CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & DRESS CODE

Please note that level evaluation was given out at the end of last season, but our structure for levels has changed. All ages and levels listed below are approximate. For example, if your dancer was given a recommendation for Level 1.5 you should sign them up for Level 1. During the first month of classes your dancer will be observed and evaluated to ensure proper placement. If you are unsure your dancer will like a dance class, we encourage you to sign up for a free trial class. We do not offer refunds of any kind.

More add-on classes such as Acro, Stretch & Strength will be added to the schedule based on enrollment of our core classes on the current schedule. Once these additions are made to the schedule you will have the opportunity to add more classes if you choose too.
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Creative Movement

Ages 2-3 years old

This is a beginner class for young dancers that uses music and props to explore movement and rhythm. Your dancer will learn to interact in a group setting, follow directions, develop coordination & motor skills. If you have a 3 year old dancer that has already taken this class, you can sign them up for our Tiny Tots class. 

Dress Code

Girls - Light pink leotard, tights, socks or ballet slippers. Boys - White tee/tank, black shorts or sweats, black socks or ballet shoes.

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Tiny Tots & Kids Combo

Ages 3-6 years old

Dancers explore basic dance techniques during this class. Options for Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz and Ballet/Lyrical combos are offered. Each class is 60 mins. long (30 mins. of each style). Tiny Tots is for 3-5 year olds and Kids Combo is for 5-6 year olds. If you have a 5 year old with no dance class experience you should sign them up for Tiny Tots.

Dress Code

Girls - Light pink leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes, black patent leather tap shoes. Hair secured off of face. Boys - White tank/tee, black shorts/sweats, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

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Hip Hop

Ages 4-18 years old

Hip Hop is fun for all ages and is a great first time class. This class brings a wide variety of styles that change, based on music and fads. PDP uses "kid friendly" versions of urban and hip hop music in our classes. There are several hip hop classes to choose from in the 2022-2023 dance season. Classes such as Junior Hip Hop, Boys Only, Adults Only Hip Hop and Levels 1-4.

Dress Code

Comfortable clothes that allow for movement and clean tennis shoes (that are not worn outside).

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Ballet Levels 1-5

Ages 7-18 years old

Ballet is the fundamental discipline of all dance styles and forms. These classes will focus on classical ballet technique through execution of barre work, alignment, artistry, jumps, combinations and exercises. Pointe prep is optional in Levels 4 & 5. The first month of training will be spent observing dancers to ensure proper placement. 

Ballet 1/Ages 7-8 (approximate ages)

Ballet 2/Ages 9-10 (approximate ages)

Ballet 3/Ages 11-13 (with experience)

Ballet 4/Ages 14-18 (with experience)

Dress Code

Girls - Black leotard, ballet pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair pulled up securely in a clean bun. Boys - White tee/tank, black shorts and black ballet shoes.

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Jazz Levels 1-5

Ages 7-18 years old

Jazz dance is a performance dance technique/style. This class is usually fast paced, but movements are technical.  Jazz teaches a dancer to be fluid and precise in movement while incorporating techniques such as extensions, turns and leaps. The first month of training will be spent observing dancers to ensure proper placement.

Jazz 1/Ages 7-8 (approximate ages)

Jazz 2/Ages 9-10 (approximate ages)

Jazz 3/Ages 11-13 (with experience)

Jazz 4/Ages 14-18 (with experience)

Dress Code

Girls - Leotard or half top, shorts/dance pants and tan jazz shoes.  Hair must be securely up and off face. Boys - White tee/tank, black shorts and black jazz shoes.

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Tap Levels 1-5

Ages 7-18 years old

Tap is a style of dance that uses the sounds of metal affixed to the heel and toe of the shoes; striking the floor as a form of rhythm coupled with interpretive body movements. Tap dancing is fun and helps your dancer develop an outstanding sense of rhythm. The first month of training will be spent observing dancers to ensure proper placement.  

Tap 1/Ages 7-8 (approximate ages)

Tap 2/Ages 9-10 (approximate ages)

Tap 3/4 Ages 11-18 (with experience)

Dress Code

Girls - Leotard or half top, shorts or dance pants and black tap shoes. Hair must be securely pulled up off face.  Boys - White tee/tank, black shorts or sweats and black tap shoes.

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Contemporary/Lyrical

Ages 7-18 years old

Contemporary and Lyrical styles of ballet are a perfect example of seamless story telling. Beautiful and emotional in nature, these styles are extremely technical and require a lot of body control. Ballet enrollment at PDP is required for participation in this class. 

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Pointe Prep

Open to Level 4 Ballet

This is a separate class from regular ballet technique for students who want to dance en pointe. Students build the strength and alignment necessary for pointe work. This class prepares them pointe and lessens the risk of injury once students are in their pointe shoes.

Dress Code

Ballet Attire & Pointe Shoes when ready

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Pointe

After Pointe Prep Completion

This class is designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations in pointe shoes. 

Dress Code

Ballet Attire & Pointe Shoes

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Stretch & Strength

Ages 4-18 years old

This is a conditioning class to improve your muscle strength and flexibility. This class is based on each student's goals and individual needs. A dancer receives personalized attention to go at their own pace.

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Acro

All Ages

This is an introductory tumbling and acrobatic dance class for dancers. Enrollment in another class such as Tiny Tots or Kids Combo is required for dancers to take this add-on class. 

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Progressions 2-5

Ages 9-18 years old

This class specifically works on turns, leaps, jumps, kicks and tricks.  This class breaks down the techniques of each skill and works on proper execution. Ballet enrollment at PDP is required for participation in this class.

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Adult Classes

Ages 18+

There are classes offered just for adults at Paradigm. Join us for a specialized Adult Hip Hop class or add a little variety to your week with the Adult Sampler Class. The Adult Sampler class offers a different style of dance each week; ranging from Ballet Barre, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop.

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Musical Theater

Ages 9-18

Musical Theatre is a jazz-based class filled with Broadway style dancing and music. Classes incorporate the style of dance one would typically see on a Broadway stage. This form of dancing emphasizes learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and facial expressions.

MT 2/Ages 9-10 

MT 3-4 /Ages 11-18

Dress Code

Dance Attire

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Adaptive Dance

All Ages Welcome

Adaptive dance is the ability to experience movement and creativity through a supportive and accepting community. It is integrating various levels of experience and ability in one class in a safe and encouraging environment. It is a class in which everyone CAN dance. This adaptive class will not only teach its students how to express themselves through dance, it also helps build on their confidence as well as makes them feel a part of something more. It is a class in which we understand there are limitations in their everyday life, but try our best to make sure those limitations disappear when they enter the room.

Dress Code

Dance Attire