This class focuses on strength, flexibility, and the fundamentals of acrobatics for ages 5 and over. Note: This is not a gymnastics class. Each year, dancers will be placed in an appropriate AcroFlex level (I – III) based on their current command of the acrobatic skills that they possess and will work progressively towards developing more advanced skills in this three-tiered program. Please check The Morgantown Dance website for scheduled AcroFlex placement dates and times. Special topics will include: Improving arabesque and extensions.
Faculty: Marcy Bowers Mossburg, Maidson Hoke, Laurel Plitnik, Desiree Witt
After age seven, students will be placed according to ability and experience rather than age. After the Foundations of Ballet II class, students will begin in our Primary Division Ballet, which offers two levels of classes, Primary Division Ballet Level I and Primary Division Ballet Level II. These levels help build the foundation for the more advanced classes Ballet I, Ballet II, and Ballet III (These levels are based on the Russian Vaganova syllabus).
Boys ages 8+ take Ballet for FREE – email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty: Hunter Moreland
Irish Step Dancing is one of the most beloved types of heritage dancing, with roots in traditional Irish music and dance. Dancers will learn the steps and forms of Irish soft shoe, the percussive rhythms of hardshoe, and the formations of céilí dances.
Serious students are encouraged to take a ballet class in addition to their Irish classes to help with flexibility, turn out, strength, and technique.
Faculty: Ashley Schifano, Mollie Mock Kaufman
Jazz is a highly stylized genre of dance that focuses on musicality, flexibility, leaps and turns. While developing parallel to American popular music, Jazz dance styles range from Musical Theatre to Fosse and Luigi techniques. With a low center of gravity and high energy, dancers in the Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary Jazz. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Faculty: Madison Hoke & Ashley Marie Manzo
Modern is an expressive and grounded movement dance genre. With a Ballet base, Modern dance explores levels using the floor, changing the shape and orientation of the body to space and even inverting the body in relationship to the floor. Modern dance ranges widely in styles from release-technique and Limon to Horton and Graham.
Faculty: Ashley Schifano & Debbie Liberatore West
Tap classes develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap.
Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class’ emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. Both children 7+ and adults will work on the basic techniques of tap dancing. Open classes are designed to accommodate multiple levels of experience.
The Motown Strutters, a partner of Morgantown Dance, is a senior tap dancing troupe consisting of twelve young senior ladies all from Morgantown, WV. Click HERE for more details about the Motown Strutters.