Dance Program

Class and Level Descriptions

We offer students aged 2 ½ – adult exceptional and varied dance programs in a fun, supportive and safe environment. From our professional instructors to our outstanding dance instruction – XPY provides the right environment and opportunity for dancers to grow. XPY is open to dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced performers…and everyone in-between. No formal dance training or experience is required to attend, students just need to bring a love of dance and a willingness to learn and

Dance Genres

Basic movement and coordination skills are learned. Children will learn directions, gross motor skills, rhythm,
flexibility, body awareness, and timing. Dancers will also be introduced to basic Ballet and Jazz terminology at age appropriate levels.

Classical ballet is taught to dancers based on the Checcetti technique. Traditional barre work, center work, and combinations are included in all classes. Emphasis is placed on proper execution of movement and terminology. Ballet is essential and is it is highly recommended that all students take it, as it is the basis for all Western dance.

These classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet, and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style.

Dancers will learn modern dance using Horton, Graham and other contemporary styles. Students learn the terminology and discipline associated with the technique. Contemporary and Modern have their roots in Ballet and all dancers must have at least 2 years of Ballet prior to enrolling in a either class.

Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the various hoofing styles.
Students learn pop locking, breaking and other contemporary styles. They will also be encouraged to express themselves through freestyle.
Is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts as well as in many sports. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities such as ballet and diving may also employ acrobatics.

Lower School

(ages 2 ½ – 8) Students are exposed to simple movements and terminology with an emphasis on spatial directions and reference and coordination. Dancers are taught the basics of Ballet and Jazz. Staff will assess all new students to determine their skill level for placement

Advanced dancers (ages 4-6) Staff will assess all new students to determine their skill level for placements. Only Available if Children’s Dance A & Children Dance B is full.

Advanced dancers (ages 4-8) Staff will assess all new students to determine their skill level for placement.

Lower School Students (CD I, CD I/II and CD II)

This class will be high energy with a focus on basic footwork and the fundamentals hip-hop movement. Stretching, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be included.

This class will build on dancer’s flexibility as well as strengthening their core while learning the fundamentals of flipping and tumbling.

Middle School

This level is used as a transition level from lower school to middle school. These students have mastered or on their way to mastering the required terminology and technique for Lower School (must have 3 years of previous dance training or take a placement test)

Students are building on the blocks that were established in previous levels. Students from this level will eventually transition to upper school

Middle School Students (Intro and Level III)

Classes will be suitable for beginner to intermediate students. This class will focus on the importance of rhythm and musicality, memorization, and strength. Students will also learn footwork and hip-hop fundamentals.

This class will build on dancer’s flexibility as well as strengthening their core while learning the fundamentals of flipping and tumbling.

Pre-pointe allow teachers to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills necessary to progress to Intro Pointe. Taking this class does not guarantee a dancer to be placed on pointe.

Intro Pointe: Once a dancer has completed pre-pointe training and her teachers have assessed her readiness, there is a transitional class needed before full pointe training can begin. This is an introduction to pointe.

Upper School

Students have a working dance vocabulary and are able to execute level appropriate technology.
This level is exclusively for students who have been thoroughly trained and have a clear understanding of the required terminology. They also have developed the skill to properly execute their technique.
Upper School Students (Level II and Level I)

Classes will be suitable for intermediate-advanced students. This class will focus on the importance of rhythm and musicality, memorization, and strength. Students will also learn footwork and hip-hop fundamentals at a faster and intricate pace.

This class will build on dancer’s flexibility as well as strengthening their core while learning the fundamentals of flipping and tumbling.

Open Classes

Technique at the beginning level is taught through vigorous movement classes that focus on rhythm, songs, and culture as well as dance choreographies that are traditionally performed for rites of passage, courtship, and other cultural occasions. The class emphasizes community building and individual potential.

In this class, postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques and meditation are also integrated. You can expect an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, as we make a full circuit of the body’s range of motion with standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers.

Elite Performers Program

Our Jr. Elites are working on the skills necessary to become effective performers.

The Jr. Elite Performers Track is designated for students who have demonstrated an enhanced level of skill, enthusiasm, and dedication for the art of dance. Students are trained at a more intense pace and will perform more often to develop their overall performance quality.

These classes are designed with our performance groups in mind, but they are open to anyone who wishes to take their performance quality and dancing to another level.

Jr. Elite classes do not perform in the final production. In order to participate in the final student performance, dancers will need to take General Track Classes.

As part of our Elite Training Track, students are also able to take all General classes with no additional charge. There’s no limit on the number of classes a student may take, however, dancers must meet skill/ age requirements to participate. Private lessons (limited to one 30-minute lesson per session

The Sr. Elite Performers Track is designated for students who have demonstrated an enhanced level of skill, enthusiasm, and dedication for the art of dance. Students are trained at a more intense pace and will perform more often to develop their overall performance quality.

These classes are designed with our performance groups in mind, but they are open to anyone who wishes to take their performance quality and dancing to another level.

Elite classes do not perform in the final production. In order to participate in the final student performance, dancers will need to take General Track Classes.

As part of our Elite Training Track, students are also able to take all General classes with no additional charge. There’s no limit on the number of classes a student may take, however, dancers must meet skill/ age requirements to participate. Private lessons (limited to one 30-minute session per week)

Our Elites Summer Dance Intensive is specifically for dancers who desire to take their training to the next level. We employ highly qualified staff from various backgrounds and genres to help them accomplish their goals. This program is audition-based and is exclusive to dancers who have been training for at least 3 years.

Training  groups are broken up into 

  • Jr.s.: Ages 7-12
  • Sr.s.: Ages 12 and up
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