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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

GENERATION DANCE STUDIO   CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

JAZZ

We offer an extensive jazz program for ages 6 and up. Jazz 1 will explore basic technique ranging from traveling steps to coordination exercises. Flexibility training is emphasized in this 3 year course. Jazz 2 begins to integrate multiple steps together, adding more performance qualities. Jazz 3 is our next level, which works on more complicated progressions and strength. Jazz 4 begins to get more technical where multiple turns and aggressive jumps are highlighted. Coordination, flexibility, and advanced moves are studied.

BARBIE JAZZ

A very popular themed Jazz class for ages 6-8yrs. Follows the same principals as Jazz class just with a montlhy theme geared towards Barbie!!

 

TAP

We offer a full structured Tap program for Students. From beginner to advanced this program brings coordination and intricate movement to the dancers reportiore.

 

BALLET

Our ballet system follows the Vagnova Methood through the Society of Russian Ballet . We pride ourselves on our extensive training and technical knowledge in ballet. We offer Junior Ballet for ages 6-8 as well as a pre-teen curriculum for ages 9-12. Examinations are also conducted in the Junior Levels. In addition, we have Ballet 1, 2 and 3, which directs Pre-Pointe junior and elementary Pointe work.

 

HIP HOP

Our studio prides itself in offering one of the best Hip Hop training facilities in Canada. All our classes are offered to those students who would like to have fun and explore their performance side. We offer classes for ages 6 and older. Our training mainly comes from Los Angeles and New York, where choreographers have instructed us on all forms of the latest Hip Hop steps.

 

LYRICAL

This class is for those students who outside of their ballet training would like to experiment with emotions, musicality, and creativity. Often termed “slow jazz” the dancer develops a sense of center and performance. Recommended for students’ ages 8 and older taking a ballet class.

 

MODERN/CONTEMPORARY

Our school has a modern program that utilizes all available curriculums, such works as Graham and Hawkins. Our Modern class helps the dancer think of dance as an art form. We work on traditional ballet technique giving it a little edge. Recommended for students ages 8 and older and enrolled in a ballet class.

 

TINY TOT PROGRAM

Classes in the Tiny Tot Program are grouped into age-specific levels for 3-5yr olds. These classes meet once a week and last either 30-45 minutes, depending on age. Class structure for all levels is essentially the same, with the content based on appropriate developmental skills for the specific age. Each class begins with a brief sharing of time. Each student will have his or her own “House” (name tag on floor). Class continues with a center warm-up that includes all the major muscle groups and is the basis for barre work taught in ballet classes at a later date. From this, students learn correct posture and the placement of the body over the legs. (this is very important for both dancers and non-dancers!) The exercises in this section also teach balance, Port de bras (arm movement), and include various types of jumps that are building blocks for the allegro (jumping steps) of dance. Following the center warm-up comes stretching. These gentle exercises progress in difficulty as students gain flexibility over the years.
The next section of the class is based on different monthly objectives geared to the age of the students. Concepts such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, dance relationships to others, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotions through movement, and pantomime are explored during the year. The fourth section of the class develops loco motor skills that form the basis for all dance steps that travel. Students are given a series of technical steps, which are to be executed moving across the floor. These steps are repeated throughout the year for the student to gain expertise.
During the later months in the dance year we begin choreography. Each class is given a combination to execute for the year-end show. Each class we will review the dance and help the students become familiar with the steps.

COMPETITIVE GROUP

Selectively picked each year  or from annual auditions (times posted in spring) this group of dancers work on groups and solos that are taken to competitions in and around Alberta. These students are also given the opportunity to train with fabulous choreographers.

TEEN CLASSES

This program is geared to all dancers 13+. It is an opportunity to train with other dancers in the same age range. All instruction is given in order to highlight the more mature student. We focus on sequences, flexibility, and correct placement and alignment.

 

BOYS ONLY

 This class is for dancers ages 6+. It will focus primarily on Hip Hop technique but jazz and contemporary movement will also be integrated. An opportunity for male dancers to feel comfortable in class.

 

During the later months in the dance year we begin choreography. Each class is given a combination to execute for the year end show. Each class we will review the dance and help the students become familiar with the steps.

Generation Dance Studio encourages all parents to view the classes in progress. We offer a large viewing area so that you are aware of the instruction given to your child. However, we also ask for cooperation from parents not to distract the dancer from their training. Therefore, any parents who feel the child is not attentive need to leave the viewing area for a short time.
 


Developmental Skills As Taught In Our Tiny Tot Program

3 year olds

Three year olds are quite new to learning how their bodies move, as well as how to behave in a classroom. Children in this program are gently introduced to the classroom environment. Because this age child loves and needs repetition, the same class is repeated several times before being changed. Some of the concepts taught are the stretching of the feet, balancing, weight transfers, jumping, simple arm movements, stretching, and moving across the floor.
 

4 year olds

The program for 4 year olds builds on the work done the previous year. Students at this age now learn to further control their movements. Weight transfers are not only forward and backward but also from side to side. Balances are more sustained. Jumps are now done in basic patterns, traveling steps are often done with partners. Students also learn the concept of counting music.

5 year olds

Five year olds continue to work on the same concepts, but in greater degrees of complexity. Their ability to count the music is developed. Weight transfers are taught in more complex patterns, and traveling steps across the floor are done on half pointe. They also begin to learn the technique of spotting (the snapping of the head that allows dancers to turn without getting dizzy). This age level does not have the added teacher assistants and are therefore, responsible for being independent.
 




