Contemporary Dance 1 (4th & 5th Grade)
new studio classes start August 26th!
Dancers entering 4th grade will see a larger shift in their training. The biggest change is an increase in the length of their class; from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Many of the natural movements that they have worked on over the years as younger dancers are now carefully tied to more concrete movement ideas and styles. For example, stretching, reaching movements are used to explore ballet ideas of tendus, port de bras, allongé and other basic ballet terms. Jumps and leaps lead to discussion of the 5 types of air work, and other movement concepts are connected to modern dance and ballet terminology.
More traditional movement exercises are taught as a means to help the young dancing body understand and build new movement patterns than can be used in more complex choreography. Improvisation is used as a primary skill to discuss basic elements of choreography and to develop skills surrounding partner work, movement invention, and abstraction. Significant emphasis is placed on helping students develop their own creative voices beyond improvisation and giving them the tools needed to create their own dance solos, duets, and trios.
Students are usually kept in this class for two years. Those who showcase exceptional patterning skills and ability may be moved up after one year. Auditions can be requested to skip Dance I all together.
Dancers who are ready to move to Dance II – or dancers who wish to skip this level – will be able to showcase the following skills:
- tendu, degage, and rond de jambe
- a terre & en l’air
- en dehors & en dedans
- the 5 types of air work
- under curve
- over curve
- the Hanya Holm foot pattern
- a triplet and triplet turn
- a brush leap
- pony step
- basic roll to the floor
- c-curve into the floor
- be able to discuss the use of focus and how it contributes to more articulate dancing
- be able to develop a 16-count solo on their own and perform the solo in front of a group without being shy
- be able to discuss/name the elements of dance and how they are used in basic choreography
How do I register?
Use the table below to access the online registration form. Once you fill the form out, select your classes, and input your information the enrollment will be sent to the studio. If you have issues or questions regarding this process, please get a hold of the studio.
Can we try a class first?
Absolutely! We’d love to offer you a FREE trial class to come and experience, first hand, the magic of what we do at South Valley Creative Dance Studio.
Please use the table below and select “TRIAL” enrollment on the form. This will let the studio know that you are interested in learning more but not enrolling for the full semester/year just yet. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the studio.
What fees do you charge?
Monthly tuition rates are found in the class table below. In addition to tuition, we ask all families to pay a one-time $60 costume and production fee per student in the spring. This covers the cost of costuming ($30) and producing ($30) our show. Using the costume fee, the studio will purchase a leotard that your dancer will wear for the performance AND that you can keep afterwards. Using the production fee, the studio will pay for a videographer to shoot and record the show and will provide a digital download to you.
Do I need to enroll for the whole year?
We highly suggest that you enroll for the entire year. Our Fall semester is spent in the studio dancing and building skills, while our Spring semester is used to choreograph and prep for an end-of-year recital. We don’t want anyone to miss out on enjoying and being a part of our amazing production.
If you can only enroll for part of the year, we recommend dropping from classes at the Winter/Holiday break. Please see below for more information about our withdrawal policy.
What if we change our minds?
Every effort is made to make sure you love your dance class and want to keep coming – not only all year but for years to come! If you have issues with the studio or teacher, please feel free to bring them to the attention of the studio owner – we will make every effort to make a place for you at this studio.
If, however, you must leave classes we require a 30-day written (email is fine) notice of your withdrawal, after which time no more tuition will be due. This policy is strictly followed and will be enforced – it’s also a part of the legalese when you register – so you’ll see it again as a reminder!