Creative Dance Division (Ages 2-8)
The Creative Expression Division is designed for young dancers entering the world of dance, usually for the very first time. Students take class in their age division and also participate in a school-wide class where young dancers engage with dancers in the upper divisions. Youth Division classes focus on the developing Pre-basic and fundamental skills in movement in an interactive, structured environment.
Description of Dance Classes
The Creative Movement for Tots (ages 2-4)
Our teaching philosophy is based on the premise that children thrive in a loving, positive and nurturing environment. This class for young children is designed to incorporate learning, creativity, musicality and fun. We will teach the young children the fundamentals of pre-basic dance and the eight basic steps to classical ballet. In addition, we will begin to develop the tots through games of problem solving through creative movement, rhythm and improvisation. The class is taught by a highly experienced teacher who is devoted to teaching our youngest dancers.
Ballet (ages 5-8 years)
This class will serve as the bridge between Pre-Ballet and Ballet. It is the perfect program for a young dancer. The program will consist of movement that samples ideas from other classes offered by Beauty for Ashes. The class is divided into twenty basic steps from Ballet, Riddick Technique, Rhythm & Roots and improvisation with a special emphasis on proper body alignment.
Rhythm & Roots
The Beauty for Ashes Rhythm & Roots allows students to share their rhythmical spirit and create the power of unity through dance. In the Rhythm & Roots class, participants are encouraged to express their individual rhythmical spirit, and at the same time adhere to some basic principles found in movement. As a dance class, this is a natural way to provide students with an opportunity to creatively channel and release the pent-up emotions and frustrations that accompany the process of growing up. Beauty for Ashes uses the influences of West African, Latin, and Caribbean movement to create a fun, playful, energizing activity for students ages five years of age to adults, which gives immediate gratification and feedback while encouraging self-expression.
Riddick Technique (ages 9-until)
The class integrates various traditional disciplines of modern dance and ballet foundations with current contemporary styles that enhance all styles of dance. The class is for the dancer who likes physical, complicated floor work, patterns of movement and self-expression. Elements of improvisation are also introduced. Our student will gather a strong understanding of movement and alignment, and proper use of turn out and parallel feet. There is an infusion of the Laban principle of dance. With the focus on technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, while also employing the contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. The students will be exposed to unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. We will explore non-western dance forms from Africa, Japan, China, and India.
The students are introduced to the discovery and cultivation of spontaneous movement in solo, duet and group settings, and the development of improvised movement materials based on the Principles of Laban facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shapes and dynamics. Dance improvisation is focused on finding a deeper way of comprehending otherwise concealed movements and improving the quality of performance of the students. He or she will explore the instinctual, happenstance, and unfettered movement. The student is able to explore authentic feelings, organic movement and transitions.