Progressive offers techniques from both the Russian and French schools. All classes start with a barre and finish with center combinations. Classes range from 1 hour in length to two hours depending on the level. Ballet is the foundation for all types of dance and is highly recommended for becoming a well trained dancer with strong technique. Our ballet classes require class discipline, and respect for one another and the teacher.
Pointe is appropriate when a student is ready to graduate to the hard shoes and dance on the pointe of their feet. This takes years of preparation to graduate to this level. Students are able to take pointe only after age 11 or when the growth plate in their feet have stopped growing. PDS teachers will evaluate each student as to when he/she is ready for pointe. There is a 2 class per week minimum in ballet class for a student to take pointe
These classes teach syncopation in movement. Movements can be sharp and staccato or lyrical. Class starts with a warm-up, then moves to practice combinations for technique across the floor, and ends with a combination of dance. Jazz has a wide range of styles and interpretations. Jazz is a structured class that teaches the discipline of dance and a strong technique. Jazz classes are high energy, upbeat and fun!
Modern dance is a free form movement and is a wonderful venue to explore your own creative style. There are many techniques in modern. Our classes are a fusion of Horton, Graham, Limon, etc. Our teachers are experienced in many styles. Modern class is performed bare foot.
Theater Dance incorporates acting and sometimes singing with the movement. Students learn original choreography from Broadway shows, such as classic choreography by Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, etc. Students also learn works from our own renowned teachers.
Hip Hop has many styles and techniques that give it a myriad of colors. Each teacher will bring their own attitude and flavor. From Hard hitting to smooth styles, hip hop is an expression of contemporary movement that is ever-changing and drawing from dances created on the street. Teaching the current styles like tutting, wacking, and dancehall are uniquely interwoven into the classically styles of popping, locking and breakdance.