Classes for ages 8-10

Third through fifth grade students build confidence and make friends in dance classes that are fun and centered on solid technique.

The following 2020-21 season classes are appropriate for students age 8-10 (third through fifth grade)

(Classes run from September 10, 2020 to June 9, 2021. Enrollment will remain open through January 2021.) 

BALLET

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 dance classes for ages 8+.

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm 

 

Ballet IIa and IIb– (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 IIa Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

Ballet IIa Saturdays 10:00-11:00am

Ballet IIb Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Ballet IIb Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Such a great place! Caring and warm and welcoming and fun!!! Both my daughters go to Twirl and are taking classes across a broad spectrum of styles and LOVING it!!!!!!

-Lisa

Ballet IIIa- (ages 10+) Dancers with at least three years of ballet training will plié the night away in this higher-level ballet class. Students grow as dancers while gaining strength, control, and beautiful technique through more challenging barre work and center floor combinations.

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

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 Ia (ages 8+) Mondays 5:30-6:30pm

Musical Theatre Dance Ib Tuesdays (ages 9+)  6:30-7:30pm

Musical Theatre Dance Ic Wednesdays (ages 9+)  5:30-6:30pm

TAP

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.

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

 

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.

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

 

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.

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm

HIP HOP

Hip Hop- (ages 8-10) 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 and II– (ages 9+) 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.

Contemporary I (ages 9+) Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm

Contemporary II (ages 10+) Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

ACROBATICS

Acrobatics I– (classes for ages 5-7 and ages 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.

Mondays (ages 7+) 5:30-6:30pm 

Thursdays (ages 8+) 6:30-7:30pm

 

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. Note: A solid back walkover is a required prerequisite for this class.

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm

Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm

PERFORMANCE TEAM

Team Twirl II (ages 8-9) and III (ages 9+)– 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 dancers ages 8+ 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 or III (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 II (ages 8-9) Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

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

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.

Tuesdays (ages 10+) 6:30-7:30pm