Picture above from Holiday Studio Concert 2017
Ballet Lower Division
NEW Dance Dance Dance! for Little Ones : Teach introductory jazz steps and overlapping “basic” dance technique (plié, chasse, lindy, ski, hop, jump etc) use high energy movement to engage students more while still developing technique. Let your little ones explore their talent & enjoy the world of dance.
Creative Movement: Students will be introduced to dance through the use of imagery, stories, and movement games. Exercises will focus on improving body awareness, coordination, memory, and listening skills. (Students who are still ages 3 in September qualify for Creative Movement classes.)
Elementary Ballet 1: This class is for students ages 4-6 with less than a year of dance training. Emphasis will be placed on learning simple steps and body positions as well as music-listening skills. The class will help children begin to realize the connection between music and movement.
Elementary Ballet 2 & 3: This class is for students ages 4-6 with at least one full year of dance training. Students will continue to work on exercises to improve coordination, balance, and posture. Some basic ballet vocabulary and positions will be introduced.
Ballet Upper Division
Ballet 1/Beginner/Inter.: (Minimum of 1 classes per week) Students will practice basic ballet exercises to learn posture, body placement and coordination. We will explore new concepts as well as continue to improve their dance skills from previous classes.
Ballet 2/Beginner/Inter.: (Minimum of 1 classes per week) Students should have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience. Students ready for this class will enjoy learning more advanced ballet dance combinations to a variety of appropriate musical styles. The student will improve in strength, fluidity, extension, and musicality.
Ballet 3/Classical Ballet Technique: (Minimum of 2 ballet classes per week) This class is by permission of the instructor only. A minimum of 2 years of experience (taking multiple classes per week) is required. Students will establish a solid technique foundation to further develop their ability to perform classical ballet as well as other forms of dance. Students are encouraged to begin taking a Modern dance class (if they haven’t already done so) to supplement their training. Students may begin pre-pointe classes with the permission of the instructor.
Ballet 4/Classical Ballet Technique: (Minimum of 2 ballet classes per week) This class is by permission of the instructor only. A minimum of 3 years experience (with multiple ballet classes per week) is required. The prepared student has a good understanding of ballet technique and will work on enhancing their skills towards advanced technique. Weekly pointe classes and a modern class are recommended to supplement technique classes.
Ballet 5 & Adv.-Royal Ballet Technique: (Minimum of 2 ballet classes required, 4+ recommended): This class is by permission of the instructor only. A minimum of 6-7 years of experience required. Students will have greater body control, and a solid understanding of ballet movement. This class focuses on alignment in body positions, efficiency of technique, and clarity of movements.
Adult Beginner Ballet: This class is intended for teens and adults who have not had any experience in ballet, or who have not taken classes in many years. Students will learn the fundamentals of ballet with an emphasis on posture and coordination. This class moves at the pace of its students.
Adult Intermediate Ballet: Emphasis is placed on dancers who have prior ballet experience and a desire to improve technical execution. This class will build from simple barre exercises to more complex phrasing with various tempos and rhythms while maintaining proper body alignment.
Introduction to Hip Hop: Harness all that toe-tapping energy and dance fever! Our introduction to Hip Hop class will teach beginner techniques and choreography while allowing them to express themselves through creative movement. Children spend a good part of class time refining their techniques to master some hip hop skill sets. Adding a unique twist to the program, dancers also spend part of each class working on complementary gymnastics and stunt skills in order to emphasize poise and balance.
Intermediate Hip Hop: This class is intended for students who have had a few years of experience and have already mastered the basic moves. Students will be exposed to new moves and will be constantly encouraged to express their individuality within the class. The moves and routines in the class will be increasingly more intricate and complex which can be incorporated into their dances.
Teen Hip Hop: Looking to expand your overall dance skill set and get the party started with the latest and greatest hip hop dance moves? Our Intermediate Hip Hop class will focus on developing movement musicality. Students will be mastering spirit and style of hip hop movements. Dancers will spend time executing the specific components of hip hop movements like isolations, polyrhythmic movements, and popping. The program will also include exploration of trending dances and regional styling of hip hop dance worldwide.
