Class Descriptions

Classes are offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Creative Movement. The studio also offers Dance With Me classes, as well as Adult classes in Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop in a warm, fun affordable manner.

Dress code- Dance is a discipline and that begins with the way a dancer dresses for class.  Therefore, it is very important for dancers to follow dress code.  All dancers must wear hair neatly up in a ponytail, out of his or her face. No jewelry should be worn to class. Stud earrings are allowed in pierced ears.  Dancers ages 10 and must bring a water bottle with them to class. Ballet shoes should have a stretch binding, eliminating the need for the drawstring.

You can all items you need at the two dance stores listed below:

Twinkle Toes, 80 Lafayette Rd, Hampton Falls, NH 03844
Brixham Dancewear, 5 Punkintown Rd, South Berwick, ME 02908
Shoes can also be found here:
Reds Shoe Barn, 35 Broadway, Dover, NH 03820

Dance With Me

(ages 20 months to 3 years)

This is a great class for our 1.5-3-year-olds. We use music they know and love while learning beginner dance moves with a ballet or jazz foundation with a parent or guardian. We learn all about warming up, stretching, nursery rhymes, role playing and obstacle courses to foster a love for dance and enhance gross motor skills.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes (ones with no strings if you can find them!). These young dancers may also wear leggings and tank tops if that is more comfortable for them.

Helpful hints for our Dance With Me class: The parent can assist with all dance moves, even carrying the dancer if she or he wants extra cuddles, or the dancer may participate more independently, dancing next to their parent. Occasionally dancers can get upset because they are overwhelmed. It happens to the best of us! If this occurs, it’s best to leave the room, calm down your dancer and return when he or she is feeling better.

Creative Movement

(ages 3-4)

Creative Movement is an introduction to classical ballet using creative, imaginative role-playing and fun props. This class may involve pretending to be animals, playing instruments to learn rhythm, learning balancing, skipping and running and techniques using costumes and ribbons, or picking up “diamonds” (shhh…they’re actually just feathers) from the ground to develop their hand-eye coordination. This class is suitable for both boys and girls who are having so much fun that they don’t even realize that they are learning the fundamentals of ballet technique along the way.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes. Ballet shoes should either not have the elastic around the shoe or it should be tied and cut off to prevent dancers tripping on them during class.

*Dancers joining Creative Movement should be actively potty training to register for this class. Please contact us with any questions on this!

Pre-Ballet/Tap 1, 2 and 3

(ages 5-6, 6-7 and 7-8)

Pre-Dance provides young dancers with an introductory course into the world of dance, learning basic ballet technique and basic tap steps in a fun, creative environment. Dancers will build on their ballet and tap technique using creative role play, costumes, and props, and will thrive from positive reinforcement.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes. Ballet shoes should either not have the elastic around the shoe or it should be tied and cut off to prevent dancers tripping on them during class.

Pre-Jazz 1, 2, & 3

(ages 5-7, 6-7, and 7-8)

In Pre-Jazz, the focus is on stretching correctly, movement across the floor, and learning to put combinations together to popular and age appropriate music.  Some examples of the techniques our jazz students will learn include turns, kicks, leaps and body isolations.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink or tan tights, black slip-on jazz shoes (no ties)

Combo 1 & Combo 2

(ages 8-10 and 9-11)

These hour and a half classes work on learning correct ballet and jazz technique both at the bar and across the floor. The Combo class is a great class for students looking to further their dance abilities while keeping the enjoyment of dance the focus of the class.

Dress Code: Any color leotard, pink or tan tights, pink canvas split-soled ballet shoes, black slip-on jazz shoes. Ballet shoes should either not have the elastic around the shoe or it should be tied and cut off to prevent dancers tripping on them during class.

Class placements for ages 10 and up must be approved by the director.

Workshop 1 & 2

(ages 10-12 & 11-13) 

The workshop classes are two hour classes, splitting the time between Ballet and Jazz. In Workshop 1, students will have a more extensive learning experience than the previous levels. They will focus on vocabulary, proper technique, barre work, across the floor, and center combinations. The exercises given will help develop the muscles needed to be on Pointe shoes. Workshop 2 continues to build on technique learned in Workshop 1.

Workshop 3 & 4

(ages 13-15 & 15-18)

In these classes, students will be able to advance their Ballet and Jazz techniques to further develop correct body placement, strength and flexibility. Across the floor technique will include kicks, turns and leaps, along with more extensive combinations.

Dress Code for all Workshop classes

Ballet: Any color spaghetti strap leotard (keep in mind, black may be required for recital), pink or tan tights, pink canvas split soled ballet shoes.  Black shorts or a ballet skirt may be worn over the leotard and tights. No shirts are to be worn over leotards for ballet class. Dancers may wish to wear a ballet sweater and/or leg warmers in the winter time.

Jazz: Any color spaghetti strap leotard(black may be required for recital though), pink or tan tights, slip on black jazz shoes(no ties).  Shirts, shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.

Pre-Pointe

(ages 12 & up)

Pre-Pointe is for the dancer aspiring to go en Pointe.  The year starts off with strengthening exercises and slowly progresses to barre work en Pointe. By the end of the year dancers will move away from the barre to touch upon center work. Dancers must be 12 by December of the school year before they may get their Pointe shoes. However 11 year olds are encouraged to take class to gain strength for when they are ready to go en Pointe. Dancers must be enrolled in two ballet classes in order to register as well as have permission from their doctor before they may go en Pointe.

Dress Code: Any color spaghetti strap leotard (black may be required for recital), pink or tan tights, pink canvas split soled ballet shoes. Black shorts or a ballet skirt may be worn over the leotard and tights. No shirts are to be worn over leotards for pointe class. Dancers may wish to wear a ballet sweater and/or leg warmers in the winter time. Dancers MUST wear convertible/footed tights with Pointe shoes to assist with proper technique.

