Fun and Exciting Dance Lessons
Art of Movement ages 3-4
Lavender leotards, white tights, pink Ballet shoes, and black Tap shoes can be ordered below either with or without complimentary fitting at the studio after August 9. Taxes will be added and items can either be picked up at studio free or they can be shipped to your home and the shipping will be included with your September class fee. Please include your shipping address if you choose shipping.
Art of Movement is designed for students who enjoy moving to music and are open to learning some of the basics of Ballet and Tap.
Price: $45.00 per month
Art Of Movement Leotard and attached skirt in lavender $28.00
Art of Movement Black Tap Shoes with Velcro Clasp $19.00. Make sure to go up three sizes from dancer's street (regular) shoe size.
Art of Movement Stretch Pink Ballet Shoes $19.00. Make sure to go up three sizes from dancer's street (regular) shoe size.
White Footed Tights $7.00
Pre-Ballet/Tap ages 5-6
Pink leotards, pink tights, pink Ballet shoes and Black Tap shoes can be ordered below either with or without complimentary fitting at the studio after August 9. Taxes will be added and items can either be picked up at studio free or they can be shipped to your home and the shipping will be included with your September class fee. Please include your shipping address if you choose shipping.
Pre-Ballet/Tap introduces steps in Ballet and Tap and organizes them into combinations for students to practice in order to promote correct muscle and cognitive memory.
Price: $45 per month
Pre-Ballet/Tap Pink Scoop Neck Leotard with Attached Skirt
Pre-Ballet/Tap Black Velcro Clasp Tap Shoes $19.00. Make sure you select a siz three sizes larger than dancer's Street Shoe size (regular size).
Pre-Ballet/Tap Pink Footed Tights $7.00
Pre-Ballet/Tap Pink Stretch Ballet Shoes $19.00. Make sure you select a size three sizes larger that the dancer's street shoe (regular shoe) size
Average Ages 7 to 8
Black leotards, suntan tights, pink Ballet shoes, black Tap shoes, black skirt and black Jazz shorts can be ordered below either with or without complimentary fitting at the studio after August 9. Taxes will be added and items can either be picked up at studio free or they can be shipped to your home and the shipping will be included with your September class fee. Please include your shipping address if you choose shipping.
Combination Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Students are taught correct preparation before turns and jumps as well as increasingly difficult combinations and exercises.
Beginner Black Tank Leotard $18.00
Beginner Black Short Sleeve Leotard $18.00
Beginner Stretch Pink Ballet Shoe $19.00. Make sure you order three sizes larger that dancer's street shoe (regular shoe) size.
Beginner Suntan Stretch Jazz Shoe $42.00. Make sure you order three sizes larger than dancer's street shoe (regular shoe) size
Beginner Black Slip on Tap Shoe $20.00. Make sure to go up three sizes from dancer's street (regular) shoe size.
Suntan Footed Tights $7.00
Pull on Black Skirt $10.00
Jazz Shorts Black $14.00
Average Ages 9 to 13
Students can choose to take one, two, or three classes/hours per week of Ballet, Tap, and/or Jazz. Students are taught correct preparation before turns and jumps as well as increasingly difficult combinations and exercises. Solid color leotard (No Graphics, No T-shirts!), Suntan tights, black Jazz shorts, pink Ballet shoes, black Tap shoes (oxford or boot), and tan Jazz shoes. Ballet skirts must be worn over Jazz shorts for Ballet class.
ice: $45.00/month for one hour/class per week, $65.00/month for two hours/classes per week, $85.00/month for three hours/classes per week
Strappy Mesh High-Neck Leotard $28.00
Classic Pinch Front Camisole $23.00
Black Only $28.00
Select a Color and Size $15.00
Suntan Footed Tights $7.00
Convertible Suntan Tights $8.00
Average Ages 12 to 18
Intermediate II, III, & Advance classes with Pointe will continue to build on the basics learned in the previous classes with increased difficulty in exercises & combinations.
