CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Classes will incorporate social distancing in the funnest way possible

PLEASE SCROLL ENTIRE PAGE TO SEE DESCRIPTIONS FOR ALL GENRES OF DANCE AT HWSD

CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DANCE: Age 3 to Pre-K: This program combines creative dance, Ballet skills, Theater and Pantomime, Musicality, Gross and Fine Motor skills.  It is full of Fun and Creativity. All students must be fully potty trained NO Diapers: No recital: Family Viewing Days offered throughout the year.

DESCRIPTION OF OUR BALLET SERIES: Pre Ballet thru to Advance: Formal core technique including barre, center, petite and grande allegro and combinations.  Development of grace, artistry and performance are included. Technique progression with each level.

PRE-BALLET/ BALLET I: Kindergarten & Grade I: Basic Ballet skills, barre, center and across floor, terminology, core work, dance etiquette and creative dance application

*Some levels/grades listed may be combined

BALLET II: Grade 2

BALLET III: Grade 3 

BALLET IV: Grade 4

BALLET V: Grade 5+


TEEN BALLET: Students in Grade 6 – 12 who enjoy the study of Ballet who are not in the Pointe Program and/or take Ballet 1x per week   

INT. ADV. BALLET: Students who take Ballet 2x per week and /or Students who have completed PASS and are enrolled in the Pointe Program 

ADVANCE BALLET: Instructor approved students who take Ballet 2x per week and students enrolled in the Pointe Program:

POINTE PROGRAM: important updates for 2020-2021 year: ALL PRE POINTE STUDENTS: ADVANCE BALLET STUDENTS and CURRENT POINTE STUDENTS are REQUIRED TO START IN SEPTEMBER 2020:

WE HOPE THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON POINTE ARE WORKING WITH THE VIDEOS PROVIDED ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. UNFORTUNATELY IN MISSING SO MUCH DANCE THIS SPRING, LACK OF POINTE WORK CAN CAUSE A SET BACK. WE HOPE THAT WHEN/IF WE HAVE TO OKAY TO RESUME SUMMER CLASSES THAT STUDENTS WILL FULFILL THEIR POINTE REQUIREMENTS. THANK YOU

HWSD POINTE PROGRAM: Pointe is a stunning art form in dance and a rigorous one. There is committed training involved. Pointe evaluations are held in the Spring depending on the year Parents will be notified of students who may be eligible to qualify for evaluation: Students must complete levels UP to Ballet V and approved by instructor for proper age for leg, hips and foot growth, and / or have experience equivalent if new incoming student.  All students are evaluated by our ballet instructors, the director and a physical therapist who specializes in dance: The Pointe program begins with a year of PREPOINTE P.A.S.S. (Placement: Alignment: Strength: Stretch class) Students complete a full year of 2 Ballet Classes per week and a year of PREPOINTE/P.A.S.S. before going on shoes the following year. In subsequent years students will continue to take 2 Ballet and 2 Pointe per wk in the levels they progress to. 

There are MANDATORY Summer Requirements for all incoming PRE POINTE/P.A.S.S. students: Minimum of 4 Ballet classes. Current Advance Ballet students: Minimum of 4 Ballet classes. Current POINTE Students: minimum of 4 Pointe classes. It is essential to maintain strength that has developed thru the school year. This requirement must be fulfilled during summer only in order to continue as it is a safety issue to maintain strength for the rigors of the ballet/pointe program. Our Summer Class Card program from July to August allows for ample time and classes to fulfill this requirement. Please notify if this is an issue due to Covid 19.

As in every year, in the 2020-2021 HWSD ten month school year program, attendance is paramount to pursue and progress in all classes.  Each year our overall HWSD schedule is subject to change according to many things: There are many variables and hours of planning to create a schedule that works across the board as well the availability of our instructors.

We realize it can be difficult to pick and choose activities.  We would love nothing more than to have our students remain in our growing programs.  Attendance as I mentioned is necessary and fair to all to progress, be safe, to develop technique as an ensemble and class.  Our attendance Policies are listed on our POLICIES PAGE

ADVANCE BALLET: 2 Ballet Classes per week required

ADVANCE STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON POINTE: 2 Pointe Classes per week required

In the upcoming 2020-2021 school year the Advance classes listed on our NEW schedule coming out this June will be the ONLY classes in 2020-2021 program in Ballet and Pointe for the level of your student. 

