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Dance Arts Development Center

"Where BIG Dreams Begin Little" 

Our Programs

TWINKLE TWO'S: for children ~ 24 months. These half hour classes will get your tiny dancer singing and dancing! We will help with separation, work on movement of the arms, legs and use exercises to build core through ballet movements. You will be amazed what they can do and EXPLORE at this age!  They will learn to wait their turn, to stay in one line, say "I did it" and feel proud of themselves and develop a sense of "safety". 

Baby Ballet: for children age ~ 6 months to 24 months. These classes serve as an introduction to rhythmic sounds and basic movement with parent. Watch your child react and express through slow and fast music and how it makes them feel!  They will soon recognize a safe and fun environment. 

TOT-HOP: for children ages 3 & 4. These 45 minute classes serve as a hip hop class for TOTS! BOYS & GIRLS are welcome. We focus on isolation movements, levels (teach them to dance high and low), across the floor progressions and center combination work. Music is "trendy" using current pop music. We primarily use Kidz bop versions and end class with a game or choo-choo train ride!

PRECOMBO: for children ages 3-4. These 45 minute classes serve as an introduction to rhythmic dance and creative movement. Basic fundamental loco motor skills and movement vocabulary are developed through creative movement/dance. Beginner ballet and basic tap skills are introduced.

OBSTACLE COURSE ACRO FITNESS (TUMBLE & DISCOVERY): for children ages 2 TO 4. Do your kids like to roll or flip around? This is the class for them! We will use our tumbling mats and teach skills such as forward rolls, hand stands, climbing over obstacles to develop cart wheels and more.  Meanwhile also strenghing core and coordination as they climb, hop  jump, and explore! 

COMBO CLASSES: for children ages 5 to 10. These hour classes (Age 5-7 typically) or hour and half classes (Age 8-10) begin with ballet followed by Tap instruction which includes simple steps and rhythms, center combination steps such as brushes, flaps, shuffles, stomps, and stamps. Ballet instruction will include barre work, basic positions, and stationary and traveling ballet movements. Beginner Jazz is also introduced and available for ages 7-10.

HIP HOP: for children ages 5 and up. These forty five minute classes to an hour depending on which location, begin with an isolation warm-up, progress to across the floor movements and end with center combination. Music will be primarily Rap/R&B/Pop.

ALL BOYS HIP-HOP "CREW": An all boys class designed to create a welcoming atmosphere for male students. See Hip Hop class description. classes are offered ages 5 to 10! They are always a big hit at our show. Boys age 11 & up are mixed in with the girls. By this age, they are confident enough to know that is "ok" and "cool" for boys to dance!

LYRICAL: This class is a style that blends ballet and jazz dance and is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. Techniques to express lyrics of the song using fluid movement, grace and emotion are required. Must have ballet training.

POINTE: Dancers must have extensive ballet training, strength and body structure. Students must be evaluated to be placed in these classes.

TIK TOK DANCE CLASS : Join the latest craze and learn dances and moves like the TIK TOK APP! The dancers will have a warm up with isolations and stylized movements to get their body flowing and loose.  *POPULAR CLASS* Open to ages 5 & Up.

JAZZ/TAP: The classes are designed to introduce children/adults to the techniques of tap and jazz dance. Classes typically consist of center floor warm ups, isolations, and movement transitions across the floor. Children/Adults will explore basic tap combinations including sound definition, improvisation, and center jazz technique. Music will be primarily pop, rock and contemporary.

LYRICAL: This class is a style that blends ballet and jazz dance and is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. Techniques to express lyrics of the song using fluid movement, grace and emotion are required. Must have ballet training.

POINTE: Dancers must have extensive ballet training, strength and body structure. Students must be evaluated to be placed in these classes.

CONTEMPORARY: This class draws on both classical ballet and modern dance and centers on a dancer's own interpretation instead of structured steps. It employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation characteristics. Improv is also blended into this class.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CLASSES: for children/adults ages 10and up. The length of class will vary according to the students’ experience. Each of these classes will include more advanced instruction in Tap, Ballet and Jazz. Children/adults should have prior instruction in Ballet, Tap and/or Jazz before entering these classes. Children/adults will improve sound definition and center combination work (tap), balance and extension (ballet), and more advanced isolation and movement transitions (jazz). Music will consist of pop, classical, and contemporary hits.

JUMPS & TURNS: These classes focus on basic technique in jumps and turns providing the beginner dancer a stronger base to build upon, while challenging the more advanced dancer to push themselves to better accuracy and more skillful execution. 

ACRO/TUMBLING: These 1 hour classes teach students fundamental acrobatic and tumbling moves that are performed on gym mats. These classes are strictly floor work and does not perform any gymnastics with bars or beams. We offer 3 level classes; Beginner- foundations of tumbling, back and forward rolls, handstands, elbow stands, handstand bridge, backbends, roundoffs and more. Intermediate- front/back walk-overs, connecting skills, press handstands, handstand walks, handspring step outs, roundoff jump and more. Advanced- back handspring, front handspring, tucks, layouts, running tumbling, ariels front/side and more.

DANCE COMPANY (Competition Team): These classes are for children who have a strong base in ballet, tap and/or jazz and who are interested in more advanced instruction and dance performance. Company members will work individually and as a group to sharpen their current talents in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical studies as well as to broaden their vocabulary in these techniques. We compete regionally 3-4 a year and compete in a Nationals competition every-other year. Dancers are required to train all year round, including our summer intensive.

AGE 2 THROUGH ADULT

COMBINATION CLASSES

ALL LEVELS AND AGES

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION IS AVAILABLE

MUSICAL THEATER/CHARACTER CLASSES: Does your child love Broadway, acting and singing? Well this is the class for them! Out theater arts Instructors will help them learn what it is like to be involved in THEATER and give them versatile training to prepare them for school plays and shows!


*TCT* Class: Tricks/Conditioning/Technique: Open to All, currently offered at the Islip Terrace location.  Train with one of our highly educated staff who was a dancer on the Division 1 Hofstra Dance Team.  


LATE NIGHT IMPROV: OPEN TO ALL-Grow your confidence as you are pushed to explore movement in your own mind and dance space, to dance freely, create and execute.  Dance is not about the perfect step...it is about the quality of movement each individual displays.  

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