Recreational Classes

Heinz Academy has many options available for dancers enrolled in recreational classes.  Heinz Academy strives to provide a non-competitive, nurturing environment for all students while also providing the highest quality of dance education in the area.  No matter what your dancers interest is, Heinz Academy has just the class for them.

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Ballet/Tap

  • Ages:  7 to Teen
  • Experience:  Beginner to 2+ years

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Classes begin at the barre where students perform movement sequences to develop strength, coordination, balance and proper alignment. These skills are reinforced through center and across the floor combinations.  Our tap classes emphasize rhythm, style and sound. Students will study the basic tap steps, combinations and rhythms, with an emphasis on developing proper technique and producing clear tap sounds. The students will develop coordination and rhythmic ability.

Modern/Jazz

  • Ages:  7 to Teen
  • Experience:  Beginner to 2+ years

 

Our Modern/Jazz classes emphasize rhythm, syncopation, coordination, strength, flexibility and isolation of movement. The focus will be on learning proper dance technique, as well as improving performance quality.

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Contemporary

  • Ages:  10 to Teen
  • Experience:  Beginner to 2+ years

 

This class is designed for the intermediate dancer that works to advance their skills in a more modern style.  Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

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Hip-Hop

  • Ages:  7 to Teen
  • Experience:  Beginner to 2+ years

This hip hop class is a fast-paced and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping. This class for those specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style.

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Lyrical

  • Ages:  7 to Teen
  • Experience:  Beginner to 2+ years

Lyrical dance is a combination of ballet and jazz dance that often uses music with lyrics to inspire the movements of the dancer. Choreographers use the lyrics from the song to inspire the dance and the result is a style that focuses on strong emotion as well as a more individual approach than some dance styles. It is also a very precise dance with the dancer’s movements portraying the emotion and story of the song.

Ballet/Tap (Advanced)

  • Ages:  10 to Teen
  • Experience:  3+ years with Instructors Recommendation

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Classes begin at the barre where students perform movement sequences to develop strength, coordination, balance and proper alignment. These skills are reinforced through center and across the floor combinations.  Our tap classes emphasize rhythm, style and sound. Students will study the basic tap steps, combinations and rhythms, with an emphasis on developing proper technique and producing clear tap sounds. The students will develop coordination and rhythmic ability.

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Modern/Jazz (Advanced)

  • Ages:  10 to Teen
  • Experience:  3+ years with Instructors Recommendation

Our Modern/Jazz classes emphasize rhythm, syncopation, coordination, strength, flexibility and isolation of movement. The focus will be on learning proper dance technique, as well as improving performance quality.

Pointe (Advanced)

  • Ages:  10 to Teen
  • Experience:  3+ years of Ballet with Instructors Recommendation
  • Requirement:  Must also be enrolled in Ballet/Tap (Advanced)

 Pointe is an extension of ballet.  The name “pointe” actually means the tip of the toe.  In pointe the dancer actually dances on the tip of her toe.  The elegant, fluid movements of pointe dance are absolutely beautiful to watch.  This class is for the more advanced ballet dancer and not recommended for the beginner.

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Adult Classes

  • Ages:  18+
  • Experience:  Beginner to 18+ years

It's never too late to start dance!  Whether you are 18 or 85, we believe you can explore your love of dance and want to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all involved.