Dance Classes

Strong dancers – Strong people

Dance Classes

At Airborne Dance we believe in teaching age appropriate material that matches where students are at developmentally. To do this, we separate our programs out by age:

Foundational Dance Classes:

  • DancingBees (Preschool Dance Class): Ages 2½ – 4½
  • Mini Dance: Ages 4½ – 6
  • Dance Fun(damentals): Ages 6 – 8 (first to third grade.)

Technique Dance Classes:

  • Junior Dance: Ages 9-12
  • Teen Dance: Ages 13-18

If your student is on the cusp of an age group, we ask that you register them in the class that fits their age at the time of registration. It is always better to move a student up than down an age level!

Following our age requirements is an important part of having a successful dance class. When all students are similar in their learning practices and developmental growth, the overall class dynamic works well for everyone!

Class for Ages 2 1/2 – 8

Foundational Dance

Class for Ages 9+

Technique Dance

 

Dance Company

There are two main things to consider when picking out your dance class: your student’s age and the style of dance that interests them. We have an increasing number of class styles as children get older and more capable of branching into different movement patterns and styles.  

If you still have questions, give us a call or shoot us an email! We’re here to help you find the class that is right for you and your student!

Jazz Classes

Jazz is a dance style that evolved from African Dance rhythms and traditions, blended with some social dance and concert dance forms along the way. There are many different types of Jazz dance. It’s seen from Broadway and movie musicals to backup dancers for recording artists to commercials, and entertainment on cruise ships! Jazz has attitude, rhythm, and flair to spare! Students will work on isolations of the body, strength and fitness conditioning and eventually move to bigger, dynamic progressions, such as leaps and turns across the floor. If your dancer loves to put on a show, Jazz class may be the place for them!

Hip-Hop Classes

 Studio Hip-Hop is born from the origional street dances created by African American and communities of color throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. There are many different styles of Hip-Hop, from Breaking to Waacking to Pop and Locking, but all are rooted in self-expression and individuality. There is an emphasis on moving to the beat of the music, finding dynamics, and exploring your own personal groove and attitude. If your student busts a move every time a good song comes on, they should check out our studio Hip-Hop classes!

Tap Classes

Tap is both a form of dance and a form of music; tappers are dancers and musicians! Also born from African Dance, tap explores traditional drumming rhythms, using feet instead of hands. Tap class will start with simple rhythm games, focusing on keeping the beat. Students will first work on fundamental vocabulary and steps, and then start putting them together in more complex combinations. Can’t stand still for too long? Always find your feet moving underneath you? Tap class is calling your name!

Ballet Classes

Some might think of ballet as just ‘dancing on your toes’, but ballet has a range of movement from slow and graceful, to quick and light, to grandiose and dramatic! It’s a style that you see in ballets like the Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and its vocabulary and ‘rules’ often appears in other styles of dance. In Ballet classes, dancers will learn true French vocabulary (based in RAD training), learn to work at the barre, and move across the floor. If your dancer loves to twirl gracefully at home, this may be the style for them!

Modern Classes

Modern is a dance style that evolved from ballet in the early-to-mid-1900s, initially as a way to break from the rules and structures of classical Ballet. There are now many codified Modern techniques, including Horton, Graham, Cunningham, Laban, and Bartenieff Fundamentals. In Modern class, students will start to think of dance as an artform and themselves as artists. Utilizing somatic practices alongside traditional techniques, students will learn about the body, working on improvisation, floor work, inversions, leaps and turns. If your dancer likes to tap into their creative brains and make up their own moves, they may love Modern class!

Levels & Placement

  • Please keep in mind that these ages are approximate. While these are a great starting point and we do consider the age of dancers, we treat each student individually when it comes to their level placement. We determine levels based on age along with physical and technical skill, years of experience, maturity and class etiquette. The first two weeks of each session will be used to determine if your student is in the right level.
  • Junior and Teen classes are different! Younger students and older students learn in different ways and that is why we have classes for both age groups. We expect teens to progress a bit faster than juniors and hold them to a higher standard of self-responsibility and accountability. Therefore, junior and teen levels will not always directly correlate with one another. We encourage parents and students to give less attention to the level number and more attention to the class content being covered. Our goal is for every student to be learning new material/concepts and finding new growth each and every class.
  • Moving up levels in dance will feel different than moving up years in school. In many cases, it takes a long time to build up the necessary muscle memory, strength and understanding of class concepts and skills. Students should expect to stay in their level for 2 years before moving up.

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