Dance Class Attire:
Female: Solid color leotard and tights. Solid color skirts and shorts optional as well as jazz pants for jazz/hip hop. Appropriate shoe (pink or tan preferred), hair secured off face.
Male: Solid color form fitting dance wear or t-shirt and shorts, appropriate shoes (tan preferred).
Pre-Dance This class for 2.5-3-year old dancers is a great first dance class. It is an introduction to ballet while focusing on creative movement, stretching and dance expression. Dancers will have a chance to express themselves individually and interact with fellow dancers while building strength and discipline skills in a fun way.
* kids should be 2-1/2 at time of Registration. If your child is under 2.5 and you feel they will be fine in this class please contact Jean Marie at 410-304-2024.
Creative Movement This dance class is a great class for our little ones. This is where it begins. Young dancers (4&5) focus on natural movement, including stretching, music appreciation and counting music beats. The language of dance (French) is introduced along with ballet basics. Dance technique is revealed in a stimulating environment building strength and self confidence, with some group interaction, while always encouraging individual personality.
Petite Ballet 2 Ages 5-8 – For students who have completed Pre-dance/creative movement and or Ballet for one year and are ready to move to a more technical / formal class, this class must be approved by Jean Marie.
Beginner Ballet Students begin learning classical ballet steps, basic barre and center floor, with technique to prepare them for success in dance. Jean Marie Dance Studio firmly believes ballet is the foundation behind the most successful dancers. Students will begin to learn the language of dance and the functions of the stage while building strength, flexibility and self confidence. Finis Jhung technique is the cornerstone of ballet instruction at JMDS.
Acro for Dancers This class for dancers will work on flexibility, acrobatic tricks, and tumbling. Each student will work at their own pace and master acrobatic skills over time. This class will not have a routine in recitals, but skills learned can be transferred to other dance forms and may be performed in dance choreography. The class will be working on beginner tricks and flexibility, for example: Splits, extensions, back flexibility, walkovers, different forms of handstands, and more enhanced tricks as the dancers improve, building upper body strength and flexibility.
Students must also be enrolled in a dance class to participate.
Dance wear: dance shorts and/or leotard or t-shirt. Tights are not needed. No shoes are required.
Intermediate Ballet Intermediate Ballet class will expand classical ballet technique, terminology, barre and center floor to prepare them to move forward to more complicated combinations and terminology and reaching pointe shoe goals. Turns and Leaps and reinforcing ballet basics will help them advance so that they can perform center stage with ease in any style of dance. This is a great second class to add for pointe requirements (to dance en pointe dancers should be in 3 Ballet classes weekly).
Advanced Ballet/Pointe Ballet This Ballet and/or Pointe class is for the experienced dancer ready to advance and who has had 3+ years of ballet. The class will begin with an intense barre designed for ballet and Pointe dancers and will work on technique, leaps, turns and combinations in a professional way. This class is by approval and or audition only.
Pointe Conditioning For ballet students ages 9+ aiming to go en pointe, we begin preparing the legs and feet for pointe work with an intensive ballet barre and strength-building exercises. Dancers follow a rigorous course of physical therapy (PT) exercises combined with barre and center-work to ensure proper alignment, balance, muscle tone and core strength followed by structured ballet center floor excercise, those on pointe will dance on their toes and develope strength each at their own pace. Students must be enrolled in a ballet class. Students will start this class in ballet shoes and will progress at their own pace to pre-pointe/demi-pointe. Students are strongly encouraged to take 3 ballet and/or pointe conditioning classes a week to prepare for pointe shoes!
Lyrical Ballet This Ballet Class has the basic ballet technique training with a lilting style of dance that uses the ballet technique along with other dance forms. Lyrical is a poetic feel associated with the movements and the steps flow from the one to the next allowing the dancers to express themselves to the music more freely. This class passes a ballet class requirement.
Tiny Tappers This class is a favorite for our little tappers~ learning the basics for tap dance and coordination skills, our dancers have fun dancing to upbeat music with high energy. The dancers learn to become the rhythm in music! Rhythm patterns and steps are taught and each child will have special moments to shine! Tap dances are always fun recital dances!
Beginner and Intermediate Tap This class is a favorite for tappers~ learning the basics for tap dance and coordination skills, our dancers have fun dancing to upbeat music with high energy. The dancers learn to become the rhythm in music! Rhythm patterns and steps are taught and each child will have special moments to shine! Tap dances are always fun recital dances!!
Teen/Adult Tap Teens and Adults will review basic rhythm patterns and combinations to fun up beat music. Everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace. This class is a great workout! Learn how to become the music! Adults may choose to perform in June or simply take the class for fun!
