Types of Classes Offered at Hirschl School
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Zumba,
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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
|Prep-Dance students warming up for class
Know where you are,
where you are going,
Know how to get there.
(If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else)
|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.
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.
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.
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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