Stepping Stone Dance Studio

Celebrates the Art of Dance

Children of All Ages Can Benefit From Dance Lessons

No matter what age kid you are, it is never too late or too early to begin your training. The benefits and the value of dance lessons to your future as a young performer are numerous.
  • Kids build muscle strength and increase their flexibility through dance.
  • Dance improves balance and coordination.
  • Posture, agility, and stamina are improved through dance lessons
  • Trust and Teamwork are emphasized and rewarded through the dance class process.
  • Life skills which include memorization and discipline are learned by their utilization in dance practice and routines.
  • Kids creativity is nurtured and flamed by creative movement.
  • Social skills improve through dance group participation.
  • Self esteem is boosted by performance experience, especially by dance recital productions.

SSDS Acro Program

Stepping Stone Dance Studio

ACRO PROGRAM

 

PRIMARY * BEGINNER * INTERMEDIATE * ADVANCED

At the Stepping Stone Dance Studio, we offer four levels of Acrobatics classes designed for dancers to diversify their performance skills. They are offered to children at least 4 years of age. It is a great compliment to the students dance training as it builds upon muscle strength and flexibility while adding to grace and coordination.

 

Primary acrobatics (Ages 4 to 7 years) is…. This class is a fun, energetic and structured acrobatics class for young children. In a playful age-appropriate way we will work on basic acrobatic skills starting with proper hand positioning, forward/backward rolls and beginning handstands that will lead towards cartwheels. Classes include a fun energetic warm up and lots of creative games that will help improve your child’s motor skills. While working physically on balancing, core strength, flexibility, and technique the children’s listening and understanding skills will improve in an exciting way. This class is suitable for boys and girls from the age of 4 to 7.

 

Beginner acrobatics (8 yrs. Old & above) is intended to provide dancers the chance to become acquainted with basic tumbling and gymnastics elements. This class will enhance students’ kinesthetic awareness and boost their overall confidence to perform more difficult skills in the future. Some elements students will learn include basic body positions and jumps such as a tuck, pike, straddle, forward and backward rolls, bridge, cartwheels, round offs, back bend, front/back support holds, balance exercises, headstands, tri-pods, and handstand against wall.

 

Intermediate Acrobatics (8 yrs. Old & above) combines tumbling elements with combinations and strength conditioning to increase our dancers learning rate when they are introduced to new skills. At this level, students will add elements such as kick overs, front/back walkovers, side/switch leaps, Nip ups, front handsprings and side aerial basics into their acrobatic repertoire. Dancer must be able to kick over & stand up from a back bend and go into a back bend on their own.

 

Advanced Acrobatics (8 yrs. Old & above) Once the basics have procured along with strength training, the sky is the limit in Advanced Acrobatics. Proper body alignment, balance, flexibility, strength, and kinesthetic awareness combine to allow serious dancers to bring their technique to the next level. For maximum results, intrinsic motivation and determination is needed. Students in this level will work on skills such as single/multiple back handsprings, front/side ariels, back tuck, and layout step out. Dancer must be able to do a front & back handspring on their own and/or light spot OR back Arabian & back handspring with a light spot. Will need light weights & stress ball for this class.

 

NOTE: Levels for Acrobatics classes are solely determined by skill ability. Our professional staff will determine the rate of introducing more advanced skills. This will assure our dancers safety within our program. Attempting more advanced skills in early stages of development before physically ready will increase the risk of injury, frustration levels, aid in creating doubt, fear and hesitation and lower self-esteem/confidence. These elements combined will slow and potentially stop the learning process. At Stepping Stone Dance Studio we believe in proper training and achieving a skill efficiently and properly before moving forward.

 

DANCERS CAN BE MOVED AT ANY POINT BEFORE THE START OF RECITAL CHOREOGRAPHY, IF SHOWING VAST IMPROVEMENT OR FIT THE CRITERIA FOR A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF ACRO. – THIS IS DETERMINED BY THE SSDS TEACHING STAFF.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Stone – danastone@steppingstonedancestudio.com

2014 - 2015 Fall Schedule:

 

 

 

Cheer Dance

The Studio is also offering "CHEER DANCE" for the youth and teen age group.  A very upbeat and exciting class to take with Dana Stone/Owner. 

