Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet

Ages 3-4

Students in pre-ballet will be introduced to basic ballet technique while learning to follow directions and work on gross motor skills.  The concentration in this level is posture development, musicality and rhythm, and coordination.

Ballet 1

Ages 5-6

Students in Ballet 1 will be developing basic ballet technique working from the five positions.  They will concentrate on posture with the use of the core muscles, musicality, plie and tendu variations, and center work that evolves gross motor skills.  

Ballet 2

Ages 7-8

Students in Ballet 2 will be working on basic ballet technique through both barre and center work.  Concentration in this class is the awareness of turn out, emphasis on straight lines, and vocabulary development.  

Ballet 3A

Ages 9+

Students in Ballet 3A will be working on ballet technique at the barre and center.  In this class, student are expanding their vocabulary and learning many new exercises.  The emphasis is on establishing turn out, articulating the feet, and strengthening their ability.  

Ballet 3B

Ages 9+  — Placement Class Required

Students in Ballet 3B will enhance their technique through both barre and center work.  Similar to Ballet 3A, students are rapidly expanding their ballet vocabulary. The emphasis is developing posture and whole body coordination, articulating the feet and strengthening their ability.  Female students in Ballet 3B will also take pre-pointe class.

Ballet 4

Ages 10+  — Placement Class Required

Students in Ballet 4 will be working on intermediate ballet technique at the barre and centre.  Concentration in this class is given to improving ballet posture, body positions, and movement quality.  Female students in Ballet 4 will also take pointe class. Students in this level wishing to perform will audition for roles.  

Ballet 5

Ages 11+  — Placement Class Required

Students in Ballet 5 will be working on intermediate ballet technique to improve their strength and precision. Students will advance to difficult skills to improve their alignment, technique, and movement quality. Female students in Ballet 5 will take pointe class twice a week.  Students in this level wishing to perform will audition for roles.

Ballet 6

Ages 12+  — Placement Class Require

Students in Ballet 6 will be working on advanced ballet technique in order to improve their ability and skills in the art.  Concentration will be placed on alignment, epaulement, and artistry. Female students in Ballet 6 will take pointe class twice a week.  Students in this level wishing to perform will audition for roles.

Freshman Ballet

Ages 10+  

Students in Freshman Ballet are older beginners to ballet.  They will be working on beginning ballet technique through barre and center work.  Concentration in this class is establishing basic feet and arm positions, posture, strength, and movement quality.

Adult Ballet
Age 18+

Adult ballet offers adults the opportunity to learn beginning ballet technique through barre and center work.

Men’s Class
Ages 10+

Men’s class offers beginning/intermediate ballet technique to male dancers.  Focus in this class is placed on upper body placement as it differs from female dancers and grand allegro.

Pas de deux

Placement class required

Pas de deux is beginning/intermediate partnering technique.  Females must have sufficient experience on pointe to be able to participate.

Pilates

Ages 10+

Pilates class focuses on core strengthening, flexibility, posture, and spinal alignment.  The class is performed on a yoga mat in a variety of dynamic postures which target the deep abdominal muscles responsible for protecting the spine, and powering all dance moves.  A large focus is also on upper back and shoulder strengthening, with the last 15 minutes of the class focused on beginning acro moves which flow naturally from the rest of the class work, and are done as the participant is able and ready.

Stage Presence
Ages 3-4

If you have a child that loves to “put on a show!” this class is for her/him! This 30 minute class is full of theatre games, music and movement. It helps to build confidence and channel creative energy.

Musical Theatre Minis
Ages 5-6

Working and playing with the three main components of Musical Theatre: Singing, Dancing and Acting, MTM teaches articulation, proper vocal production, and basic dance steps for ages 5-6. Students will sing and dance simultaneously, learn theatre vocabulary, play improv games and have a lot of fun!

Musical Theatre Kids
Ages 7-8

This fun and energetic class will be exploring the three main components of Musical Theatre: Singing, Dancing and Acting. MTK teaches articulation, proper vocal production, and basic/intermediate dance steps for ages 7-8. Students will sing and dance simultaneously, learn theatre vocabulary, play improv games, sing in rounds, learn basic harmony, how to read a script and write blocking notes.

Youth Musical Theatre

Ages 9+

One of our most popular classes at HBPA, YMT dives into singing, dancing and acting! With increasingly challenging music, choreography and character work, the students continue to develop technique and artistry, and learn to perform authentically.

Broadway Repertoire

Ages 12+  — Requirement: A minimum of 1 level 4 Ballet class per week.

Broadway Rep explores the choreography of current and past Broadway productions. Focusing on proper technique and honing specific styles of Broadway legends such as Robbins, Fosse, and Bennett, dancers will expand their skill set and push past their comfort zones.

Modern Fundamentals
Ages 8+

A Modern technique class for those new to modern dance.  It will focus of the basic skills of modern dance: foot presses, prances, contractions, body swings, movement on the floor and a little improvisation.  Ballet technique is recommended in conjunction with modern to help improve strength and technique. 

Modern Advanced

Ages 12+

A Modern technique class to compliment the ballet dancer’s repertoire.   This class includes a mixture of different modern techniques with heavy emphasis in the use of Rudolf Laban’s movement analysis. The advanced modern dancer will master the basic skills of modern dance, and will learn leg swings, rise and falls, safety foot, space holds, effort actions, and more.

Acro 1 & 2
Ages 8+

These classes are acrobatics done on the floor with no mats.  Students will learn acrobatic, extreme yoga poses and contortion tricks.  Everything is done slow and controlled.  They will learn to do tricks on and with objects as well.

Lyrical
Ages 10+

Lyrical is a form of ballet/modern.  Students will also be learning a few tricks, jumps, turns and stretching to strengthen their muscles.  Some elements of contemporary style will be covered.

Freshman Tap
Ages 10+

Beginning tap technique for older beginners, this class will include warm up, center work, and simple traveling steps. Students will learn basic tap steps, how to differentiate multiple foot positions, count along with music, understand tempo, downbeats and upbeats.

Sophomore Tap
Ages 13-15  — Placement Class Required

Intermediate tap technique for older students, this class will build on basic technical skills with increasing difficulty in footwork, rhythm, turning steps and speed.

Tap 1
Ages 5-7 — Prerequisite: Students must be able to skip.

Through dancing and games, students will learn basic tap steps, how to differentiate multiple foot positions, count along with music, understand tempo and downbeats.

Advanced Tap

Placement Class Required

Advanced Tap focuses on developing musicality through tap technique, improvisation, and listening. Students will learn basic elements of music and be encouraged to explore their own personal style and relation to tap dance. A typical class consists of warm-ups, followed by rudiment exercises, then choreography, and finishes with improvisation.  Students must be well-versed in tap vernacular and have established control of the physical steps.