancing. Danced to the latest music, this style incorporates a broad spectrum of today’s movement while emphasizing individual expression. Recommended for age 2nd grade and up. A knowledge of ballet, jazz,and contemporary is helpful.
JAZZ: Contemporary music makes this class extra fun while the dancer gains flexibility, strength and classic technique. Some of the many forms of jazz dance are musical theater, lyrical and classic. A knowledge of ballet is helpful.
NORTHWESTERN STARZ Performance Team: The Starz Team consistently wins top honors at regional and national dance competitions. They also attend dance conventions and study with nationally recognized dance professionals some of whom have their own TV shows and have competed on Dancing with the Stars. Competition dancers are invited based on outstanding dedication, attitude, and performance ability. The team is separate from dance classes. All Starz team members must be enrolled in regular classes to perform on the team.