Classes

The Emirates School of Dance offers your child quality instruction in a full range of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Dance Prep (for ages 3-6), and fitness classes (Xtend Barre, Zumba, Kids Yoga & Pilates for Advanced Dancers),focusing on developing body awareness, healthy habits and pre-professional training for students wishing to explore the option of dance as a career path.

Our expanded range of classes and levels are at two locations: Bodytree Studio and the Saadiyat Beach Club.

DANCE PREP (FOR AGES 3-6)
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 6-18)
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.

Teen/Adult Advanced Ballet (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent; 75 mins) Pre-professional technique class for accomplished teen dancers, this class includes barre and center work at the advanced level (including work en pointe) and work learning classical ballet choreography for performance opportunities.

Teen/Adult Pointe (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 5 or equivalent; 30 mins) For students already working en pointe, this class provides dedicated time to continue developing the strength and technique needed to progress in classical ballet technique.

Teen/Adult Beginner Ballet (age 13+, no previous experience needed; 55 minutes) This class is designed for the absolute beginner seeking to learn classical ballet technique from the basics and to increase strength, flexibility, and coordination. The goals of this class are to teach the fundamentals of classical ballet, build correct alignment, strengthen the core, and provide an opportunity for self-expression.

TAP (FOR AGES 5 -18)
Tap 1 (ages 5-8, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This is an introductory tap class suited to younger students that teaches fundamental rhythms and steps of tap dancing.

Tap 2 (ages 9+, 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 AND MODERN (FOR AGES 8 -18)
Contemporary 1 (ages 8-10, 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 11+, 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 selfexpression. Work on improvisation will be further developed.

Teen/Adult Advanced Modern (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Contemporary 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students with at least 3 years of experience of contemporary, jazz, or ballet, this class teaches strictly Horton technique modern dance while also encouraging dancers to develop a greater sense of artistry and self-expression.

JAZZ (FOR AGES 6-18)
Jazz 1 (ages 6-8, 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 9-10, Prerequisite: Jazz 1 or equivalent; 45 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 & BREAKDANCING (FOR AGES 5-18)
Breakdance 1 (ages 5-9, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 30 mins at Saadiyat Beach Club & 45 mins at Bodytree) This is an introductory class to the athletic, energetic, and playful style of breakdancing. Dancers will warm up by practicing coordination and rhythm dancing along with easy steps to fun songs, and then will be guided through an energetic exploration of breakdancing movements including simple toprock, footwork, spins and freezes.

Breakdance 2 (ages 10-14, no previous experience needed, but some previous dance or fitness recommended; 45 mins) This is an introductory class to the athletic, energetic, and playful style of breakdancing. Dancers will warm up by practicing coordination and rhythm dancing along with easy steps to fun songs, and then will be guided through an energetic exploration of breakdancing movements including simple toprock, footwork, spins and freezes.

Hip Hop 1 (ages 5-9, 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 10-14, 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 team work. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment, setting high standards and enhancing performance ability.

Teen/Adult Hip Hop (ages 15+, some dance or movement experience recommended; 55 mins) This open-level drop-in class with internationally-renowned choreographer Nadar Musharbash gives teens and adults the opportunity to learn hip hop dance like they would in London or Los Angeles, to practice routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, & strength. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment. Some previous dance or movement experience (like Zumba or Dance Cardio) is recommended.

YOGA (FOR AGES 4-7)
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.

TEEN/ADULT DANCE CLASSES
Teen/Adult Beginner Ballet (age 13+, no previous experience needed; 55 minutes) This class is designed for the absolute beginner seeking to learn classical ballet technique from the basics and to increase strength, flexibility, and coordination. The goals of this class are to teach the fundamentals of classical ballet, build correct alignment, strengthen the core, and provide an opportunity for self-expression.

Teen/Adult Advanced Ballet (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent; 75 mins) Pre-professional technique class for accomplished teen dancers, this class includes barre and center work at the advanced level (including work en pointe) and work learning classical ballet choreography for performance opportunities.

Teen/Adult Pointe (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 5 or equivalent; 30 mins) For students already working en pointe, this class provides dedicated time to continue developing the strength and technique needed to progress in classical ballet technique.
Teen/Adult Open Level Ballet/Modern/Contemporary (ages 15+, Prerequisite: some previous experience in ballet, modern, or contemporary recommended, but not required, 75 mins) This innovative class moves through a progression of roughly once per month ballet class, twice per month Horton technique modern dance class, and once per month contemporary or contact improvisation class, each style taught by 1 of 3 regular instructors. A schedule of what is offered each Saturday is published once every 2 months. The class is open to experienced and beginner dancers.

Teen/Adult Advanced Modern (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Contemporary 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students with at least 3 years of experience of contemporary, jazz, or ballet, this class teaches pure Horton technique modern dance while also encouraging dancers to develop a greater sense of artistry and self-expression.

Teen/Adult Hip Hop (ages 15+, some dance or movement experience recommended; 55 mins) This open-level drop-in class with internationally-renowned choreographer Nadar Musharbash gives teens and adults the opportunity to learn hip hop dance like they would in London or Los Angeles, to practice routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, & strength. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment. Some previous dance or movement experience (like Zumba or Dance Cardio) is recommended.

Teen/Adult Bellydance (ages 15+, no previous experience needed; 55 mins) This class, for beginners and those who would like to improve their belly dance technique, will teach you a fusion of Egyptian and Turkish style belly dance moves and tantalizing combinations. You will work on flexibility, toning, core strength, posture, flow and confidence. Isolations of hips, rib cage and shoulders will be introduced, as well as basic movements such as circles, undulations and figure-8’s. Travelling steps will provide a basis for practicing these movements in simple combinations of original choreography in this ancient Middle Eastern style.

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