ballet, modern, jazz, kinesiology  

Class Descriptions

Please note that the Jill Landrith School of Ballet has suggestions with class descriptions, but preferred class placement is by ability.

Ballet

Threshold Ballet

(Saturdays 9:15-10:00)
This once a week class is for 4-5 year old ballet dancers. This class will begin working at the barre, learning basic positions and ballet exercises. This class will also focus on spatial awareness, movements across the floor, and refining motor skills.

Foundations

(Saturdays 10:00-11:00)
This one time a week class is for 5-6 year old ballet dancers. This class will focus on study of proper placement of feet on floor. Class will work towards performing Plies, Tendus, Degages, Rond de Jambs, Frappes and Grand Battements at the barre, with traditional one hand on the barre. Center work will include Retires, Arabesques, Saute in Arabesque, Chasses, Changements, Pas de Chats, Chaines and Grand Jetes.

Structure

(Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30)
This twice a week class is for the 7-9 year old ballet dancer. This class will focus on study of proper alignment of spine, legs and shoulders. Class work will add Adage and stretching at the barre. Center work will add Adage, Port de Bras, Pirouettes, Piques, Petite Allegro, and introducing Developpe Jete and Tour Jete.

Additions

(Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7:00 AND Saturdays 12:00-1:30)
This three time a week class is for 10-13 year old ballet dancers. This class will focus on preparation for pointe work, and beginning level pointe work. Class work will add to length of exercises, emphasizing Releves, introduction to pointe shoes, beginning pointe work, and eventually working entirely on pointe.

Expansions

(Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 AND Saturdays 12:00-1:30)
This four time a week level is for the 14+ year old ballet dancer. This class will focus on Advanced level dance vocabulary and movements, work on movement quality and intent, kinesiology, pas de deux, and transitions after high school. Expansions students may take the Saturday Additions as well, so that they can study up to five times a week.

Teen and Adult Ballet

(Mondays 6:30-7:30)
This one time a week beginning ballet class is for adults and teens who are new to ballet or those who have danced before and want to begin again.

Beginning Pointe

(Thursdays 6:30-7:00)
This class is for the dancers being placed on pointe at that time, but could also be taken by those dancers who wish to hone their basic pointe skills. Adult students wishing to start pointe or solidify pointe skills are welcome with instructor’s permission.

Advanced Pointe

(Mondays 6:30-7:00)
This class is for the advanced pointe dancer to focus purely on advanced level pointe skills. It is suggested that dancers in this class have their feet prepared before the class time begins.

Pas de Deux/Kinesiology

(Saturdays 1:30-2:30)
This class is for learning pas de deux skills. Instructor consent required. Kinesiology is also added to lengthen and strengthen specific muscle groups to improve all types of dance.

EXPLORATION

(Mondays 7:00-8:00)
This once weekly class is a celebration of dance.  Join us for an exploration of dance styles and genres. We will learn a variety of dances from around the world, different time periods, including Musical Theater, African, Lyrical, Contemporary and many more.  For dancers 9 and older who want to broaden their dance horizons.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Contemporary Dance

(Tuesdays 7:00-8:00)
Contemporary dance is an expressive style that pulls elements from modern, jazz, lyrical and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid and sometimes unpredictable movements. Technique of contemporary will focus on the strength and control of ballet with lyrical fluidity on the core and upper body. Floor work will incorporate modern technique of controlled fall and recovery. Improvisation as well as student choreography will be included.  

JAZZ DANCE

Advanced Jazz

(Wednesday 6:30-7:30)
This class will focus on technique and strengthening through bodily awareness, proper alignment, increasing students’ flexibility, and balance. We will work on isolations, change of direction, use of space, and the dynamics and qualities of each movement. Terminology and memorization will be a focus by use of repetition throughout this level.

Dancers will also be given the opportunity to learn to express their own individual voices by improvisation and creation of movement in this. There will be an emphasis on performance and movement quality, along with bodily and spatial awareness while working within a group setting

tap

Beginning Tap

(Saturdays 11:00-11:45)
This class meets once a week class and is designed for the dancer ages 4-6 who is new to tap. This class will introduce students to the basics of rhythm, coordination, and the beginning tap vocabulary and movements, which will be utilized and expanded upon in the upper levels. We will drill terminology with plenty of repetition, and emphasize working to create clear and crisp tap sounds.

Intermediate Jazz/Tap

(Thursdays 7:00-8:00)
This once a week  class is for the 7-12 year old dancer. This class will focus on developing the basic tap steps and implementing them within more complex combinations of steps. We will begin working with more challenging rhythms and tempo changes within the music and movement. This level will also focus on students’ overall confidence and performance.

Advanced Tap

(Wednesdays 7:30-8:30)
This once weekly class is for the advanced tap dancer, ages 13 and up. This class will focus on advancing the tap vocabulary and movement by adding speed, turns, toes, dynamics, and more complex rhythmic combinations. We will work on refining the clarity of the tap sounds and emphasize cleanliness in a group performance setting. This advanced tap class will also include important elements of both "Rhythm" and "Broadway" styles, in order to teach students to be versatile in their performance skills.

LYRICAL DANCE

Lyrical

(Saturdays 9:00-10:00)
This one time a week class is for ages 10 and up. It is a fusion of ballet, modern and jazz. The dancer will learn how to use creative expression to tell the story of the music through their movement.

Barre/Tone

Conditioning

(Wednesdays 6:30-7:30)
Conditioning class for dancers and non-dancers. For all ages. This class will focus on a variety of areas including exercises to improve your class technique as well as help with everyday fitness. Some areas of focus will be strength training, endurance, coordination, flexibility, turnout, and alignment. Improve your cardiovascular endurance, extensions, placement, and flexibility no matter your dance/fitness level.

The Company

(Mondays 5:30-6:30)
The Company at Jill Landrith School of Dance will be available for students who are Additions level and higher. Membership will be determined by an audition during the first week of Fall Classes during the time allotted on Saturday mornings for The Company. Additional fees will be necessary with company membership. For more information, please read the section entitled THE COMPANY.