BLACK HILLS DANCE CENTRE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Ballet Instruction at BHDC is divided into 2 categories:
1. The study of theory and practice of technique
a. the rules of ballet (such as the proper movement of the head in turn)
b. artistic expression
c. musical phrasing
2. The practice of technique encompasses:
a. barre work
b. center work (turns, adagio, petite allegro, grand allegro & combinations)
c. across the floor (grand allegro, turns, combinations)
BHDC has developed a complete curriculum that carries a student from pre-ballet to advanced level. Each level generally takes two years to complete.
Pre-Primary Creative Movement: Ages 3-4: A 45 minute class. The purpose is to open a student’s mind
to creative thoughts and self-discovery. Basic body control, balance, posture, rhythm, joy of movement, classroom etiquette, etc., is included.
Pre-Primary: Ages 4-6: A 45-minute class: This program is specially designed to provide children with a strong foundation in dance and movement. It teaches basic elements of ballet, creative movement, musical rhythm, opposites and directions. Integrated are intellectual concepts such as self-awareness, listening skills and teamwork.
Primary Ballet/Tap: Ages 6-8: A one hour combination class. Students are introduced to classical ballet technique that includes barre work, center exercises and across the floor grand allegro movements.
Tap rudiments, rhythm and terminology are begun.
Intermediate I Ballet: Ages 8-10
Intermediate II Ballet: Ages 10-12
Intermediate III Ballet: Ages 12-14 (2 times per week): Pointe work is introduced as an option to those who qualify.
Advanced Ballet: Ages 14-Adult (2 times per week): Pointe work is continued.
Tap dance is offered from primary through advanced levels. As in ballet, a careful curriculum designed by BHDC is followed. Students learn tap terminology and tap styles such as rhythm (jazz) tap, roadway, softshoe, military, waltz clog, contemporary and improvisation. Students are taught classic reparatory from the great tap masters plus having fun with innovative ideas of our current national professionals and BHDC directors.
Jazz dance students
are given a wide variety of jazz dance styles. Classic jazz, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Lyrical, etc, are incorporated. The classes consist of jazz warm-ups, across the floor
movements, and combinations.
Intermediate I/II: Ages 9-12
Intermediate III: Ages 12-14
Advanced: Ages 14-Adult
Modern dance is a technique based on the principles of fall and recovery and contraction and release.
Its a study of free/experimental movement derived from expression of inner feeling. It is danced in bare feet. The class is open to upper intermediate and advanced level dancers.
COMPANY CLASS (THE A-TEAM)
This is available to students wanting a faster-paced class with more performance opportunities.
It is a reparatory class that supplements the general classes. The focus is on performance technique developing a varied repertoire and “How To Audition.” Master classes on acting and singing are in the plans as well. It is enrolled by audition only.