Lake Shore Dance

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Full Term Dance Lessons 

   
September 4, 2019-May 21, 2020 


Quick Registration Notes:

Ages are as of September 15, 2019*

Full Term tuition is billed in 9 monthly installments beginning September 1 and concluding May 1.  The installment rate is listed with the classes. 

Registrations are final upon submission

Ballet meets twice per week for Levels V and up.  Level III and IV may take a second day of ballet each week for quicker progression. 

*Transfer students may take a placement class to determine level placement. 



Dance Classes For Children

Exceptional Beginnings For Amazing Futures
Enrollment begins at 15 months
Confidence  -  Independence  - Wellness - Creative Thinking 

Children's Dance Division at Lake Shore Dance

When your child is little, you want to give him or her opportunities to find their passion.  It could be dance!  Our children's classes are designed to teach our smallest dancers to be creative thinkers, develop musicality, and have a strong body-mind connection.  Through creative activities, songs, and structured exercises, your little learns how to dance correctly, safely, and learns the proper dance terminology.    You are guaranteed that if your little one finds dance as her/his passion, she/he is prepared to take her studies to the next level.


Our team of children's class instructors are passionate educators specifically trained to work with each age group.  The children's team understands that small children learn through play and exploration and balance this play with a class structure that engages and encourages your child.   Watch your child's eyes light up with joy as these gifted teachers guide your child through their lessons every week!


As the leader in children's dance in our area, we know that your child's success starts with their first steps in the dance studio!  Our children's program develops confidence, independence, coordination, and creativity through interactive, creative activities and exercises.  

Children's Dance Curriculum Highlights

  • Each program is structured around milestones for  social, physical, and intellectual development.
  • Creativity combined with structure to engage and inspire for maximum progression.
  • Progressive curriculum ensures solid technical foundations.
  • Lessons in Ballet, tap, and jazz covering not only steps, but gross motor concepts to establish a strong technical base from the first days.

Children have a full-time occupation - it is called play. Let them be occupied by it from  their early years until their twilight years.   

Vince Gowmon

Children's Class Descriptions  - Full Term (September - May) 

Tots I
Ages 15 Months* +

Our littlest dancers eyes sparkle with excitement as they independently explore dance through creative movement. You will be amazed by what your child's growth in this class every week!  A Lake Shore Dance exclusive program!


30 minute class, 1 time per week


Dress Requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt

*Children must be able to walk on their own to enroll


Tots II
Ages 3+

Does your toddler love to sing and dance around the house?  Time for our Tots II class!  We embrace your child's natural love of music and movement to teach basic tap fundamentals and gross motor skills through structured and fun creative activities.  


45 minute class, 1 time per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt

Pre-Ballet and Tap
Ages 4+

Your child's creativity and energy is in full swing and we know how channel both into an fulfilling and educational class session your child will love!   Children learn basic tap patterning, musicality and combinations during the tap portion, fundamental ballet steps with the correct French Terminology  and basic alignment during the  ballet segment, and explore movement creatively to develop their artistry during the creative movement portion.  


60 minute class, 1 time per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt


Dance Basics
Ages 5+

Kindergarten has started and your child is so excited to learn!  After a full day of school, your child will love having this creative outlet to look forward to each week!  Dance Basics builds the ballet and tap fundamentals from Pre-Ballet and Tap, advancing terminology and skills while building confidence, patterning, and logic.  Our Dance Basics class is the perfect partner for school!


60 minute class, 1 time per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt



Level I
Ages 6-8

Amazing things happen during our first full curricular level!  Discipline, flexibility, and skills develop rapidly in Level I.  Children study ballet, tap, and jazz and learn to love the challenge presented to them in each class!  Classes are taught with proper progression as the number one focus.   Level I is divided into two class sessions each week (Ballet/Tap Combo and Ballet/Jazz Combo).  Choose both for maximum progression or register for one session a week - the choice is yours!

All dancers ages 6-8 start at Level I and must complete Level I to move on into Level II. 


