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Students as young as three years old may enter classes in creative movement where the emphasis is on developing early movement, musical and expressive skills and encouraging each child to respond creatively. The approach at Dance Educators is to blend the early creative work with basic ballet skills by the age of six or seven.
The ballet curriculum begins at the primary level and progresses through eight grades and four major classes, leading to an Advanced level.
Ballet includes all levels of technique in the Russian style (Vaganova) syllabus leading to optional yearly examinations. Additionally, all students are encouraged to build performance skills leading to the year end demonstration.
Classes in Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop are introduced for children from five to ten years of age. Modern dance classes begin for students age 12 and up.
Adult classes from Beginner to Advanced levels are offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern Dance. In December there is an “Open House” for interested family and friends can watch classes and in June there is a year-end demonstration in which students perform all styles of choreography. The excitement of the stage is a wonderful way to end a year of working in the studio.
Our faculty is committed to sound principles of dance training and artistic development. This year our teachers are: Merle Adam, Cathy Kyle Fenton, Angela Jackson, Natalie Pearson,-á Sonia Lismer and Maki Kabayama. Our consultants and guest teachers are Mary Moncrieff, Jo+½lle Segers and Nancy Pidgeon.