Dance Training

 


Admitted students will participate in a versatile training program following their school day. Taught by qualified MSDA staff members and master classes from industry professionals, our program will allow dancers to grow to their full potential, expand their artistry and prepare them for a professional dance career. The program schedule allows dancers to get their core technique classes in every day, while still being able to take other assorted genres of dance, thus taking their training to the next level. Whether a student is interested in being on Broadway, joining a professional company, or just wants to make their training more well rounded, our program is well suited for either path.

Example Schedule

Time Class
8:00 – 11:30 Online school (M-F)
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch break
12:00 – 12:30 Pilates (M,W)/Extreme Stretch (T,TH)/Anatomy & Injury Prevention (F)
12:30 – 1:15 Tap (M,W)/Acrobatics (T,TH)/Voice Class (F)
1:15 – 2:30 Ballet (M-TH)
2:30 – 3:30 Lyrical (M)/Modern (W)/Jazz (T/TH)

*Fridays are an abbreviated dance education day.

Note: This schedule is just an example. All finalized schedules will be released at the start of the program in August, 2016.


Pre-Professional students will be training in multiple styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Pointe, Acrobatics and Hip-Hop. They will also participate in other programs such as: Yoga, Pilates, Injury Prevention and Voice Lessons to make them as well rounded and versatile as possible. For specifics, please see the descriptions below:

Acro: Acro is a 45 minute class that involves acrobatic styles that teaches floor gymnastics, and contortion. Acro is a class that progresses from a stretch/strengthening warm-up to different styles of balances such as chinstands and handstands, as well as down the mat work involving walkovers and advanced tumbling, including aerial work and backwards tumbling.

Ballet: A classical style of dance that is the foundation of all dance forms. The curriculum uses elements from the Vaganova, Royal Academy, and Balanchine methods to emphasize technique, alignment, and musicality.

Jazz: Jazz is a style of dance that is structured in technique while taking many shapes and forms. It can be performed to a vast variety of style music from Broadway (Musical Theater style of jazz), current pop music (Street jazz & Hip/Hop) to slower ballads (Lyrical genre).

Tap: Tap is a 45 minute class that is a percussive style of dancing that involves rhythmically based dancing. Its name comes from the tapping sound made when the metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touches a hard surface.

Modern: Modern dance focuses on applying concepts of weight transfer, rhythmic coordination, and momentum to choreographic phrases of movement. Students learn traditional modern phrase-work and work on applying artistic expression into their dancing.

Yoga: Yoga practices flowing through slow, sustained movement sequences with different varieties of stretches, core alignment in held poses, as well as breath awareness. Overall, it is a practice of moving meditation, while building strength, stamina and flexibility.

Pilates: Pilates is comprised of  controlled exercises that condition the total body to create lean, toned muscles and serves as a great warm up for dancers. The blend of strength and flexibility help focus the mind all while improving posture, and reducing stress.