X-Finity Dance & Programs
Pre-Ballet- This is a primary course which allows 18 months-6 year-olds the opportunity to progress into any form of dance. Rudimentary ballet positions, as well as basic ballet vocabulary are taught along with floor exercises, simple steps and correct posture. A greater emphasis on musicality and rhythm is encouraged.
Ballet I- This class is for students ages 7-10 and begins a wider study of ballet vocabulary with a greater focus on correct posture and placement. The importance of concentration, self-control, and discipline are emphasized and necessary for the progression to Ballet I. Basic steps are performed in the center, across the floor, and in simple pathways.
Ballet II- This program offers 11-13 year-olds the opportunity to begin an earnest study of classical ballet. Barre work is introduced with a strong focus on individual turnout, foot development and port de bra. Proper behavior and correct technique is stressed as the students’ confidence and self-assurance are developed.
Ballet III- Placement in this class depends upon each student’s ability and individual progress. Correct technique, coordination, turnout, foot development and flexibility are carefully evaluated and emphasized. The curriculum calls for more complex center and diagonal floor exercises, as well as increased control and placement. This class prepares and evaluates students and their potential to go onto pointe. Acceptance into the class is by teacher evaluation.
Ballet V and Pointe III
Ballet V and Pointe III offers intense training for the advanced dancer in technique and pointe work. The curriculum includes difficult adagio work, multiple pirouettes, complicated allegro with beats, and greater attention to artistry and performance qualities. We continue to work and achieve proper lines of the legs and feet, along with flexibility and strength while executing the appropriate steps for this level.
Tap- Class is devoted to tap technique, teaching simple rhythms, dancing to the beat of the music and staying together as a group. The class includes added emphasis on technique, body placement, terminology, history and further development of simple rhythms. Focus on clarity of sounds and increasing speed. Increased emphasis will be placed on proper technique, execution and terminology.
Jazz- designed for jazz dancers with a greater emphasis on perfecting technique, performance skills, vocabulary and varied styles. Students acquire and develop an advanced awareness and control of effective posture and body alignment. The class will consist with a warm-up, isolations and stretching/flexibility. Jazz vocabulary is expanded. Students learn fundamental jazz steps and basic movement combinations.
Tot and Mini Jazz
Tot and Mini Jazz- Simple jazz movements that children can execute easily are taught following warm-up, stretching and isolations. Emphasis is placed on rhythm as well as basic technique, locomotors skills and coordination. Children also explore the joy of creative movement. Dancers will learn the many faces of performance, and fun age-appropriate poses.
Choreography/Creative movement-Explore ways to create choreography with emphasizes in freestyle, modern/improv and jazz. This class will use the exploration of movement through problem solving and utilize individual creativity. This is a very helpful class when auditioning and will further ones movement skills along with confidence.
"Hustle N Heels" 18yrs +
"Hustle N Heels" -This is a fusion of funky
hip-hop, dynamic jazz and sensual burlesque with a dash of ATTITUDE! Ladies of all experience and ability levels are encouraged to take this class in a fierce pair of pumps or fresh pair of kicks! Get ready to walk and “Werk” proper. Basic fundamentals include exercises across the floor, combinations, leg/calves exercise, body etiquette and barre balance 101. Beginner/Advanced students will also recreate choreography from popular artists as seen on various music stations and dance films. This course will enhance stamina, build confidence, and burn calories while learning innovative and original combinations and routines to today’s hottest playlist of music.
Pre-pointe- Pre-pointe is offered to our Level II dancers and is designed to prepare them for the study of pointe work. This class focuses on strengthening and understanding the proper placement and turn-out necessary for pointe. The teacher evaluates each student individually and addresses any issues that may be a potential problem for future pointe work. Each student is carefully evaluated before acceptance onto pointe. Pointe is only an option when proper placement, strength and technical ability have been achieved. Medium strength thera-bands are required and need to be purchased.
This class provides our dancers with a company class atmosphere and encourages an extra day of dancing per week. The class consists of demanding and complex combinations, multiple pirouettes and extra beats in allegro. Level IV students are challenged with new technique and Level V students have the opportunity to excel and be leaders in the class. While promoting movement and versatility, it teaches our dancers to apply their daily training in a
Modern- The class concentrates on body awareness, exploring different levels, traveling movements and positions and increasing the body’s strength and flexibility. The concept of fall and recovery, jumps, turns, improvisation and exploration of different musical rhythms and their dynamics are introduced.