75 Minutes, Once  per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt



Level II 
 Placement Only

Level II progresses on the curriculum and standards taught in Level I.  Dancers must pass the Level I standards to be placed into Level II. Transfer students and new students age 6-8, please start at Level I.   Level II dancers continue to study Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, progressing the material learned in Level I.  


90 Minutes, Once per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt



Dance Beginnings
Ages 4-6

Our Tap and Ballet curriculum is covered and tailored specifically to the skill level of the class for Dance Beginnings.  If your child is in this age range, or if your child was recommended to take Pre-Ballet and Tap or Dance Basics, this class is an alternate option for you.  


60 minute class, 1 time per week


Dress requirements:  

Girls -  Pink Ballet shoes, Black Patent Leather Tap Shoes, Pink Tights, and Black Leos (or dance dresses/dance skirts)

Boys - Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tie Tap shoes, Black pants/shorts, White Shirt


Elective classes

We offer exciting "elective" classes for your child to choose.  Our Elective classes offer something for everyone!


Hip Hop:  This high energy class teaches the basics of the popular styles of hip hop .  


AMP:  A.S.E. - a Lake Shore Dance Exclusive Program!  Children love to play pretend and use their imaginations - we have designed a class to capture those imaginations and turn it into the foundations for Musical Theater and to develop their performing skills. 


Acro:  Acrobatics has always been a part of dance and we have developed an acro program to safely build strength, flexibility, and  basic skills. 


Conditioning and Skills:  Build strength and flexibility while working on leaps, turns, and tricks.  

Do More!

Our little dancers can't seem to get enough dancing!  We have created special extra activities for our small dancers who love their dance classes and love dancing on stage!


Performance Company:  Company members represent our studio in parades and perform in our highly regarded annual performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet".   Enrollment begins at 5 years old in April of 2019. 


Dance Competition:  Dancers audition for a place on one of three teams to compete locally and regionally for performance experience and feedback.  Auditions will be held for our Competition Teams in May 2019

Training Division Dance Lessons at Lake Shore Dance

Success is in the Training!


Classes begin at 8 Years Old 


Progressive Curriculum                 Variety of Dance Styles                    Technique, Not Tricks

Our program uniquely focuses on training first.  We believe that the most versatile and dynamic dancers study a full spectrum of dance types.  In addition to ballet, Lake Shore Dance offers cutting edge classes in the classical forms: Jazz, Tap, Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary, as well as supplementary classes in acrobatics, pointe training, Hip Hop, and our exclusive AMP program which teaches dancers performance skills and musical theater elements.


In addition to our core programming, Lake Shore Dance brings in a wide variety of Master and Guest teachers to keep the classroom fresh for our dancers.  Our summer intensive series has included guest instructors from around the region teaching jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater. Our students are inspired and motivated by these guests. Lake Shore Dance offers a variety of dance styles with the overall goal of a well-rounded dance education.  We root our proven curriculum in technique influenced by the styles and theories passed down through generations of dance master.  Our methods gives dancers the edge in performance, master classes, and auditions, while developing a respect for the amazing history of dance.  Learn to dance with correct foundations and reduce the risk of injury that results from improper, non-progressive training!

Ballet

Ballet has been called the fundamental base of all classical dance forms.  We believe firmly in the importance of Ballet for every dancer as the technique teaches the terminology used throughout the different genre, the sense of body alignment and movement mechanics,  mannerisms and etiquette, and gives our dancers the foundations they need to be successful in dance.  Our curriculum progresses dancers properly through 7 additional levels, establishing the foundations of technique  and building to advanced artistry.  Ballet meets twice per week beginning at Level V with the option of two days beginning at Level I.  


Dress Code: 

Girls -  Black Leo (Seniors in High School may wear any color leo), Pink Tights, Pink Canvas Ballet Shoes.  A sheer ballet skirt may be worn.  Hair must be in a tight bun.  The only acceptable jewelry is stud earrings. 

Boys - Black form fitting pants or shorts, White form fitting shirt, black ballet shoes. 

