Class Descriptions

2016-17 CLASSES

Whether students are new to dance or have the desire to further pursue dance as a career, Body Expressions provides opportunities for growth and advancement while promoting self-confidence, a lifetime commitment to an active lifestyle, and an educated appreciation of dance in all its forms as a beautiful art. Classes are available for students from the age of 2 through Adult. All students are eligible and encouraged to participate in our Annual Recital to showcase their accomplishments at the end of the year.

Performing Arts

A combination class of ballet, jazz and tap offered for ages 2 and up teaching beginner concepts and terms for all styles with musicality. Ballet teaches placement, endurance, strength and flexibility. Jazz instruction and routines emphasize form and style. Tap provides sound and rhythm essentials. These classes are excellent for the motor skills development young children need.

Age 2-3   Wednesday 5:30 & Thursday 4:30

Age 4-5   Wednesday 4:30 & Thursday 5:30 (Full)

Age 6-7   Wednesday 5:45 & Thursday 5:30

Age 8-10   Tuesday 4:45 & Thursday 5:30

Ages 11-13   Tuesday 5:45

Be-Bop

A one hour long class for ages 5 and 6, Be-Bop is a fun and energetic class that will get your child moving. This class introduces Hip-Hop, a “street jazz” style of dance that encourages individual stylization and self-expression for boys and girls.

Ages 5-6   Thursday 4:30

Hip-Hop

This one hour “street jazz” dance style for ages 7 through adult emphasizes timing, power, strength and rhythm. This class in particular provides instruction that encourages individual stylization and self-expression. It includes basic terminology and steps, floor work and combinations.

Age 7-8   Wednesday 4:45

Age 9-10   Tuesday 6:45

Age 11-13  Wednesday 6:45 (Full)

Age 14 & up   Wednesday 7:15

Adult Hip-Hop   Thursday 6:30

Contemporary (Age 7+)

This class for ages 7 and up is a form of dance that is an eclectic fusion of several modern dance techniques and various developing philosophies  of movement.  It’s not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods developed from modern and post-modern dance that can take on many forms.  It is based on the study of the human body and body/mind inter-relationships.

Age 8-10   Tuesday 5:45 (Full)

Age 11-13   Wednesday 7:45

Age 14 & up   Monday 6:45

Jazz Technique (Age 8+)

This hour long class for ages 8 and up is a technical class for those who want to improve turns, leaps, jumps and flexibility. It includes combinations, routines, and progressions across the floor, with a focus on strengthening and body alignment.

Age 8-10   Thursday 4:30

Age 11-13  Tuesday 6:45

Age 14 & up  Monday 7:45

Tap Jam Class

This class is 45 minutes in length and is for ages 14 and up. Expand your knowledge of tap, improve your skills, add to your tap terminology while learning combinations, rhythms, progressions and improvisational techniques.

Age 14 & up   Wednesday 8:15-9:00 (45 minute class)

Ballet (Age 5+) & Pointe (Age 12+)

Ballet is the technical foundation of most popular dance styles including contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. Ballet teaches elegance of movement and trains the movement skills necessary to perform anything from Swan Lake to contemporary work from SYTYCD. Beginner pointe trains the dancer to stand and balance properly on pointe and how to safely and correctly get on and off pointe. Intermediate pointework includes simple turns and allegro (jumps). Advanced pointe includes a full range of advanced level ballet. Pointe students must attend a minimum of two ballet classes weekly in addition to pointe. Pointe qualifications are listed here.

  Ages 5-6   Monday 4:45

Ages 7-9   Monday 5:00

Ages 10-12  Monday 6:00

Ages 13-15  Tuesday 4:45

Age 15 & up (Advanced)   Tuesday 6:45-8:00

Beginner Pointe   Monday 7:00-7:45 (45 minute class)

Int/Adv Pointe Tuesday 5:45

BXP Dance Company & Crew Classes

The Body Expressions Dance Company, the BXP Dance Crew or the BXP Company-In-Training is the ideal way to accelerate the versatile dancer’s training. With more intense weekly classes, opportunities to travel to conventions and workshops learning from other master teachers, and performance opportunities, dancers progress rapidly. Our BXP Dance Crew and BXP Company-In-Training offers recreational dancers a low-commitment alternative with similar opportunities. Visit the Advanced Training page for more information about classes and opportunities available to Company and Crew members.