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 2021-22 season classes are appropriate for students age 8-10 (third through fifth grade)

Classes run from September 9, 2021 to June 8, 2022 and will remain open until January 2022.

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+.

Wednesdays 5:35-6:25pm 

Thursdays 4:35-5:25pm

 

Ballet II– (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.

Wednesdays 7:40-8:30pm

Thursdays 5:35-6:25pm 

 

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

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

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

Musical Theatre Dance IIa and IIb– (classes for ages 8-10) Level II musical theatre dance classes focus on different dance styles found on the Broadway stage and other theatrical venues. Musical Theatre Dance IIa (ages 8-10) is geared toward third through fifth grade dancers who are at the beginner/intermediate level. Musical Theatre Dance IIb 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 IIa Mondays 6:40-7:30pm

Musical Theatre Dance IIb Tuesdays 6:40-7:30pm

 

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 

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 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 6:30-7:20pm

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+) Wednesdays 6:30-7:20pm

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

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 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 8-10) Mondays 5:30-6:20pm

Team Twirl III (ages 10+) Wednesdays 6:40-7:30pm

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+) 6:35-7:25pm