YOUTH CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Baby and Me

Baby & Me class is a 30 minute introduction to creative movement class for children 18 months to 2 1/2 years old. Parents will help

their little dancers develop motor and coordination skills with the use of sing-along songs and props. This super fun class will help

babies get familiar with a structured learning environment with the help of their parents or nanny.  

 

Creative Movement
 2 ½ -4 years old
Introduces young dancers to the art of movement through imaginative games and stories.  Self discipline, self confidence and socialization are encouraged through rhythm, coordination and musicality.  This class emphasizes the FUN of dance.

Pre Ballet/Pre-Jazz
4-6 years old
This class teaches children the beginning fundamentals of ballet and jazz.  Ballet barre work, stretching, across the floor and center activities, introduce technique and vocabulary.  

Beginner Ballet/Beginner Jazz
7-8 years old
This class prepares children for traditional ballet and jazz technique classes. Proper posture, alignment and musicality will be taught through imaginative games, across the floor exercises and center combinations.

Pre Hip Hop
4-6 years old
Students will learn fundamental hip hop movements through across the floor and center combinations.  This high energy class will emphasize musicality, coordination, basic footwork, improvisation and style.  

Pre Modern 
4-6 years old
Designed for the more creative spirit. Pre Modern will introduce young dancers to the basic concepts of modern dance: space, time and energy. This class will incorporate floor work,  improvisation and across the floor exercises to teach children the love of dance.
 
Ballet I
Ages 8+
Level I ballet teaches the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Students will develop the strength and elegance of a ballet dancer, while learning discipline, classroom etiquette and the love of ballet.  It is a structured ballet class consisting of a full barre, center combinations and across the floor exercises; all emphasizing proper alignment, posture and technique.  

*Ballet II
Ages 8+
Level II ballet is designed for dancers with two or more years of continuous study. Ballet II teaches the fundamentals of classical ballet with emphasis on use of the arms and head.  Students will continue developing their strength and flexibility while adding performance quality.  This is a structured ballet class consisting of a full barre, center combinations and across the floor exercises; all emphasizing proper alignment, posture and technique.

*^Ballet III
Ages 10+
Level III ballet is designed for the intermediate/advanced level dancer with four or more years of continuous study. Ballet III reinforces the fundamentals of classical ballet with emphasis on coordination of the arms and heads.  Students will continue developing their strength and flexibility while adding performance quality.  It is a structured ballet class consisting of a full barre, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, grand allegro all emphasizing proper technique and quality of movement.  

*Pre Pointe
 Ages 8+
Pre Pointe is designed for the serious ballet student aspiring to dance on pointe in the future.  Dancers must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week to participate.

*^Pointe 1
Ages 10+
Pointe is for the intermediate/advanced level ballet dancer. Dancers must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week to participate. Do not sew pointe shoes until they are approved by instructor.  

Jazz I
Ages 8+
Level I jazz is a high energy class set to popular music that focuses on rhythm, isolations and style. Students will develop a foundation of basic jazz technique including jumps, pirouettes, across the floor progressions and stylized movement.

Contemporary Jazz I
Ages 8+
Level I contemporary jazz is a lyrical jazz technique class with the challenge of contemporary musicality. This class will include a full warm up, across the floor progressions and center combination focusing on quality of movement and expression.

Contemporary Jazz II
Ages 8+
Level II is designed for dancers with two or more years of continuous study.  Students should be registered for ballet in order to participate in level II. This contemporary jazz technique class will include a full warm up, across the floor progressions, stylized movement focusing on musicality, quality of movement and expression.  


*^Contemporary Jazz II/III
Ages 10+
Level III is designed for the intermediate/advanced level dancer.  Students should be registered for ballet twice a week in order to participate in level III. This contemporary jazz technique class will include a full warm up, across the floor progressions, improvisation and a center combo. Great focus will be put into musicality, quality of movement and expression.   
 
Modern I
Ages 8+
Designed for the more creative spirit.  Level I modern will teach the fundamental concepts of space, time and energy through the practices of modern dance technique. This class will  focus on weight and suspension, fall and recover, strength and release.  

Modern II
Ages 8+
Level II modern will reinforce the fundamental concepts of space, time and energy through the practices of modern dance technique. This class will focus on weight and suspension, fall and recover, strength and release.  

Bboy Boys Hip Hop
Ages 6-10
This class is designed for boys to learn floorwork, footwork, freezes and tricks. The movement will be broken down so students can practice the steps and stylize the movement. Strength is developed through conditioning exercises to prepare the dancers for the next level of hip hop.  

Hip Hop I/II
Ages 8+
Level I hip hop will teach the fundamental moves of hip hop through across the floor and center combinations.  This high energy class with emphasize musicality, coordination, basic footwork, improvisation, strength building and style.

Hip Hop III
Ages 10+
Level II is designed for the intermediate and advanced level hip hop dancer.  This class will reinforce the fundamental moves of hip hop through across the floor and center combinations.  This high energy class with emphasize musicality, coordination, basic footwork, improvisation, strength building and style.

*Dancers must be enrolled in two ballet classes per week.  
^Dancers must have instructor’s permission to participate.


 

VISCERAL DANCE CENTER

2820 N ELSTON AVE 

CHICAGO, IL 60618

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