Lake Arrowhead School of Dance provides a structured graded curriculum that interfaces with 3 decades of professional teaching experience led by director, Sharon McCormick.
Their are a lot of barriers in place today for families looking for healthy environments. Children face peer pressures at school, academic stress, and much more. We as parents need to find a balance between our work schedule and community obligations in order to raise healthy and happy children. Enrolling Children in Dance classes at Lake Arrowhead School of Dance provides a healthy outlet for them to learn something new and stay healthy. Parents can be assured that their children are in a safe environment while learning valuable life skills.
Music and Rhythm
This is a mommy and me class designed to introduce the young dancer to basic knowledge and skills for all components of music and body coordination. It is designed to train and coordinate the audio perception and kinesthetic reaction to music. It teaches children self-coordination and self-control while playing musical games and storytelling. It encourages parents to be active participants in the activities with their children and share that very emotional, uniting, and dynamic excitement for their own children, as well as relive their own childhood with their children for just a short time each week. It is a very bonding experience and is as precious as priceless.
Pre-school 3-4 and 4-5
This is your child’s first introduction to dance class. For the young dancer this class teaches not only basic ballet, tap, and tumbling curriculum, but peer interaction. For many young dancers this is the first group activity where they have a chance to interact with others their age and learn the dynamics of being in a group, all very important life skills. Students learn to take turns, they learn about personal space, when it is appropriate to hold hands in, a partner dance or a circle dance with the class, and when it is necessary to leave their hands to themselves. All these skills are learned while enjoying the thrills of movement. Young dancers also get to practice educational basics that are learned at school such as counting as the teacher asks them to do 4 plies or 8 tendus. They learn things such as colors, left vs right and other movement opposites such as fast vs slow, hard vs soft. Being able to repeat and put into practice the basics they learn at school in a fun environment outside of their normal learning place can greatly increase the amount of information they retain and how well they can use this information. These dance classes for young children are great for personal growth and learning regardless of their desire to continue dancing in the future. Dancers must be potty trained.
Kinder-combo (ages 5-6)
Children are ready to be introduced to a class format that aims to prepare them for a “real” ballet class. Basic ballet concepts such as, 1st and 2nd position plies, releves, tendus, and dégagés will be introduced at the ballet barre. Fun, Creative movement ,such as pantomime, will be augmented by more coordination and sequence-related exercises. This enhances imagination and makes the class lively and engaging. Floor formations that will teach children their “place” in the room, traveling movements that emphasize pointed feet and straight legs, posture, placement and comportment of Classical Ballet. In tune with overall learning the curriculum incorporates activities and dances that include; number counting, the alphabet and cognitive skills.Intro to tap and tumbling are the second half of the class for development of rhythm and coordinative skills.
Girls Tumbling (5-8)
This class is structured to introduce technique based tumbling to the beginner or intermediate student. Girls will be learning numerous tumbling skills including: cartwheels, handstands, forward and backward rolls, while developing the strength, flexibility and focus to continually advance their skillsand confidence
Advanced Tumbling (9-14)
For students who are comfortable with basic tumbling such as rolls, cartwheels, and handstands, we will be establishing a strength and technique based backround for each student. While incorporating intermediate skills such as round-offs, back- walk overs, and front limbers, the students will develop their strength and flexibility for advanced tumbling such as front handsprings, back- handsprings, and front and back tucks.
Ballet A ( ages 6-8)
Foundations for Ballet A bridges a students transition from the Children’s Program into a more structured class environment. They are introduced to a higher level of formal training consisting of barre and centre work. Posture, placement, precise technique and comportment of classical ballet will be emphasized. The exercises introduced at this level focus on alignment, flexibility, and coordination to develop a strong foundation of physical and cognitive understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training. Pantomime is added as a creative enhancement to the dancers Classical training.
Ballet B (ages 7-9)
Ballet B continues to enhance the techniques emphasized in Ballet A. Posture, placement and comportment are stressed while expanding the students vocabulary. The students keep a journal with the correct terminology, spelling and definition of each of the exercises presented at the barre and centre work. Patterns and combinations increase in intensity and there is more focus on balance, flexibility and agility. Technique continues to be emphasized as new steps are introduced. Pantomime is enhanced and expanded upon by developing and encouraging students to perform story telling ballets. This is a 2-3 year course.
Ballet 1 is a two year course that underscores the seriousness of a child’s commitment to study and progress in the Art of Ballet. This class focuses on building a solid Ballet Technique with an emphasis on proper body placement to ensure safe execution as the skill levels advance. Ballet 1 is much more structured and intense. It is the first time young aspiring dancers are made to understand the dedication necessary to achieve their goals bearing in mind that BALLET IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL DANCE GENRE.
We require an interview with the student and parent to determine if the child is technically AND mentally prepared for this challenge. It is a big step requiring 2 – 3 classes per week. Students who are ready must comply with comportment, dress code and regular attendance policies.
