YOUTH SPORT CENTER
Hocking Valley Dance is committed to the belief that dance improves confidence, concentration, coordination, memorization and discipline. We offer professional instruction and performance experience for the beginner to professional. We guide young dancers through the world of dance from ages 3 to professional levels in a positive, nurturing environment. Our faculty of outstanding teachers appreciate the opportunity to share the excitement, challenge and beauty of dance. The creativity, grace and love of dance will enhance your child’s life forever.
Pre Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Class assists the young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns while fostering independence. Students will be introduced to the concepts of body, energy, space, & time as well as encouraged to take direction from the instructor and share turns with peers, a specific focus will be on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.
Ballet Level 2 (Ages 6 and up)
As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. This class meets twice weekly.
Ballet Level 3
In Ballet Level 3, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work. Students begin focus on repetition and retention. This class meets four times a week which includes 3 technique classes and one conditioning class.
-Depending on individual progression and development, students may be given the opportunity to take pre-pointe and pointe classes later in the year.
Depending on individual progression and development, students may be given the opportunity to take pre-pointe and pointe classes later in the year.
Additional Dance Class Option
Level 2 and 3 are given the option to add additional classes to strengthen their core and round out their movement vocabulary. Students may choose from: Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap.
This class teaches the development of tap technique & terminology. Students will further develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed and developing style. Advanced level tappers should expect to master double and triple time steps, traveling time steps, 4 & 6 beat riffs, double pull-backs, pick-ups, more advanced turns, as well as more intricate rhythms and improvisation.
This class will give students a thorough grounding in jazz terminology and technique while giving them an opportunity to grow as performers. The warm-up and progressions will use classic jazz technique to develop students' musicality, athleticism, alignment and performance. We will use this technical base to explore a variety of jazz styles, including classical, musical theater, jazz funk and lyrical/contemporary.
A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.
Acro for the Dancer
Beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Requires placement and a high level of commitment for the more serious dance Team members are required to enroll in 2 Ballet classes per week and a jazz class plus rehearsals. Call the office for more information.
All students (except hip hop class) at Hocking Valley Dance Center must purchase a dance uniform from the pro shop.
Uniforms will be ordered and available on your first day of class. Replacement/additional pieces will be available in the pro shop throughout the year.
Hair must be worn in a secure bun for all classes except hip hop. Students are not to wear underwear under tights and extra clothes over uniform are not permitted unless instructed by your teacher.
Ms. Christina Daniels, Director. Ms. Christina has a wealth of experience in dance and has been teaching ballet with us for years. She trained professionally in New York City and owned and operated her studio in Kentucky, The American Dance Conservatory. She has many certifications and a background in exercise science from Marshall University. Her students have appeared on Broadway, with famous ballet companies and are recipients of thousands in dance scholarships.
Ms Tonya Kraner is well versed in choreographing, teaching and performing many different styles of dance including Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary and Acrobatics as well as foundations in Mixed Swing Styles, Clogging, and Lyrical Signing. Her training includes, Barbara Baker’s, BalletMet, as well as workshops in NYC, Ohio and surrounding states. She studied Dance at OSU and continues her training through workshops at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. Currently she works as a contracted choreographer, adjunct professor at Ohio University teaching dance and exercise. She and her dancers have performed for numerous musicals, venues in Ohio and New York City.
Ms. Leigh Utz, Preschool Dance Teacher, Ms. Leigh teaches Preschool at St Bernadette’s and previously at Owls Acres. She has a total of 13 years of Preschool Teaching Experience. She is a Certified Montessori Teacher. She was a Production Stage Manager for 5 years. Ms Leigh spent 2 years teaching Tap and Ballet at Pacific Stars Ballet Conservatory in Poway, California. She also has experience on the parent side as mother of a HV Gymnast, 10 years and a Dancer, 12 years.