Class Descriptions

Tiny Stars– The absolute most FUN as we bring the JOY of DANCE to LIFE in a classroom of young STARS.  3-year olds experience-age appropriate dance movement in a fun and caring environment. Using a variety of music, props and instruments to learn basic rhythm, body part/spacial awareness, counting, sharing, class etiquette, and following directions. Each class has pre-ballet, coordination, and rhythm instruction, and at times, we bring out the tumbling mats too.  This class only needs prima pink ballet shoes (no tap shoes needed). BOY dancers are very welcome and encouraged to join the fun!

Mini Movers– This is a Pre-K Class. For students ages 4-5, who have completed the pre-school class. This class is designed as an introduction to dance. Teaching creative movement, tap and pre-ballet, this class gives students a love of dance by enjoying story dances, moving as a group, and expressing themselves creatively with a variety of music.

Kindergarten Combo – Combination of pre-ballet, tap, and jazz, these classes expose students to the joy of dance through movement games, creative exercises, exploration of dance styles and an introduction to movement vocabulary.

Ballet – The foundation for all forms of dance, Ballet is a proper beginning for dance training and a necessary addition for any serious dancer. Foundations of ballet alignment, basic positions, carriage of the arms, and class etiquette are introduced. Dancers learn about articulation of the feet and ankles, rotation of the hips (or “turn out”), and jumps. As they progress, students explore barre exercises, turns, leaps, slow balances (adagio exercises), and complex combinations. Classical training with concentration on correct body posture u0026amp; technique used to develop muscle strength, grace u0026amp; poise. Ballet utilizes balance, extension, control, and expression.

Pre-Pointe – Pre-pointe class is offered for ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. The class will stress correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique. The teacher will use this class to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.

Lyrical – Lyrical is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and jazz dance. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. It is strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, and illustration of song lyrics.

Jazz – Jazz is a combination of stretching, turns, and progressions allowing the student to express their own personality. Moderate to fast-paced class, including sharp, dynamic movements. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Mini Hip Hop – This class is for dancers ages 4-6. If your dancer is 4 years old, it is required that they need to have taken at least one year of dance prior to registering for Mini Hip Hop. Beginning steps of hip hop are introduced and explored using age appropriate movement and music.

Boys Hip Hop – Boys Only class: a combination of street dancing and freestyle movement, learning a wide range of Hip Hop movements including popping, locking, etc.

Hip Hop– Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students bring their own individual styles and personalities to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Tap – Technique is taught through rhythm and coordination in an energy packed class using today’s music as well as Broadway’s most popular pieces. This form of dance involves rapid rhythmic foot motion with upbeat music. Students begin with an introduction to basic tap steps, sounds, and techniques before exploring rhythms through call and response, and repetition. As they progress, dancers learn challenging technical footwork and rhythmic sophistication in choreography and improvisation.

Musical Theatre– An introduction to skills in acting, singing and dancing.  No previous training or experience is required. This is a performance-oriented class with regular attendance required, in addition to learning lyrics and reviewing choreography at home, if necessary.

Acro – Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.

Cheer Dance– An extremely popular and energetic dance form, these classes combine aspects of both Poms and Hip Hop. It will prepare you to “bring it on,” and have the proper confidence and energy to perform.  This class focuses on the lines of the body and working in complete unison with other dancers. Cheer dance will drill kicks, leaps, turns, and tricks as well as focus on flexibility and pom choreography.

Dance for the Older Beginner– Unique to FDC as not many Delaware County schools offer this option.  Some older children decide they want to dance at a later age (10+), but find themselves in beginner classes with 5-year olds. These are accelerated classes that focus on dance language and technique. The students will get to experience multiple dance styles, such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, etc.

Irish Dance – An introduction to basic Irish dance movements (jumping, hopping, skipping and pointing), counting the beats and having fun with Irish dance. Includes basic soft shoe steps, focusing on coordination, balance and musicality. Incorporates fun to improve dance skill and timing!

Competition Classes – By invite only.  Mandatory Class for all competition team members.  Meets every other week.  This class is in addition to mandatory standard weekly classes in ballet and style of dance for the competition routine(s).  Competition Team members have a different fee structure for their standard weekly classes. Students selected for our Competition team study jazz/lyrical or hip hop styles at an accelerated pace with numerous opportunities to perform. Those invited to participate on our competition team exemplify a high standard of performance, technical advancement, artistic expression, maturity, and willingness to work. FDC Competition Team members are chosen based upon a dancer’s ability, stage presence, work ethic, and passion for dance.  Competition dancers are selected not necessarily because they are the “best dancers,” but because they show enthusiasm and spirit for their dance and are team players. Participation in Competition requires additional fees and commitment.

Class Schedule

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Class Levels

How are students placed in class?

Younger Students are placed according to age.
Older Students are placed according to ability. School-aged students are placed in class according to ability and age.

 

What’s My Level?

FDC instructors are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your fit in a particular class. The level guidelines below are simply guidelines- we suggest that you try out a few classes to find one that best suits your needs.

Placement is at the sole discretion of the director. The first two weeks of classes will be used for assessment. At this time, the teacher may require a student to move to a more appropriate level class depending on level and ability. All decisions are made by professionals with your child’s best interests in mind.