AoD Company is our Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Contemporary Performing and Competitive Ensemble.
Believing Dance is a Gift to be shared, company members perform by invitation in local shows, nursing homes, retirement homes, charity events and festivals throughout the year, and are not competition driven. Company members will also have additional performance opportunities at conventions, sporting events and on cruise ships. We wish to give our dancers the chance to perform as often as possible and share their love of dance with the community.
Company members should also have a level of commitment to dance performance beyond the recreational dancer requirements. Students will be expected to attend weekly company classes as well as weekend rehearsals as pieces are being set, in addition to being available for weekend performances. All Company members will attend at least 1 regional dance convention in order to learn from current dance professionals from around the nation.
Company members will be required to purchase their own costume, tights, shoes, make up and accessories as well as a company windsuit for performances. They are also responsible for their own competition fees.
Teacher Assistant Program
Believing that our own students are our dance teachers of the future, we offer a special teacher apprentice program for ages 11 and older. These special apprentice teachers must have their parents’ permission before acceptance into the program, and must commit for the entire school year.
Apprentices will be required to take classes in the discipline in which they are assisting, and dance full-out during all classes. Poor class attendance will result in loss of TA status. TAs will also be required to participate in a quarterly teaching assistants’ class with the school director to learn how to be better teachers.
Apprentices must conduct themselves in a professional manner both in and outside the studio, and set an example for all younger students. While assisting, TAs will be required to be dressed properly for the class which they are assisting. If an apprentice can not be present for class, they must tell the teacher at least 24 hours in advance. Their attendance will be noted by the class teacher and compensation will be credited to their student account every fourth week. Assistants are in the class to demonstrate, make corrections as directed by the teacher, and help tie shoes or monitor potty breaks if helping younger classes. All TAs must assist with dress rehearsals and productions at the end of the dance year.
Our Dance program is based upon a child’s natural physical and cognitive development, allowing children to excel according to their developmental age. Children will form a strong dance and musical foundation as well as learn general classroom behavior and manners which will follow them throughout their dance career. We partner with parents and caregivers at each step along the way so that everyone is involved in the child having the best experience possible in our first steps program.
The Dance with Me program allows the 2-3 yr old child to explore body awareness, musical rhythms, and dancing with others within the safety net of having a parent nearby. Our goal is to have a fun dance class for parents and children to share while gently weaning the child to be able to dance in a class independently by the year’s end.
Terrific 3s class for 3.5-4.5 yr old children is an independent class time where the basics of dance, such as gross motor skills as well as non-locomotor movement are explored. Monthly lesson plans focus on aspects such as: dancing independently or with a group; directions and pathways; basic ballet positions; creative expression and body awareness. Social skills are developed such as: waiting patiently for their turn; following the leader, and working together with others. Children will be giving coloring pages of the step of the week so that parents may reinforce at home what the child is learning in class.
The Fabulous 4s and 30/30 combo classes for ages 5-8 are designed to build upon the curriculum learned in Terrific 3s while adding more ballet terminology to the dancer’s vocabulary. In 30/30, basic tap steps are introduced as children become more aware of the fine motor skills needed to isolate the foot movements needed for tap. We do not offer jazz or hip hop for this young age level, as children must become more aware of their fine motor capabilities while continuing to strengthen their balance and coordination skills in order to easily pick up and progress with these genres. Ballet is great for coordination, balance, and posture while tap is a natural way to improve rhythm and musical awareness.
101 Combination Class
This class for 8-11 year olds will combine 30 minutes of ballet with 30 minutes of tap and 30 minutes of jazz to allow dancers to take their first steps in classical jazz technique. Children at this level are taking their first steps into more serious ballet technique, begin learning standard tap steps all tappers should know, and begin a strengthening program for classical Broadway-style Jazz technique.
In order to build upon their knowledge of each dance style, children in this level are moved into 45 minute classes for each style of dance. This class length will help children gain a greater knowledge base and level of technical proficiency. Children in this level are also encouraged to take a minimum of two ballet classes weekly which will act as their stepping stone to strengthen their dance abilities for all other forms of dance. In essence, children will now be able to choose from 1 of 2 tracks: Intensive, or Recreational dancer. Upon completion of this level of dance, dancers are also invited to audition for our Peter and the Wolf ballet as well as our Expressions Dance Company.
For students who wish to one day dance on their toes in ballet (en pointe), or try lyrical dance, we recommend to do the intensive program, adding 2 or more ballet classes a week to their weekly dance schedule. For those who do not desire a more robust dance schedule, we recommend taking classes in the recreational class track.