Class Descriptions

Caregiver & Me: (18 mnths-2 years)
Young dancers gain a love for dancing through challenging movement and rhythm games. They slowly begin to gain independence while still having their caregiver in the room. This creates a nurturing learning environment for young movers and instills self-confidence.

Pre-School: (Age 3&4)
Children will begin to learn the foundation of dance and movement.  They will begin to explore the use of their fine and large motor skills with a focus of rhythm and fun. Students will also learn the expectations of being in a dance class.  Dancers will finish the session knowing how to take turns, listen to directions and follow/repeat short dance patterns.

Kindergarten:
This class is meant for children who are in Kindergarten.   Dancers will begin to explore more intricate movements, rhythms and patterns.  They will also begin to learn movements that will prepare them for a more advanced ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop class.  Students will learn dance terminology and gain an understanding of how to move technically, and more important, safely.

Primary Dance: (Grades 1-2)
This class is meant for dancers who are in 1st and 2nd grades.  Dancers will participate in a  structured class.  Students will gain new dance vocabulary (plie, tendu, degage, passe, grande battment, etc), and begin to do barre and center work.  The class will be focused on posture, strength and moving in a technical, safe way.  It is a fun, high energy class that prepares students for jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and even tap classes!
(The longer class on Friday will give dancers more performance opportunities, as they can perform in two dances in our shows.)

Ballet/Jazz I:  (Grades 3-6)
This class is meant for dancers who are in 3rd through 6th grades.  Dancers will participate in a  structured class.  Students will gain new dance vocabulary (plie, tendu, degage, passe, grande battment, etc).  The class will be focused on posture, strength and moving in a technical, safe way.  It is a fun, high energy class that allows dancers to explore ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary.  They will be given the opportunity to perform two dances in our annual shows.

Ballet II: (Grades 3-6)
This class is meant for dancers in 3rd through 6th grades, who have danced before.  During Ballet dancers will be given a structured class and challenging movements that will prepare them for more advanced work in the future.  Students will gain knowledge about moving technically, and a stronger understanding of the anatomy and kinesiology of dance.  Dancers will finish the session knowing all basic ballet terminology, and having a better understand of their own anatomy.  Ballet is the foundation to all codified dance techniques, therefore, this class will allow students to be stronger in all dance genres.

Jazz II:  (Grades 3-6)
This class is meant for dancers in 3rd – 6th  grades, who have danced before.  During this class dancers will explore the joy and athleticism of dance.  The class will begin with a basic warm-up, which will include a short study of posture and technique.  Students will learn across the floor patterns and excerpts of Mrs. Cote’s personal choreography.  Dancers will get a chance to explore several genres of jazz including: Broadway, Fosse, Contemporary and even Hip-Hop!

Teen Ballet: (Grades 6-12)
This class is meant for dancers in 6th– 12th grades.  During Teen Ballet dancers will be given a structured class and exercises to prepare them for movements found in jazz, contemporary and even hip-hop.  Dancers will learn about moving technically, and begin to understand the anatomy and kinesiology of dance.  Students will finish the session knowing a plethora of ballet terminology, and having a better understand of their own anatomy.  Ballet is the foundation to all codified dance techniques, therefore, this class will allow students to be stronger in all dance genres.

Teen Jazz: (Grades 6-12)
This class is meant for dancers in 6th– 12th grades.  During this class teen dancers will explore the joy and athleticism of dance.  The class will begin with a basic warm-up, which will include a short study of posture and technique.  Students will learn across the floor patterns and excerpts of Mrs. Cote’s personal choreography.  Dancers will get a chance to explore several genres of jazz including: Broadway, Fosse, Contemporary and even Hip-Hop.

Adult Ballet: (Ages 18+)
This is a fun, simple way for adults to exercise. Students will strengthen their entire body with a focus on the core and finding balance! Ballet is the foundation to all codified dance techniques, so this class is meant for all levels. Dancers will learn about moving technically, and begin to understand the anatomy and kinesiology of dance. Students will finish the session knowing a plethora of ballet terminology, and having a better understand of their own anatomy.

Adult Jazz: (Ages 18+)
During this class adult dancers will explore the joy and athleticism of dance.  The class will begin with a basic warm-up, which will include a short study of posture and technique.  Students will learn across the floor patterns and excerpts of Mrs. Cote’s personal choreography.  Dancers will get a chance to explore several genres of jazz including: Broadway, Fosse and Contemporary.

Adult Hip-Hop: (Ages 18+)
During this class adult dancers will explore the intricate rhythms and sharp movements of hip-hop.  The class will begin with a basic body warm-up, and will be followed by across the floor patterns.  Jen will finish the class with a piece of her own personal choreography.  This class is fun, high-energy, and a fantastic way to exercise.

*All students in our preschool program and up are invited to perform in our annual winter (Beginning of December at the Norfolk Grange Hall) and spring concerts (Mid-May at King Philip Middle School).  Performing in our shows is NOT mandatory at Exhale.  Although our shows are important to us, we do not consider it our final product— Our final product is the dancers that leave our school ready to take on the world with confidence and kindness.


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