Class Descriptions

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

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.