Dance Expressions
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 450-3209
danceexpressions5678@yahoo.com
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Class Descriptions

Creative Cuties
(Ages 3-4)

Students are introduced to rhythm patterns, develop gross motor skills, and engage in imaginative play in this fun, high-energy class. Ballet basics will be taught all the while expressing creativity. Social skills are developed through learning to take turns and by following directions. Please wear appropriate dance attire such as leotards along with dance skirts, jazz shorts, or leggings. Please no baggy clothing or long skirts/dresses. Students should have their hair pulled back into ponytails. Children must be able to participate without a parent/caregiver in the room. Parents/caregivers are more than welcome to watch their children from the lobby.

Kinder Expressions
(Kindergarten 5 & 6 years)

Students will be introduced to fundamental dance techniques.Self expressionis encouraged as children glide, hop, skip, and leap across the dance floor. Listening skills, rhythm, and memorization skills are developed. Please wear appropriate dance attire such as leotards along with dance skirts, jazz shorts, or leggings. Please no baggy clothing or long skirts/dresses. Students should have their hair pulled back into ponytails.

Mini Jazz Dance
(1st-2nd Grade)

Make friends, explore movement, and develop dance skills. Dancers will learn the basics of jazz dance through fun activities and dance combinations. Simple jazz movements that children can easily execute are taught. Emphasis is placed on rhythm, basic technique, locomotor skills and coordination. Please wear appropriate dance attire such as leotards along with dance skirts, jazz shorts, or leggings. Please no baggy clothing or long skirts/dresses. Students should have their hair pulled back into ponytails.

Intro to Jazz
(Ages 8-12)

Come join us for this fun and upbeat class including warm ups, stretches, and energetic combinations performed to popular music. For dancers with little to no dance experience.

Beginning Jazz
(Ages 9-12)

Continue to build onto the basic dance foundation. For dancers who have had 1-2 years of Intro to Jazz or new students with similar dance experience.

Beginning Intermediate Jazz
(Ages 10-15)

For dancers who have completed at least 2-3 years of Beginning Jazz or new students with similar experience. Continue building a solid basic foundation, as well as confidence. Previous skills will be reviewed and added on to as well as introducing of new skills. Students in this class this class should be comfortable with single pirouettes, chaine turns, pas de bourrées, leaps.

Intermediate Jazz
(Ages 12+)

For dancers who have had at least 4-5 years of dance experience. Emphasis will be placed on technique and proper body alignment. Difficulty will be added to previous skills/steps as well as the introduction of new skills. This class incorporates a warm-up, across the floor, and combinations. Dancers should be comfortable with double pirouettes, various leaps, kicks, and more. Our Saturday Technique class is a highly recommended supplement. This class is offered twice a week – take one or both classes.

Advanced Intermediate Jazz
(Ages 13 & up)

This class introduces an advanced intermediate level of jazz movements and terminology. Students must have a solid dance foundation. Focus on style and technique, including longer and more difficult combinations requiring more control, incorporating bigger leaps, more turns (triple pirouettes, a la seconde turns, etc.) and higher kicks.Each class will consist of a warm-up, across the floor, proper jazz technique, and combinations. Our Saturday Technique class is a highly recommended supplement.

Performing Company
(Middle School-High School)

For students wanting more performance opportunities. Perform at local events and the end-of-the-year performance. Interested dancers must have strong dance skills, stage presence, and work ethic. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful company, please contact Maryanne. To participate in this class, you must take another Dance Expressions class as well as register and attend the Beginning/Intermediate Saturday Technique class. A year-long commitment is required. Outside activities must not interfere with attendance, rehearsals, and performances.

Advanced Jazz/Performing Company
(High School)

This class is by permission/invitation only.
For the advanced dancer seeking more performance opportunities. Dancers must properly execute multiple pirouettes, various leaps, fouettes, illusions, and other complex movements. Explore the many fusions of jazz dance, from hip hop to lyrical and perform at local events and the end-of-the-year performance. Interested dancers must have strong dance skills, presence, and work ethic. Year-long commitment required. Outside activities must not interfere with attendance, rehearsals and performances. To participate in this class, you must take another Dance Expressions class as well as register and attend the Advanced Saturday Technique class. Instructor permission is required; contact Maryanne if interested in enrolling.

Lyrical Jazz
(Middle School – High School)

Lyrical dance uses the mood of the music to bring out the movements from the dancers. This class will consist of a warm-up and include across the floor progressions and center combinations. The mixture of these two styles will make for a powerful, yet graceful class. This Saturday Technique class is a highly recommended supplement for any of our classes.

Jazz Hip Hop
(Ages 10+)

An upbeat and energetic class that fuses jazz and hip hop. All levels welcome!

Intermediate Jazz Hip Hop
(Ages 12+)

An upbeat and energetic class that fuses jazz and hip hop.

Advanced Jazz Hip Hop
(Ages 13+)

Geared towards the advanced dancer.

Teen Jazz
(Ages 12+)

Dancers will love coming to this upbeat and energetic class. Dancers will be learn jazz steps, turns and movement while increasing strength and flexibility.

Saturday Technique
(Ages 10+)

This class is for the dancer who is serious about giving extra attention to improving their technique. This class will increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, and will focus on the proper execution of basic - advanced leaps and turns as well as combinations and sequences. Essentials learned in this class can be applied and will be beneficial to all other areas of dance. Take this class along with another Dance Expressions class to see improvement!

 

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Dance Expressions   •   701 Laurel Street   •   Menlo Park, CA 94025   •   (650) 450-3209   •   danceexpressions5678@yahoo.com

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