Class Descriptions

Adult Ballet

Beginner Class – This class is for adults (18+) who have little to no ballet experience and would like to begin. It will focus on the fundamentals of ballet. A slow progression from barre work to center floor for healthy muscle development.

Adult outfits should be leotard any color and tights, with tight shorts or other warmers over.  They can be comfortable dance attire.  Proper ballet shoes required.

Intermediate Class – This class is for adults (18+) who have had a few years of ballet experience and would like to continue developing their ballet skills. Comfortable dance clothes should be worn, and proper ballet shoes are required.

Adult Tap

Beginner Class – This class is for adults who are seeking a fun introductory tap class. The focus will be on basic technical tap skills and development of precision execution of sound.

Adult tap students should wear comfortable clothes and proper tap shoes.

 

Boot Camp

 

Strength & Stretch

We will be focusing on flexibility and the different stretches to make the body more flexible, strengthening the core of the body, along with balance and ankle strength using BOSU balls and Thera Bands.

Tiny Dreamers

Designed to encourage children’s innate desire to move to music, this class is an introduction to movement and ballet designed for 2-3 year olds. Children will begin learning stretching and movement to different musical tempos and styles through fun-filled exercises, games, and creative play.

Little Dreamers

Pre-ballet, modern, and tap for ages 3-5

A combination class designed to introduce young children to ballet, modern, and tap technique in a fun and creative setting. Children will be exposed to dance in the traditional ways as well as through games and creative expression encouraging a love of music and dance and building self-esteem, coordination, and gross motor skills.

Little Dreamers will require tap shoes and ballet slippers but need no special attire.

Ballet

Ballet 1:  Ages 5-8

Ballet 2:  Ages 7-10

Ballet 3:  Ages 8-11

  • Students that are considering taking Ballet 3, or Ballet 4 or Ballet 5 must take a minimum of two ballet classes a week.
  • Students (elementary school age) at this level that do not wish to take multiple ballet classes a week may remain in Ballet 2.

Ballet 4: Ages 9-12

Ballet 5: Ages 11-15, with prior ballet experience or permission by Lara Ganz.

Ballet 6: Ages 13 and up

  • Students that are considering taking Ballet 6 must take a minimum of three ballet classes a week.
    • Ballet Technique classes count as a Ballet class
    • Company Class counts as a Ballet class.
  • Students unable to take the four classes a week may either take three level 6, or two level 5 classes or Teen Ballet.

Ballet 7: Ages 13 and up

  • Students that are considering taking Ballet 7 must take a minimum of four ballet classes a week.
    • Ballet Technique classes count as a Ballet class
    • Company Class counts as a Ballet class.
  • Students unable to take the four classes a week may either take three level 6, or two level 5 classes.

Variations: By Invitation only

  • Students that are considering taking Variations must take a minimum of four ballet classes a week.

Hip Hop

Boys Hip Hop: Ages 4-11

Hip Hop A: Ages 6-10

Hip Hop B: Ages 9-13 with at least one year of Hip Hop instruction or permission of instructor

Hip Hop C: Ages 12 and up, with at least one year of Hip Hop instruction or by audition/permission of instructor

Hip Hop D: Ages 14 and up, by audition or permission of instructor

Jazz

  The focus in these class will be to learn proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, turning, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns.  Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz depending on their teacher.  Those styles include Broadway, Street, Contemporary and Jazz Funk.  This will help develop  students as well rounded dancers.  The base technique for jazz is ballet.  It is very important, for the student, that they are taking at least 1 ballet or have had a minimum of 2 years of ballet experience.   There will be a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, and across the floor combinations. There are not as many Jazz levels as ballet therefore, students will remain in the same level for several years before moving up to the next level.  Each level of Jazz become more complex and intricate in both the skills they learn and the choreography.

Jazz B: Ages 9-13 with at least two years of Ballet instruction or permission of instructor.

Jazz C: Ages 12 and up, with at least two years of Ballet instruction or by audition/permission of instructor

Jazz D: Ages 14 and up, by audition/permission of instructor.  Should be working towards quadruples or quintuple pirouettes to be successful at this level.

