Class Descriptions

Ballet Program:

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, coordination, and creative expression through movement.

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, plie and tendu variations, and center work that evolves gross motor skills, in addition to creative expression and musicality.

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,  vocabulary development, rhythm and tempo.  

Ballet 3A, ages 9+
Students in Ballet 3A will be working on ballet technique at the barre and center.  In this class, students 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 11+ 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 Required
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.

Men’s Ballet 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, Level 6, Placement class required
Pas de deux is beginning/intermediate partnering technique.  Females must have sufficient experience on pointe to be able to participate.

Pre-Pointe Class, Level 3A/3B
Training on pointe is a serious step in ballet training.  Click here for a description of our studio’s guidelines for pointe work.  Pre-pointe class focuses on foot-strength building and alignment that will develop pointe readiness. Students will learn conditioning exercises for the legs and feet and practice pointe barre technique. Students are required to take two ballet technique classes a week at this level. 

Pointe Class, Levels 4-6
Students will participate in a weekly pointe class in order to improve their pointe technique.  These classes will continue to work on foot, leg, and core strength through both barre and center exercises.  Concentration will be on alignment and correct distribution of weight over the shoe, ability to maintain balance, and increased security and control.  Advanced pointe students will also learn and analyze classical variations from famous ballet repertoire.

Stretch and Strength Program:

Acro 1,2,3 ages 5-10
This class will focus on the foundations of Acro, a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.. Students will do stretch and strength exercises, full body conditioning, and learn basic acro including forward rolls, back bends, and walkovers. This class is done in the studio on the dance floor with the occasional use of thin mats.

Acro 4,5,6, ages 11+  Pre-Req: backbend
Acro combines the use of acrobatics with classical dance to create unique choreography. This class is done on the floor with no mats.  Students will learn acrobatic/contortion tricks ,on and with objects, and extreme yoga poses.  Everything is done slowly and with control.  

Lyrical 3/4, ages 8+, Pre-Req: Ballet 3 or higher
Lyrical is a form of dance that is performed to music with lyrics, so that it inspires expression of strong emotions. Students will also be learning a few tricks, jumps, turns and stretching and strength exercises.  Some elements of contemporary style will be covered.

Lyrical 5/6, Pre-Req: Left and Right split, basic Acro, Ballet 4 or higher (3x’s per week)  The goal of this class is to push past comfort zones, creatively and physically. Students in this challenging class will combine technique from ballet class, vocabulary from many dance forms (Ballet, Jazz, Modern), acro skills and drama. Placement class required.

Pilates 5/6, ages 12+
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.


Musical Theatre Program

Musical Theatre 1, ages 5-6 Recommended: Ballet 1 and Tap/Jazz 1
Working and playing with the three main components of Musical Theatre: Singing, Dancing and Acting, MT1 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 2, ages 7-8 Recommended: Tap/Jazz combo class, Ballet 2
This fun and energetic class will be exploring the three main components of Musical Theatre: Singing, Dancing and Acting. MT2 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.

Musical Theatre 3, ages 9-12  Requirement: Jazz 3 or Freshman Jazz, Ballet 3 or Freshman Ballet (1x per week) Recommended: Tap 3 or Freshman Tap
One of our most popular classes at HBPA, this class 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.

Musical Theatre 4/5/6 (formerly Youth Musical Theater) ages 12+  — Requirement: A minimum of one level 4 Ballet class per week and one jazz class.  Recommended: 2 or more ballet classes, jazz and tap.
In this class, students will continue to advance their performing skills as a triple threat. Audition technique, professionalism, history and genres of Musical Theatre will be addressed, as well as basic music theory. Students in this class will audition for roles in our annual spring musical.

Jazz Program:

Tap/Jazz 1, ages 5-6
This combo class will introduce the students to the basics of broadway tap and classical jazz dance. Through warm up, center work, and across the floor, 30 minutes will be spent in each discipline, focusing on proper technique, musicality, execution of basic steps and performance.

Tap/Jazz 2, ages 7-8
This combo class will continue to increase skills and vocabulary of broadway tap and classical jazz dance. Through warm up, center work, across the floor and short combinations, 30 minutes will be spent in each discipline, focusing on proper technique, musicality, execution of basic steps and performance. Introduction to proper turning/leaping technique in addition to an increased focus on core strength and flexibility is emphasized.

Jazz 3/4, ages 9-11
This class will continue to increase in difficulty of skills and vocabulary of classical jazz dance. Through warm up, center work, across the floor, and longer combinations, the focus on proper technique, musicality, and performance continues. Age appropriate goals for turns, leaps, stretch and strength are articulated for students.

Jazz 5/6, (formerly Broadway Rep) This class is by invitation or audition only.
Pre req: Students must have a full split on the right & left side, and an intermediate level understanding of jazz vocabulary, turns and leaps.Requirement: Students must be enrolled in at least 2 ballet classes per week.
This class will explore 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.

Freshman Jazz, ages 10+, for older beginners
This class will focus on the basics of classical jazz dance. Warm up, center work and short combinations will focus on proper alignment, stretch/strength and musicality. This class is excellent for singers and actors that need a stronger handle on dance skills. The goal of this class is two fold: First, to make room for an older beginner to explore their interest in dance and second, to get older beginners up to speed, so they can transition into leveled classes asap.

Modern Program:

Modern 2/3/4, ages 7+
A technique class for those new to modern dance.  It will focus on 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 5/6, ages 12+, Pre-Req:  Ballet 4
A 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.

Tap Program:

Tap/Jazz 1, ages 5-6,  Pre-Req: Students must be able to skip.
Through dancing and games students will learn the basics of Broadway tap, foot articulation, tempo, rhythm and downbeat. A combo class with Jazz 1, 30 minutes each week will be spent on each discipline.

Tap/Jazz 2, ages 7-8
Students will continue to increase knowledge, technique and vocabulary of Broadway tap, including turns and increasing speed.  A combo class with Jazz 2, 30 minutes each week will be spent on each discipline.

Tap 3, ages 9-10
Through warm up, center work and across the floor, students will be working on increasing speed, and difficulty of Broadway style combinations. Introduction to rhythmic tap and hoofing will be explored in preparation for Tap 4.

Tap 4 (formerly 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. This class is not Broadway tap,  but a rhythmic/ musician’s approach, as seen in dance companies.

Tap 5/6, (formerly Advanced Tap),This class is by invitation or audition only.
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.


Freshman Tap, Ages 10+, for Older Beginners
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.

Adult Tap Ages 14+
This class is for adults who want to explore and learn tap dance. It is a fun way to exercise, learn a new skill, and meet friends!