ADVANCE BALLET may use the incoming Prepointe Ballet class or Teen ballet class as a makeup for reasons listed in our policies.  It may not be a substitute or in place of.

Prepointe/P.A.S.S. Ballet Students may use Teen Ballet as a makeup for reasons listed in our policies. It may not be a substitute or in place of.

POINTE:* there are only the two required Adv. Pointe classes available for 2020-2021, therefore there are NO available classes to be used for makeups. There will be 3 makeup dates provided by HWSD at no extra fee in October to Feb. 15  (TBA) for anyone who is absent due to illness/injury or mandatory graded/school commitment or mandatory family obligation.  If unable to attend those designated dates, the only way to makeup Pointe for these reasons in our policies is a private to be arranged with instructor availability for a fee.  Extended/ Multiple PRIVATES may NOT be arranged to replace attending ensemble classes. All makeups for any class must be done by Feb.15.

Please note: When purchasing any new Pointe shoes, please have them looked at by Ms. Carol or Ms. Katy prior to sewing any ribbons or putting names inside the shoes.  Ms. Carol and Ms. Katy will notify individual students should they feel any pointe shoes need replacing.  NEW students in our Prepointe program will be notified when the time comes about any information regarding shoes.

JAZZ: Grade 3-12: Classic Jazz technique with elements of Contemporary: Lyrical: Hip Hop: Broadway and Ailey influences.

MODERN: Grade 3-12: Classes include warm-up, stretch, alignment, Modern dance elements from Limon, Humphrey and Graham techniques.

TAP: Beg. – Int. Classes offered for Grades 3-12: Classic Tap technique and combinations.

*SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19 from Sept to Dec. ALLEGRO DANCE ENSEMBLE: OPEN TO ALL ADVANCE STUDENTS ONLY in Ballet: Pointe: Jazz and Modern: HWSD in house resident Company that performs for Schools: Libraries: Museums: Community Events: Fundraisers: Charities and More: See Registration Page for Participation

NON RECITAL PROGRAMS and CLASSES: Names will be taken for Interest: Minimum of 5 students to run. These classes will begin in October and run until winter break. Classes will renew with interest.

BROADWAY MELODY: Theater Dance for Children Grade 1 thru Middle School . Runs for 8 weeks: $125: No Recital: Choreography to Broadway show tunes: Great for the aspiring theater student. Student Studio Showcase:

CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT & IMPROV: Expressive creative dance and movement with exploring imagination: music: storytelling; pantomime: group dynamics. Grade 1 thru Middle School. Runs for 8 weeks: $125: No Recital: Student Showcase:

ADULT BALLET CLASS : ALL ADULTS: 16+: College students: Alum, Home Schoolers: Open level class with core technique including barre, center, petite and grande allegro and combinations. Some dance/movement experience recommended, but not required. 8 Class Card $128 good for 12 weeks from date of purchase. $20 Drop In


CARDIO GROOVE FITNESS: ADULTS: Great workout offering a stretch warm-up, use of hand weights, easy to do cardio dance patterns using a variety of music from Funk, Swing, Country, Soul, R&B, Salsa, Disco and more.  No experience necessary: 12 Class Card $120 good for any Cardio Groove Class : good for 16 weeks from date of purchase: Please bring an exercise mat to class for floor work. Drop In $15

ADAPTIVE DANCE Ages 4-10: 6 wks. $145 TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Class is based on Creative Movement and Modern Dance styles that are tailored to meet the specific needs and abilities of students. Students develop self-esteem and confidence through the process of learning dance movement that promotes strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. Opportunities for self expression through improvisation and creating group choreography are included to promote social connections among the dancers. Each program session will conclude with an informal showing of student work, which will be presented in the studio for family and friends.

PRIVATES: SEMI PRIVATES: SPECIALTY EVENT DANCES for weddings and more: BIRTHDAY PARTIES: AUDITION PREP: BALLROOM: (see under PARTIES) Available upon request. [email protected]