Ballet (Level 2-5) Program
This curriculum encourages and empowers the student towards artistic expression while emphasizing technique, musicality, balance, stamina and strength. Step by step the curriculum provides age-appropriate progressions that work cohesively with the development of the young dancers body. Level 2 is when a dancer is carefully evaluated for pointe work. Imbedded in classical tradition the curriculum is derived from the French, Russian, and Italian systems of training that has been adopted around the world by professional schools. This syllabus prepares the dancer to continue to pursue dance as a professional or a gifted viewer. The dancer is expected to be taking 4-8 classes a week to qualify for these levels.
An audition/interview is required for level 2 and higher.
Jazz 1 (ages 6 and up)
Jazz dance has rooted from Black social dances and white ballroom offshoots to stage show such as: minstrel shows, tap dancing, Irish jigging, English Clog dancing and African rhythmic stamping . Many shows (movies, TV, and stage) incorporate jazz dancing. Classes in this program also catalyze children’s psychological development and improve their concentration memory and discipline. The students in this class learn basic jazz steps with an emphasis on stretching; for greater range of motion, strength, for jumps and leaps, balance, and isolations for for movement quality. They will explore both traditional jazz as well as modern jazz through center floor combinations. This class provides the dancer with a sense of well-being, it builds self -confidence and builds social skills. This is a 2 year course.
The student in this class will be moved upon request of the instructor
Jazz 2 (age 8 and up)
A beginning/intermediate jazz class that stresses technique, stretching, isolations, focus, style and energy. Students work on learning the difference between ballet and jazz movements and correct body alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility. Jazz dance vocabulary is expanded through across the floor exercises and simple combinations.
Must have taken Jazz 1 to be admitted into the class. This can be a 2 year course.
This is a intermediate class with an emphasis placed on body placement, proper technique, stretching , development of skills for learning new movement styles like( Fosse, Michael Kid, Chester Whitmore, Michael Peters, to name a few. We will also look at some of the new Choreographer styles like Brian Freedman. Students also continue to work on developing performance skills such as style, focus and energy.
Must have taken Jazz 2 or audition for placement.
Ballet must be taken for Dancers in this level.
Jazz 4-5 is technically and musically demanding and the class moves at a fast pace. This class has a greater emphasis on perfecting technique (such as pelvic and back stability), performing skills, vocabulary and varied styles. There is an emphasis on seamlessly connecting movements and skills into a refined fluid movement.Students acquire and develop an advanced awareness and control of effective posture and body alignment. This level prepares dancers for a professional career if they so choose.
Dancers in this level of jazz must be enrolled in Ballet class.
All must audition for placement.
This course is designed to teach the basic movements that will incorporate jazz and hip-hop dance. The course will be beginning to intermediate level depending on students enrolled. Each student will learn the warm-up which include stretching, squats, crunches, arm work (push-ups) and isolations which are the basic aspects of jazz and hip-hop. The age of this class will start at 12 up to adults. No audition is necessary for this class. Jazz dance has rooted from Black social dances and white ballroom offshoots. Hip-hop stems from hip hop culture and music, borrowing elements from styles like African dance, tap and ballet. The class will be fun and exciting and a great way to end a challenging week.
Hip Hop ( Intermediate)
Hip Hop offers all the benefits of participating in a team sport or academic organization.
It allows the dancers to unwind, learn new dance moves,express themselves, and gain rhythm while spending time with peers.
The foundation of hip hop stems from African Dance. Our highly trained teachers teach dancers to loosen their movements, isolate specific parts of the body, while learning controlled dance movements. Other benefits of Hip Hop are: increased strength and flexibility, improved cardio-vascular health, adaptable for all ages, improved stamina, improved work ethic, improved confidence, and goal setting.
No pre-requisite required
Modern 1 & 2
This class is for Ballet 2 and up. Modern Dance is a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas.
Saturday: 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Tap 1 & 2 (6 & up)
This level introduces the students to fudamental tap techniques arranged in combinations and performed in class as a solo or group demonstration. The students will learn how to perform with energy and how to bring their own personality to each and every performance. The main goals in the beginning tap levels are identifying, utilizing and demonstrating tap terminology as well as understanding tap as a form of entertainment. Students will learn different elements of classical, rhythmic, and modern tap dancing.
Tap 3 &4
The dancers in this level of tap begin to create more complex sounds and combinations while incorporating challenging temp and rythm changes to the students’ movements. The class will become more fast paced as students develop more speed and control of their footwork allowing them to experiment with different counting patterns and level changes.
We will focus on dance numbers from musicals such as: Annie, Cats, and Billy Elliot and more. Musical theatre uses dance in service of a story, therefore every week, we will learn a dance number from the perspective of a marching band, kids in a spelling bee, or people in an old west show (these are a few examples). We will use a variety of vocabulary and techniques (from ballet to tap to hula to ballroom) but only insofar as they help tell a story. The students should want to have fun, they should like to perform, and they should like stories. Students in this class will not be required to sing, but it will be offered.
Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. It consists of ballet, jazz and modern movements.