Preliminary Balletintroduces the basic movements of ballet with fun age-appropriate
exercises and games.
Preliminary Tapintroduces the basic movements of tap, focusing on the fun of making
rhythms with the feet.
Preliminary Hip Hop introduces the basic movements of hip hop, working with fun rhythms
and learning to dance on the beat.
Balletintegrates grace, precision and fluidity and is based on a formalized progression
of barre and center floor exercises designed to promote good posture, balance and
flexibility with emphasis on proper technical execution and musicality. Ballet is
essential to a dancer’s optimal development in all dance disciplines.
Pointetests the ballet dancer’s strength and technique by moving past demi pointe
to a full pointe position on the tips of the toes. While it is a technical achievement,
it also conveys a sense of weightlessness that makes a dancer appear to be hovering
or flying with an ethereal lightness and delicacy. Requires DTNI approval.
Tapexplores the endless possibilities of rhythmic footwork, integrating basic tap
concepts with the subtleties of dynamic shadings and the spice of bold, syncopated
Jazzreflects the diversity of American culture, and is a perfect blend of mind and
body founded on a firm technical base. A rich blend of many dance forms, it maintains
an established vocabulary while continually integrating newer, popular manifestations,
keeping pace with the mood and music of the times. As flexibility, placement, and
clean lines are important to jazz proficiency, concurrent enrollment in a DTNI ballet
class is required for students in Elemental - Intensive Jazz.
Contemporary reaches outside the strict parameters of classical ballet, exploring
new ways to direct energy through space. It often employs contradictions of force
- the fluid use of limbs, for instance, in counterpoint to a majestic, often cantilevering
torso, striking at once both elegance and force. Open to students enrolled in Transitional
- Intensive Ballet, or by DTNI approval.
Hip Hoptakes its inspiration from old school street dance, evolving through the
breakdancing style of the ‘80s so famous for its exciting floor work, to the contemporary
styles of today.
Technique Boot Camp supplements students' Ballet, Jazz, and/or Contemporary training
through concentrated, rigorous work designed to strengthen technical execution across