“When you get, Give. When
you learn, Teach”
Reasons to Dance with Us
♦Knowledgable teachers with the right purpose: Our teachers are educators, not glorified demonstrators. We teach
from an academic as well as artistic standpoint and give all students a well-rounded education in dance with equity.
♦Open for regular
lessons year-round: We do not close for the summer months.
♦We use a "build-up" rather than a "tear-down" method (emotionally & physically). We use curriculum and methodology
that challenges, yet stays within realistic and individual boundaries. This includes building a positive self-confidence and
a healthy self-image.
♦Well organized and well
planned recitals and productions to
provide a happy and memorable experience to students, parents & audience.
♦All lessons are taught on professionally built floating
dance floors made for safe dancing.
♦Innovation: We opened in 1972 and continue to evolve with originality. Many other studios copy our admistration,
philosophies and teaching styles. Having them immitate us is flattering and a compliment!
♦Short and long-term goals and obectives are found &
worked towards in the process.
♦Lessons that start and end on time: We respect
you, and know your time is valuable. We will be punctual with lessons, rehearsals and events.
♦Academics: Pursuing the dance arts is beneficial to academic education. It has been proven that people that pursue dance do better in academics by increasing the ability to think quickly, logically and effectively.
Choosing the right school is an important decision.
A student begins a “formal” dance education between 7 and
8 years old. All
training started earlier provides
valuable preparatory work & a good foundation for their future education in the dance arts.
In the preparatory levels, students learn to explore their own individual levels of capacity but are not pushed beyond safe
or realistic boundaries. Students are brought up
to their highest potential dependent upon their level of commitment and are enlightened to the numerous valuable extra benefits
of a proper education in the dance arts. After the “preparatory” levels in dance, teaching a “combination lesson” would only serve to skim highlights & not do justice to full curriculum of either form.
Any kind of education is a valuable investment of time, effort and money. The right teacher and school
can produce a physically and emotionally enjoyable
experience filled with many positive side effects
that will be enjoyed for a lifetime.
the significance of what we do. What we impart goes beyond
just teaching dance steps: Positive body awareness,
self-esteem, stress reduction and grace are only some of the valuable by-products.
Whether you pursue dance as a career or simply for the joy of the art, HSDA standards will
not vary. Students get a sense of accomplishment from each lesson as well as the long-term
of the training process. No matter how serious you are about the art it’s always supposed to be an enjoyable experience! Prove it to yourself; Observe any class, speak with any teacher, student, or parent.
Types of Lessons at the Hirschl School (in addition to ballet):
JAZZ DANCE designed for ballet
and non-ballet dancers, incorporates correct warm-up and dance technique. The HSDA offers a variety
of methods & orientations from Fosse
to Lyrical to Fusion.
MODERN Contemporary & Lyrical are their
own art movement forms, having
both a neo-classical & contemporary format, often
taught with either a ballet or jazz style base.
TAP levels beginning, intermediate and advanced, featuring both rhythm and show tap.
it’s truest form. This relatively new (started in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s) style of dance has it’s
beginnings in night club & social dance.
“Nothing truly worthwhile will ever come easily or quickly. It must be earned
to be appreciated.”
Standardized Levels in Ballet:
Each level is based upon taking the appropriate amount of lessons per week on a regular,
uninterrupted basis. The minimum amount of lessons per week are not mandatory, but taking less than the recommended curriculum
will slow mastery of each level, and in turn slow progression to the more advanced levels.
Each level has it’s own syllabus, and will take anywhere from 8 to 26 months for completion depending on age, maturity, inherent ability, adherence and aptitude. Students are moved up when they have mastered the curriculum
within the level.
In the beginning levels, learning basic technique is primary. As the student progresses, more time must be spend on maintenance of strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
Preparatory Dance (4 & 5 year olds) Emphasis placed on: ♥Eye-hand/eye-foot coordination exercises, ♥Loco-motor and non loco-motor exercises, ♥Lengthening attention span, ♥Timing, rhythm and musicality, ♥Basic lesson etiquette, ♥Developing the teacher/student relationship, ♥Working with pier groups & partners in a learning atmosphere and ♥Preparation of basic movement functions for beginning levels of dance. Students get the opportunity to see how fun dance truly is. The enjoyment of
the art of dance is started at this level and will last them a lifetime. (2 lessons
per week suggested)
Primary Level (6 & 7 year olds) Introduces a
basic curriculum to further prepare the student for the beginning levels of dance. Musicality, terminology dance-acting, transitions,
and the ability to learn basic choreography are introduced. (2 lessons per week required, 3 suggested)
Ballet levels 1 & 2 start with mastering the placement
of body, legs, arms & head, and developing coordination. Musicality & rhythm, “safe &
healthy” rotation mechanisms and the proper serious attitude toward the art are introduced. (2 lessons per week required, 3 suggested)
Ballet levels 3 & 4 Demi pointe and basic turns
are begun, foundation basic work for “en pointe” is started, and further development of a smooth
& integrated connection of
arms, head and body. (3 lessons per week required,
4 suggested, plus 1 pointe-preparatory lesson if pointe work is desired.)