Pointes Of Fact
How does a pointe shoe work?
Pointe shoes work on the same principles as an artificial limb. In essence a pointe shoe is a prosthetic extension added to your leg which allows you to dance on your toes. Just like an artificial leg, a pointe shoe must be exactingly fitted to evenly disperse weight and pressure over the contact surface ( in this case your foot.) When properly fitted, a pointe shoe will support your weight with little or no pain or pressure and will move like it’s apart of your foot.

How should I expect a Pointe shoe to feel and fit?
A pointe show will feel very different from any shoe you have worn before. Don’t expect them to feel like ballet slippers or sneakers. The shoes will be snug; you should expect them to feel a gentle, even pressure all over your foot-never a cramped feeling. In order to hold your weight, the shoe must fit like a glove- you may feel an extra bit of squeeze around your metatarsals ( the ball of your foot), but you should NOT feel pain. Lengthwise, the shoes should have just enough room for your toes to lay perfectly flat and the tips of your toes should touch the end, but your toes should NOT be pushed back. REMEMBER- how the box fits determines the overall comfort of the shoe. Your fitter should ask you to do some demi plies in second position to test the length ( this movement stretches your foot.) You should be able to stand flat in first position without feeling like your feet are rolling to the side. Patience is important, as you will have to try on a few sizes of shoes. Once a good length and width have been established, the fitter will check the shoe fir correct vamp ( forepart of the shoe) for your toes and proper shank ( narrow part of sole under your instep) strength for your arch. The vamp mast be long enough to keep your toes from knuckling over but not so long that it keeps you from rolling through your foot correctly. To test this, the fitter may ask you to rise to demi pointe, tell the fitter. You need to try a different vamp length. As you are rising to demi pointe to check the vamp length, the fitter will also be watching to see if the shank flexible enough that the shoe should be snug enough and the shank flexible enough that the shoe stays with your foot throughout the movement. There may be a little slipping of the heel as you reach the top of your demi Pointe, but it should Not slap down off of your foot. If the shank appears to have the right flexibility but the heels still slide off, the fitter will ask you to slowly place your feet on pointe ,one foot at a time while holding onto the barre. MAKE SURE that when you go up onto Pointe that the shanks fit the arch. If your foot slides down into the front of the shoes or bagginess occurs at the heel, you will need to try a different width. If you feel pain or excessive pressure on a particular spot of your foot while on pointe, let the fitter know so that the proper adjustments can be made. You may feel pain or pressure on only one foot. If this is the case, your feet may be two different lengths or widths. This is perfectly normal and usually isn’t a problem in street shoes that don’t have to fit the foot as closely, so you may not have noticed it before. Your fitter may solve this problem by using a special form of insole or a small amount of padding to create a better fit. If the size difference is great enough, you may have to wear two different shoe sizes. It is not unusual for a dancer to wear a 4-1/2 B on one foot and a 4C on the other. Since point shoes are straight lasted (they are straight and can be worn on either foot) this will allow the dancer to have two pairs.

Now you have a pair of shoes that you and your fitter feel works well for you, take a good look in a mirror. A properly fitted point shoe looks good and should fit smoothly over the entire foot. They should not cut into your heel on the top or at the sides of your feet. There should be no space under the vamp or behind your heel. The point of your shoe should be in full contact with your foot. When you rest your toe on point you should not see large wrinkles in the shoe. Inside your shoe the foot should feel gently held and not tight in the shoe. Your foot should also move with the shoe not against it. Now you can gently pull the drawstring to gently form the fabric to the shape of your foot. A final note have your teacher look at the shoe BEFORE sewing on the ribbons so if it is not a perfect fit you can return the shoes to the store.

As the proud owner of a new pair of point shoes, try to resist the urge to whirl around in them. Proper Technique is extremely important in developing muscle strength and preventing muscle and bone injury. Dance on point under your teachers supervision until you are told that you are strong enough to practice on your own. Restricting your self may be hard, but your feet will thank you later!


Stretching
Stretching your body is the key to unlocking your talent as a dancer. It may hurt , but it is a good kind of hurt that will help you improve as a dancer. This stretching routine, if done every week faithfully, will give you the flexibility you need to perform some of dances hardest movements. This shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes a night. Before starting jog on the spot for 5 minutes to get the blood flowing.
 

Monday:
Do your right and left leg splits for 5 minutes each

  • make sure you are sitting centered in your splits and your knees are straight.
  • you might want to start with 1-2 minutes and slowly work your way up.

Tuesday:
Sit in straddle for 5-10 minutes. You can do this while reading, homework or while watching television. Make sure you push a little farther into it every minute or so stretch chest to floor. KEEP TOES/KNEES FACING THE CEILING!!!!

Wednesday:
Do your straddle stretch for 5min with your stomach to the floor and your knees as close to the floor as possible . When your head is down concentrate on reaching your hands out as far as you can and then go a little farther.

Also sit with your legs out in front of you and your knees and feet together. Relax over for 2 min with your toes pointed and 2 min with your feet flexed and your heels off the floor.

Thursday:
Do your wall splits for 10 min

  • make sure your behind is against the wall
  • your knees should be straight and toes facing your head.
     

Friday:
TAKE A DAY OFF YOU DESERVE IT . MAKE SURE YOU SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT YOUR SELF TODAY!!

Saturday:
Do your right and left leg splits again they are very important concentration is vital when doing them . Soon you will notice your kicks getting higher and your jumps bigger.

Sunday:
Find a counter top or railing in your home and make up your own bar routine including, plies, leg stretches, side stretches, and back stretches.

*If you plan on becoming flexible it is not enough to just do a day when ever you feel like it. If you follow the days and do them week after week you will slowly notice your self becoming more and more flexible every day.
 

Contact

Generation Dance Studio
401-8600 Franklin Ave
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
T9H 4G8

780-791-3130
780-791-3868 - fax

We are located in the lower level of the River City Center
email: generationdance@shaw.ca