Pointe

When one pictures a ballet dancer, often an image of a graceful female standing on the tips of her toes with ribbons tied around the ankles comes to mind.  Pointe is a beautiful extension of ballet for females.  Lake Shore Dance has an exceptional training system that builds strength and confidence in our dancers as they pursue dancing "en Pointe".  


Dancers must pass a pointe exam to pursue pointe dancing at Lake Shore Dance and meet certain age, physical, and training criteria to train en pointe. 


Dress Code:   Same as ballet class. 

Tap

One of the original American dance forms is tap dance. It's percussive nature captures our natural rhythm as we make music with our feet.  


Dress Code:

Dancers may wear comfortable clothing that does not cover the feet.  As dancers progress, we recommend tie tap shoes with a firm, full sole. 

Jazz 

Another classic dance genre with roots in America is jazz dance. This high energy class builds strength, endurance, performance skills, flexibility, precision, and musicality. Through classical jazz theories and modern fusion styles, our jazz program pushes our dancers to achieve more than they could imagine!  


Jazz fundamentals begin in our children's classes and build in intensity through the training division in ways that are truly unique to our program and jazz is an important facet of our dancers' success. 


Dress Code:

Girls:  Black Leo, form fitting athletic tank, and /or sports bras, dance shorts or leggings.  Dark Tan jazz shoes.  Dancers may wear tights but should be able to dance barefoot if requested by the teacher.   Hair must be pulled back out of the face. 

Boys:  Loose or form fitting dance attire.  Black jazz shoes. 

Lyrical/Modern/ Contemporary

While unique in their own way, these three techniques commonly  evolved from the desire to break the mold on  dance training; embracing artistry, personal expression, and freedom in movement.  At Lake Shore Dance, we embrace all three techniques, intertwining their methods to challenge and motivate our students to dance in new ways and explore their own artistry.  


In these classes, dancers will explore concepts from different modern techniques to develop technique and body awareness, explore improvisation and partnering, and learn combinations to develop performance skills. 


Dress Code:

Girls:  Black Leo, form fitting athletic tank, and /or sports bras, dance shorts or leggings.  Dancers may wear tights but should be able to dance barefoot if requested by the teacher.   Hair must be pulled back out of the face. 

Boys:  Loose or form fitting dance attire.  


Elective Classes 

Musical Theater (AMP):  This program is exclusively offered at Lake Shore Dance.  With a focus on Musical Theater, our AMP program teaches dancers essential performance skills through acting exercises.  

*Dancers may need heels based on instructor preference. 


Hip Hop: Hip Hop is an ever evolving form of dance.  We believe in preserving authenticity while keeping on top of current trends in our Hip Hop program.  Through a rotating staff of amazing faculty that continually train and perform, our dancers have a unique opportunity to explore this technique.

Dress Code: Loose  


Acrobatics, skills, and conditioning:  A dancer's body is their instrument and maintaining flexibility and strength are essential to a dancer's development.   Lake Shore Dance offers classes and workshops designed to address this necessity for the serious dancer. 

Dress Code: form fitting top,   shorts, no tights, bare feet.  shoes may be requested for skills classes. 

Ready to Enroll? 


*Please note:  registration for Children's Division classes and Training Division Ballet, Tap, and Jazz is now closed as we prepare choreography for the spring show.  


Click the "Enroll Now" Button below to start the registration process and access our full fall schedule. 


Please pick your child's class by their age as of September 15, 2019. Our program uniquely caters to the developmental milestones of small children so you can be assured that your child is in the best class for their age and development.  


We have classes for new and experienced dancers!  If you are transferring to Lake Shore Dance, please create an account to see our full schedule of classes for this summer.  Our full curriculum this summer consists of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Conditioning classes. Master classes and open classes are also available for drop in students. 


Need help getting started or selecting classes?  Chat with us by clicking the bubble below. 

I'm obviously always interested in the dancer who's an athlete and vice versa. I expect dancers to be in condition like an athlete is and to challenge themselves in the same way, to the same physical degree. 

Twyla Tharp - American Choreographer

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