Get Fit Program

Zumba

Purchase a Get Fit Card for $45.00. 

Buy 9 classes & receive 1 class free.

Single Class is $5.00 per class.

Zumba - Monday & Wed. - 8:30 to 9:30 pm.

Class Descriptions

 Pre-Dance Class
Combining Creative Movement and the fundamentals of Ballet & Tap, students develop an appreciation and knowledge of dance.  Class etiquette is introduced that will help prepare them for the more advanced classes.  Their creativity and interaction are nurtured in movement sessions through circle time, games to music, and utilizing exciting props as they develop their creativity through the elements of dance.

 

Primary I & II
The young students learn the basic beginning steps of ballet, tap, or hip-hop.  The students’ vocabulary of steps builds along with their proficiency and confidence.  Options are as follows:

Primary I  – Ballet & Tap Combination – 30 min. of each are taught

Primary I -  Ballet & Hip-Hop Combination - 30 min. of each are taught           

Primary II – Ballet & Tap Combination – 30 min. of each are taught

Primary II – Ballet & Hip-Hop Combination – 30 min. of each are taught

Ballet
Ballet is the foundation of all dance.  Focus is placed on body alignment and placement, and on proper technique.  The artistic development of the students is carefully nurtured.  Ballet class is highly recommended for all dance students.

Jazz 
This class introduces and builds on the basic skills of jazz dance with emphasis on general body technique and development, using classic jazz styles for rhythm awareness and line.  Always a popular dance style, jazz utilizes popular dance forms such as hip hop and funk with Broadway and musical theater dance to engage students in a vigorous and challenging class.  Dancers also learn the structure of a jazz class, which includes center floor warm-up and technique, moving across the floor, and ending with the learned skills applied in a combination.

Tap
This class introduces and builds on the basic skills and vocabulary of tap dance.  Tap class develops rhythm and sound coordination skills.  Students will learn technique, rhythm, and timing in combinations in the center and across the floor.

Modern
This class will focus on the body as an articulate instrument of creative expression with special focus on the interplay with spatial tensions and support as well as the use of weight qualities, time qualities, and phrasing.

Pointe
Because of the strong physical demands, this class is offered only to those students who have reached a sufficient technical capability and strength by taking multiple classes a week.  In this class, the students learn to rise onto the end of their toes and dance with the aid of pointe shoes.

Stretch Class
The students participate in exercises to strengthen their core (abdominal area); develop leg, back, and foot strength; and stretch to improve their flexibility and elasticity.

Private lessons 
These are offered by appointment for those dancers choosing to work on a specific goal one on one with an instructor.

Acrobatics – “ACRO”

Student combines the strength, flexibility, and technical precision of gymnastics with grace and musicality of dance.  The students develop trust in themselves and their abilities.  As a class, they will learn how to partner and depend on each other to execute their routines rhythmically to music.  As the student develops; emphasis is placed on the student’s strength and skill levels.

 

Lyrical

Lyrical is based on ballet.  The movements follow classic ballet movements but with more fluidity with abstract lines and possesses an emotional story.  This class appeals to dancers who long to express themselves through dance. 

 

Hip Hop

Learn the latest style of movement. Hip hop features energetic and rhythmical movements. This class is great fun, as you can dance to the latest hits while enjoying your favorite music!

 

Cheer Dance

This high-energy class will teach you how to dance, jump, cheer, kick, stunt, and work as a group in formations. Focusing on the spirit of cheerleading, this dance utilizes a combination of jazz and hip hop choreography and technique; with more emphasis placed on the precision and accuracy as a group.

 

Musical Theatre

This incorporates dance and theatre performance techniques.  The students learn basic dance terminology and movement phrases that are used specifically for musical theatre training.  Students will learn proper warm up techniques and practice absorbing dance combinations to a variety of music styles.  Students will learn about interpretation, musicality, choreography, and the use of the entire stage to create. 

 

Dance Team

Dance team is for those students who take 5 or more dance classes.  Dance Team will perform throughout the year at different venues and focus on all styles of dance. Must participate in ballet and stretch class.

 

 The Stepping Stone Dance Studio “GET FIT” program:

Zumba

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music/dance. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principals of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning.

 MONDAY & WED. NIGHTS - 8:30 PM - $5.00