Not sure which class to take? Read below to discover more about the different dance styles we offer, as well as which age group/level you should sign up for! ALL classes are open for both boys and girls. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Class Levels

Each class is generally divided by age group, such as 3-6, 7-10/12, 11+, 13+, Teen/Adult, and Adult. Some classes for ages 7-10 are by level and require teacher recommendation. The levels listed below are for ages 11+. Please note that acceptance into Level 2, 3, or 4, as well as Pointe classes, requires teacher recommendation (as noted by **). Pre-Company/Company is invitation only.

Keep in mind that as levels increase, the harder it is to move up. It is not expected that students move up a level each year. Rather, most students will be in one level for several years, as it takes that long to learn new movements and master the necessary technique and skills. Please do not be discouraged if your student does not move up after only a few years.

Ballet:
Level 1 – Beginner/Intermediate (both level 1 ballet classes are danced in regular ballet technique shoes)
      Level 1A – Beginner/Intermediate (11+) 
      Level 1B – Beginner/Intermediate (13+) 
Level 2 – Beginner/Intermediate Pointe **
Level 3 -
Intermediate Pointe **
Level 4 - Advanced Pointe **

Contemporary, Jazz:
Level 1 - Beginner/Intermediate
    Level 1A – Beginner/Intermediate (11+) 
     Level 1B – Beginner/Intermediate (13+) 
Level 2 - Intermediate **
Level 3 - Advanced **

Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap:
Level 1
- Beginner/Intermediate
Level 2 - Intermediate/Advanced

class Descriptions

Ballet/Jazz and Ballet/Tap Children's Class: These combination classes are designed for boys and girls ages 3-6 years old. They combine the foundational basics of ballet and jazz or tap by covering positions, movements, stretches, and terminology. This class is also fun and interactive for children and includes time for creative expression. **Children must be fully potty-trained prior to enrollment. Thank you!

Hip Hop/Tumble Children's Class: This combination class is designed especially for the more active boy or girl. It combines beginning basics of hip hop while staying age-appropriate and using clean movements and music. As a combination class, it also incorporates the basics of tumbling such as somersaults, cartwheels, and balance work on a floor beam, etc. This class is currently offered for children ages 5-6. 

Ballet, Technique, Pointe: Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles and a great class for beginners or the most advanced student. It involves barre, center floor work, and combinations that focus on the dancer's musicality, technique, coordination, core strength, and grace. We recommend ballet for every single dancer, whether they’re focusing on contemporary or jazz, etc. The Technique Class provides an even more in-depth focus on the proper technique behind each movement and is a great weekly addition to the serious and aspiring ballerina; it is recommended for people with a least a few years of ballet training. This is also a great additional class for those dancing en pointe, as this class is danced in regular ballet technique shoes, allowing the dancer to focus on their basic technique instead of pointe technique. The Pointe Classes are geared towards students either new to pointe or wishing to further their pointe training (students must be recommended by their ballet teacher to enroll in Pointe class). To be considered a candidate for dancing en pointe, girls must have at least three recent consecutive years of ballet training, be 12 years old, and demonstrate proper ballet technique in all areas as well as ankle strength and core support; in addition, we look for the appropriate respect of ballet, class attentiveness and maturity, hard work, and discipline.
Technique and Pointe Classes do not perform in recital. All of AODA’s ballet classes incorporate Cecchetti and French technique.

Contemporary: Contemporary fuses ballet, jazz, and modern techniques and movements together for choreography while also drawing inspiration from natural or everyday moments and movements. Dancers will find this style creative, athletic, fluid, and expressive. Each contemporary class style is a little different depending on the teacher.

Hip Hop: This class is great for both boys and girls. Our Hip Hop classes consists of up-to-date dance moves that focus on natural rhythm, while staying age-appropriate. Students will learn styles such as tutting, popping and locking, isolations, basic krumping, improvisational skills, shuffling, and other footwork combinations. Students will learn these movements through different pieces of choreography in class. 

Jazz: Jazz is characterized by the use of improvisation and influenced by rhythms and techniques of jazz music. Students in this class will be pushed with this fast-paced, dynamic, and fun choreography! Jazz draws from the same techniques of ballet while changing them slightly to make them unique (purposefully turning in instead of utilizing one’s turn out, flexing feet instead of always pointing them, etc). This is a must-have class for those interested in musical theatre, as much of broadway choreography stems from jazz dance.

Musical Theatre: Students will have fun while being pushed our of their comfort zone in our Musical Theatre Classes! Students will learn singing, acting, AND theatre dancing and will perform a recital piece utilizing all three of these elements. This class is a great addition to your dance repertoire and helps prepare you to be a triple threat! We recommend students to supplement these classes with a jazz and/or tap class.

Modern: This style of dance emerged as a break-off of classical ballet and tends to have grounded, turned-in movements that focus on the dancer's strength and expression. AODA incorporates the Lester Horton technique, and students will learn different fortifications and preludes that isolate specific muscle groups. This class is a great option for any dancer looking to grow in strength, control, and expression!

Tap: Tap focuses on natural movement combined with great muscle coordination and memory. The use of taps on the dancer's shoes emphasizes different sounds and rhythms and is lots of fun for people of all ages! Ballerinas who struggle with petite allegro will benefit from taking tap. We also recommend this class to those students pursuing musical theatre, as having tap experience will give auditonees a great advantage.

Teen/Adult Lyrical: This style combines the beginning elements of ballet with contemporary for dance that is fluid and expressive. Often associated with praise or liturgical dance, this is a great class for someone new to dance or looking to explore other dance styles. This year we have two classes by different age: Teen/Adult (13+) or Adult. Both classes are recommended for beginner or intermediate level.

Company (Alpha Company, Omega Company, and Pre-Company): These invitation-only classes are for the well-rounded dancer demonstrating not only great dance skill and potential, but also exemplary work ethic and character, excellent technique, the ability to quickly pick up and retain choreography, self-motivation and discipline, and more. Most accepted members have had years of training in various styles of dance and take 5 or more classes each week. In these classes, students are trained in different dance styles on a weekly basis, participate in extra performances (AODA events, community performances, etc) throughout the year, and are often cast in various roles in our end-of-the-year spring Dance Production. These classes are invitation only.


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