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Creative Movement (ages birth – 4 years)​

For students who are not yet ready to be on their own in one of our preschool programs. Designed to introduce students (along with their parent or caregiver) to movement. Body basics, Braindance and movement fundamentals lead us on a dance adventure that builds movement skills, self-esteem, social/emotional growth and love of dance.

Creative Dance/Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5)​

In these classes, students will learn some of the technical foundations of dance and will practice simple movement patterns, use basic ballet terminology, play dance games and dramatic games, all while fostering a love of movement. Tap will be taught throughout the longer sessions, while the performance focus is ballet. All dancers must be exactly 3 years of age by the first day of class to begin class at the Crested Butte School of Dance. No exceptions will be made.

 Ballet/Tap Level Pre-K (ages 4-5) & Level K (ages 5-6)​

Movement games and activities will continue to be part of each lesson (see Creative Dance description above).  Ballet and tap technique will be more of the main core of the class including center barre work, beginning tap steps, and rhythms. Level Pre–K will not perform tap in the spring showcase.

Levels 1 and 2 Ballet/Tap (ages 6-8)​

Ballet and tap technique will be the main core of the class including center barre work, intricate tap steps, and rhythms. Movement games and activities will continue to be part of each lesson until choreography for the spring showcase becomes the focus of the class.

Levels 3 and 4 Ballet/Jazz (ages 8-10)​

The next step for children in their dance education, reinforcing the basic concepts learned in previous ballet classes and gradually ensures that students develop their muscles correctly and do not force turnout. Moving in time with music, as well as memorization of basic ballet and jazz terminology. Class begins with a basic ballet barre, then moves to center work and with both ballet and jazz combinations and choreography.

 Level 5 Jazz (ages 10-11)​

An advanced-beginner class that delves into the basics of jazz technique and brings it to a new level within their own scope of movement. Students will have the opportunity to explore a vast variety of styles such as classical, funk, theatre, lyrical, and more! Warm-up will involve technique exercises, cardio work, learning terminology as well as a mix between slow, controlled movement and fun, up-beat dancing. Choreography will be built upon all learned technique, current trends
and student interest and expression.

Lyrical​

Lyrical class combines elements of jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Dancers will explore a realm of musicality and movement that relates specifically to song content and the wave/feel of lyrics as well as rhythm. It is an intricate, technical, dynamic and emotional form of expression

Modern/Contemporary​

Dancers will have the opportunity to explore the traditional framework of ballet and jazz from a new perspective. Each class will include a warm-up, technique, and a combination. Emphasis will be placed on developing efficient alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, broadening the range of movement qualities, exploring new vocabularies and phrasing styles, and encouraging individual investigation and embodiment of movement material.

Jazz​

Dancers delve into the basics of jazz technique and bring it to a new level within their own scope of movement. Students will have the opportunity to explore a vast variety of styles such as classical, funk, theatre, old school, and more! Warm-up will
involve technique exercises, cardio work, learning terminology as well as a mix between slow, controlled movement and fun, up-beat dancing. Choreography will be built upon all learned technique, current trends, and student interest and expression.

Tap

​ ​You will be making music with your feet! Technique and rhythm come together to allow you to get funky! By exploring the basics involved in tap practices as well as unique rhythms and brain teasers, students will grow toward making clear sounds and simply dancing. This class will certainly be a mix between standard methodology and creative rhythmic journeys! Both rhythm and theater tap are offered at our studio.

Hip-Hop​ ​

Dancers will learn a variety of styles in the hip-hop tradition including popping, locking, and break dancing.

Musical Theatre​

Elements of Broadway jazz, a bit of character, and basic ballet come together to create a fun, expressive dance environment. We will boogie to some famous tunes from wonderful theatre productions of all kinds. Find your inner flashy-dancer-self and have a blast!

Aerial​

Dancers will take flight! Elements of dance combine with aerial apparatus including lyra, silks, sling, and trapeze. Dancers will learn safety and skills during these classes with offerings for all ages and abilities. Come fly with us!

For more information about our aerial program, check out our Aerial Dance page.

African​

This class will embrace a variety of movements, dances, and traditions from multiple countries of Africa. We will study and explore the differences and similarities of the rich cultural elements and meanings behind the moves as well as touch on a range of rhythms and their relation to dance with live drum choreography and stomp percussion. Fun and friendly, engaging and educational!

Belly Dance​ ​

Based on belly dance styles from around the world, this class will focus on basic belly dance technique, combinations, and choreography

Partnering/Improv

This class explores off-balance weight exchange, acro-partnering skills, lifts, and improvised partnering and connection. Learn movements/tricks that can only be performed by a pair of dancers rather than a solo dancer. Experiment with being airborne in a safe learning environment.

Ballet and Pointe

Level 5 Ballet (ages 10-11)​

An advanced-beginner level class that solely focuses on ballet technique and performance. Students in this class will move into the traditional ballet class format with a full ballet barre followed by center work. Students will be introduced to performance quality movement, while correct placement and turnout will continue to be emphasized. This class lays the foundation for clean ballet technique. If a child has a dream of pointe this is where the training begins. All other classes (or if an experienced dancer wishes to challenge an age-level placement) require an evaluation by one of our instructors.

Level 6+ Ballet Intermediate (ages 12-18)​

An intermediate level class that solely focuses on ballet technique. Students in this class will move into the traditional ballet class format with a full ballet barre followed by center work. Students will be introduced to performance quality movement, while correct placement and vocabulary will continue to be emphasized. This class continues to lay the foundation for clean ballet technique. If a child has a dream of pointe this is where the training continues. All other classes (or if an experienced dancer wishes to challenge an age-level placement) require an evaluation by one of our instructors.

Level 6+ Ballet Advanced (ages 12-18)

Previous ballet training is required. Ballet
Level 6+ Advanced helps each student create the firm foundation needed to maintain and progress muscular strength that is critical for the next level. Core, body strength, arms (port de bras), correct turnout based on a student’s anatomy and muscular development are emphasized at the barre. Center work is focused on the basics of adagio (slow controlled combination), pirouettes, more advanced turns across the floor, petit allégro, and grand allégro. Musicality and performance quality are emphasized as students are exposed to a variety of both classical and contemporary composers.

Pre-Pointe Conditioning (ages 12-18)​

Previous ballet training is required. Pre-Pointe Conditioning helps each student create the firm foundation needed to maintain and progress muscular strength that is critical for the next level and pointe work. This class will introduce the basics of pointe work and strength. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age.

Pointe Training (ages 12-18​ teacher approval only)​ ​

A beginning/intermediate level pointe class. This class will introduce the basics of pointe work and strength. Class will begin with a basic barre to strengthen feet, ankles, and core. Once students become strong enough to move away from the barre, class will move to basic center work, combinations, and choreography. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age.

Adult Ballet (ages 18+)​

This special ballet class for adults only is your perfect workout! If you’ve taken ballet before, join us on perfecting your technique and working on new skills. If you’ve never taken before this is a perfect start for you! We will go at an easy tempo and differentiate for different learners.

Company/Junior Company & Hip Hop Crew ​

​Those in grades 7 – 12 are invited to audition. The Mission is to provide exceptional dance training, performance opportunities, and team building skills to a small group of dedicated dancers. By attending weekly technique classes and group rehearsals, local master classes, traveling to workshops and community performances, each member will be pushed to grow as an individual dancer as well as a team. The goal is to enhance confidence, technique, discipline, rhythm, self-esteem, and passion through the art of dance.