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Dance Focus Program

Vancouver and Clark County

Focus Program

Ages 8 - 18 Years

Ballet | Tap | Jazz | Hip Hop | Acro | Pointe

Riverside Performing Arts offers an accelerated dance program in Acro, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap for the focused dancer who is committed to the art of dance. This is an invite only program and requires that each student take at least one ballet class (focus or recreational). Students are placed according to skill. 

Performing Arts Academy by Riverside Performing Arts in Vancouver WA

Class Attire Requirements

Feminine: Black Leotard, spandex shorts or leggings.
Hair: French braid (one or two), or ponytail braid.

Masculine: Black fitted tank top, spandex shorts.
Hair: Clean and out of face

Feminine: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.
Hair: In a clean bun without accessories.

Masculine: Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black dance tights, black ballet shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.

Feminine: Black leotard, black leggings or shorts, slip on black or tan leather tap or jazz shoes.
Hair: Ponytail or bun (depending on length of hair dancers may be asked to put it up in a bun for spotting improvement)

Masculine: Black t-shirt or tank top, black dance leggings or fitted shorts, black slip on jazz shoes. Black oxford tap shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in a ponytail or bun.

Feminine: Black leotard, tights, pointe shoes.
Hair: In a clean bun without accessories.

Masculine: Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black dance tights, pointe shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.

Etiquette For Successful Students

Body Language

  • When given a correction acknowledge the teacher with your eyes and a pleasant face. Be accepting and inviting towards the teacher for sharing their information with you!
  • Keep your arms open by your sides. Crossing your arms, although it can be comfortable, implies to the teacher that you are closed off from learning (even when you aren’t!)

Punctuality

  • Arrive to class, rehearsals, and performances on time and ready to go. By doing so you respect your teacher and classmates.
  • If you do arrive late, wait politely by the door until the teacher assigns you a spot. When class is over apologize and explain why you were late.

Classroom Attire

  • The dress code helps create a positive learning environment without distractions. With our bodies as our instruments, it’s important to always keep ourselves clean and tidy ready to use.

Dialogue

  • Never talk with other students during class. A student who is focused on themselves, the corrections and information being given has the best chance of personal success.
  • When asking questions make sure that your questions are:
    • At the appropriate time, AFTER directions have been given.
    • Very specific. Avoid telling the teacher “you don’t know what to do” when you are confused. Try to identify which point is the most confusing: “Can you please clarify the transition at the beginning?”
    • Relevant to the conversation and the moment.
  • If the teacher invites students to share their feelings, experiences, or thoughts, respectfully raise your hand to share yours. However, this is not a requirement of a dance class. If you have a comment to make about the activity, save your comment for a break or after class. And never raise your hand to share a comment without being invited first.

Learning

  • If the teacher is talking, eye contact is essential. However in a dance class a teacher is often talking AND dancing or demonstrating a movement. Keep your eyes on the part of the body the teacher is discussing so you can collect as much information as possible.
  • Use your listening skills to find out important words and rhythms that will help you improve faster.
  • When a teacher is teaching you a new skill or combination, stay engaged by trying the steps along with the teacher rather than standing and watching. UNLESS the teacher has asked you to only observe. In that case, wait patiently without moving.

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Dance Focus Program in Vancouver, WA

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