30625 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Phone number: 503-570-8858
Email : molly@innovativedance.net

Classes

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Musical Theater/Voice Class

 Learn and experience proper singing technique including breathing, ear training, utilizing the high and lower registers, and singing lots of great songs! Those who are interested in solo performing will have the opportunity to practice their performance in front of the class.

 
Performing Arts For Pre-schoolers

Students will enjoy dancing, singing, and the arts in a hands-on, active learning environment. Classes will be taught by a licensed early childhood teacher with years of experience in dance and education. While arts education is being slashed across all levels of education, Performing Arts Class will enhance your child’s weekly preschool schedule and round out their education. Students will develop and improve their social skills, classroom skills, and gross and fine motor skills all while having fun. Students will also learn a dance to perform at the annual recital in June. Daily Schedule includes: show n tell, jazz, tap, tumbling, snack time, games, songs, story time, free choice and art.

Hippity Hop

This class is for energetic little ones who love to move! Dancers will learn basic jazz technique and hip hop moves while developing rhythm and confidence. Music is age appropriate and will encourage an engaging, high energy class. Dancers will learn a routine and participate in our annual recital in June.

Parent/Tot

Dancers will be introduced to music, movement, flexibility, balance and coordination. Activities will include singing, dancing and games while helping to improve cooperation, listening and gross motor skills. Parents will participate in class for the first few months as we slowly transition the dancers to become independent. This class will help them get ready for preschool and independent activities.

Special Needs Class

Come join us in our creative movement class for kids who need a little extra support! This class recognizes that all children grow and develop at different paces and are designed to invite children with special needs into the world of dance. Classes will be structured to support a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to: AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning and
Communication Disability, and Down syndrome. We also welcome any typical siblings or close friends to join us in the fun! Classes are 45 minutes in length and held in eight-week sessions. Children will be learning basic dance technique involving ballet and jazz as well as developing rhythm, imitation, socials skills, taking turns and sequencing in a fun and supportive environment! There will be teacher assistants to support the class, but no one-to-one assistants are provided. The max number of students in each class will be 6 children with challenges and a max of 4 siblings.

Hip Hop

Free artisan street style of dance that incorporates African dance, martial arts, gymnastics and other forms of dance. The class provides fused training in old school and new school footwork, floor work, popping and locking to the syncopation of Hip-Hop and R&B music, all the while studying to learn how to interpret each not and beat within your body. Hip Hop is a high energy, upbeat class that is great for boys and girls of all ages.

Acrobatics

Acro is a fun class where students learn skills of all kinds. Our beginning classes explore rolls, handstands, cartwheels, back bends, headstands and basic "double-tricks". Intermediate students progress towards hand walks, front and back walkovers, balance tricks and back-handsprings. All classes use progressions to help students improve their flexibility and technique, while learning just how fun it is to be upside down!

Tap/Jazz/Acro combo classes

This class can be an hour to an hour and a half depending on the age of the students. It is a fast paced class that really keeps the interest of the students. It allows them to experience three styles of class without coming to the studio three times a week. At each age and level of the students they will progress through the basics of tap, jazz and acrobatics. Starting with forward and backward rolls, shuffles and flaps to leaps and turns. This class is recommended for beginning through intermediate students who want a range of dance in one class.

Lyrical Jazz

Lyrical dance draws from contemporary, ballet and jazz movement. The focus of this type of dance is on fluidity of movement and expressing the emotions of the music being danced to. As well as teaching technique, choreography and improvisational exercises are used to encourage self expression in her students. It is recommended that students have at least two years of either jazz or ballet before taking lyrical.

Tap Dance

A form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer's shoe. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music or without which is called a cappella dancing. Common tap steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap heel, cramp roll, and maxi ford.

Jazz Dance

Jazz is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. It emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. It is up beat with turns, leaps and tricks. Ballet technique is an important aspect of jazz because many of the same steps are used. Isolations are unique to jazz dance. This is where one part of the body is used while all other parts are still. Core strength and center control are important for executing isolations and powerful movements while maintaining balance. Unlike ballet, jazz is an anything goes style. The only limits are the imagination of the choreographer and dancer.