Pointe 

(ages 13 & up)

Part of classical ballet technique, Pointe is danced on the tip of the toes using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes or toe shoes. Pointe is available only to students over the age of 12 with two consecutive years of dance experience and meet the criteria for beginner Pointe work It is dangerous to start at a younger age as the bones in the feet are still growing and can be permanently damaged.

Dress Code: Any color spaghetti strap leotard (black may be required for recital), pink or tan tights, pink canvas split soled ballet shoes. Black shorts or a ballet skirt may be worn over the leotard and tights. No shirts are to be worn over leotards for pointe class. Dancers may wish to wear a ballet sweater and/or leg warmers in the winter time. Dancers MUST wear convertible/footed tights with Pointe shoes to assist with proper technique.

Ballet 1/2 and 3/4

(ages 9-12 and 12-18)

Ballet 1/2 and 3/4 are for the experienced dancer who wants to take their technique to the next level. Ballet is the foundation of all dance and is therefore essential for the dancer to improve upon their skills. Ballet 3/4 is a recital class while Ballet 1/2 is a technique only class.

Dress Code: Any color spaghetti strap leotard (black may be required for recital), pink or tan tights, pink canvas split soled ballet shoes. Black shorts or a ballet skirt may be worn over the leotard and tights. No shirts are to be worn over leotards for ballet class.  Dancers may wish to wear a ballet sweater and/or leg warmers in the winter time.

Tap 1- 4

(ages 8-18) 

Tap concentrates on rhythm and jazz styles. Technique is focused on achieving clear sounds and expressive rhythms.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes, black lace-up tap shoes. At this level, the lace up taps shoes, rather than the single tie used in low levels of tap, are required for more stability in class. While a leotard is not required, tops should extend full length past the hips. This is to help extend the dancer’s line, make the class more uniform and aid the teacher when making corrections.

Contemporary Modern 1 & 2

(ages 8-11 & 12-18)

Modern Dance began as a way for ballet dancers to rebel against the rigid constraints of classical ballet. Contemporary dance is an extension from this, being a fusion of several styles – jazz, ballet and modern – and has moved away from the techniques of classical modern dance. At our studio we explore both styles, touching on techniques of modern as taught by choreographers such as Horton and Graham while also working in the more current methods of expression through contemporary movements.  Dancers must be enrolled in a ballet class in order to register.

Dress Code: Black spaghetti strap leotard, tights, foot paws or barefoot.  Shirts, shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.

Lyrical 1 & 2

(ages 8-11 & 12-18)

Lyrical is characterized by conveying musicality with emotion in movement. It is a similar form to ballet, with its base being in classical ballet technique mixed with aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern. While movement in Lyrical Dance is generally moved by the lyrics of a song, lyrical is actually defined by the characterization of, or expression of spontaneous, direct feeling. Dancers must be enrolled in a ballet class in order to register.

Dress Code: Black spaghetti strap leotard, tights, foot paws or barefoot. Shirts, shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.

Musical Theatre 1 & 2

(ages 8-11 & 12-18)

Musical Theatre is for the experienced dancer who wishes to take his or her performance skills to the next level. Dancers will further their technique skills while enhancing their performance quality during fun and exciting combinations. Dancers must be enrolled in a ballet class in order to register.

Dress Code: Black spaghetti strap leotard, tights, slip-on jazz shoes(no ties). Shirts, shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.

Hip Hop 1- 4

(ages 8-18)

Hip Hop is primarily danced to R&B music and has evolved from breaking, locking, and popping to cutting edge choreography. Often freestyle in nature, hip hop provides the recreational dancer with an athletic, fun, and creative workout.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes and jazz sneakers (no street sneakers allowed). While a leotard is not required, tops should extend full length past the hips. This is to help extend the dancer’s line, make the class more uniform and aid the teacher when making corrections.

Adult Dance

(ages 18 and up)

We offer a variety of classes for adults who have danced before, are just starting out or are somewhere in-between. Our Adult Dance class is an intermediate/advanced Jazz-style class with some ballet and lyrical mixed in. Adult Ballet is a mixed level class, and Adult Tap is offered for both beginner and intermediate/advanced. It’s never too late to start! We also offer an intermediate/advanced Adult Hip Hop class during the summer dance session.

Acro

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with fun and exciting acrobatic elements.  This class is for the dancer that wants to take their skills to the next level to combine their technique, strength and flexility in a different way with new acro skills.  Previous dance experience is not required, however it is strongly recommended that acro dancers also enroll in a ballet class to get the most out of their training.

Dress Code- Any color leotard and tan tights

Performance Teams

(ages 6 and up)

At Joy of Dance we value performing for and around the Barrington community. Our Performance Teams receive several opportunities through out the year for extra performances at local and charity events in the area as well as one dance competition a year. We currently have four Performance Teams: Mini Team for ages 6-7, Petite Team for ages 8-11, Junior Team for ages 11-14, and Senior Team for ages 14-18.  Team dancers are required to be in a ballet class and are expected to attend weekly classes on top of regular technique classes, as well as all performances.

Hip Hop Troupe

(ages 9 and up)

Hip Hop Troupe is for the Hip Hop dancer who wishes to improve their style and performance skills. The Troupe will attend the same events as our Performance Teams, including a competition. Dancers must be enrolled in a Hip Hop class in order to register and are expected to attend weekly classes on top of their regular Hip Hop class, as well as all performances.

Private Solo/Duo/Trio Lessons

(all ages)

If you are looking for extra technique help outside of your regular classes, you may seek out one of our teachers for a private lesson. Days and time are dependent on the teacher’s schedule. Fees will vary by teacher.