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Lake Bluff School of Dance
 

Dance Director Contact: Brittany Goodrich bgoodrich@lakebluffparkdistrict.org or 847-234-4150 x 34 with any questions about the Lake Bluff School of Dance program.

School of Dance

About Our Program

Welcome to Lake Bluff School of Dance where our focus as a park district family is to provide high-quality dance instruction in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. Our dance program offers a variety of dance classes for all ages to enjoy. We take pride as a community in proper technique while building and developing a student's confidence, self-image and self-awareness. Whether students are beginning their career as a dancer or simply looking to enrich their lives through the beautiful motion of dance, Lake Bluff School of Dance will help all dancers meet their goals to their fullest potential.

Our Program is a full year commitment offered in three semesters. At the end of the second semester before summer dance classes start, there will be a dance recital in June where all students are welcome to participate.

Semester I September 2–December 22, 2014, 2013. No class week of November 24-30. Classes will be held on no school days.

Semester II January 12-May 31, 2015

Semester III June 15-August 16, 2015

Dance Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet (Beginner)

In these levels children will develop poise and musicality in a fun and creative environment. The instructor will introduce children to a creative yet disciplined classroom structure that challenges their curious minds while introducing age-appropriate dance material. The students will express themselves physically through exercises intended to increase their coordination, strength, flexibility, and their awareness of spatial concepts while beginning their understanding of classical ballet. The strong emphasis on musicality and rhythmic timing will increase their ability to listen to and dance with the music.

Ballet Levels 1, 2, 3 and Adult (Beginner-Advanced)

These levels more formally offer children a challenging and disciplined classroom structure that is appropriately geared to their growing emotional and physical maturity. The students will build their knowledge of the basic structure of a ballet class with a growing vocabulary and develop proper placement of the torso, hips and legs without exceeding their anatomical limitations. They will develop a coordination of their arms and heads with a concentration on smooth transitions throughout the exercises. As they progress through the levels, the difficulty and sophistication of the classwork will increase accordingly. In addition to their dance education, students will learn about musicality, ballet terminology, and general stage and theater craft.

Lyrical (Beginner)

Lyrical is a fluid form of dance mixing the elements of Jazz and Ballet. Lyrical is set to the lyrics of the music and allows the dancers to set their emotions free and dance with their heart as well as their technique. The musical focus results in movement that has a smooth, flowing quality used to tell a story.

Jazz (Beginner-Advanced)

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, jumps, leaps, turns, and across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Tap (Beginner-Advanced)

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

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Hip Hop (Beginner-Intermediate)

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

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Dancers stretch and Conditioning Class

This class is designed to improve a dancer's range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength. Through a variety of stretches and strengthening exercises, dancers will also increase their awareness of their own body's potential as it connects to expression through movement.

Poms 1 and 2 (Beginner-Intermediate)

This is a fast paced class for dancers interested in learning more about the popular world of “Poms” dancing. Technique will focus on precision movements, high energy performance, team building exercises and enthusiastic choreography. No prior Poms experience necessary.

Zumba Kids and Adults (Beginner)

Zumba is a FUN cardio dance class that gets everyone up and moving to mostly Latin, Pop, and International Music. This class is designed to work all muscles including the most important one: your heart! Best of all, NO dance experience needed to enjoy ZUMBA!

"Let's Dance" Company

The company program is an introduction to performance, focused in ballet. Dancers will participate in dance class for an hour and a half each week. The classes teaches ballet technique and ballet performance. During this class, basics of ballet technique are reinforced and applied to skills for proper execution. Company members have various performance opportunities including a community performance and dance competition focused on ballet. Dancers will learn teamwork, performance and dedication.

Competition Team Company

The Lake Bluff School of Dance will give dedicated dancers the opportunity to participate in Regional and National competitions. This will be Competition team classes are either forty five minutes or one hour of intensive training and emphases is placed on proper technique and onstage performance. In order to be a part of the dance competitions you must take the required dance class listed below.

Petite Competition Company group must be enrolled in Ballet I or II and either Jazz I or II.

Junior Competition Company group must be enrolled in Ballet II and Jazz III.

Teen Competition Company group must be enrolled in Ballet III and Jazz IV.

Poms Competition Company group must be enrolled in either Poms I, II, or III.

Parent Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27 in dance studio I at 7:00-8:00 PM This meeting is to inform parents of the expectations of Competition Team, fees, associated with competition, costumes, and a chance for parents to have all questions answered before the auditions. If you are unable to make the meeting, please contact Brittany Goodrich.

Auditions For Jazz Competition Team

Day: Saturday

Date: August 30

Ages: 5-14

Time: 11:30 AM Registration; 12:00-2:30 PM Auditions

Location: Dance Studios I & II

Attire: Black Leotard, tights, and jazz shoes.

Auditions For Poms Competition Team

Day: Saturday

Date: August 30

Ages: 6-14

Time: 3:00 PM Registration; 3:30-4:30 PM Auditions

Location: Dance Studios I & II

Attire: Black Leotard, tights, and jazz shoes.

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Fees:

Payment is due at the time of registration for each semester. There will be no payment plans allowed for regular dance classes except company and competition classes. Classes cannot be prorated after the first two weeks of dance classes have started. Fees for dance classes will be discounted $10 per class for multiple registrations for either individuals taking more than one regular dance class or for immediate family members living in the same household that together take more than one regular dance class. Be sure to register everyone in the household in the office at the same time, so proper discount can be applied. Discount cannot be applied online so bring in, fax-in or mail-in registration if requesting discount. There is no discount for competition or company classes and these classes do not count when determining multiple registrations.

Our Program is a full year commitment offered in three semesters. At the end of the second semester before summer dance classes start, there will be a dance recital in June where all students are welcome to participate.

Safety & Security:

Students should not be left unsupervised for long periods of time before or after class.

Location:

Dance Studio I or Dance Studio II Both are located at the Recreation Center

Attendance:

Students are expected to be ON TIME for their class with their DANCE ATTIRE and hair up. If a child is not in dress code, the teacher has the right to ask the child to sit the entire class. Students in Competition and Company classes are not allowed to miss more than five classes for the entire Semester I/Semester II year. All classes the week of competition are mandatory. If a student misses more than five classes, the teacher has the right to remove that student from company/competition. Commitment is necessary in order to run these kinds of programs effectively. Thanks for your understanding!

Dance Attire:

All dance attire can be purchased at Arabesque Dance Boutique, 644 Bank Lane, Lake Forest. **All students will receive 15% off their first dance store purchase. The store will have the class lists with your child’s name listed and the one time discount is given per child/family.

Ballet/Lyrical/Creative Dance/Combo classes are to come with their hair in a bun, dark purple leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes.

Jazz/Combo classes are to come with their hair up, red leotard, black shorts and tan jazz shoes/tan Mary Jane tap.

Tap classes are to come with their hair up, navy leotard, tan tights, black shorts and tan Mary Jane tap shoes.

Hip Hop classes are to come with their hair up, solid color leotard, black shorts and black jazz shoes.

Poms/Conditioning-Stretch/Jumps, Leaps & Turns classes are to come with their hair up, cobalt blue leotard, black shorts and tan jazz shoes.

Zumba/Yoga kid classes are to come with their hair up, solid color leotard, black shorts and tan jazz shoes.

Company/Competition classes are to come in black leotard, black shorts and jazz shoes (color decided by the teacher).

Adult Ballet/Zumba are to come in comfortable clothes to move in.

 

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