Dance Program & Class Descriptions

The program:

Dancing at the Citadel

We believe dance is for everyone, so you will find a full selection of classes for children, teens, pre-professional students, and adults.

The Dance Program is designed to give all students a thorough, cumulative and versatile education. Ideally a student begins at 3 years old in order to establish the strongest foundation for which to build upon throughout their dancing life, but whether the student is dancing recreationally or decides to make dance an intensive focus, they will find the right class at the Citadel.

The Program at a Glance

The Dance Department is moving to 5 levels this year!
Young Dancers Program includes 3 levels of it’s own. Please see Young Dancers Program in “Class Descriptions”
Level I: Dancers with 3-5 years of training (Ages 7 and up)
Level II: Dancers with at least 4 years of training who have mastered Level I (Ages 9 and up)
Level III: Dancers with at least 6 years of training and who have mastered Level II (Ages 11 and up)
Level IV: Intermediate/Advanced Dancers (Ages 13 and up)
Level V: Pre-professional/Advanced Dancers (Ages 16 and up)

Moving From Level to Level

Students have a yearly evaluation from all their teachers. It includes technical aptitude, areas of improvement, areas that still need work, and level placement for the Summer and/or Fall.
It is unusual to move from one level to another during the course of the year, but not impossible. Training is designed to fit the dancer, not the norm.
A student may expect to spend 1-3 years in each level.

Intensive Dancers: Any student who trains a minimum of 6 hours per week.

Recreational Dancers: Any student who trains under 6 hours a week and does not wish to pursue dance as a profession.

Citadel Dance Company: Repertoire company made up of intensive dancers who train passionately in all styles of dance. Dancers further their education by learning choreography in various genre’s of dance which they perform year round for the surrounding community. Membership is by audition only.

Class Descriptions:

Ballet: Classical training essential to all dancers provides correct alignment, fluid use of the body, strength and flexibility, and a general understanding of the body’s functions as it pertains to dance and the specific vocabulary used in all forms of dance.

Ballroom: Taught in 6 week sessions to include many different dances.

Contemporary: Emphasis is placed on versatility of movement as it moves between Classical Ballet and Modern Dance forms, emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination and spacial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. Pre-requisite is one year of level II ballet and/or modern.

Creative Movement:
Please see Young Dancers Program

Floor Barre: Body alignment and strengthening through ballet barre exercises performed while on the floor.

Hip Hop: genre of dance originating as a social dance form directly correlating to hip hop music. Includes popping, locking, breaking and krump.

Improvisation: A tool used to develop a broader range of movement vocabulary and allow the dancer to explore in order to become better communicators.

Foundations of Dance I and II: Please see young dancers program

Jazz: Focus on rhythmical patterns of the body as it relates to jazz music while training the body to stretch, isolate, and apply ballet technique to different styles of movement.

Modern: Focus on movements that are deeply rooted/ grounded and stem from human emotion/thought versus the technical structure of ballet. Modern dance has an extended vocabulary that was created in rebellion to the typical ballet structure.

Pointe: Advanced form of ballet performed on the toes with the use of specific type of shoe. STUDENTS MUST HAVE PRIOR CONSENT FROM THE TEACHER TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS
Please note that the Pointe classes are labelled to correlate with their prospective classes- therefor Level III Pointe is actually beginning pointe as it is the first level offered and so on.

Tap: Rhythmical use of the feet that explores the partnership of music and dance.

Young Dancers Program

This has been designed to serve the 3 to 6/7 year old dancers to cultivate the imagination, build a strong relationship between dance and music, explore many genre’s of dance, and provide a strong technical base from which they can grow once they reach the higher levels of the program. Dancers begin with Creative Movement at 3 or 4 years of age and at 5 move into Foundations of Dance I which focuses on ballet and modern. Foundations of Dance II is for our 6 year olds with 2 or more years of training or 7 year olds with 1 or none.