Menu

A Step Above Dance

header photo

Class Descriptions

All students must attend classes dressed in the proper dance attire to receive the most from their education.This ensures that our staff can observe proper body placement which will alleviate the risk of injury. Unacceptable dance wear includes: jeans, any loose fitting t-shirts or pants, regular street clothes or school uniforms. Hair must be pulled back securely away from face for every class as it can pose a safety hazard. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in student sitting out class for the day.

2-4 yr. olds - Mommy and Me Creative Movement - This class is great for our youngest students not quite ready to be away from Mom or Dad. It combines basic ballet technique with creative movement activities and some basic tumbling with parent's assistance. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, leotard of any color, and footless tights.
3-4 yr. olds, 5-7 yr. olds - Ballet/Tap Combination - Students will focus on ballet technique for the first half of class and tap technique for the second half, while continuing to build on basic classroom etiquette and procedures. We do rhythm exercises to learn how to count music and basic notes in tap. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, tap shoes, leotard of any color, and tights.
3-4 yr. olds, 5-7 yr. olds - Ballet/Tumbling Combination - Students will focus on ballet technique for the first half and basic tumbling such as front and back rolls, bridges, jumps, and starting cartwheels. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, leotard of any color, and footless tights. Students will be barefoot for tumbling.
3-5 yr. olds - Ballet/Tap/Tumbling Combination - This class is offered in our summer sessions and daytime and Saturday classes for Fall/Spring. Students will alternate between basic ballet, tap and tumbling techniques. We will work on creative movement techniques, basic classroom etiquette, and rhythms. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, tap shoes, a leotard of any color and footless tights are needed for tumbling portion.
5-7 yr. olds - Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Hip Hop Combination - Students will switch between two different genres each week to focus on and do three dances in the recital. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes needed are ballet, tap, jazz, and sneakers or boots for hip hop.
5 yr. old and up - Hip Hop - Do you ever watch music videos or your favorite shows on Disney and Nickelodeon and wish you could move like those back up dancers? This is the class for you! It is street dance, break dance, funky moves all wrapped into one class with our ever present family values and standards of appropriateness behind it all. Attire to be worn is looser fitting t-shirts, athletic pants, shorts and tennis shoes or boots. The teacher will let you know which shoe is needed for recital.​
5 yr. old and up - Jazz - This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. It uses faster paced, upbeat music. There are very many different forms of jazz that branch out into lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes.​

5 yr. old and up - Performing Group - This is our competitive division of our studio which competes in local competitions and performs for local civil groups and organizations. It is by invitation only. We do accept transfers from other studios, but the student must first be evaluated by owner Amy Belcher. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes unless told otherwise by your instructor.
5 yr. old and up - Pom - This class works on basic jazz and hip hop technique along with work with actual poms, sharp movements, cheers/chants, and group work. Older classes will focus on requirements for local Pom squad tryouts. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes.
8 yr. old and up - Ballet - This is a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. We do a combination of a few different ballet schools of study. Ballet is the basis of many of the dance genres we offer and fantastic for poise and discipline. It is necessary for a strong technical foundation. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, leotard of any color, and tights.
8 yr. old and up - Cecchetti - This is a very structured ballet method devised by Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti. It works on many techniques to prepare dancers for Pointe work. It really goes through why certain moves are utilized in ballet and what they help with in the big picture of all dance technique. Attire to be worn is ballet shoes, a black leotard, and pink tights. NO EXCEPTIONS!
8 yr. old and up - Contemporary/Lyrical - This is a style of dance fusing jazz, ballet, and modern techniques. It utilizes music, movement and facial expression to tell a story. It is an extremely expressive form of dance. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes.
8 yr. old and up - Modern - This is a form of dance employing special technique developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas and spacial relations. Body Movements in this form are less formal, strict as in ballet or jazz technique. We will also study and work on improvisational skills. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts and bare feet.​
8 yr. old and up - Music Theatre - this form of dance studies jazz forms of Broadway dance and dance styles. Focus is on acting, character development and studying, learning choreography to songs from famous musicals, such as "HairSpray", "Annie", "Aladdin", "Seussical", "Oklahoma", and many more! Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes.​ 
8 yr. old and up - Tap - This is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of the tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. There are different types of tap such as Broadway, hoofing, and rhythm tap. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Tap shoes must be jazz tap shoe style, lace-up or slip on. When in Tap class on its own, the Mary Jane tap shoes are not acceptable as they do not facilitate the dancer in making the best sounds and movement.
8 yr. old and up - Technique - These classes are designed and required for our Performing Group dancers, but any dancers of age are welcome. It focuses on technical elements of turns, leaps, jumps, flexibility, tricks, general style, facial expressions and strengthening. It is also a great class for those wanting to tryout for his/her local school's Pom squads. Attire to be worn is leotard, tights, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts. Shoes need to be tan, split-sole jazz shoes.
8 yr. old and up - Tumbling - This class teaches basic gymnastics floor exercise skills studied such as back and forward rolls, cartwheels, roundoffs, headstands, handstands, back and front walkovers and handsprings, aerials and many acrobatic skills as well. Attire to be worn is leotard, fitted tanks/camisoles/t-shirts, bra tops, jazz pants, or dance shorts and bare feet.
12 yr. old and up (with permission only - Pointe - This is a form of dance where the dancer supports all their body weight on the tips of fully pointed and extended feet in special Pointe shoes. Students may only do Pointe at 12 years old or older, after taking at least 3 years of ballet, be enrolled in Cecchetti class simultaneously, and with teachers permission after examination of student. Attire to be worn is pointe shoes, leotard of any color, and tights.
16 yr. old and up - Adult Tap/Exercise - Do you ever want to get out of the house and work on your memory skills while making some new friends and working up a sweat? Then this is the class for you! We work on Tap technique and do a light aerobic exercise and stretch at the later half of the hour. Attire to be worn is looser fitting t-shirts, athletic pants, shorts and need both tennis shoes and tap shoes. Tap shoes must be jazz tap shoe style, lace-up or slip on. In adult Tap class, the Mary Jane tap shoes are not acceptable as they do not facilitate the dancer in making the best sounds and movement.
16 yr. old and up - Belly Dance - This is a dance of Middle Eastern origin specializing in isolation movement of the rib, abdominal and hip regions of the body. It is an intense workout and a great way to blow off steam and meet new friends! Attire to be worn  is looser fitting t-shirts, athletic pants, shorts and bare feet. A yoga mat or towel are useful as well for floor work.

Top of Page