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Dancing at the Citadel

DSC 4591We 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 to build upon throughout their training, 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
Young Dancers Program : Creative Movement Ages 3 & 4. Foundations of Dance and Tap for 5’s Age 5
Level I: Dancers 1-2 years of training Ages 6-8
Level II: Dancers with 3-5 years of training (Ages 8 and up)
Level III: Dancers with at least 4 years of training who have mastered material learned in Level II (Ages 9 and up)
Level IV: Dancers with at least 6 years of training who have mastered material learned in Level III (Ages 11 and up)
Level V: Intermediate/Advanced Dancers (Ages 13 and up)
Level VI: Pre-professional/Advanced (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 as it 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.
*Students should bring a theraband

Contemporary: Emphasis is placed on versatility of movement as it moves between Classical Ballet and Horton Technique.
*Students should bring a yoga mat.

Floor Barre: Ballet movement done on the floor to further strengthen the body and address correct alignment. Students enrolled in this class should bring a theraband.

Hip Hop: Genre of dance originating as a social dance form directly correlating to hip hop music. Includes popping, locking, breaking, and krump.
*Students should bring a yoga mat.

Horton /Modern: This modern technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination and body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression.

Improvisation: A tool used to develop a broader range of movement vocabulary and allow the dancer to explore in order to become a better communicator.
*Students should bring a journal/notebook.

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.
*Students should bring a yoga mat and theraband.

Pilates: Improves flexibility, builds strength, and puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

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.

Tap: Rhythmical use of the feet that explores the partnership of music and dance.
*Students should bring a journal/notebook.

Young Dancers Program
This program has been designed to serve the 3 to 5 year old dancers to cultivate the imagination, build a strong relationship between dance and music, explore many genres 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 move into Foundations of Dance at age 5, which focuses on ballet and modern. We also offer Tap for 5’s for this age group. This program has been designed to serve the 3 to 5 year old dancers to cultivate the imagination, build a strong relationship between dance and music, explore many genres 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 move into Foundations of Dance at age 5, which focuses on ballet and modern. We also offer Tap for 5’s for this age group.