As the "foundation for all dance," we place a high importance on this style. Classical Ballet provides dancers with the technique, strength, and discipline needed for a solid foundation. Originating in the Italian Renaissance courts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and later taking root in France, ballet is one of the oldest forms of dance. We offer classes influenced by the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti methods for all levels and ages.
PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
Created by Marie Walton-Mahon, Progressing Ballet Technique, or PBT class is a revolutionary program designed to enhance ballet technique by specializing in muscle memory and enhancing flexibility. PBT uses dance exercises and equipment such as exercise balls and resistance bands, to strengthen dancers and prevent injury. We offer classes with one of the only teachers in the area certified and trained by Marie Walton-Mahon herself. These classes are for early-intermediate to advanced dancers.
Often associated with lyrical dance, with its smooth fluid movement and expression of emotion, this style of dance combines elements of several dance genres- including Modern, Jazz, and Classical Ballet. Dancers strive to connect the mind and body through movement while building a strong dance foundation.
BALLET FOR GYMNASTICS
Ballet is excellent for improving posture, core, discipline, balance, flexibility, and lower-body strength. These components can help a gymnast in many ways. Ballet dancing can help teach a gymnast how to manage and control their breathing while performing, enhance overall flexibility, and improve balance and posture. Dance helps develop both balance and grace, which is something gymnasts need on many of their apparatus, especially Floor and Beam. Ballet class develops core strength through rigorous positions and repetition. This translates to greater tumbling strength for the gymnast. Because dance works with rhythm and counts, the dancer develops a keen sense of body control. This helps tremendously when the gymnast needs to identify problem areas in their gymnastics skills. Dance helps gymnasts to become more rhythmically inclined, leading to more grace and showmanship in their floor routines.
BALLET FOR FIGURE SKATING
Classical ballet lessons provide strength & flexibility training, body awareness, balance techniques, mental focus, discipline, musicality, and aesthetics all wrapped into one lesson. Taking a regular classical ballet lesson helps to improve the value of all that the skater does on-ice, as figure skating is basically ballet on ice. Ballet lessons teach the skater how to move the pelvis without losing balance or disconnecting from their ‘center’ in footwork sequences, including pirouette turns, jumps and leaps across the floor. The combination of core control and balance allows the skater to use the strength they have developed in off-ice training, when they are on ice skates.
This dance style combines classical ballet techniques with fluid movements and tricks such as cartwheels, aerials, handsprings, backbends and the splits. It is a physically demanding style that requires you to build great strength, control and flexibility. Accomplished dancers move gracefully from one trick to the next, incorporating dance techniques between each one. This is different from the isolated movements of a gymnastic floor exercise. In true Acro dance, the dancing portion comprises more of the performance than the acrobatic moves. We introduce basic tumbling moves with a strong emphasis on stretching and strengthening exercises, which will prepare the student for more advanced work.
Rhythm and movement combine perfectly to create this high- energy dance style. We love creating sounds and moving our bodies! Tap originated in the United States through the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily African tribal dances and Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances. We offer a modern Broadway style for primary and beginning through advanced classes.
First emerging in Brazil in the early twentieth century, jazz dance builds on African American vernacular styles of dancing that emerged with jazz music. Since the 1940's, Hollywood movies and Broadway shows have used the term to describe the choreography of Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. With strong ties to the music, our beginning-advanced jazz classes are all about the performance with smooth, syncopated moves, turns, and jumps.
SILVER SWANS (ADULT)
As we believe that dance is for everyone- our gentle movement classes are designed just for Seniors! Adaptable for all physical levels (even in chairs!), we explore the grace and beauty of ballet. Soft classical music is used to enhance the class experience. All moves are done with focus on breath and mindfulness. No dance experience necessary, all that is needed is an appreciation for art and beauty. We invite everyone ages 50+ to drop in to our daytime classes.
TIKTOK & ONLINE TRENDS
Learn all of today's newest and most popular online dance trends with this fun up-to-the-moment class. Students will break down and learn popular new dances and choreography such as those seen on Tiktok and YouTube. Students will have the option each week to be featured in an official Première School of Dance video on our YouTube channel and posted to Tiktok!
HIP HOP / BREAKING
Originating in the Bronx of New York, Hip Hop and it's music are widely recognized by the public as well as the dance industry. As an evolution to Hip Hop music, Breaking is a specialized form of Hip Hop, using moves primarily on the ground.
HIP HOP FIT (ADULT)
Our adult hip hop-style dance class is perfect for beginners through intermediate dancers. You may be intimidated by the complexity of this dance form, and think that you are too old to take up dancing, but there’s no need to get discouraged! Hip hop is not as strict as most other dance forms – after all, it literally originated in the street and was developed by dancers without professional dance training. That’s why hip hop may seem more of a workout than a dance. Over the years, several steps have become the most popular, including: pops, chest pops, body rolls, break-dancing, krumping, gliding, tutting, arm waves, windmills, baby freezes and six-steps. We explore all of these steps in a fun, easy-to-follow class format.
In addition to group classes, we offer private instruction to enhance skill level and increase self-esteem for all ages and levels. Contact for more information or to schedule.