~ CLASSES ~
Classes are held in Alexandria and Annandale VA and are available for ages three years to adult. Classes run from 30 minutes to two hours. Participation in our classes develops coordination and motor skills, balance, flexibility, strength, concentration, poise, posture, discipline, while having fun and learning about music and dance.
Any age can learn to love dancing. We are excited to stretch and enhance the ability of each individual dancer so that they can reach their personal goals.
International Dance, LLC’s designed method and quality program follows a structured sequence of training stages intended to increase student’s technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development. We work hard to emphasize correct placement in order to prevent injury. Our curriculum embraces traditional ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian training systems. These methods help to provide a healthy and enjoyable learning environment and allow the students to experience a feeling of mastery in each level. It is a style that readily adapts to meet the demands of any choreographer, any company, and any style of movement.
* Students will be assessed on ability and accomplishment of certain expectations before being invited to participate in a higher level of training. Classes are not always dictated by age and do not coincide with academic grade levels or other dance school programs. We try to keep our program consistent with worldwide expectations and age appropriate development.
~ CLASS DESCRIPTIONS ~
~ BEGINNER BALLET ~
An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary. The goal of Beginner Ballet is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class focuses on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work. International Folk and Character Dancing (our specialty) is introduced to allow students the freedom to express themselves and learn to love movement.
~ INTERMEDIATE BALLET ~
In Intermediate Ballet, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work Students begin focus on repetition and retention. Intermediate Ballet training becomes much more serious. Some classes will focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. International Folk and Character technique and combinations are developed with attention placed on personal presentation.
~ ADVANCED BALLET ~
Advanced Ballet training becomes much more rigorous. Classes focus on pointe work, multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. Focused attention is given to each advanced student enhancing their strengths and broadening their abilities. Character Dance is integral to a classical ballet repertoire. It is a stylized representation of traditional folk or national dance, normally from European countries and uses movements and dance which have been adapted for the theatre. Classic ballets include and feature character dance. It is an integral part of International Dance, LLC.
~ LYRICAL ~
This dance form incorporates ballet, modern, and jazz and is often performed to music with lyrics. Students in lyrical will enjoy movements that focus on flexibility and fluidity.
~ BEGINNING TAP / JAZZ ~
This class allows students to experience hearing themselves dance. Making rhythm with their feet brings smiles to their faces. Steps and terminology are introduced. Students will explore coordination, single time steps, beginning turns, short combinations, and showmanship along with rhythm and timing within a wide range of musical accompaniment. Jazz styles and steps are presented and syncopation is introduced.
~ INTERMEDIATE TAP / JAZZ ~
This class continues the development of technique & terminology. Students will further develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed, and developing style. Students are introduced to tap legends and are exposed to musical theatre dancing. Intermediate level students should expect to learn double and triple time steps, 3 & 5 beat riffs, pull-backs, pick-ups, more advanced turns, as well as more intricate rhythms. Jazz styles and steps are broadened as Fosse and Kelly are introduced.
~ ADVANCED TAP / JAZZ ~
This class continues the development of technique & terminology. Students will further develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed, and developing style. Advanced level tappers should expect to master double and triple time steps, traveling time steps, 4 & 6 beat riffs, double pull-backs, pick-ups, more advanced turns, as well as more intricate rhythms and improvisation. Choreography and solo work are encouraged. Jazz styles and steps become fluid and movements are interpreted and discussed. This method stretches students to emote and tell stories through movement.