$65/month for one class per week with pointe, $85/month for two hours per week with Pointe, $105/month for 3 classes per week with Pointe
To purchase dancewear and shoes for Intermediate II, III and Advance classes, go to Intermediate I description above to order. Pointe shoes must be professionally fitted either at Dancers Boutique in Williamsburg or Dance Outfitters in Chesepeake.
Dance Courses for
Kids, Teens, and Adults
For exceptional dance lessons, turn to the Contemporary School of Dance in Courtland, VA. We offer various dance courses for kids, teens, and adults who have an affinity for modern and classical dance. Check out our class list and descriptions to learn more about the programs we offer.
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Dance Lessons We Offer
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For Prospective Pre-Pointe Students Ages 11 1/2 and Up
1. The student must have at least 2 years of training in ballet.
2. The student must be taking a minimum of 3 classes a week including ballet and pointe.
3. The student must have sufficient strength to do the following:
- Be able to hold their turnout while dancing.
- The most basic concept of ballet is turnout. It makes it possible to do certain steps that could not otherwise be done. Holding turnout while dancing is a good sign of strength. If the student does not have the strength to maintain their turnout, they are not strong enough for pointe, since it is much more difficult to hold turnout en pointe.
- Pointe work requires that the student use the muscles in her legs and feet to stand en pointe and not use the pointe shoes as a crutch. A weak back will throw the student off balance while en pointe and will make it difficult to do ballet steps. A straight back is also essential for pirouettes.
- Have a strong, straight back while dancing, especially the lower back.
- The most stable position for pointe work is to have the weight slightly forward over the big toe. If the weight is over the little toe, it is more difficult to stay up en pointe and will increase the chances of strain and injury.
- Keep the heels forward toward the big toe (no sickling).
- Students must use their pliés while dancing because this is how they get up en pointe. If they don't use their pliés, they will have to bend their leg incorrectly in order to get en pointe. Pliés should be done with the knees pointing straight over their toes and with the heels down.
- Use plié while dancing.
- Students must point their feet while dancing in order to strengthen the muscles that pointe-work requires. These muscles need to be strong enough to support their body weight on the ends of their toes. If the student is not in the habit of using these foot muscles, then they will not be able to support themselves en pointe and will probably knuckle over on their toes, thereby increasing their chances for injury.
- Point their feet while dancing.
- Students should have enough strength to push themselves onto half-pointe. This step is harder to do en pointe, and a bent leg is usually a sign of weakness or improper step preparation.
- Pique passé with straight leg.
- Strength for pointe work is achieved by repeating exercises. Relevés are excellent for building up calf muscle strength, which is vital for pointe work. This exercise is more difficult to do en pointe because of the extra height, so strong relevés on half-pointe is a good sign of strength. The student must also go up as high on half-pointe as she can, since pointe work demands this ability. A student who keeps her heels very low to the ground is not preparing her calf muscles adequately and will not have the strength for pointe work.
- Be able to do 16 relevés in the center without stopping.
- The student should be well placed (hips square, back straight, legs turned-out), and have the strength to balance on half-pointe. This pose is more difficult to correct en pointe, as the surface area for balancing is smaller and the strength requirements are greater.
- Be able to hold a passé balance on half-pointe.
4. The student must be well groomed, with her hair secured up in the back out of her face.
5. The student must be responsible enough to bring all the ballet equipment she will need to class. Pointe shoes require extra care and accessories.
6. The student must be in good health and able to take a whole class. If the student frequently needs to rest because of illness or injury, she is not strong enough for the extra demands that pointe work requires.
7. The student must pay attention in class and work well. Going en pointe is a big step and requires commitment on the part of the student.
8. The student must be of normal weight. A body mass index will be used as well as a waist/hip ratio. When the stomach and waist are much larger than the hips, this will add extra strain to the lower back, and we will not risk injury to the student by accepting them into the Pointe program.
9. The student must have enough of an arched instep to stand on pointe.