Adult Hip Hop: Looking to expand your overall dance skill set and get the party started with the latest and greatest hip hop dance moves? Our Intermediate Hip Hop class will focus on developing movement musicality. Students will be mastering spirit and style of hip hop movements. Dancers will spend time executing the specific components of hip hop movements like isolations, polyrhythmic movements, and popping. The program will also include exploration of trending dances and regional styling of hip hop dance worldwide.
Musical Theatre Dance
Musical Theatre I : Kids will learn the basics of Musical Theatre dance and sing along to show tunes new and old. With an emphasis on connection, story telling and fun, students will cultivate their talents to make them confident performers on and off stage.
Musical Theatre II : Students will fine-tune their performance skills, adding flair to their favorite moves. They will also work on singing and acting, incorporating jazz technique while staying true to Broadway-inspired choreography and music.
Teen Musical Theatre: This multi-level class is designed for teens interested in elevating their performance skills. Students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces and explore the rich history of the Broadway dance cannon. No prior experience necessary!
Adult Musical Theatre: This multi-level class is designed for adults interested in elevating their performance skills. Students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces and explore the rich history of the Broadway dance cannon. No prior experience necessary!
Beginner/Intermediate Tap: Make some noise with beginner tap! Students will learn rhythm, coordination, basic tap terminology and choreography. Students will learn how to create different sounds with the different parts of their feet. Tap shoes required.
Adult Beginner Tap: Tap dance focuses on quick movements of the feet to create a beat. Students will be introduced to basic tap dance technique, while developing rhythmic skills and musicality. Tap is a combination of Irish Step Dancing and African dance developed during the 1900s in the U.S. No experience needed. Tap shoes required.
Teen Beginner/Intermediate Jazz: Jazz dance combines techniques of ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz can take on many different characteristics and styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhytmical accuracy and style. Students will learn the fundamentals of jazz in this class. It is recommended to take ballet classes in conjunction with this class.
Sunrise Hatha Yoga: Sunrise Hatha Yoga provides a variety of asanas (postures) as we mindfully explore standing poses, backbends, twists and inversions focusing on the principles of proper alignment. We will use props to enhance our practice as we progressively and safely strengthen and lengthen the muscles.
Therapeutic Yoga: Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breath work, and guided meditation techniques in a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. Students can expect to work on the floor and do some standing poses, but there will be props and/or chairs to assist those for whom standing is a stressor. Over the course of the session students will learn to bring breath, awareness and healthy movement into the body starting with the feet and working upward. Students of Therapeutic Yoga may benefit from improved balance, increased range of motion and reduced pain. Therapeutic Yoga is specifically designed for those students suffering from an injury, chronic pain or other condition which makes movement difficult.
Qigong: Qi gong is a moving meditation practice that brings balance to the body and mind by connecting thoughtful movement with deep breathing. Learn a series of gently flowing movements that will strengthen muscles and tendons, stabilize joints and quiet the mind. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing, no mat required.
Classes offered through Howard County Parks and Recreation
Mommy & Me
Ages 2-4 & Parent
Bring your toddler and dance your heart away! In this class, both you and your toddler will exercise, sing, dance, and role play. Enjoy the rhythm while getting a firsthand look at what your little one learns in class. Watch as they gain confidence and appreciate music. You and your child should wear comfortable clothing and bare feet or socks.
Beginner Princess Ballet
Dance with scarves to the music of your favorite princesses. This class combines basic ballet steps with the imagination of creative movement and helps young dancers establish basic skills in locomotion, imagination and music appreciation. Leotard, tights and leather ballet shoes (no satin slippers) required. Bring a reusable water bottle.
Join us for our exciting new class: Pop Cardio at Misako Beats! Cardio +pop music+high intensity choreo. First week: (Oct 19) Drake's In My Feelings. We will learn new dances every week with music from artists like Cardi B and Ciara. Classes are on Fridays Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30 at 6:30-7:30 pm.
Dance fitness classes that are fun, energetic and make you feel amazing. Join the party as we Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Rumba, Belly Dance, Reggaton and more! It's a great way to get in shape and feel great doing it.
Belly Dance Drills : This is an introduction to Classical Middle Eastern Dance. Students will learn fundamental steps and technique including shimmies, hip articulation and isolation. Cultural relevance and elements of folklore and Near Eastern
Adult Beginner Ballet
Adults with little or no previous ballet training, learn basic ballet exercises with an emphasis on body alignment and musicality while developing a strong core