Intermediate and Advanced level students at NHAPA will be recommended to an Intensive Core Study of classes. Core studies will include appropriate level classes in Ballet as well as leveled classes in student’s areas of interest including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary. Below you can learn more about each genre’s curriculum of study.
Ballet I -Ballet I explores the fundamentals of basic ballet technique. Students will gain an understanding of ballet terminology, placement and body alignment while continuing to develop their grace, balance, and artistic expression. The curriculum will include basic variations and exercises in the center along with movement in patterns.
Pre-requisite of Ballet I/ Must enroll in 2 ballet classes per week
For students that have mastered the techniques and coordination taught in Ballet I, Ballet II will continue to build upon the foundations while working to promote proper body lines, posture and alignment. Students will work with varied music tempos, movement patterns and simple variations.
Ballet III- Pre-requisite of Ballet II Must enroll in 3 ballet classes per week
For students that have mastered the techniques and coordination taught in Ballet II, Ballet III will continue to build upon the foundations while working to promote proper body lines, posture and alignment. Students will work with varied music tempos, movement patterns and simple variations.
Ballet IV & V-Upon graduating from Ballet III, advanced level students will be recommended to Ballet IV or higher. Students studying at this level of Ballet will have the option of learning Pointe.
TAP teaches rhythm, coordination, tap fundamentals and terminology all in a fast paced, energetic and upbeat class. Classes are available at graduated levels, beginner through advanced.
Tap I/Tap II–
Must be enrolled in at least one weekly ballet class
Tap technique is offered at graduated levels of learning and will incorporate all styles. Tap I teaches rhythm, coordination, terminology and basic tap choreography. Tap II is open to students who have mastered the skills in Tap I and is designed to refine tap skills, while moving beyond the fundamentals of tap. Students will put the fundamentals to work by learning new steps, rhythms, patterns, and combinations. Students will also learn different styles of tap such as Stomp, Showboat, and Rhythmic.
Tap III-V –Matriculation into the intermediate and advanced level tap classes are by recommendation. Students transferring from other programs will be assessed prior to final class placement. These classes will focus on faster and more intricate footwork. The dancer at this level will develop speed, clarity, dynamics, and the ability to execute to complex rhythmic combinations
Contemporary / Lyrical
Contemporary/Lyrical dance style has its foundation in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and fluidity and expressiveness of jazz, contemporary and modern. With contemporary music, the class curriculum and choreography will focus on the fluidity of movement, emotional expression as well as focus on bodylines, balance, and sustained extensions. Both the Pre-Teen and Teen Level I classes are a great introduction to the lyrical class style. Higher-level classes will include more contemporary skills and floor work. Students in lyrical classes are strongly encouraged to study classical ballet and jazz simultaneously to support the technique required in class.
Contemporary is a style that focuses more on unconventional movement. It does not have fixed movement or the same fluidity as Lyrical dance. Contemporary explores oppositional movement, alignment, pedestrian like gestures, irregular rhythms and patterns. Contemporary dance is usually introduced at the more advanced levels where the dancers have a strong ballet technique to support the movement and skills required.
Jazz- Accompanied by upbeat music, Jazz classes will begin with a thorough stretch, technical and cardiovascular warm-up followed by progressions and combinations. All styles of jazz will be incorporated into the curriculum including Musical Theater, Broadway Style, & Lyrical. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of one ballet class per week.
Jazz I /Jazz II
Jazz I & II are foundation building classes focused on stretching, physical coordination, body awareness, building strength and flexibility. Basic jazz technique in the center and simple patterns will be introduced along with combinations to improve memory and sequencing skills.
Students who have mastered the skills in Jazz II will be recommended for placement in the intermediate and advanced level classes. Jazz III and up will continue to build upon technique, mastering more advanced patterns, movements and choreography.
Jumps & Turns (Intermediate & Advanced students)
Jumps & Turns is a technique class focused on building the skills needed to properly execute jumps and turns. Focus is on building strength, core stability and stamina. A full warm up including technique and strengthening exercises followed by progressions.
HIP HOP –from the streets of NYC to MTV, Hip Hop has become increasingly popular dance genre for all ages. Hip Hop evolved out of street and break dance moves and is characterized by its vigorous athletics and bouncy style. Classes are offered at graduated levels, beginner through advanced and touch on many of the popular styles including funk, pop and lock, and old school.
Hip Hop I-II-Must be enrolled in at least one ballet class per week. This class will introduce the basic fundamentals of hip hop. Class will include cardio warm up/stretching, progressions and basic combinations.
Hip Hop III-V-Placement in the intermediate and advanced level classes are at the recommendation of the faculty and/or directors. Pre-requisite of Hip Hop I/II and/or equivalent experience.