Class Descriptions

BALLET: A classical form of dance that provides a strong, solid technical base for all other dance forms. These very technical classes consist of barre, center floor and progressions across the floor. Ballet classes are offered for ages 4 and up for all levels.

JAZZ: Fun, upbeat style of dance that stems from ballet and combines today's stylish moves with energetic, popular music. Our jazz classes take many forms from classical to theatrical to lyrical. Classes begin with a warm-up, followed by technique, across the floor combinations and choreography. One hour jazz classes are offered for ages 6 and up, beginner through advanced.

TAP: A truly American style of dance, tap has found resurgence in the past few years. Tap is a great avenue for developing rhythmic coordination skills. Tap classes are offered for all ages, beginner through advanced.

HIP HOP: Fun and energetic freestyle dance form that has evolved from break dancing, street dancing, urban and jazz into one of the most popular forms today. Classes are offered for ages 4 and up. All hip hop at RISPA is taught and performed with positive music.

HIP HOPE: Christian-based dance performed in many religious settings adapted from the energetic freestyle of regular hip hop. Classes are offered for ages 4 and up. All hip hop at RISPA is taught and performed with positive music.

PRAISE DANCE: Another Christian-based dance performed in many religious settings incorporating creative dance, modern, jazz and ballet movements. Classes are offered for ages 7 and up.

STREET JAZZ FUSION: Offered for ages 7 and up, this new exciting dance form is a fusion of jazz and hip hop. The students will learn about classical stretching, strengthening and placement while enjoying a more urban style.

STEPPING: A rhythmic movements dance form involving precision moves with the entire body, hand claps, and stomps wherein the movements and sounds create the "music" of this form. Great strengthening exercise with invigorating techniques!

MUSICAL THEATREE: Incorporates elements of dance, acting/self expression, voice and performing techniques. For ages 8 and up, students have an opportunity to learn what it would be like to be a Broadway star.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: This program for ages 2-1/2 yrs. to 5 yrs. includes ballet and tap for the beginner students, taught in a joyful environment making dance a fun experience and providing the young dancer with a strong foundation in dance and movement. While learning the basics of classroom behavior and manners, the class introduces students to the elements of dance (hopping, skipping, jumping), beat and time, musical rhythm, simplified ballet steps, limbering exercises, coordination skills, left and right discrimination and patterns of movement. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, teamwork and self-confidence.

MODERN: Modern dance is an expressive dance form featuring ballet technique emphasizing extended, beautiful bodylines and a broad spectrum of music.

BOYS HIP HOP: Since most of RISPA students are girls, a boys hip hop class is offered for the young men who wish to be in a boys only group where the physicality may be more demanding and different from a girls group in some ways. As with all RISPA hip hop classes, only positive music will be used.

ADULT CLASSES: The RISPA adult class schedule includes:

Jazz, hip Hop, Belly Dancing, Salsa, Tap, Ballet and Ballroom.

STAGECOACH: This is a three-hour program encompassing a combination of dancing, acting and singing on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program is structured to strengthen the talents of students who wish to perform in more than one category of the performing arts. For example, singers may want to dance as well as sing and those who want to be actors can broaden their expertise in singing and dancing and so forth. Stagecoach will have a special recital apart from the studio's spring recital in May 2008.

MINI STAGECOACH: This program is a two-hour Saturday morning program 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, covering dance, musical theatre and crafts for ages 3 to 6 years.

COMPANIES:

RISPA now offers Company membership in all of the major dance categories, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acting and Voice plus a Mini Company for the very young students. Company membership is awarded to those who pass an audition and are committed to attend Company classes and rehearsals. The Christmas Show will include Company members only.

OTHER CLASSES for all ages:

Piano

Violin

Guitar

Voice