Children's Division

Overview

At the Joffrey Academy of Dance, nurturing a love of dance at a young age sparks a true passion for the art form. The Children’s Division builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.

 

Free Trial Class Day!

Students ages 8 and up are invited to take a FREE Trial Class in the Youth and Children's Divisions on Saturday, August 29. This is a great opportunity to get placed in the appropriate class level by a teacher, take a class you've always wanted to try, or bring a friend with you to your favorite class! Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class (no payment info necessary). 

Trial Class Day Schedule - Saturday, August 29

10:00-11:30 AM – Ballet (ages 8-11) with Daielma Decker 

10:00-11:30 AM – Jazz (ages 12-16) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Jazz (ages 8-11) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Ballet (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker 

1:00-2:00 PM – Tap (ages 9-16) with Star Dixon

1:00-1:30 PM – Pre-Pointe (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker

2:00-3:00 PM – Classical Modern Duncan Technique (ages 10-14) with Jennifer Sprowl 

 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Children's Division Fall Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 25 - June 5, 2016


Placement

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places student in the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

 

Registration

Fall Semester Registration

Priority (current students) - August 10, 2015

Open (new students) - August 17, 2015 

 

Attire

Toddler & Me
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. NO skirts.
Parent: Comfortable clothes that allow movement.

Creative Movement – Pre Ballet
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. Recommended: Mirella camisole leotard style M207C and Canvas split sole ballet slippers. *Please note that skirts are not allowed in any ballet class in the Children's Division.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Little Movers: Boys’ Dance
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet I
Girls Required: Pink camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet II
Girls Required: Light Blue camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Children’s Jazz I & II
Girls Required: Solid colored camisole leotard and black jazz shoes. Optional fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants.
Boys Required: Solid color fitted t-shirt, black shorts/jazz pants, and black jazz shoes. 

Classes

Classes

Toddler & Me

This movement based class encourages early socialization and creativity, develops physical strength, coordination and spatial awareness, and strengthens familial bonds. Adult participant may be a parent, guardian, grandparent, nanny or sitter and should wear clothing that allows comfortable movement.
Students must be age 2 by 8/31/15.


Creative Movement I

Students learn to love dance while developing coordination, imagination, memory, musicality and motor skills. Students must be age 3 by 8/31/15.

Creative Movement II

Students learn to love dance while developing coordination, imagination, memory, musicality and motor skills.
Students must be age 4 by 8/31/15.

 

Little Movers: Boys’ Dance – NEW!

This fun, movement based class, specifically for boys, focuses on the athleticism of dance. It will develop their large motor skills, technique, flexibility, and strength. This class is great for coordination, body awareness and is helpful for any future sport or dance activities. Recommended for boys ages 4-6.  

 

Pre-Ballet I

Students are introduced to ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, focusing on the development of coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.
Students must be age 5 by 8/31/15.


Pre-Ballet II

Students are introduced to ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, focusing on the development of coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.
Students must be age 6 by 8/31/15.

 

Ballet I

This level introduces a structured ballet class implementing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline, and musicality.
Children's Jazz I is recommended for students in Ballet I.
Students must be age 7 by 8/31/15.


Ballet II A & B

Serious study of ballet begins at this level, with two ballet classes per week. Students build upon their training in fundamental concepts of classical ballet technique, vocabulary and studio etiquette. This class focuses on the development of body positions and alignment, jumping, introduction of turning and musicality. 
This level is by placement only, all classes are required.


Children's Jazz I is recommended for students in Ballet II B.
Children's Jazz II is recommended for students in Ballet II A.  

 

Children's Hip Hop -NEW!

(Summer Session only) 
A high energy class with fun combinations to upbeat rhythms that will build strength and endurance. 


Children's Jazz I

(previously Beginning Jazz)
This exciting class is a perfect addition to a Ballet I or Ballet II B student's training. Students learn basic jazz steps, rhythm and fun choreography.


Children's Jazz II

(previously Intermediate Jazz)
Jazz II is an excellent addition to a Ballet II A student's training. This class will help to build flexibility and concentration through fun combinations.

 

Content

At the Joffrey Academy of Dance, nurturing a love of dance at a young age sparks a true passion for the art form. The Children’s Division builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.

 

Free Trial Class Day!

Students ages 8 and up are invited to take a FREE Trial Class in the Youth and Children's Divisions on Saturday, August 29. This is a great opportunity to get placed in the appropriate class level by a teacher, take a class you've always wanted to try, or bring a friend with you to your favorite class! Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class (no payment info necessary). 

Trial Class Day Schedule - Saturday, August 29

10:00-11:30 AM – Ballet (ages 8-11) with Daielma Decker 

10:00-11:30 AM – Jazz (ages 12-16) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Jazz (ages 8-11) with Katie Rafferty 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM – Ballet (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker 

1:00-2:00 PM – Tap (ages 9-16) with Star Dixon

1:00-1:30 PM – Pre-Pointe (ages 12-16) with Daielma Decker

2:00-3:00 PM – Classical Modern Duncan Technique (ages 10-14) with Jennifer Sprowl 

 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Children's Division Fall Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 25 - June 5, 2016


Placement

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places student in the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

 

Registration

Fall Semester Registration

Priority (current students) - August 10, 2015

Open (new students) - August 17, 2015 

 

Attire

Toddler & Me
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. NO skirts.
Parent: Comfortable clothes that allow movement.

Creative Movement – Pre Ballet
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. Recommended: Mirella camisole leotard style M207C and Canvas split sole ballet slippers. *Please note that skirts are not allowed in any ballet class in the Children's Division.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Little Movers: Boys’ Dance
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet I
Girls Required: Pink camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet II
Girls Required: Light Blue camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Children’s Jazz I & II
Girls Required: Solid colored camisole leotard and black jazz shoes. Optional fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants.
Boys Required: Solid color fitted t-shirt, black shorts/jazz pants, and black jazz shoes. 

Designed For: 
Approximately 3-9

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