DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
For independent preschoolers ready to experience the joy of self-expression through music and movement. Dancers will enter a stimulating learning environment focused on creativity through playful interactions. Dancers will develop a foundation for dance with gross motor movement, body control, simple steps, rhythm, balance, and much more. This class is the first step to learning how to follow directions, count music, and memorize dance steps that become choreographed routines! An introduction to basic ballet moves, jumps, and leaps is incorporated and kids also have the opportunity to creatively freestyle. Most importantly dancers will have fun and enhance their self-confidence!
An introduction to tap for young kids. Tap dance steps, vocabulary, and counting will be introduced, as well as foundational technique for the building blocks of future tap dance training.
An introduction to ballet for young kids. Positions of the feet and arms will be introduced, ballet vocabulary, and foundational technique for the building blocks of future ballet training.
An introduction to jazz for young kids. Jazz dance steps, movement, and freestyle will be introduced, as well as foundational technique for the building blocks of future jazz dance training.
An introduction to breaking & hip hop for young kids who love to move, groove, and spin! Breaking moves, vocabulary, and freestyle concepts will be introduced, as well as foundational technique for the building blocks of breaking and hip-hop styles.
Drawing a an extensive background of historical ballet technique and training, our ballet program teaches a melting pot of traditional esthetics with a focus on proper alignment, safe execution, graceful carriage, and injury prevention for dancer longevity. In this technical form of dance, traditionally set to classical music, dancers will learn and use a French vocabulary to denote positions and movements. The class format is a combination of a comprehensive barre, center practice, and traveling progressions. Ballet helps to develop good posture, a strong core, flexibility, and body control. Any serious dancer is always encouraged to supplement their training with weekly ballet class.
Our jazz program focuses primarily on modern jazz dance, but also teaches foundational jazz movement that came from African American vernacular styles of dancing that emerged with jazz music. Today, this dance discipline is practiced in many different styles, drawing on the techniques of ballet and modern, and is oftentimes danced to popular music. Movements focus on controlled turns, leaps, kicks, extensions, and body isolations integrated into choreography that demands energy and personality. Conditioning, progressions, center-work, across the floor, combinations, and freestyle are incorporated into our jazz classes.
Tap is an American art form that began in the mid-1600s. Since the addition of metal taps to the shoes and the rise of musicals on stage and screen, tap dance soon became part of America's cultural fabric. Our tap classes focus on musicality, rhythmic timing, counter-rhythms, intricate patterns, and syncopation, as well as cultivating dancers' personal styles and learning choreography. Recognized for our clear sounds and unique and fun choreography, our tap program has grown to produce many talented dancers!
It combines intricate moves with different freestyle techniques, using the beats of music to dictate the choreography. A popular dance discipline, hip-hop dance is widely known in pop culture and recognized for its entertainment value.
Combining many elements of dance and expressive dance disciple. For the more seasoned dancer, it focuses on technique, style, and emotion.
Break dancing is a technical style of street dance that is set to long periods of musical 'breaks.' B-boys or B-girls are the technical terms for dancers who have mastered this discipline. Focused on power moves, freezes, and footwork, break-dancing takes rhythm and athleticism.
This class focuses strictly on turns, body placement, pointed toes, higher kicks, better leaps, and more flexibility are all core components of this class. This class is the perfect supplement for any ballet, jazz, or contemporary dancer.
This class teaches fundamental acrobatic and tumbling moves & tricks that are performed on gymnastics mats. The goal for more advanced students is to be able to perform all moves & tricks without the assistance of mats. This class is strickly floor work and does not perform any gymnastics with bars, beams, etc. Class format will focus on building upper-body strength and flexibility, while acquiring valuable skills that will supplement any dance, cheerleading, or gymnastic routines.
Based on dancing for the stage, Musical Theater can be seen in many different styles across Broadway. Dance choreography is always set to songs from musicals, and dancers are required to use theatrical skills to 'act out' the dance. it's a really fun class to take as an elective or as a student who is really into musicals and theater, but needs to further develop their dance and movement skills.
P3: Pre-Professional Program
P3 is our Pre-Professional Program at Cornerstone Studio, comprised of high-school-aged dancers who exhibit maturity, leadership, technical dance aptitude, collaborative skills, and a strong passion for sharing their love of dance. Participants are selected by invitation only, based upon a set of criterion evaluated alongside Cornerstone alumni and teacher nominations.
P3 dancers are expected to be self-starters and to take initiative at the studio to learn choreography quickly, adapt to choreographic changes, prepare for events and performances, work on assigned projects, volunteer their time, and lead by example. The program encourages dancers to take responsibility for themselves while being supported by professional adults other than their parents.
Outside of dance training, P3 is given the support and space to create their own art through the process of collaborative choreography. They are also provided with numerous opportunities outside of the classroom to attend workshops, masterclasses, performing arts auditions, apply for scholarships, and more. Guest instructors are also brought in to facilitate workshops on topics of interest, ranging from alternative dance styles to applicable life skills. The purpose of these opportunities is to give them an expansive experience in which they can apply to life in the real world, post-graduation.