Classes – Children
Musical Theatre Dance this class is offered at various levels and will focus on both learning the original Broadway choreography, and freshly choreographed pieces to be performed to music from various Broadway Musicals. This class will focus HEAVILY on performance and character development.
Jazz embodies styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance to ballet. Class will begin with stretching and toning exercises to prepare the body for the technique taught in class. Jazz classes are a great workout, and they’re fun. All sorts of music – Broadway, jazz, pop, and contemporary will be used in class.
Tap is a rhythmic exercise and dance form enjoyable for all ages. It offers a variety of styles and techniques. Students ranging from 5 to adult enjoy tap dance classes at Dance Studio of Maine.
Hip Hop is a type of dance seen on today’s popular television and music videos. No technical training is required. Hip Hop is a fun way to learn how to dance as you learn to move in many different ways. Style is based on the teacher’s choreography and experience. Age-appropriate movement and music is selected for each class.
The foundation for all dance, ballet teaches grace, strength and technique. Ballet is designed to introduce students to classical dance. Class will begin with barre work and move into center work and across-the-floor technique. Students will learn proper body alignment and will receive a strong technique foundation.
Modern dance is a mix of modern and post-modern dance styles. The class will start with a warm-up that stresses technique, freedom of movement and full expression. Students will then move to center work. Modern dance allows the mind and body to work outside the box. Previous dance training is required for this class.
Intro to Dance and Creative Movement
These classes will introduce ballet/jazz basics and inspires young dancers to express themselves through movement. Movement is introduced, and has the students apply imagination, energy and coordination. Focus on form and technique is part of the curriculum along with allowing young children to enjoy dance and self-expression.
This class will work on the execution of acrobatic movements such as rolls, twists, handsprings, or somersaults on floor mats or on the ground.
Classes work towards improving flexibility, balance, concentration, strength, and control. Dancers will learn how to properly execute Acro tricks similar to the mat component of gymnastics. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, walkovers, balancing tricks & contortion tricks. Partner and group skills will also be incorporated. There will be a strong focus on stretching and flexibility.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation.
This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Children and Teen Classes
Children’s classes are developed to help children build confidence, coordination, musicality and self-expression. We provide technique in the particular genre of dance they choose in a fun, nurturing and structured class. Students are encouraged to try something new and build a strong technique base with each class.
We are committed to educating dancers and adapting to each dancer’s needs, strengths and weaknesses.