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Preschool (Ages 3-4) & Minis (Ages 5-7) Classes

Preschool Dance Discoveries (Ages 3-4)

Discover the joy of dance in our welcoming, age appropriate, and fun dance education environment! Dancers are exposed to music and movement while learning the basic fundamentals of ballet and tap. They will lengthen their attention spans, gain independence, and learn classroom etiquette while improving coordination, increasing balance, building confidence, and making friends! The Preschool Dance Discoveries curriculum also incorporates an introduction to acro to improve fine and gross motor skills. Dancers will need both ballet and tap shoes but only one Spring recital costume.

Minis Dance Adventures (Ages 5-7)

An educational dance adventure, this fun and comprehensive class explores and develops artistic and technical skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. Dancers are exposed to new terminology and movement sequences while improving their flexibility, memory, and musicality. Classical and contemporary music are fused to keep the learning age appropriate and fun. Dancers will need both ballet and tap shoes but only one Spring recital costume.

Acro

Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Our objective is to build self-confidence through movement while having fun and developing muscular strength, flexibility, and balance. The benefits and skill sets of acro are great for aspiring dancers, cheerleaders, and students seeking fun, physical activity, and wellness.

More about Acro and what the age groups will be studying:

Preschool (Ages 3-4): Preparatory stretches, body positions, jumps, leaps, rolls, and the beginning principals of acro dance and its terminology. Curriculum is designed to improve fine and gross motor skills with the use of shapes, numbers, letters, and colors to teach dance and acro preparatory skills.

Minis (Ages 5-7): Once establishment of the preparatory skills listed in the Preschool program are mastered, an introduction of cartwheels, cartwheel variations, handstands, limbers, and more challenging balance and strength holds will be incorporated with the goal of progressing towards acro dance combinations.

Youth (Ages 8-10), Junior (Ages 11-12), & Teen (Ages 13+) Classes

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance movement and is the most important and most highly recommended subject to be studied. It is a classical dance characterized by grace, poise, and precision of movement.  Students are taught the importance of proper technique, including body placement, terminology, and flexibility. Classes consist of structured barre work, center technique, and across the floor exercises. Our faculty emphasizes correct placement and alignment while providing an enjoyable age and level appropriate learning environment during each class session.

Pointe

Pointe (en pointe) means "on the tips of the toes" and is a part of classical ballet technique made possible by specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. It takes considerable strength in the feet, ankles, legs, knees, and abdomen to dance en pointe. Students must reach a stage of mature physical development before attempting pointe work as bones and growth plates in the feet must be fully hardened and developed. Dancers who are interested in eventually progressing onto pointe shoes should begin a conversation with the Directors. Years of ballet training are recommended and at least one full year of Ballet at the Teen level is required as a prerequisite. Synergy Dance Co. requires their students to receive a physician's exam and provide a doctor's note prior to their advancing onto pointe shoes. Our goal is to have healthy and happy students who can enjoy the enrichment of dance for a lifetime.

Jazz

Jazz is a stylized form of dance that combines rock, pop, theatrical, lyrical, and modern to produce its own style and excitement.  Jazz technique explores body placement, balance, isolations, leaps, turns, and dance combinations.

Pom

Pom is a jazz based dance class focused on sharp, placed choreography with an introduction to pro-am cheer dance performance skills. Technique, body placement with an emphasis on arm placement, balance, isolations, leaps, turns, and dance combinations are incorporated into this exciting class. This type of dance can be seen both at college and pro-level competitions and performances. Classes will require and utilize poms.

Pom dancers will need to acquire the poms in the link below, in silver. Please place your order by November.

Helpful Tip: the pom industry does not sell poms in pairs; poms are sold individually, so please remember to purchase two when you place your order. Thank you!

http://gtmsportswear.com/product/metallic-4-in-pom?Product=8991&Color=1151

Lyric & Contemporary

This fluid style of dance is a combination of ballet and jazz that challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. It includes intricate, technical, and naturalistic movement. Students will explore technique based on the principles of fall and recovery, contraction and release, and lateral movement. Students discover new ways of using music and sound to intensify the emotion in their movement.

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop introduces dance students to the various aspects of hip-hop: popping, locking, stepping, breaking, house, and other styles that have emerged from the communities of America. The movement is technically tied to complex and often driving rhythms. The origins of hip-hop will also be explored through the use of steps and combinations.

Tap

Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in the country. It is both visually and audibly stimulating. Students will learn rhythm, timing, technique, floor work, step patterns, and leg/foot coordination. Tap students take a rhythmic journey through classical, theatrical, and present-day styles of music and tap techniques.

Acro

Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Our objective is to build self-confidence through movement while having fun and developing muscular strength, flexibility, and balance. The benefits and skill sets of acro are great for aspiring dancers, cheerleaders, and students seeking fun, physical activity, and wellness.

More about Acro and what the age groups will be studying:

Youth (Ages 8-10): Progressive training and building upon acro skillsets will eventually include an introduction to cartwheel variations, walkovers, and handsprings. Classes will focus on improving strength, flexibility, and coordination. An introduction of conditioning exercises (for example, sit ups, push-ups, and conditioning) will be included in class in addition to acro dance combinations.

Junior (Ages 11-12) & Teen (Ages 13 & up):  Dancers are advancing acro skill sets with a concentration on both technical and artistic proficiency. They are introduced to aerial awareness that will include advancement in cartwheel variations, walkovers, and handsprings. Class will focus on incorporating strength, flexibility, and coordination into contemporary acro dance pieces as well as more challenging conditioning exercises.

Musical Theater

Broadway is full of exciting forms of dance from many eras and from various choreographers.  Musical Theater is a form of theater that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. This class is designed for the student with little or no acting experience and consists of studying the basic techniques of acting that are applied to Musical Theater. This is not a voice class but instruction on how to apply singing and acting to a character. Storytelling will be introduced as well as finding voice range and learning how to read music. The art of performing is the highlight of this fun, engaging, and entertaining class.

NEW! - Cardio & Conditioning

This new class will focus on building cardiovascular fitness while improving muscular strength and endurance specifically for the needs of serious dancers. This class will not be in the recital.  

NEW! - Technique & Stretch

This new class will focus on the basic foundational training to develop the dancer’s core ballet and jazz technique. The class will end with a stretch to improve strength and flexibility necessary for strong dance training. This class will not be in the recital.

NEW! - Turns, Kicks, & Leaps

Rooted in jazz technique, this fun new class will drill classic turns, kicks, and leaps as well as challenge dancers to learn and execute new and exciting variations of them. This class will not be in the recital.

Ensemble Level Program

The Synergy Dance Co. Ensemble level program offers an artistic journey of dance through a broad spectrum of dance and acro training. The class atmosphere, choreography, and training are catered to dance students who wish to elevate their serious approach and passion for dance by training at a mature and intensive level.

This program is open by invitation to dancers whose readiness and eligibility are observed by the faculty. Interested in the Ensemble level? We invite you to contact the Directors so that we may, together, form a schedule that fits your individual dance education and performance goals.