Class Descriptions

“All for dance. Dance for all.” means  that students of all ages, interests, and skill levels can find joy in the art of dance.  

COVID-19 Update: At Twirl, we are ready and capable to adapt changing circumstances as they unfold. Our 2020 summer camps will happen in person in compliance with CDC protocols for social distancing and sanitizing. Our 2020-21 season dance classes will also accommodate whatever government guidelines are in place when classes begin on September 10, 2020. This means that our dance programs may temporarily pivot to a virtual format, modified in-person programming, or a hybrid of in-person and virtual experiences.

At Twirl, class placement is important to the success and happiness of all students. Please read the class descriptions to ensure that students are registered for the proper levels. Teaching artists at Twirl reserve the right to redirect students to a different level if they feel it is beneficial to the student and the class.

Preschool Dance

Twirl Junior Preschool Dance- (ages 3-5)* Imaginations soar when little ones wear fairy wings and superhero capes as part of this combination class which focuses on tap, acrobatics, and dance basics.  Aside from dance, your preschooler will learn counting, their left from right, and other skills that will help them excel in school and life. To learn more about Twirl Junior click here.

*Students must be at least 3 years of age by September 12, 2020 to enroll in Twirl’s 2020-2021 preschool dance classes.

I have three very different girls and they all have found love and joy for dance at this amazing studio!

-Brynne

Ballet

Ballet/Jazz I, II, and III– (ages 5-7) It’s the best of both worlds! In one hour, your child will begin with the classic technique of ballet and end with the fun and funky dance moves of jazz. Each dance form compliments the other as students gain a solid dance base and have tons of fun in the process. Level I (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no ballet/jazz dance experience. Ballet/Jazz II (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level III (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

 

Ballet I– (ages 8+) Perfect for students taking dance for fun or dancers who are serious about their craft, this level I class is beneficial for posture and focus while establishing a strong technical foundation for other forms of dance. Ballet I is the ideal level for third graders transitioning to Twirl’s 8+ level of dance classes.

 

Ballet IIa and IIb– (classes for ages 9+) Students fourth grade and older with previous ballet training will love dancing barre and center floor combinations that will feed their spirits and strengthen their dance technique. Level a and b placement is based on teacher recommendation.

 

Ballet IIIa and IIIb- (ages 10+) Dancers with at least three years of ballet training will plié the night away in this higher-level ballet class. Students will grow as dancers while they gain strength, control, and beautiful technique through more challenging barre work and center floor combinations. Level a and b placement is based on teacher recommendation.

 

Pre-Pointe– (ages 11+) As Twirl transitions to implementing a pointe program for the 2021-22 season, a pre-pointe class is now being offered for students who want to take their ballet training to the next level. Pre-pointe is a 30-minute class of strengthening and technique to prepare students to dance en pointe in the following season. Students ages 11+ must be approved or recommended to register for pre-pointe and are required to take two additional ballet classes each week.

Musical Theatre Dance

To learn more about Twirl’s Musical Theatre Dance program click here.

Musical Theatre Dance Ia, Ib and Ic- (classes for ages 5-7) Your child who loves dancing and being on stage will thrive in this jazz-based class that focuses on dance styles found in Broadway musicals. Students not only learn dance technique, but also work on acting skills and performing with emotion and stage presence. Level Ia (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no jazz dance experience. Ib (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level Ic (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

 

Musical Theatre Dance IIa, IIb and IIc– (classes for ages 8-10) Level II musical theatre dance classes focuses on different dance styles found on the Broadway stage and other theatrical venues. Musical Theatre Dance IIa (ages 8+) is the first level offered to third and fourth grade dancers. Level IIb is for fourth graders with at least one year of recent musical theatre dance/jazz dance training and fifth grade students, who might be new to dance. Musical Theatre Dance IIc  classes (ages 9+) are for more advanced fourth grade dancers and fifth graders with two years of recent musical theatre dance/jazz dance training.

 

Musical Theatre Dance III– (ages 11+) Dancers who dream of performing on Broadway are challenged with contrasting musical theatre styles that require both dance technique and performance quality. This class is great for singers who wish to improve the dance aspect of their triple threat.

 

Musical Theatre Dance IV– (ages 11+) Twirl’s highest level of musical theatre dance featuring advanced dance technique training and choreography.

Tap

Tap/Jazz I, II, and III– (ages 5-7) What kid wouldn’t love to make noise with their feet and then bust a move to cool tunes? Tap, tap, tap to the music and then get moving with some awesome jazz dancing. Your child will have a great time learning both disciplines of dance in one class. Cool, fun, and action packed! Level I (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no tap/jazz dance experience. Tap/Jazz II (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level III (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied tap/jazz dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

 

Tap I– (ages 8+) Beginner tappers start with the basics of tap technique and move on to learn cool moves like time steps, drawbacks, Cincinnati’s, and other awesome classic tap steps.

 

Tap II (ages 9+) Tap dancers with at least one year of recent tap training since third grade will master more advanced skills that require intricate footwork and rhythms.

 

Tap III (ages 10+) Advanced tappers will love hoofing their way through the hour as they are challenged with steps that require pullbacks and pickups in Twirl’s highest level tap class.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop- (classes for ages 8+ and 11+) Dancers learn how to find the rhythm and the baseline in a song as they build core strength and learn really cool dance moves. Dancers are also given the tools to develop their own creative style and voice through freestyle dancing. Like all classes at Twirl, music for hip hop classes is free of suggestive or inappropriate lyrics and choreography is cool, hip, and current while maintaining modesty and integrity.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance I and II– (classes for ages 9+ and 10+) Students will love dancing out their joys and frustrations through this super expressive genre of dance, which is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern. Level I (ages 9+) is for first year contemporary dance students and level II (ages 10+) is geared toward dancers with previous contemporary training.  NOTE: All contemporary dance students must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics I– (classes for ages 5-7 and 7+) Bring out the mats and let’s get upside down! It’s not a surprise that these are some of Twirl’s most popular classes. Students work on physical conditioning and agility as they learn handstands, walkovers, cartwheels, and other fun tumbling tricks. Students are challenged according to their individual skill level, and beginners are welcome.

 

Acrobatics II— (ages 7+) This class is designed for budding acrobats who want to bring their skills to the next level. Students work on back handsprings, aerial cartwheels, and other more advanced acrobatic tricks as well as exercises to improve flexibility and strength. Having a solid back walkover is a required prerequisite for this class.

Performance Team

Team Twirl I, II, III, and IV– (levels for ages 6-7, 8-9, 9-10, and 11+) Team Twirl is a performance group that gives Twirl dancers more opportunities to have a positive presence in the community though public performances (not dance competitions). Team Twirl classes include dance technique and learning choreography for these performances. Team Twirl I dancers ages 6 to 7 (first and second graders) are required to take at least two classes a week including at least one technique class (Ballet/Jazz, Tap/Jazz, or Musical Theatre Dance) plus Team Twirl I. Team Twirl dancers ages 8+ (Team Twirl II, III and IV) are required to take at least three classes a week including at least one Ballet class, plus Musical Theatre Dance, Hip Hop or Contemporary, plus Team Twirl II, III or IV (based on teacher recommendation). Team Twirl level placement is based on teacher recommendation, and students who are part of this performance group are required to attend at least 70% of all their required classes for Team Twirl. The Team Twirl class is considered a regular class when it comes to paying tuition. Click here for more details.

Down Syndrome Dance

Down Syndrome Dance– (ages  10+) Students with Down syndrome work on improving movement skills, creativity, and memorization as they explore jazz and musical theatre dance styles. Learn more about Twirl’s Down Syndrome Dance program by clicking here.