Little Star Combo This class is designed according to age-level and will introduce your child a variety of dance styles and techniques. …Classical ballet- to learn the language of dance with technique and proper training; Tap dance- learning basic coordination skills and music appreciation with rhythm patterns and combinations.
Dancers will have a great time learning and dancing to their favorite songs. They will perform more than one recital dance. These classes will increase your child’s dancing ability in all dance styles to cultivate a versatile performer and prepare them for the next step to individual classes.
*two costumes will be needed for recital!
Junior Star Combo This class is designed and age appropriate for your child with a variety of dance styles and techniques. …Classical ballet- to learn the language of dance with technique and proper training; Tap dance- learning basic coordination skills and music appreciation with rhythm patterns and combinations.
The combo class will include barre work in ballet, terminology, technique and basic jazz/hip hop dancing, Jazz/hip hop and Contemporary styles and they will have a great time learning and dancing to their favorite songs. They will perform more than one recital dance. These classes will increase your child’s dancing ability in all dance styles to cultivate a versatile performer however for the serious dancer, individual classes are required for the best possible training!
*two recital costumes required!
Contemporary 1 Students will begin learning Technique and contemporary dance styles from numerous origins developed over the past century – and developing still. This class is designed to allow dancers to break away from the strict techniques of ballet. Contemporary dance is one of the most expressive styles of dance. Students have an opportunity to be creative during this class. No one is meant to dance with precisely the same style in contemporary dance. Everyone is unique. We will concentrate on lengthening our movements through warm-ups, stretches, floor work, and combinations.
Contemporary 2 In this advanced class students will be learning contemporary dance styles from numerous origins developed over the past century – and developing still. Ballet class is required weekly . This class is designed to allow dancers to break away from the strict techniques of ballet. Contemporary dance is one of the most expressive styles of dance. Students have an opportunity to be creative during this class. No one is meant to dance with precisely the same style in contemporary dance. Everyone is unique. We will concentrate on lengthening our movements through warm-ups, stretches, floor work, and combinations.
Musical Theatre Class, Voice, and Vocal Coaching
Great opportunity for singers! Musical Theatre Class/ Voice- Vocal coaching through different varieties of musical theatre repertoire. The class will focus on improving vocal technique through various warm-ups, exercises and rehearsals. Students will be expected to memorize and practice independently their group and solo pieces in between workshops to ensure performance ready material for the recital. In addition to vocal training, students will also be instructed in dancing while singing as well as theatrics and performance on stage. This class will prepare students for future audition and performance opportunities.
Kids Hip Hop This is a wonderful class designed for both boys and girls. This Class provides a fun-filled class environment designed to facilitate ongoing skill development and maximum fun, while immersing children in all aspects of motion. We will begin learning basic hip hop dance and learn fun dance combinations. Dancers will learn to warm up through stretches and strengthening exercise before taking it to the floor! We always teach proper dance technique / terminology in our hip hop classes.
Intermediate Advanced Hip Hop / Jazz for the experienced dancer who has taken beginner jazz/hip hop and can easily follow choreography. More advanced students tackle more complex choreography. All students learn to dance with proper technique and quality movement in the classical jazz tradition as well as hip hop and other jazz styles. Many advanced leaps, jumps and turns will be introduced in this class. Dancers experience styles from Fosse to Lyrical Jazz to Jazz Funk ALL STYLES throughout the year. This class must be approved and/or auditioned for.
Beginner Intermediate Hip Hop / Jazz – Jazz and Hip Hop are two highly energetic styles that are very much alive and changing, both born from a wide range of new music and old standards. Beginners will learn basic warmup, technique, floor work and across the floor exercises that will strengthen their dance ability and allow them to learn combinations and experience different dance styles to music of all genres.
Boys Hip Hop / Jazz Focuses on strong street styles while also basic dance technique enabling these young men to progress as dancers in the dance world. Develops great strength in upper body and flexibility which helps boys excel in all sports! Especially football!
Mommy and Me is a great high energy class for young dancers. We will be focusing on natural dance movement, including stretching, music appreciation and ballet basics in a stimulating environment building strength and self confidence with the security of a familiar adult to interact with. We will focus on different ballet story themes throughout the year and learn fun games related to dance.
Adult Ballet Adult Ballet is a wonderful class for adults with past dance experience as well as beginners. We will start the core basics developing strength and work on our barre, technique, center floor, turns and our grand allegro with classical training. This class will go beyond the basics and each student is encouraged to move at their own pace. A Moderate yet challenging ballet class. Recital is optional for this class.
Master Classes Master Classes and Workshops are offered throughout the year from teachers traveling from Los Angeles, California and all the way from Russia! JMDS is a member of Dance Masters of America. Dance workshops are offered several times throughout the season.