Types of Classes Offered at Hirschl School

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Zumba, Contemporary, Lyrical-Jazz

Whether just for fun or a professional career, the way we teach our students at the Hirschl School does not vary. We teach one way: The right way. In the preparatory levels, students learn to explore their own individual levels of capacity, but are not pushed beyond safe or realistic boundaries.

Combination (more than one kind of dance) classes are taught in the preparatory levels only. At more advanced levels, teaching a combination lesson would only serve to skim highlights, and would not do justice to full curriculum of either form.

The HSDA is a ballet-oriented studio. The other forms of dance are taught by knowlegable professional teachers, but are mainly to provide variety for ballet students. A basic knowlege of ballet is quite valuable to help in the education of any other form of dance: Taking ballet concurrently is highly recommended.

Preparatory level “DANCE-PREP” (ABC-Preparatory) is an introductory level, preparing the student for the Primary and beginning levels of formal lessons in dance. Emphasis is placed on: Eye-hand/eye-foot exercises for basic coordination. Locomotor and non-locomotor 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. Preparation of basic movement functions for beginning levels of dance. Showing how much fun dancing is. Students may take one or two lessons per week.

Primary Level This level introduces the basic curriculum to further prepare the student for the beginning levels of dance. Students should take two lessons per week for nominal progression. Primarily a combination of ballet, tap, creative movement & tumbling.  Students get the opportunity to see how much fun dance is, and that it’s worth the effort to do correctly. The pleasure and enjoyment of the art of dance is started at this level, and is kept with the student though all the levels they take.

ADULT CLASSES are real dance classes (real adults!) with emphasis on the wants & needs of adults: Stress-reduction, exercise, something to do for themselves, or to pursue a love of the art. We offer complete beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes. Adult students progress at their own pace. These are true ballet classes, not just exercise with a ballet "flavor" mixed in. Ballet is great for of aerobic/anaerobic exercise. It includes work on full-body strength, flexibility & coordination, as well as body posture and alignment. You're never too old to start!

The Hirschl School offers ZUMBA, BARRE-BARRE fitness and PILATES (core versions for both dancers & non-dancers) for teens and adults.

MODERN CONTEMPORARY dance is its own art movement form, having a classical, neo-classical & contemporary format, and taught with a ballet, freeform or jazz style base.

TAP levels beginning, intermediate and advanced, featuring rhythm and show tap.

HIP-HOP in it’s truest form. This relatively new (hip-hop started in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s) style of dance has it’s beginnings in night club & social dance. It’s fun, great exercise, plus helping with you on the dance floor at your next party!

JAZZ DANCE designed for ballet and non-ballet dancers, incorporates correct warm-up and dance technique. The HSDA offers the full variety of different methods of Jazz (from Fosse to Fusion), rather than simply offering one style.

BODY CONDITIONING is the systematic development of movement potential. The five categories are strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance & neuromuscular coordination. The purposes may be corrective, rehabilitative, or developmental, but the principles of conditioning remain the same, regardless of the purposes of the conditioning program. Students are taught to develop their own specific regimen for optimum performance with dance and athletics.

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 INTENSIVES are held for beginning, intermediate & advanced students of ballet. Dancers can get a great experience in not only extra dance classes, but dance history, theory, athletic nutrition and safe dancing methods.

Descriptions and Ages in Levels of Ballet

Classes for 3 to 7 year olds

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Prep-Dance students warming up for class

  Know where you are,
    Know where you are going,
      Know how to get there.

(If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else)

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HSDA adult classes are real "adult" classes!

Modern Dance at Hirschl School

Barre-Barre Adult Fitness

Zumba at the Hirschl School

Understanding of what is called the “Lyrical Dance” form.

Due to the training and instructional methodologies of the teachers at HSDA, some of our “Jazz” class offerings are Lyrical in nature, some are classical Jazz oriented. To differentiate between the two, you will need to contact us to find out which is which.

Lyrical dance is a literal representation of the music using a combination of ballet and jazz with a little bit of modern thrown in for good measure. It is usually performed in foot undies and tends to be romantic and emotional in approach. The speed of the dance, whether upbeat, or slow and more balletic makes no difference. There is no "lyrical technique". You use your ballet technique to dance emotionally to the lyrics of a song. Lyrical, modern and contemporary are NOT all the same.

The problem is most people (including most teachers and owners of recreational dance studios) don't know the difference and explain the genres by incorrect names or just tend to lump everything together. They even make up names for non existent dance genres that are specific only to their own school. That is why many will answer "contemporary" or a mish-mosh of answers because that is what their school calls it. That doesn't make their answer correct.

Modern dance is a specific discipline. There is Graham, Horton and Limon to name the top 3 styles. There is also Dunham and Cunningham. Later styles like Alvin Ailey came out of Horton and Paul Taylor out of Graham. They are danced barefoot and are grounded as opposed to the floating one wants in ballet. They are all based in rules for their specific style of modern.

Contemporary dance has no technique of it's own and relies on both Ballet and codified modern technique. It is the choreography that makes a dance contemporary. Contemporary dance can be done en pointe, barefoot, in socks or anything else the choreographer can come up with. Often contemporary is abstract and devoid of any emotion at all but just simple line and movement. Any type of music, noise, the spoken word, or even no music or sound at all can be used.

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