Class Descriptions

Ballet

Ballet is the base of all dance forms; at Turning Pointe we use the Vaganova teaching method.  In the early 1990’s, Russian ballerina Agrippa Vaganova developed the style that bears her name (Vaganova Technique).  Madam Vaganova taught the method in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Kirov Theater School. This technique resulted in more lyrical upper body movements and increased strength, precision, and agility. In turn, we teach students to dance with their whole body, acquire harmonious movements and develop into a more graceful and powerful performer.

Ages: 8yrs through Professional & Adult Program
Levels: Level I – Level VI
Length:  1 hr to 1.5 hr classes

Pointe & Variations & Adagio

Pointe is for the more serious student wanting to further their technique and knowledge of Ballet. Each pointe student is required to take two 1.5 hr technique classes per week.  This ensures enough class time to strengthen the dancers feet and placement.  It is vitally important that the student is strong enough to go on pointe and not get injured.

Variations classes teach students classical and contemporary choreography to broaden the students’ repetoire.

Adagio classes teach students how to properly partner in variations and pas de deux choreography.

Ages: 9yrs through Professional
Levels: Level II (pre-pointe) through Level VI
Length:  30 min. to 1 hr classes

Jazz

The only true American dance form was formed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s through the influence of the blues era.  Gus Giordano’s Jazz technique has developed into the leading jazz standard and he is considered Father of Jazz in America.

The Giordano technique incorporates elements of classical ballet technique into the jazz dance style and format. Strict attention is focused on alignment, technique and style.

Today, Jazz comes in many styles from Broadway, Musical Theater, Funk, and Lyrical. We at TPCA proudly offer all styles of jazz, but focus on true technical skills to educate the dancer, which will prepare them for career opportunities or dance just for fun.

Ages: 6yrs  through Professional & Adults
Levels: Kinderdanze through Level VI
Length:  30 min. to 1 hr classes

Lyrical

Lyrical is an extension of ballet and jazz technique with the freedom of expression. It fuses these styles to give way to deep emotional choreography and movement.

Ages: 6yrs  through Professional & Adults
Levels: Kinderdanze through Level VI
Length:  30 min. to 1 hr classes

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop is a form of dance that is 30 years old and has become a popular urban youth culture style of dance.  It’s roots began in 1974 in the streets of the Broncs.  This innovative style of dance is a fusion of all forms and styles of dance, where the freedom of expression is revealed.  Students are encouraged to get out of their “comfort zone” and MOVE!  You will learn how to glide, pop, lock and break – the 4 components of hip-hop movement.  It combines funk and street styles along with jazz technique and freestyle.

Ages: 7yrs through Professional & Adults
Levels: beginner – advanced
Length: 1hr – 1.5 hrs classes

Tap

Our program instructs students in both Classical and Rhythm Tap styles.  Classical Tap emphasizes more upper body movements coupled with making traditional tap sounds. Styles vary from Swing to Broadway. Rhythm Tap employs close footwork with syncopated rhythmic beats. We teach technique from a variety of styles but our focus is the Al Gilbert method.

Ages: 8yrs through Professional  & Adults
Levels: Beginner – Advanced
Length: 1hr classes

Praise & Worship

Worship in the Arts is our gift from the Father to Glorify Him.  TPCA offers classes to teach technique, mime, movement, and choreography to inspire the worshiper in their gifts.  Dance is a tool to bring honor, joy, fight battles, to free our souls from bondage and be our expression of freedom. Classes are offered for kids through Adults and no dance experience is needed to participate; just a heart of worship.

Ages: 6yrs  through Adult
Levels: Kid’s Praise – Professional
Length: 1hr classes

Ballroom & Open Style

Ballroom is the craze today thanks to “Dancing with the Stars” and shows that promote the love and joy of dance.  This class offers a variety of styles from, Waltz, Cha Cha, Shag and the list goes on.  We focus on the joy of movement and styles that dance has given us through the decades.  It’s a fun and easy way to get in shape or just enjoy the friends you will make. Teens and Adults only for this class and no experience needed, just willing feet… to move, move, move!

