Classes and Attire
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All students must wear proper dance attire. All shoes, studio uniforms and tights can be purchased through Dance South. It is also required that hair be pulled back off the face for every class. If your child does not wear appropriate attire, the teacher cannot view the correct body alignment, nor can the student properly stretch and execute certain dance steps. Dance shoes must be worn each week. Jewelry should not be worn in class.
Dance shoes should only be worn inside the studio. Please make sure your child wears street shoes when entering and leaving the studio. Additionally, all dancers should wear appropriate cover-ups when entering and leaving the dance studio.
The following is a guide for the dancewear and shoes for each level of classes:
|Tiny Dancer I
||pink full sole ballet shoes, white tie ribbon tap shoes, leotard (any color), tights (pink or tan)|
|Tiny Dancer II||pink full sole ballet shoes, white tie ribbon tap shoes, leotard (light blue), tights (pink or tan)|
||pink full sole ballet shoes OR tan jazz shoes, tan tap shoes (strap w/buckle), leotard (black), tights (pink or tan)|
|Advanced & JR/SR Combo||pink split sole ballet shoes OR tan jazz shoes, tan tap shoes (laced), leotard (black), tights (pink or tan)|
|Clogging I and Competition Clogging||white laced clogging shoes, tan tights (NO HOLES), black leotard or black fitted dance tank with black dance shorts|
|Open Hip Hop & Competition Hip Hop
||comfortable top, shorts, leggings or loose fitting pants, sneakers, NO JEANS|
||pink ballet shoes, black leotard, tights (pink), skirt (optional)|
|Lyrical I||tan lyrical shoes, black leotard or black fitted dance tank with black dance shorts|
|Musical Theatre||tan jazz shoes, tan tights (NO HOLES), black leotard or black fitted dance tank with black dance shorts|
|Competition (Ballet, Ballet Technique, Jazz, Tap, Dance Conditioning, Jazz Technique, Lyrical, Pointe)||pink split sole ballet shoes, pink pointe shoes (if needed), tan jazz shoes, tap shoes (laced; color - team dependent), black leotard, black fitted dance tank, black dance shorts, pink/tan tights (NO HOLES)|
Tiny Dancer I is a forty-five minute one day a week introductory dance class for ages 2.5 - 5 years containing ballet, jazz, and tap. Please Note: There are a limited number of classes on the schedule that will allow dancers from 2.5 years of age. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music and the use of props enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!
Tiny Dancer II is a one hour class that is more structured and a higher level of ability. Dancers are only placed in this class on recommendation from their prior year's teacher.
Combo I (6-8 years old) is a one hour a week class that combines ballet, tap, and jazz. The classes introduce the dancers to the basic terminology of the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity.
Advanced Combo and JR/SR Combo classes include more intensive training for those with a strong interest and ability in dance. Advanced Combo (9-10 years old) is an hour and 15 minute class. JR/SR Combo (11+ years old) is also an hour and 15 minute class. Dancers are placed in these classes on recommendation from their prior year's teacher or if they are a new student that meets the age criteria.
Pre-Competition includes ballet, tap, jazz and technique instruction. This two hour and 15 minute class is intended for dancers that are interested in pursuing competition dance in the coming years, and are motivated to work hard to improve. Students may need to enroll in this class more than one year to strengthen their technique in ballet, jazz and tap.
Competition Classes are designed for Dance South students that wish to enhance their skill through competition. Strong technique, dedication, and desire are required. Ballet classes, dance conditioning and technique classes are mandatory for any dancer participating on a competition team. Enrollment requires staff placement and approval and an evaluation during our summer intensive sessions.
Hip Hop is a casual urban dance class. You must be 7 years of age by August 10th to begin these classes.
Clogging classes are offered as a recreational class (Clogging I) and a competition team class (Clogging III Competition Clogging - staff approval only).
Lyrical classes combine ballet and jazz technique to express the emotion of the music through the choreography movements of a dancer.
Musical Theatre includes ballet, jazz and/or tap technique to create an interpretation of broadway style music through acting and dance choreography.
If class enrollment does not have at least eight (8) students in a particular class, the class may be canceled, may have the weekly class duration reduced or students enrolled may be assigned to another class (if available).
Students needing or wanting private lessons will need to contact the studio office to set up an appointment. Private lessons have an associated fee.