Classes for ages 11+

Middle and high school students have a home at Twirl where they can learn technique, have performance opportunities, and acquire dance skills that will benefit them in shows at schools, local theaters, and beyond.

The following 2021-22 season classes are appropriate for students age 11+

Classes run from September 9, 2021 to June 8, 2022. Registration for the 2021-22 season will open on May 3, 2021.

BALLET

Ballet II– (classes for ages 9+) Students fourth grade and older with previous ballet training and beginner level dancers age 11+ will love dancing barre and center floor combinations that will feed their spirits and strengthen their dance technique.

Wednesdays 7:40-8:30pm

Thursdays 5:35-6:25pm 

My daughter cannot wait for her next class and that’s owed to the studio’s palpable sense of thoughtfulness, creativity, and positivity. Thank you, Twirl!

-Jen

Ballet III and IV- (ages 10+) Dancers with at least two 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 placement is based on teacher recommendation.

Ballet III Wednesdays 7:35-8:30pm

Ballet III Thursdays 6:40-7:30pm

Ballet IV Mondays 7:35-8:30pm 

Ballet IV Thursdays 7:40-8:30pm 

 

Ballet V- (ages 11+) Turns, leaps, and beats. Ballet V is for Twirl’s most advanced ballet students. Level placement is based on teacher recommendation.

Wednesdays 6:35-7:25pm

 

Pre-Pointe– (ages 11+) Pre-pointe is a 30-minute class of strengthening and technique to prepare students to dance en pointe for the following season.  Twirl has a unique partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in our assessment of pointe readiness for the dancers in this class. Pointe readiness will be assessed individually by Twirl’s teaching artist and dance/sports specialists from CHOP toward the end of the dance 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.

Wednesdays 8:30-9:00pm

 

Pointe– (ages 11+) Dancers work on strengthening, conditioning, and dance artistry as they safely navigate the world of dancing en pointe. All pointe students must have completed Twirl’s pre-pointe program or have previous pointe training. Pointe students who are new to Twirl and have not completed Twirl’s pre-pointe class must pass an assessment before being approved to take this class. All pointe students must also be enrolled in at least two ballet classes per week.

Thursdays 8:30-9:15pm

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

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

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 beginner/intermediate dancers age 11+ and for singers who wish to improve the dance aspect of their triple threat.

Mondays 7:40-8:30pm 

 

Musical Theatre Dance IV– (ages 10+) Intermediate/advanced musical theatre dancers hone in on jazz dance technique and learn dance styles and choreography that are practical for musicals, theme parks, cruise ships, and other stage productions.

Wednesdays 5:40-6:30pm

 

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

Tuesdays 6:30-7:20pm

TAP

Tap I– (ages 8+) Beginner tappers will fall in love with this style of dance as they train in the basics of tap technique and rhythm, providing the framework for tap classes in years to come.

Tuesdays 7:35-8:30pm

 

Tap II (ages 9+) Tap dancers with at least one year of recent tap training since third grade will learn cool moves like time steps, drawbacks, Cincinnati’s, and other awesome classic tap steps.

Tuesdays 7:40-8:30pm

 

Tap III (ages 9+) Intermediate tappers will love hoofing their way through the hour as they gain tap skills that require pullbacks and pickups.

Mondays 6:35-7:25pm

 

Tap IV (ages 10+) This class will challenge proficient tappers with intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and advanced tap steps.

Tuesdays 5:35-6:25pm

HIP HOP

Hip Hop- (ages 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.

Mondays 7:30-8:30pm

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Contemporary Dance I, II, and III– (classes for ages 9+, 10+ and 11+) 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, level II (ages 10+) is geared toward dancers with at least one year of contemporary training, and level III is designed for advanced dancers .  NOTE: All contemporary dance students must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

Contemporary I (ages 9+) Wednesdays 6:30-7:20pm

Contemporary II (ages 10+) Thursdays 7:35-8:30pm

Contemporary III (ages 11+) Thursdays 6:35-7:25pm

ACROBATICS

Acrobatics I– 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.

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Thursdays 4:30-5:20pm 

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm

Saturdays 11:05am-12:00pm

 

Acrobatics II— (ages 6+) Level II is Twirl’s intermediate level acrobatics class. Along with strength and flexibility training, this class focuses on cartwheel variations, walkovers, and balancing skills. Note: The prerequisite for this class is a consistent bridge kickover.

Thursdays 6:30-7:20pm

 

Acrobatics III— (ages 7+) This class is designed for 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. Note: Having a solid back walkover and bridge recover (standing up from a bridge) are required prerequisites for this class.

Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm

PERFORMANCE TEAM

Team Twirl III (ages 9+) and IV (ages 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. All Team Twirl dancers ages 11+ are required to take at least three classes a week including at least one Ballet class, plus Musical Theatre Dance or Contemporary, plus Team Twirl III or IV (based on teacher recommendation). Students who are part of this performance group are required to attend at least 70% of all their classes. The Team Twirl class is considered a regular class when it comes to paying tuition. Click here for more details.

Team Twirl III (ages 9+) Wednesdays 6:40-7:30pm

Team Twirl IV (ages 11+) Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

DOWN SYNDROME DANCE

Down Syndrome Dance– 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.

Mondays (ages 11+) 5:40-6:30pm

Tuesdays (ages 10+) 6:35-7:25pm