Principle Dance has three specialized programs to serve young children, recreational students, and those seeking a more in-depth dance experience.
The Early Development Program
All classes in this program offers a fun and creative introduction to dance for 2-6 year olds incorporating Brain Dance warm-up movement patterns to strengthen gross motor skills, cognitive function, core support and alignment, and a deeper understanding of dance technique. We support the development of the whole child and their love of dance, music, and self-expression. All classes are invited to perform in our Spring story-ballet recital! Click to view this program's class schedule.
Joy of Movement (2 y.o.*) : Caregivers and young dancers build a loving relationship as they tip toe, spin, and jump together. They learn a love of dance through rhyme, story-telling, and movement patterns that build motor skills, musicality, and formative ballet skills. By the Spring, dancers are confident and independent as they dance alone with their classmates, ready to dance as a group!
Creative Movement (3 y.o.*): Dancers build dance strength, grace, and balance through ballet center work, patterns across the floor, and imaginative play. As a group they travel together, combine movements into beautiful phrases, and develop performance confidence.
Discover Dance (4-5 y.o.*): Children learn more complex dance concepts, vocabulary, and social interaction through partnering and strengthening of ballet fundamentals. Dancers discover movement levels, self-expression, and the joy of pretend and character development.
Pre-Ballet 1 (experienced 5 y.o.;6 y.o.*): This course provides a solid foundation of ballet structure, vocabulary, and technique. Students develop barre skills and continue working on the more challenging aspects of coordination, balance, and strengthening of the dancer's body awareness.
Tap, Rhythm & Rhyme (4-6 y.o.*): Students learn fundamental tap elements in a fun and creative way as they develop an understanding of beat, tempo, and rhythm. Dancers will learn basic tap vocabulary and practice balance and weight shifts as they use the barre, travel through space, and learn to produce tap sounds to the music!
*Age by 9/1/2018
The Home Program
This program offers a home for dancers 6+ years seeking a recreational approach without sacrificing quality instruction and student progress. Ballet students are invited to participate in The Nutcracker performance in December; all students are encouraged to participate in our Spring recital performance in June. Speak to the director to ensure proper class placement. Click here to view this program's schedule now.
Pre-Ballet 2 (7 yrs+)
Ballet 1(7-9 yrs)
Ballet 2 (9-10 yrs)
Ballet 3 (10 yrs+)
Ballet 4/5 (11+)
Ballet 6 (12+ *with experience)
Tap 1/2 (6 yrs+)
Tap 3 (8+)
Tap 4 (10+ *with experience)
Jazz 1 (6 yrs+)
Jazz 2 (8-10 yrs)
Jazz 3 (10+)
Jazz 4 (11+ *with experience)
Jazz 5 (12+)
Jazz 6 (12+ *with experience)
Beginning Contemporary (9yrs+**)
Intermediate Contemporary (10+**)
Advanced Contemporary (12+)
**Must have one prior year of ballet or jazz**
Beginning Hip-Hop (8+)
Intermediate/Advanced Hip-Hop (10+)
Yoga/Conditioning For Dancers (10yrs+) *offered as a year-long class and available for drop-in classes with purchase of punch card
Students practice elements of yoga, pilates, strengthening and stretching exercises that incorporate therabands. Dancers must bring their own yoga mat to class.
The Pathway Program
This program offers a challenging curriculum in order to serve dedicated dancers who want a more in-depth experience or who may want to pursue dance professionally. A minimum of 2 ballet classes a week and permission from the director are required to participate in this program. Additional Guest Artist Workshops, ballet, jazz, and contemporary/modern classes are strongly recommended. All dancers participate in The Nutcracker in December and our Spring recital performance in June. Click to view this program's class schedule.
Beginning Pathway Ballet/Pre-Pointe
Intermediate Pathway Ballet/Pointe
Advanced Pathway Ballet/Pointe
Pathway students have opportunities throughout the year to: attend workshops with Professional Dance Artists and Companies, gain experience by Assistant Teaching with one of our instructors, and audition to be considered for lead roles in our Nutcracker and Recital performances.