These classes are geared towards our youngest students, and structred to maximize their success!
Parent/Tot Class: (ages 18 months to 3 years) Accompanied by the special adult in his or her life. It is designed to help students feel comfortable learning in a group setting. Activities will include dance games, playing instruments, and singing songs while having fun together. Learn new and creative ways to enjoy music and dance. This class will be in three 6-week sessions
Wednesdays 10-10:30 a.m. or Thursdays 6-6:30 p.m.
*Look for Parent/Tot Flyer to announce session dates!
*$35.00 per session Those registering for all three sessions upfront will receive a $10 per session discount, total of $75.
Elementary Ballet & Tap Combination Class: (ages 5-8 ballet & tap) Elementary age classes vary in size from 5 to 15 dancers in the class, class sizes are at studio directors discretion. The class introduces dancers to the foundations of classical ballet with correct posture and weight placement, alignment, control of turnout, spatial awareness and rhythm presented in creative and structured class. Elementary tap uses basic tap steps and slow upbeat music so children can develop and learn to count music while dancing at the same time. Basic rhythm patterns for the feet with musical phrasing.
Primary Ballet & Tap Combination Classes: (ages 3-4 ballet & tap) Combination of creative movement activities and basic beginner step of tap and ballet. The class encourages growth of small and large motor skills and musicality. This fast-paced class keeps the attention of little dancers, and will incorporate props, songs and games. This class is an opportunity for both boys and girls to gain independence and creativity in a positive and fun environment.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength, and technique are achieved through ballet. The Dance Konnection uses the Cecchetti, Vagonova and RAD technique intertwined.
Ballet 1: This class uses physical discipline, general body awareness and control coordinating elementary technique and terminology. Beginner Barre exercises as well as across the floor and center progressions and combinations. Vocabulary tests are given.
Ballet 2: This class focuses on understanding the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement with proper ballet technique. Combinations will be taught using basic steps from level 1 in addition to steps taught in Level 2.
Ballet 3: Requires both technical ability and strength from Level 1 and 2. New and more complex material will be taught at an accelerated pace. Students will begin to learn basic ballet history and develop a knowledge and appreciation of the great ballets, classical music and famous dancers. Students consolidate technical skills and an extended range of movement in sequences of increased length and complexity. They will acquire a clear understanding of the mechanics and purpose of the required vocabulary.
Ballet 4/Pre-Pointe: This class will expand on the students creative abilities through the practice of variations. The level four student will develop a poise and ability to perform confidently in front of others. This class is a stepping stone to the more Advanced Ballet 5 class and/or Pointe 1.
Ballet 5: These students are dancers who choose not to take Pointe or may not be physically “right” for Pointe. This is also a perfect class for the dancer who wants more ballet in their dance regimen. An advanced class, combining skills from previous level classes and correlating steps to lengthy and complex combinations with correct technique, extensive terminology and knowledge of the art of ballet itself.
Ballet 6: This is a required ballet class for all dancers in Pointe 1, 2, and 3. This class focuses on strength and technique. REQUIRED!
Progressing Ballet Technique
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focusing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance.
PBT helps teachers around the world prepare their students to receive the strength they need to achieve their personal best. It is an innovative program that helps students with core strength, weight placement, and alignment.
The program helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation and enhances the ability of athletes to perform at their best. It can be difficult for students to feel which muscles initiate the correct alignment in training. However, with the use of an exercise ball, the students gain a great sense of posture and weight-placement whilst feeling each correct muscle group working throughout each exercise, which then stays with them whilst performing professionally.
PBT focuses on core strength, weight placement, and alignment of the body with a gradual approach of carefully designed exercises and repetitions of these exercises that trigger their muscle memory. The program is designed with a safe dance methodology to promote a long, healthy career. PBT is now being taught by over 4000+ certified teachers worldwide and over 3500 schools globally have added PBT classes in their curriculum for students.
PBT is not only a program to improve technique in ballet dancers, it is now being appreciated and incorporated in training by all forms of dancers, athletes, physiotherapists and even footballers!
This energetic class includes a stretching and cardiovascular warm up, along with basic body isolations using upbeat and popular music. Dancers will learn basic classical jazz, as well as hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theater.
Beginner Jazz (1 & 2): This energetic class includes a stretching and cardiovascular warm up, along with basic body isolations using upbeat and popular music. Dancers will learn basic classical jazz, as well as hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theater.
Intermediate Jazz (3,4, & 5): Basic combinations of rhythmic, percussive movements of traditional jazz style. This class practices more advanced combinations in center and progressions across the floor. Dancers will work on multiple turns, jumps and leaps. This class begins to explore the different layers of jazz from hip hop to lyrical.
Advanced Jazz (6, 7, & 8): These levels are advanced and fast paced classes, including extensive work in the technical part of jazz styles. All Jazz 6, 7 and 8 dancers should be able to at least execute a “clean” double pirouette, fouette turns, grand jete, splits and complicated floor combinations. We challenge our students with many different forms of jazz, all high energy but with different styles.
Rhythm patterns for the feet including standard time step, clogs, soft-shoe and percussive styles, the more complicated steps of the Tap repertoire. The higher the level the more complicated the steps and patterns and incorporates “tricks”. Our classes teach hoofing, soft-shoe, folk, Irish and Broadway tap. We feel dancers need to explore all of the genres of tap.
Beginner Tap (1 & 2): Rhythm patterns for the feet including standard time step, clogs, soft-shoe and percussive styles, the more complicated steps of the Tap repertoire
Intermediate Tap (3 & 4): Rhythm patterns for the feet including standard time step, clogs, soft-shoe and percussive styles, the more complicated steps of the Tap repertoire.
Advanced Tap (5 & 6): Rhythm patterns for the feet including standard time step, clogs, soft-shoe and percussive styles, the more complicated steps of the Tap repertoire. The higher the level the more complicated the steps and patterns and incorporates “tricks”. Our classes teach hoofing, soft-shoe, folk, Irish and Broadway tap. We feel dancers need to explore all of the genres of tap.
All Pointe classes require prerequisites from Miss Kimi.
Pointe 1, 2, 3, and 4 dancers must attend the Progressive Ballet Technique class for additional technique.
Pointe 1: Beginner class that will execute beginner pointe technique. This class concentrates on the transference of ballet steps from Demi-Pointe to Pointe. This class is open to only those female dancers who have achieved the necessary technique and strength.
Pointe 2: Accelerated version of Pointe 1. Dancers will work on more center floor combinations and variations.
Pointe 3 & 4: More complex class than Pointe 1 and 2. This class is structured for the serious dancers of ballet. Floor progressions and variations are more complex. The students master a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary, as well as a wide range of movements.
Combines classic dance technique with acrobatic/tumbling elements.
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in other dance classes at Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA School of Dance.
*Acrobatics Level 1: Ages 6-18. Little to no tumbling experience.
*Acrobatics Level 2: Ages 7-18. Must be able to do a backbend from standing independently.
*Acrobatics Level 3: Ages 7-18. Must be able to do a back handspring independently.
*Acrobatics Level 4: Instructor prerequisite.
*Acrobatics Level 5: Instructor prerequisite.
*This studio is certified by Acrobatic Arts, the Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance