Classes

Our dance program is developed and run by a group of highly-trained professional dancers and faculty through The Emirates School of Dance at Bodytree. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid foundation in dance technique as well as fostering a child’s artistic self-expression. Our curriculum is aligned with global dance standards allowing us to offer a rigorous but not rigid series of classes that adapts to each individual. All of our dance classes are mixed and open to both boys and girls except where indicated.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Ages and years of experience listed are just guidelines. Please sign your child up for the level you think is the best fit for their current level. For all Emirates School of Dance ballet classes, students must be assessed by our teachers either during Assessment Week (week of September 8th) or during their first class and placed in the correct level for them to optimally enjoy and progress, regardless of age or prior experience.

Dance Prep (for ages 2-6)

Mommy & Me (ages 2, with parent or caregiver; 30 minutes) Mommy & Me is designed for 2-year-olds. This creative movement class offers a fun and safe space for your little one to explore the basic foundations of dance along with you or another caregiver. The half-hour class is designed for children to explore and learn new basic locomotor skills including walking, running, hopping, jumping, rolling, crawling, skipping, sliding, galloping and leaping. By combining locomotor skills and creative movement, students create simple dances and are introduced to the basic concepts of dance: body/action, space, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, balance and social skills. Parent is present in the room with the student. Dads and nannies are welcome too!

Dance Prep (ages 3 – 6, no previous experience needed) Dance Prep is our series of leveled movement classes designed to help younger children progressively master the fundamental movement and rhythm skills needed to begin more formal training in any style of dance. The series moves students through basic locomotor skills including walking, running, hopping, jumping, rolling, crawling, skipping, sliding, galloping and leaping. By combining locomotor skills and creative movement with fun games and music in a thoughtful progression, students begin to create simple dances and continue to understand the basic concepts of dance: body/action, space, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, balance and social skills. By the end of the series they will have mastered the fundamental positions and rhythms of basic dance and be well-prepared to start more advanced training in any specific technique. The Dance Prep series serves as a gateway into more disciplined practice in all other styles of dance & movement in our program (including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, etc.).

  • Dance Prep A (age 3, 30 minutes)
  • Dance Prep B (age 4, 30 minutes)
  • Dance Prep C (age 5, 45 minutes)
  • Dance Prep D (age 6, 45 minutes)

Ballet (for ages 6+)

Ballet 1 (age 6-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 minutes)

Ballet 1 is designed as the transition from the basic movement curriculum of Dance Prep into ballet-specific technique classes. Students continue to build on the basic concepts of dance (body/action, space, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, balance and social skills) while learning the fundamental elements of classical ballet technique with barre and center work. The goals of this class are to build correct alignment, strengthen the core, learn and execute key vocabulary and skills. This class prepares students to enter more advanced levels of ballet and serves to strengthen their skills in other dance styles.

Ballet 2 (age 8-9, Prerequisite: Ballet 1 or equivalent; 45 mins) Ballet 2 builds onto the foundation of the Ballet 1 class to introduce children to the structure of classical ballet including more advanced barre & center work. Goals of the class are to teach correct alignment, strengthen the core, learn and execute key vocabulary and skills in beginning ballet.

Ballet 3 (ages 10-11, Prerequisite: Ballet 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) Ballet 3 builds on the barre and center work of Ballet 2. This level focuses on continuing to build classical technique and requires increased discipline & focus to allow the children to establish a base of ballet movement repertoire.

Ballet 4 (ages 12-13, Prerequisite: Ballet 3 or equivalent; 55 mins) Ballet 4 is a class that continues to build the barre work foundation developed in Ballet 3 and furthers the expectation of discipline & technique in classical ballet technique. Ballet 3 is a pre-pointe class that includes exercises to prepare students for pointe work if/when they are ready.

Ballet 5 (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent; 55 mins) Ballet 5 is pre-professional technique class for accomplished teen dancers. This class includes barre and center work at the advanced level and work learning classical ballet choreography for performance opportunities. Ballet 5 students are generally expected to be taking pointe class and several other dance technique classes as well to build and maintain the strength and flexibility needed for this advanced technique class.

Beginning Pointe (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent; 30 mins) For students totally new to pointe work, this class provides dedicated time to begin developing the strength and technique needed to progress in classical ballet technique en pointe.

Tap (for ages 5+)

Tap 1 (ages 5-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 30 mins) This is an introductory tap class suited to younger students that teaches fundamental rhythms and steps of tap dancing.

Tap 2 (ages 8+, Prerequisite: Tap 1 or equivalent; 45 mins) This class teaches the fundamentals of tap dancing to older students. It is open to beginner tappers but will progress more quickly than Tap 1 and include more complex rhythms and combinations as the term moves forward.

Contemporary (for ages 7+)

Contemporary 1 (ages 9-11, Prerequisite: no previous experience needed, but Ballet 1 or Jazz 1 or equivalent is recommended; 55 mins) This class teaches the basics of contemporary, modern, and lyrical techniques to beginning dancers. Elements of improvisation will also be introduced.

Contemporary 2 (ages 12+, Prerequisite: Contemporary 1 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students with at least one year of contemporary, jazz, or ballet, this class offers an introduction to Horton, Graham, & Limon modern and contemporary techniques while also encouraging dancers to develop a greater sense of artistry and self-expression. Work on improvisation will be further developed.

Jazz (for ages 6+)

Jazz 1 (ages 6-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This beginning jazz class introduces students to basic jazz movement and musicality. Students will learn coordination and balance as well as space and body awareness in a fun and energetic environment

Jazz 2 (ages 8-10, Prerequisite: Jazz 1 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students who have at least one year of jazz dance training. Jazz 2 students will build on traditional and contemporary jazz technique further developing their flexibility, coordination, strength, and musical timing.

Jazz 3 (ages 11+, Prerequisite: Jazz 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) For intermediate jazz dancers who have completed at least 2 years of jazz dance. The class builds on fundamental technique and choreography, and helps dancers further develop strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, & style.

Hip Hop (for ages 5+)

Hip Hop 1 (ages 5-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This is an introductory class accessible to younger dancers that teaches some of the fundamental movements and rhythms of hip hop set to fun pop music.

Hip Hop 2 (ages 8-10, no previous experience needed; 45-55 mins) This open-level class gives young dancers the opportunity to learn routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, strength, stage presence and teamwork. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment, setting high standards and enhancing performance ability.

Hip Hop 3 (ages 11-15, no previous experience needed; 55 mins) This open-level class gives young dancers the opportunity to learn routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, strength, stage presence and teamwork. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment, setting high standards and enhancing performance ability.

Irish Dance (for ages 3-10)

Irish Dance 1 (ages 3+, no previous experience needed; 45mins)

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish dancing is an international, family-oriented school developing the love of Irish dancing, discipline, and friendship within the sport. Irish Dance 1 will focus on the basics of Irish dancing, mastering the essential steps and also teaching some fun show and group routines for the youngest dancers. We encourage an energetic class that promotes fun and fitness while developing the dancers’ confidence and team building.

Irish Dance 2 – Lights & Heavies (ages 5+, no previous experience needed; 55 mins)

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish dancing is an international, family-oriented school developing the love of Irish dancing, discipline, and friendship within the sport. Irish Dance 2 will focus on the basics of Irish dancing, mastering the essential steps and also teaching some fun show and group routines for slightly older dancers. We encourage an energetic class that promotes fun and fitness while developing the dancers’ confidence and team building.

Yoga (for ages 4-7)

Kids Yoga 1 (ages 4-7, 30mins) These yoga sessions teach 4-7-year olds the basics of yoga. The classes are designed to aid better body awareness, improve concentration, self-control, flexibility and coordination. It also helps kids to manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement. Imagery and music are used as a motivational tool in the kids’ yoga classes, and they are interactive and fun. Yoga teaches kids skills that can be carried beyond the class into their daily routines.

Latin Dance (for ages 12+)

Latin Rhythms (ages 12+, 55 mins) Latin Rhythms is a beginner-friendly high-energy dance fitness class for teens and pre-teens done to Afro-Latin music consisting of a mix of styles including Jamaican dancehall, samba, and axé dance. Students will learn movement, technique, and choreography from various Afro-Latin cultures while having fun and getting a great cardio workout.