Class Descriptions

classdescripPHThe curriculum at Hamel Dance Academy is intended for both the beginner and the more experienced dancer. Several types of dance instruction are provided: Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap,  Contemporary Dance, and The Ellové Technique®.

Creative Movement
While developing gross and locomotor skills, young dancers will learn how to take a class in a group setting and enjoy a variety of movement activities. Apparatuses such as scarves, streamers, parachutes, poi balls, and musical instruments will be used to inspire creativity and develop coordination.

Students in Pre-Ballet and Ballet I/II will be introduced to classical ballet technique and terminology, learn formal ballet class etiquette, increase flexibility by stretching, and work on proper body alignment. In upper level ballet classes, dancers will continue expanding their technique and increasing flexibility and stamina. Individual guidance and encouragement will be given to students wishing to attend auditions and aspire to train en pointe in Ballet IV/V.

Basic tap skills, vocabulary and rhythmic patterns will be introduced and reinforced in Tap I/II. Upper level tap students will learn and integrate rhythmic notation while increasing their technical skills.

Students will be introduced to a variety of dance styles such as jazz, modern, and musical theater. Ballet students will find this opportunity a great way to make connections between their ballet training and other forms of dance.

The Ellové Technique®

The Ellové Technique® is a conditioning and cross-training class taught by certified dance specialists and educators. The pure techniques of ballet, yoga, fitness, and Pilates are set to music in a seamless movement sequence that improves strength, flexibility, and control. Incorporating principles of dance medicine and science, The Ellové Technique reduces injury risk by targeting muscle imbalances, refining alignment, increasing endurance, and practicing safe stretching techniques.

Equipment: A yoga mat and 1-2 lb. hand weights

The Ellové Technique® is endorsed by Doctors for Dancers.