This is a challenging class encouraging dancers to work against common learned dance movement patterns with technique and style. The class reflects the training background and the personal movement style of the artist, placing an emphasis on co-ordination,
risk-taking, and non-linear movement. It is taught on two levels to enable complete beginners to get acquainted with basic principles of contemporary dance, at the same time as allowing people with some experience to develop further.
Acrobatics/Flexibility Stretch Class
Acrobatics/flexibility stretch class-Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, and above all, discipline and concentration. The high degree of discipline and concentration required for acrobatics carries over to many aspects of a student's life, including academics and other athletic performance. Basic tumbling skills can be an added bonus for any dancer or athlete. With careful, quality instruction, a dancer will gain more flexibility and upper body strength, giving him or her substantial advantage in today's demanding choreography. It is an excellent way to learn spatial awareness, an important element in partnering and ensemble work.
Most aerobic, dance and strength training programs inherently cause your muscles to contract and flex. That's why regular stretching is a powerful part of any exercise program.
Stretching increases flexibility. Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring.
Stretching improves range of motion of your joints. Good range of motion keeps you in better balance, which will help keep you mobile and less prone to falls -- and the related injuries -- especially as you age.
Stretching improves circulation. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Improved circulation can speed recovery after muscle injuries.
Stretching can relieve stress. Stretching relaxes the tense muscles that often accompany stress.
Turns, jumps, leaps and tricks
Turns, jumps, leaps and tricks-(Ballet is required to take this class) This class will have progressions across the floor land center. This class will work technical skills including leap combinations and turn sequences. Some tricks will include reverse leaps, grand jete, second leaps, surprise leaps, around the world a la seconde, fouette turns, pirouettes, pencil turns etc. All dancers, beginner to advanced, benefit from this class.
All Boy's Crew
All Boys Crew Class Ages 7 and up-A class strictly for boys interested in hip hops styles. This class teaches a more structured form of street dance that is appropriate for young dancers and strictly for boys.
Hip-hop dancing incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles, such as break dancing or b-boying, popping, locking and boogying. The crew will be frequently engaged in formal or informal freestyle dance competitions, talents shows, performances or battles. Hip hop dancing is considered a good exercise and helps the dancers to improve flexibility, to develop body balance, and to coordinate the muscles.
Boys 6 and young can take the tot and mini
hip-hop class as well.
Pointe- Is a class intended for the serious minded student. Acceptance at this level is based on a combination of physical maturity, self-control and mastery of the concepts that are given in our Ballet I through Ballet II/pre-point curriculum. Guidance is available for the proper fit of pointe shoes and care of feet. The first year of pointe work is done at the ballet barre. Acceptance in the class is by teacher evaluation.
Pre-pointe and Pointe
Pre-pointe and Pointe -Focus on classical ballet technique-Dancers will use classical ballet to strengthen feet, legs and arms. Exercises in this class will increase flexibility, correct alignment and strengthen muscles. Barre work, across the floor and center work will be the protocol for this class. This class is needed if dancers seek to advance.
Hip-Hop- Class includes a warm-up which concentrates on building stamina, improving strength and flexibility, body conditioning and rhythm isolations. The class focuses on building a foundation of basic hip-hop movements, across the floor exercises and short combinations to today’s popular music. This class focuses on developing an ear for rhythms and exploring syncopation through the music and choreography. Students will be expected to learn and execute a series of challenging combinations throughout the year. Hip Hop focuses on rhythm, syncopation and stage presence. Derived from a combination of jazz funk and street jazz, this style of dance requires high energy, attention to detail and an understanding of complex rhythms.
Tot and Mini Hip-Hop
Tot and Mini Hip-Hop –Dancers will learn upbeat and energetic movements/cool tricks. This class is an introduction for students who are either just starting out or have minimal
hip-hop experience. Class includes a warm-up which concentrates on building stamina, improving strength and flexibility, body conditioning and rhythm isolations. All movements are age appropriate.
Acrobatics/Tumbling-Dancers will learn new techniques to correct technical errors due to lack of flexibility. They will work on the muscles to improve splits, leaps, straight legs, and feet. Dancers will condition in addition to stretching for maximum results. Dancers will work on the artistry of acrobatics with gymnastics tricks. Skills will include: front walk over’s, back walk over’s, aerials, front aerials, chin stands, chest rolls, back hand springs etc.
Lyrical- A subcategory of the jazz genre, lyrical dance incorporates ballet and modern technique and vocabulary. Lyrical dance is exemplified by its use of traditional ballet technique, various jazz styles, and emotional musical connection. Classes consist of center barre as well as choreography that infuse all three genres.