Ages: Teen / Adult
Levels: ANY
Length: 1hr classes (group or private lessons by appointment) Teen / Adult
Levels: ANY
Length: 1hr classes (group or private lessons by appointment)ANY
Length: 1hr classes (group or private lessons by appointment) 1hr classes (group or private lessons by appointment)

Dancercise & Body Sculpting

Dancercise is a fun way to lose weight and get in shape… your health is your most precious gift!  Let us help you feel better. We use light weights for body sculpting, stretching, simple aerobic dance moves, floor and barre work.  Each week we have a Bible study and prayer time at the end of every class.  Come join our program today and let us be part of your encouragement team.

Ages: Adult
Levels: ANY
Length: 1hr classes

Stretching & Conditioning

This class focuses on the fundamental ways to get your body more flexible and stronger for a healthier you.   Class will start with warm-up exercise to get the muscles moving and ready for strengthening.  The last portion of the class focuses on stretching and lengthening the muscles for overall better health.  No experience is needed to take this class.

Ages: Adult
Levels: ANY
Length: 1hr classes

Kinderdanze

This program is uniquely developed to help the transition from combination classes to the hour class. Children should transition by age and physical development, and not be pushed into classes that will cause joint damage and muscle pain. Our belief is that the physical well being of our students is vitally important; therefore, we developed the Kinderdanze program to suit the development levels of a 6yr old.

We teach ballet, tap, tumbling, stretching, musical theater, creative learning and introduction to jazz at this age.  This class is, uniquely, an hour and half to better suit the development stages of our students.  After completing this program, children are much better prepared, physically and emotionally, for future classes.

Ages: 6-8yr old program
Levels:  Kinderdanze
Length: 1.5 hr classes

Combo I-II-III

This program introduces a young child to the wonderful world of dance (ballet & tap), theater, music and tumbling – which enriches the imagination.  TPCA tries to open the child’s creative talents while challenging them to develop fundamentally. Combination classes teach muscle skill coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility and fine motor skill development. Fun begins with music, dance and your child’s imagination.

Ages: 2.5yrs (potty trained)  through 5yrs
Levels: Level I – II – II
Length: 1hr classes

Musical Theatre & Acting

These classes foster creativity in a playful environment through singing, creating, listening, movement, performing and set design. Students will learn the components of staging, make-up, costuming, and lighting. Each student will be expected to keep a notebook for literature, sheet music, and other information that will be handed out.  Evaluation will be needed for proper placement. Private lessons are offered in dance, voice, acting and piano.

Ages: 6yrs through Advance & Adult Program
Levels: Beginner – Advanced
Length: 1hr  to 1.5hr.classes

Vocal, Choir, & Private Lessons

Vocal training begins with technique and music skill development and moves into the repertory vocal exercises.  The instructor can develop the student’s ability to match pitch, vocal range, and his or her ability to sing legato and staccato.  The ability to hear and understand correction, match pitch and rhythms, and to make adjustments will be taught during your sessions. Students will learn a simple song so the instructor can judge how accurately and expressively  the text is pronounced. Students will be required to keep a notebook for literature and sheet music.

Private and group classes are offered.

Ages: 9 yrs thru Professional
Levels: all
Length: 30 min. to 1 hr classes

Kid’s Music

Teaching children rhythms, beats, expression and singing are fundamental to a child’s healthy development.  Our Kid’s Music program enriches your child’s creative expression, while learning cognitive skills that will help your child be a better reader and student. Kid’s Music brings joy through the beauty of Worship in song, instruments and creative movement.

Ages: 2.5-7 years
Levels: all
Length: 30 min.

Piano & Instruments

The student will receive 1/2 hour to an hour of private piano lessons Lessons are available; contact our office for set times.

Ages: 5yrs through  Adults
Levels: beginner – advanced
Length:  30 min. to 1hr classes

For instruments, beginner through Advanced classes are taught. Group and private times are available. Includes woodwind instruments:  Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone

Modeling & Etiquette

Students 3-5 years old will receive a 30 min. private session.
Kid’s Modeling 6-9 yrs – 1 hour class 6 week program (click here for more info)
Pre-Teen Modeling 10-12yrs – 1 hour class 8 week program (click here for more info)
Teen Modeling 13yrs & up – 1.5 hour class 8 week program (click here for more info)
High Fashion / Printwork – 1.5 hour classes 8 week program
Advanced Modeling by audition only

Pageant Training

All phases of pageant competition are offered: Interview, Talent, Wardrobe, Make-up, Image Consulting, Walking, Stances, and Swim suit.