BALLET CLASS LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS:

PRE-BALLET

In Pre-Ballet, we find tradition, etiquette, history and the basic 1st through 3rd positions of the feet and arms. The Barre is used with two hands facing the mirror only to develop balance and back/hip alignment. We focus on the demi-plie, beginning and preparatory port de bras, finishing movements, battement tendu and battement jete exercises as well as aplomb, musicality and phrasing (counting), flexibility, alignment and rotation of the hips in and out. This class is designed to give a student an introductory course into classical ballet technique and the discipline it requires. French terminology is used and defined for students. Teachers and technique are slightly more demanding of students at this age as compared to previous training. The uniform is required and hair is to be kept in a bun at all times. Music is almost exclusively piano with minor exceptions.

BALLET I-V/ TECH/ ADULT

In Ballet Technique classes we strive to introduce the fundamentals of classical dance training including classical positions, poses, port de bras, anatomy, musical understanding and pathos. Here we break down and study vocabulary and establish kinesthetic rules and concepts. We utilize classical Vaganova theories as well as Balanchine Method in our teachings to create uniformity in our dancers capable of swift, clean, sharp lines, athletic and muscular dancers. One of our goals is to produce a ballet student capable of pursuing a professional career within a classical or contemporary company. Students should have completed 1 year of PreBallet upon entering this curriculum if possible, they must be age 7 or older. Dress code is strictly enforced and classical music is used predominately to develop the dancer's awareness of classical phrasing and music. At each level of technique, the demands and rigors of the technique and student will increase. As they reach the intermediate level, the girls will be evaluated for pointe (III), the men for mens class (II). Pas de Deux studies will begin at the late Intermediate level (III-IV+). Special attention to barre exercises, stretching and strengthening and vocabulary are studied in the beginning years, complexity, rhythm and timing in later years. Adagio, Petite Allegro/Batterie and Grand Allegro are studied in each year, vocabulary appropriate to the level of class. Advanced increases vocabulary, characterization, musicality and execution understanding as well as artistic development, personality and character creation. In adult classes we strive to offer a program for 13 year olds and older that provides them with classical training with a focus on artistry, grace and exercise. Auditioning and career opportunities discussed in tech classes including building portfolios, resumes, headshots, reels etc.

POINTE I-III

In Pointe Technique, per invitation only, the student must demonstrate a strong work ethic, above average understanding of technique, excellent attitude, consistent execution of uniform and attendance policies and have a strong commitment to the study of ballet. She is required to be at least 11/12 years old, attend a minimum of (2) technique classes per week in addition to the designated pointe class. As this class is a privilege, it can be taken away if the student begins to be continuously tardy, misses an unacceptable number of classes or is falling behind. Pointe is not only a very difficult technical study but quite physically dangerous to the student who is not serious. Students will not perform 'en pointe' until the intermediate level. Advanced students are required to have their pointe shoes on for all classes. This class teaches dancers how to dance 'en pointe' or toe. We will include in the study of pointe a breakdown of the shoes anatomy, history, wear, tear and care of the products and shoes, theoretical understanding of how pointe works, proper fitting, padding, rules of getting up, maintaining balance, coming off the shoes and stamina.

PREPOINTE

An elective for female dancers (or, males who wish to focus on leg and feet strengthening), who are working towards pointe. This is a non-level class and the curriculum and syllabus will repeat year to year. This endeavors to make the dancers transition form flat to pointe dancing comfortable and easier solely focusing on barre alignment, feet and ankle strength, turnout, calf strength, Achilles flexibility and posture.

Recommended Prereq's:

  • Ballet I: Request PreBallet first, but not required; 6 turning 7 years old minimum
  • Ballet I: Request PreBallet first, but not required; 6 turning 7 years old minimum
  • Ballet II: Completion of 1 + years and a solid base to beginning technique, summer encouraged
  • Ballet III: Completion of 3-4 + years and a solid intermediate technique, summer encouraged
  • Ballet IV: Completion of 4-5 + years and at a solid intermediate level, summer required
  • Ballet V: Completion of 3, en pointe, going to summer intensives or, striving to take open classes
  • Adult I/II: None; moves quickly though
  • Pointe: Per invite only and must maintain 2+ ballet classes of similar levels
  • Mens: Level II+, 10 years old, and taking one other ballet class
  • Variations/Pas: Level III+ for males, Pointe II for females and at least 2 other tech classes