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132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740, United States

(732)475-3210

Dancing Through Life

Empowering through Dance in Long Branch

Class Descriptions

Toddler 1

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12-30 Month Child/Parent Dance, Tumbling, and Music, 45 min.

Little ones learn basic ballet steps, such as ballet arms, pointing feet, and walking on tip toe. They practice dancing to the beat, and improve strength and coordination with essential acrobatic skills, such as forward rolls, backward rolls, and baby handstands, all while having a blast. Parents bond with their child and make cherished memories of dancing with their little one. 

Toddler 2

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2-3 Year Old Dance, Tumbling, and Music, 45 min.

Little ones learn basic ballet steps, such as ballet arms, pointing feet, and walking on tip toe in an independent class, without their parent in the room. They practice dancing to the beat, and improve strength and coordination with essential acrobatic skills, such as forward rolls, backward rolls, and baby handstands, all while having a blast..

Preschool 1

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3-5 Year Old Ballet, Acrobatics, and Creative Movement, 45 min.

Young dancers learn fundamental ballet technique and musicality. They build strength and confidence in themselves by learning how to perform acrobatic moves, such as forward rolls and crab walks. The class includes a ballet story that the teacher and students dance out and a fun seasonal dance number to perform.

Preschool 2

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4-5 Year Old Ballet/Tap/Acrobatics, 60 min.

Preschoolers learn fundamental ballet and tap technique, terminology, and musicality. They focus on linking steps together, connecting movements, and staying on the beat. They build strength and confidence in themselves by learning how to perform beginner and intermediate acrobatic moves, such as forward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. The class includes a ballet story that the teacher and students dance out and a fun seasonal dance number to perform.

Elementary K

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5-6 Year Old Ballet/Tap/Acrobatics, 60 min.

Kindergarteners learn fundamental ballet and tap technique, terminology, and musicality. They focus on linking steps together with varying rhythms, and proper foot articulation and body alignment. They build strength and confidence in themselves by learning how to perform beginner and intermediate acrobatic moves, such as forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and bridges. The class includes a ballet story that the teacher and students dance out and a fun seasonal dance number to perform.

Elementary 1

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Elementary 1

6-7 Year Old Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Acrobatics, 75 min.

First graders build their repertoire of ballet and tap steps. They focus on linking steps together with varying rhythms, and proper foot articulation and body alignment. They begin learning the fundamentals of jazz dance, such as isolations, box steps, kick ball change, and jazz pas de bourree. They build strength and confidence in themselves by learning how to perform intermediate acrobatic moves, such as straddle rolls, handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs, and backbends. The class includes a ballet story that the teacher and students dance out and a fun seasonal dance number to perform. 

Class Descriptions

Elementary 2

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7-8 Year Old Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Acrobatics, 90 min.

Second graders build their repertoire of ballet and tap steps. They focus on linking steps together with syncopated rhythms, and proper foot articulation and body alignment. They learn beginner and intermediate of jazz dance technique, such as jazz pas de bourree, parallel pirouettes, hitch kicks, and jazz leaps. They build strength and confidence in themselves by learning how to perform intermediate acrobatic moves, such as straddle rolls, handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs, backbends, and limbers. The class includes a ballet story that the teacher and students dance out and a fun seasonal dance number to perform. 

Hip Hop 1

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5-7 year olds, 45 min.

Young dancers learn fundamental hip hop technique such as body isolations, hitting and popping, locomotor progressions across the floor, and breakdancing on the floor. They focus on putting steps together in a combination, understanding step combinations with diverse rhythms and hitting movements with different levels of intensity and attack.

Hip Hop 2

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7-10 year olds, 45 min.

Young dancers learn fundamental and intermediate hip hop technique such as combination body isolations, hitting, popping, rolling, locomotor progressions across the floor, and breakdancing on the floor. They focus on putting movements together in a combination, understanding step combinations with diverse rhythms, and hitting movements with different levels of intensity and attack. They learn to perform choreography in a canon and with other dancers performing coordinating movements.

Choreography 1

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8-12 year olds, 45 min.

Young dancers learn the art of choreography and improvisation. They create phrases focusing on choreographic devices such as levels, instrumentation, repeat, retrograde, and embellishment. Their end of year recital dance will be guided by the teacher, but fully choreographed by the students. This is a great class for dancers who love to make up their own dances and create their own shows at home.

Musical Theater 1

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5-7 year olds, 45 min.

Young performers improvise both speaking and non-speaking scenarios. They learn how to act out characters and ideas in a way that is effective, clear, and entertaining to the audience. Performers practice vocal exercises and learn how to use the correct muscles to sing loud, clear, and expressively. Choreographed numbers to renowned Broadway music are performed, and students have fun taking on many different characters.

Musical Theater 2

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8-12 year olds, 60 min.

Young performers improvise both speaking and non-speaking scenarios. They stage scripted scenes, write and direct their own works, and build confidence in themselves and their individuality.

Performers practice vocal exercises and learn how to use the correct muscles to sing loud, clear, and expressively. They learn to the difference between belting and using their head voice and various ways of expressively singing. Choreographed numbers to renowned Broadway music are performed, and students have fun taking on many different characters.

Class Descriptions

Beginner Ballet

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10-18 year olds, 60 min.

Older children learn the art of ballet. They focus on ballet terminology, body alignment, foot articulation, and musicality. This is a class for older children who want to begin ballet lessons. Often it is difficult for dancers over age 10 to take up dance because classes for their age are at an intermediate or advanced level, but beginner classes are with children much younger than them. Beginner Ballet is a place for these dancers to learn with other children their age, attention span, and interest level.

ADULT BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE BALLET

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60 min.

Adults of all ages learn the fundamentals of ballet. The class will emphasize movement, stretching, and toning for fitness. Exercises are fun, easy on the joints, and stress reducing. The teacher will teach exercises and explain how each movement can be leveled up or down to work with classes of different experience levels. The class is for adults of all ages with no dance experience, former dancers who have not danced in several years, active senior citizens, advanced beginners, and intermediate dancers.

ADULT BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE TAP

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45 min.

Adults of all ages learn the fundamentals of tap. They burn calories tapping out fun tap warm up exercises. They work their minds and bodies by learning and memorizing tap combinations. The teacher will teach exercises and explain how each movement can be leveled up or down to work with classes of different experience levels. The class is for adults of all ages with no dance experience, former dancers who have not danced in several years, active senior citizens, advanced beginners, and intermediate dancers.