Creative Movement 1 and 2 : A class designed to introduce the littlest dancer to a studio setting. The focus is on following directions, large motor skills, rhythm, musicality and self control.
Pre-Ballet 1 : Using the skills acquired in creative movement, the young dancer is now ready to begin barre work. The focus turns to stability, alignment and protocol that will set the basis for all future ballet classes. Creative movement is still the foundation of this level and barre work is simple and introduced slowly. The 15 minutes of tap at the end of the class is to strengthen and support rhythm and musicality.
Pre- Ballet 2 : Building on Pre-Ballet 1, the dancer learns more terminology and technique. Creative movement is still included in class as well as stretching and large motor skills. 15 minutes of tap at the end of class for rhythm, balance and strength.
Ballet 1 : The dancer is ready for a focus on barre work, technique and center work including simple adagio, classic positions of the body and simple petite allegro. Free dance and exploration of movement is still encouraged at this level.
Ballet 2 : A ballet class designed to teach the fundamentals of ballet that will be the basis of all future ballet classes. Alignment, balance, strength and flexibility as well as vocabulary and classroom etiquette are taught at this level.
Tap 1/2 : A half hour class that expands upon what the dancer has experienced in the abbreviated tap class in the pre-ballet levels. This is a performing class and separate from their ballet class.
Intro to Jazz : Designed for the young dancer to focus on strength, flexibility, history, rhythm and dynamics of jazz dance.
Teens Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Modern : Specifically for the dancer who is new to dance or looking for class outside the Roots Division.
Hip Hop : This class explores the street versions of jazz dance tied to hip hop music. This class pays attention to the cultures and history that has brought hip hop dance to the forefront of American dance.
Flamenco: This classic Hispanic style of dance is taught by our very own Marisa Guzman-Colegrove who is a world renown flamenco teacher and choreographer. In her class, students will learn the style, rhythms and history of this most passionate and electric dance form. Ballroom for Kids : This class will take the student from swing to salsa and every social dance in between. Senor Guzman is a well known ballroom dancer and teacher in our community and has helped countless students learn the social graces that embody being a ballroom dancer.
Roots Division Classes Roots Ballet levels are taught both Vaganova and Cecchetti technique as a base for fundamental ballet curriculum. Bourneville is also studied. The progression from Root A to Root E is cumulative and all levels follow the same syllabus. Classical ballet terminology is learned and technique is gradually expanded so that our dancers stay healthy and have an optimal ballet experience that they will be able to carry on to college and beyond.
Roots Pointe is only offered to students enrolled in the Roots Division (Root C+ and above). Pointe is a beautiful expression of ballet technique. It is challenging to master and takes dedication. Our dancers look forward to "going up" en pointe and beginning their journey to join the decades of dancers who have blazed the trail.
Roots Jazz has it's foundation in classic American technique. Warm ups, floor progressions and combinations are designed to strengthen and inspire the dancer. History is discussed and studied and our dancers will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of jazz dance in its many forms.
Roots Modern teaches the many techniques encompassed in the world of modern dance. These include Graham, Horton, Cunningham, and Taylor. Modern class is important for our dancers as it teaches how to use the flow of movement as opposed to ballet which teaches how to mold the flow of movement.
Roots Men's Class is designed specifically for the male dancer with strength and technique as the focus. This class will be open to any dancer who wishes to learn more about the mind-muscle connection. Roots Partnering Class is for Roots Levels D+ and above at the discretion of the teacher. This class explores classical pas de deux as well as modern and contemporary pieces. Weight shifting and concepts of positive and negative space will be explored.
Roots Dance Company Roots Dance Company is our in house, pre-professional dance company. Our mission is to provide education and history through dance. We perform throughout the year at various venues such as Westcott Cultural Festival and local schools and centers. Our dancers who are in level E and above are invited to participate with other members of the dance community. We value giving back and supporting our world to foster the love of dance and make our little corner of the earth a better place for all. Inclusion, diversity and love are at the root of all we do.