Ballet levels 5 & 6 stress technical mastery of beating steps,
complex turns and developing the smoothness & suppleness of graceful movements. Harmonious transitions, more complex adagio & allegro,
and developing elevation in jumps
& development of “balon” quality (bouncing, springiness & elasticity) and the true artistry of dance is highlighted.
Execution of all fundamental movements are carried through with finishing touches. (4 lessons per week required)
All classes are taught from a healthy and positive point of view using a
systematic 5-point development of movement potential: ♥ Strength, ♥ Flexibility, ♥ Muscular endurance, ♥ Cardio-respiratory endurance, ♥ Neuromuscular
coordination. The purposes may be corrective,
rehabilitative, or developmental, but the principles remain the same, regardless of the purposes of the program. Students
are taught to develop their own specific regimen for optimum and safe performance.
ADULT BALLET (with
real adults!) emphasize adults wants & needs: or a personal
“escape”. The Hirschl School of Dance Arts offers real "adult"
ballet classes. These classes are comprised mainly of adult students that have danced in the
past, then taken 10, 20 or more years off. We also have special classes for complete beginning
adults that have never had the happy experience or opportunity of taking classical ballet before.
are true traditional ballet lessons, not just "exercise classes with ballet flavoring".
Barre & center work, steps across the floor, and correct French terms are used. Students set their own pace. These classes
are aerobic & anaerobic, providing work on strength, flexibility, cardio-vascular & neuro-muscular endurance, coordination
Adults take ballet for a variety of reasons:
For the exercise of mind &
body, the art, stress reduction, or just to escape and do something for themselves. There are side benefits of taking ballet! Dancing
would include an enhanced ability to think more clearly. Taking ballet has been proven to help the
mind think more clearly- something that could be an asset in a college classroom or office at work.
Adult students have noted increases in their abilities
with academics when taking ballet. Scientific studies have also been done
linking dancing with a decrease in Alzheimer's disease and an effective increase in improved sleep patterns.
PRIVATE & semi-private lessons are available for students to get
a “jump-start”, help with moving to the next level, working through weak areas, or for choreography.
Summer Camps & Ballet Intensives are held for beginning, intermediate & advanced students of ballet. Dancers can get
a great experience with in-depth technique classes, dance history, theory, nutrition and safe dancing methodology.
We take dancing “EN POINTE” very seriously, and with several important
factors are taken into consideration. A free information brochure & analysis is available to the public at
no cost or obligation.
Progression: Students are moved up by individual evaluation & assessment.
They get moved up when they have mastered the curriculum of that level according
to HSDA standards, rather than by class or age.
New students with prior experience are put into
classes they will get the most value and challenge, rather than starting anew. This is done with placement evaluation and
assessment and is done free of charge or obligation at HSDA.
Recitals are an important part of the process
but are non-mandatory at HSDA. Talent is showcased as students are
given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. We spend most of the year teaching students how to become better dancers and performers before teaching a dance routine. Each step is taught before a dance is learned. Even the youngest student will know
how to do each step in the dance properly. (This includes proper French names for the ballet dancers). Recital fees and costumes
are kept low and realistic, and include a T-shirt and DVD.
Competitions: The HSDA is highly competitive; We stimulate our students to strive for self-improvement.
We believe anyone who loves to dance and has chosen to do so is already a winner! We do not participate in “competitions”,
but we do have students & teachers from competition-based studios that take with us to enhance their abilities in their
competition events. We treat dance as a physically demanding art form rather
than a competitive athletic event.
Our Resident performing
group, the SUNRISE BALLET was founded in 1987 & became a California
non-profit 501-C3 organization in 1989. The SB has free & open-to-the-public
auditions. It uses talented local dancers for all parts in productions, and does not need to “hire out”
for lead roles. (Why should the best roles be taken away from aspiring & deserving
dancers?) The SB enriches with entertainment & education, and gives back to the community with donations to worthy
causes. Visit the studio web site for more information.
“Students want to be appreciated, not impressed. They
want to be regarded as human beings, not as sounding boards for a teachers ego, and to be treated as an end in themselves,
not as a means toward the gratification of a studio’s vanity.”
Hirschl School is not in the “dance studio” business. We’re
in the “people” business, and teach dance. Since 1972, the HSDA has been run as a place of education. Our success is defined by the accomplishments and satisfaction
of our Patrons: HSDA students and parents. Our purpose & goal is to provide development of individual potential in a professional,
yet positive environment. Equal emphasis, attention and respect is given to all- regardless of talent, age, level, potential,
physique, or reason for taking. We provide the opportunity to have students become the best version of themselves using proper guidance and mentorship with integrity.
At the Hirschl School of Dance Arts, we follow, and meet or exceed the Physical Education Model Content Standards
for California Public Schools grades Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve and
the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public
Schools (Dance Content Standards) as Adopted by the California State Board of Education January 2001.