Modern

These classes will incorporate aspects of various different techniques including but not limited to Ailey, Graham, and Limón. Modern students will adhere to the dress code. As in the Ballet classes, Modern classes have general guidelines only to aid in placing new students and students may be changed according ability. Students that are considering taking any Modern class are strongly recommended (but not required) to take one ballet class per week.  If you are considering Modern without taking ballet, please talk to Lara prior to registration.

Modern 2/3: Ages 8-13 with at least two years of Ballet instruction (at a Ballet 3 level or higher).

Modern 3/4: Ages 13 and up, with at least two years of Ballet instruction (at a Ballet 5 level or higher) and one year of Modern Instruction or permission of instructor

Modern 5/6: Ages 14 and up, by audition or permission of instructor

Modern 6/7 with Leslie I P Sachs: Ages 14  and up, by audition or permission of instructor.                                                                                                                                                   The movement information is an amalgamation of many physical practices drawing from modern and ballet techniques. An emphasis is on technical information and movement challenges facilitating the development of strength, flexibility, versatility and mobility. Beginning with a comprehensive warm-up the class continues with motion diversity. Tasks are created with locomotion, transitions, speed, timing and efficiency, culminating in phrase work where creative exploration is encouraged and supported.

Tap

Tap A /Jazz A: Ages 7-10.  No prior dance experience necessary. Students will need jazz shoes and tap shoes.

Tap B: Ages 9-13 with at least two years of Tap instruction or permission of instructor

This class is designed for those with little to no experience with tap dance. The primary focus of the class is the development of basic technical skills (shuffles, flaps, cramp-rolls, etc.). Students will also be introduced to the process of applying musical counts to the rhythmic tap combinations of the class.

Tap C: Ages 11 and up, with at least two years of Tap instruction or permission of instructor

This class is designed for those students with some prior experience in tap. Students should be well versed in basic tap technical skills as well as the ability to execute some of the intermediate skills (time steps, riffs, etc.). Class objectives include the ability to quickly learn combinations and intro to precision of sound.

Tap D: Ages 13 and up, by audition or permission of instructor

This class is fast paced and energetic. Students should have the ability to execute advanced skills. (Single wings, Maxie Ford Pullback, Double Cincinnati, etc.). This class will focus on advanced combination execution with speed and precision sounds. Students should be well versed in tap terminology and require minimal instruction for execution of combinations.

 

Pointe

Recommendation required
Pointe students are required to have three years of Ballet training and a minimum of two Ballet classes per week. Once a Ballet student seems prepared,she will be independently examined by the instructor, who will determine readiness to go on pointe. Factors considered will include: anatomy (bone structure in feet and legs), ankle strength, leg strength, core strength, age (to help in determining bone calcification), and attitude of the student. These factors must be considered very seriously to prevent injury to the dancer. All Pointe students will adhere to the dress code but may wear dance skirts if desired.

 

Aerial Silks

Ages 10 and up.

Silks class level will be set by the instructor.  These will be mixed aged classes as levels are based on mental focus, safe Silks technique, strength and ability, not age.  Any one interested in taking Silks must first take a four week Introduction to Silks class arranged by the instructor. Class level for each student will be determined by the instructor based on demonstration of prerequisite skills.

 Level A  – Level A students must have a basic understanding of climbing, wrist keys, and foot keys.

Level B – Silks B students must display consistent skill in aerial foot keys, standard and french climb to the top of fabric, dead hang (20 seconds), same side climb with seat belt, and inconsistent skill with hip key, and aerial invert.

Level C – Silks C students must demonstrate consistent skill with aerial invert, aerial foot keys, dead hang (45 seconds), and inconsistent skill with hip key.

 

Veritas Senior Dance Company

  • All Veritas Senior participants are required to take…
    • The Wednesday Veritas Rehearsal class
    • Weekly ballet at their level (see above requirements)
    • The Saturday Veritas Rehearsal class
    • At least one Modern Class per week (at their level)
    • Company Class

Veritas Junior Dance Company

  • All Veritas Junior participants are required to take..