Our Recreational program is for the older dancer who has graduated from the Mini program or is new to dance and would like to study Ballet, Tap, Jazz or Acro-Dance. The recreational program offers students a more relaxed environment without having to commit to several hours per week or a strict dress code. Recreational classes are great for beginning and intermediate students. All students in the recreational program will perform in the Recreational Performance in January and June at The Washington State School for the Blind.
In Recreational Ballet students learn the fundamentals of turning out, stretching, the structure of a ballet class, as well as how to count music and apply it to dancing. This class helps improve coordination, posture, and strength. Perfect for beginners who have never taken a ballet class or for those who are transitioning from the mini program.
In Recreational Jazz students learn how to move their whole body in isolations to music, experience counting in rhythm. Basic jazz terminology is taught improving posture, strength, and coordination. This dynamic class is great for beginners who have never taken a jazz class or transitioning from the mini program.
In Recreational Tap, students learn how the fundamentals of tap and counting to the music. Basic tap terminology is taught improving balance, strength, and coordination. This dynamic class is great for beginners who have never taken a tap class or transitioning from the mini program.
Description: Acro-Dance is the perfect cross training for dancers and performers. This vigorous genre helps build coordination, stamina, and strength. Learning basic gymnastic skills students develop confidence in their bodies.
Children are introduced to fun animal moves, creative movement, and exciting challenges preparing them for basic gymnastic skills like forward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. No experience required.
Acro-Dance for Beginnings 6-9yrs and 10 +
Students learn basic gymnastic skills such as forward rolls, cartwheels, headstands, and handstands. This class is a great way to get more coordination, strength, and agility. Powerful plyometric jumps are introduced to help learn control when explosive energy is used. No experience required.
Requirements for Acro-Dance Level 1
Cartwheel Right and Left
Forward rolls with proper form
Hold a bridge for 10 seconds without bending arms and parallel feet
Hold a tripod for 10 seconds
Clean single tour Right and Left
Stationary split jumps
Acro-Dance Level 1
Focusing on developing strength, students go thru routine warm ups, stretches, and exercises. Intermediate skills are learned such as back walkovers, dive rolls, and split jumps. A dance element is introduced complimenting transitioning from strenuous positions and actions.
Requirements for Acro-Dance Level 2
One handed cartwheel Right and Left
Dive rolls, Hand stand rolls, and Back rolls
Hold Headstand with vertical, horizontal, and split legs
From standing go into bridge and kick over
Acro-Dance Level II
Advanced skills are learned such as aerials, handsprings, and switch leaps. Students work on floor routines adding artistry and grace to become a prowess performer.
*Students in this level will be featured in RPA productions