Park Avenue Dance Company offers constructive, non-competitive instruction for pre-schoolers through mature adults. 'Creations,' our creative movement classes (ages 3-7), provide a foundation for all other styles of dance. By 8 years of age, children are developmentally ready for our ballet, tap and/or modern classes. Our popular parent/child workshops are also regulary offered for different age groups. Together, parents and children explore space, time, and energy through movement as they discover the creative capabilities of their physicality, and learn to move within a group.
Dance For Boys and Girls:
DANCE CREATIONS I (ages 3-4): An introduction to the basic elements of dance and an excellent base for future study. Teachers nurture young children's awareness of their own movement through space, incorporating such concepts as shape, rhythm, and body-level change. This hour-long class includes a warm-up to stretch and strengthen young muscles, focuses on developing locomotor and non-locomotor skills, and explores story concepts in dance.
DANCE CREATIONS II (ages 4-5): A progression of the basic elements and concepts of dance. The class consists of a warm-up, continued skill development and introduction to dance technique and combined steps, exploring various creative concepts and improvisation.
CREATIVE CONTEMPORARY I (ages 6-7): Previous creative dance instruction recommended. An introduction to contemporary and classical technique, exploring creative dance concepts, and creating dances.
CREATIVE CONTEMPORARY II (ages 7-8): An introduction to Contemporary Dance technique, style, improvisation, and composition. Focus is on both the creative and technical development of dance skills. Students also now begin the process of learning to compose their own dances.
PRE-TEEN CONTEMPORARY DANCE (ages 9-12) Students continue technique which includes barre work, center work, phrases across the floor and center as well as improvisation and developing and choreographing dances.
YOUTH COMPANY- By invitation and in addition to the Pre-Teen Contemporary Dance. Students explore creating composition, working with choreographers, and improvisation techniques. The company will perform at various venues through out the year.