At FSPA, teen dancers at all levels can enjoy dance with their peers. Teen beginners are welcome! Students who are returning to dance class after a long break can find the perfect class to match their skills and technical level.
The three-level Recreation Ballet Program is comprised of once-a-week classes to meet the needs of older students with no prior experience who wish to explore the discipline of classical ballet, dancers with some experience who want to continue study for enjoyment, and advanced dancers with limited time in the schedules. All Recreational Levels present a studio demonstration for parents in lieu of Spring Concert.
Ballet A is part of the Standard Track which is designed to train and educate students in classical ballet so they may use this knowledge to enhance other disciplines and prepare to enter competitive college dance programs, if desired. Pointe is not offered on this track, allowing for fewer requirements and greater flexibility of schedules. Students will be evaluated for placement in the level to assure continued development and success.
For students ages 9-11, this class is an introduction to the principles of tap dance technique. Students learn the fundamental steps of tap dance. Tap A includes basic one and two sound movements performed at the barre and simple rhythmic combinations in center.
Tap Level B is for students ages 12 and up with little or no tap experience. Students learn the fundamental steps of tap dance, correct tap terminology and develop the ability to maintain correct body placement.
The standard Jazz track includes Jazz A/B and allows students to learn fundamental jazz steps and movement combinations. Classes emphasize jazz steps, vocabulary, body placement, stretch, rhythm and musicality. Ballet is not required for standard track students allowing for fewer requirements and greater flexibility of schedules.
This class includes a Jazz warm-up, incorporating isolations and modern and jazz technique along with stretching. Students learn stylized movement from choreographers such as Fosse, Bennett, Robbins and Cole, who not only influenced the musical theater world but the entire dance genre. Curriculum includes an in-depth look into choreographers from various Broadway shows and movie musicals, learning the history and motivation behind the movement.