For Dancers 3 ½ to 7 Years Old

Serendipity 1: 3½ to 4½ years

Serendipity 2: 4½ to 6 years

Serendipity is designed to introduce young children to the creativity and artistry of dance. Classes include work on basic motor skills, coordination, flexibility, rhythm, spacial awareness and design. Stories, games, props, and music of all kinds are used to inspire the imagination. Self-expression is fostered and self-discipline is encouraged. Class size is limited.

Pre-Ballet: 6-8 years

Pre-Ballet combines the free spirit of Serendipity with a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of Ballet.

Modern Dance

Modern Dance continues in the vein of Serendipity, encouraging coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and spacial awareness. The basics of Modern Dance technique, choreographic tools and performing skills are introduced, accompanied by eclectic musical styles, rhythms and meters.

Choreography 1/2

Students are introduced to basic dance composition, learning tools and choreographic devices to turn movements into phrases and dances.

For Dancers 8 to 13 Years Old

Ballet

Ballet begins at 8 years. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet requires three classes per week and four for advanced pointe work.

Ballet classes emphasize careful training of the young body and a solid foundation for further study. Students move through the levels according to maturity and technical ability.

Pointe

Evaluation for pointe begins at 11 years.

Pointe students must have attended 2 classes per week for 1 year in preparation. Once on pointe, students must attend 3 classes per week.

Modern Dance

Modern Dance encourages coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and spacial awareness. The basics of Modern Dance technique, choreographic tools and performing skills are introduced, accompanied by eclectic musical styles, rhythms and meters.

Choreography 1/2

Students are introduced to basic dance composition, learning tools and choreographic devices to turn movements into phrases and dances.

Choreography 3/4

Students build upon their composition skills by working with sophisticated choreographic tools and devices. We also bring elements outside of the dance field such as music, text, objects, and the environment into our compositions.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance started in the 1960s as a combination of African and street dance and is set to complex rhythms of music. Hip hop music can bring about political awareness and call out injustices in our community and our planet. We carefully select music for class that promotes positivity. Dancers taking hip hop will learn current trends in movement and musicality and will find that hip hop dance can provide them additional skills in becoming a versatile dancer.

Creative Movement For Boys (offered seasonally, 8-14 years)

The primary goal of this class is to foster a love of movement and serve as an introduction to dance. Creative movement offers music, movement, and rhythm plus freedom of expression. Creative movement is a great way to step into the dance studio, and is an excellent group activity.

For Dancers 14 Years and Older

Ballet

Ballet begins at 8 years. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet requires three classes per week and four for advanced pointe work.

Ballet classes emphasize careful training of the young body and a solid foundation for further study. Students move through the levels according to maturity and technical ability.

Pointe

Evaluation for pointe begins at 11 years

Pointe students must have attended 2 classes per week for 1 year in preparation. Once on pointe, students must attend 3 classes per week.

Pointe Repertory

Open to Ballet 4/5 students who would like to have extra Pointe experience. Class consists of barre and center exercises and learning ballet repertory on pointe.

Modern Jazz

A jazz movement vocabulary, including jumps, turns, leaps, and progressions across the floor is developed into dance combinations that emphasize strength, coordination, and style. Students sample a wide range of styles from Broadway to classical jazz and funk-inspired choreography.

Choreography 3/4

Students build upon their composition skills by working with sophisticated choreographic tools and devices. We also bring elements outside of the dance field such as music, text, objects, and the environment into our compositions.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance started in the 1960s as a combination of African and street dance and is set to complex rhythms of music. Hip hop music can bring about political awareness and call out injustices in our community and our planet. We carefully select music for class that promotes positivity. Dancers taking hip hop will learn current trends in movement and musicality and will find that hip hop dance can provide them additional skills in becoming a versatile dancer.

dNaga Company Class

By invitation only.

This class offers students an opportunity to engage in the process of creation of work, employing ballet and modern dance techniques as well as a sense of improvisation and deep critical thinking. We explore how we see ourselves in the world and how through dance we take up space and influence others with our choices. Students have the opportunity to perform in informal showcases during Bay Area Dance Week and occasionally may have opportunities to perform at additional venues. To learn more about dNaga, Danspace’s resident company, click here.