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NYLA convention on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Petal.
See newsletter for details!
Loose Caboose performance on Saturday, March 30, 2019
LA Dance Pictures on April 16-17, 2019. See newsletter for details!
Auditions for the 2019-2020 Competition & Performance Teams on May 10, 2019
LA Dance currently offers 3 different levels of classes based upon the experience and goals of its students:
From ballet to hip hop, and everything in between, LA Dance offers a full line-up of classes designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in dance.
In addition to learning dance technique, students in all LA Dance classes (except for Ballet Technique and Turns/Leaps/Extensions) will learn routines which will be performed at the end-of-season Recital.
Ballet Technique I & II
These are technique classes which are open to anyone but which are required for all competition and performance team dancers. Students will be placed in Ballet I or Ballet II based upon instructor evaluation. These classes are dedicated to the foundation of all dance, barre, and center work to develop, maintain, and progress in technique. As these are strictly technique classes, students enrolled in them will not be learning recital routines.
Turns/Leaps/Extensions I & II
These are technique classes which are open to anyone but which are required for all competition team dancers. Students will be placed in T/L/E I or T/L/E II based upon instructor evaluation. These classes focus on strengthening exercises and stretching techniques that help dancers with advanced skills and tricks. As these are strictly technique classes, students enrolled in them will not be learning recital routines.
Pointe I & II
Pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. These classes include barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles. Instructor approval is required for participation in pointe classes.
This is where the magic begins! Students (ages 18 months to 3 years) will learn basics in movement with an emphasis on ballet and jazz.
This class is another great place to start for young dancers. Students (ages 2 to 4) will learn basics in movement and musicality with an emphasis on ballet and tap.
Students (ages 4 to 5) will blossom in this class where they will experience ballet, tap, and jazz. Emphasis will be placed on proper dance terminology and more difficult techniques and skills.
This is a combination class for beginners with little to no prior dance experience. Students (ages 5 to 7) will explore a more structured curriculum, demanding more of the dancers, in ballet, tap, and jazz.
This is a combination class for students with some prior dance experience. Students (ages 7 to 9) will continue to build on what they already know and continue to challenge them in ballet, tap, and jazz.
This is a combination class for students with prior dance experience. Students (ages 9 to 10) will continue to learn tap and jazz along with ballet technique. Students will also begin to explore lyrical dance. Students in this class are expected to be practicing on their own at home, as well as stretching often to advance in their skills at a more consistent rate.
This a new class being offered this year for students with prior dance experience who want a good challenge! Students (ages 11 to 13) will start to explore the variations of ballet, tap, and jazz such as jazz funk, lyrical/contemporary, and clog/hoof.
This is a beginner class for late bloomers! It is never too late to learn to dance, and this class was created to cater to teens who have decided to try something new. Students (ages 14 to 18) will explore basics in ballet technique while focusing on jazz and lyrical/contemporary styles of dance. It is strongly recommended that students enrolled in this course also enroll in Ballet Technique, T/L/E, or Hip Hop.
Hip Hop I, II, & III
These classes provide instruction in dance styles as seen in music videos, urban culture, and street dancing at three different skill levels. Advancement within the classes is allowed upon instructor approval.
Baton I & II
Students in baton class will learn baton terminology and basic twirl skills while developing hand-eye coordination and wrist flexibility. Basic dance moves are introduced with an emphasis on proper form and hand placement. In Baton II students will more deeply explore hand twirls, rolls, and tosses, and a variety of catches and releases are introduced. Advancement within the classes is allowed upon instructor approval.