Class Descriptions

"Acro"- Acrobatic Dance

Acrobatic Dance, or "Acro," incorporates gymnast-like tumbling and flexibility skills with the beauty and execution of dance. Safety and proper form are of utmost importance in our acrobatic training program. All upper-level Acro dancers must be concurrently enrolled in ballet or jazz. 

Creative Dance with Acro (taken with Creative Dance) Beginning and young Acro students, focuses on safety, flexibility, strength, beginning and finishing positions, and proper body, foot, and leg positions. Skills include splits, bridges, forward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. 

Acro I (by instructor placement) Beginning and Advancing Acro students, focuses on safety, flexibility, strength, beginning and finishing positions, and proper body, foot, and leg positions. Skills include splits, bridges, forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and beginning walkovers. 

Acro II (by instructor placement) Advancing Beginning to Intermediate Acro students, builds upon skills learned in Acro I and focuses on increased flexibility, strength, and consistency of proper skill execution. Skills include independent splits (no arms), front and back walkovers, round-offs, independent handstands, and handsprings.

Students enrolled in this class must be able to independently execute proper forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, bridges, and round-offs prior to enrollment.

Acro III (by instructor placement) Intermediate Acro students, builds upon skills learned in Acro II and focuses on increased strength, power, control and proper skill execution. Skills include front and side aerials, handsprings, leg movement while in the handstand position, acrobatic partnering, and the combination of moves in tumbling passes.

Students enrolled in this class must be able to independently execute Acro II skills, in addition to proper front and back walkovers, standing back handsprings, and chin stands.

Acro IV (by instructor placement) Advancing Intermediate Acro students, builds upon skills learned in Acro III and focuses on increased strength, power, control and proper skill execution. Skills include front and side aerials, back layouts, hand walking, handstand presses, back handsprings, front and back tucks, controlled leg movement while in elbow and handstand, and the combination of moves in tumbling passes.

Students enrolled in this class must be able to independently execute Acro III skills.

 Acro V (by instructor placement) Advanced Acro students, builds upon skills learned in Acro IV.

 Students enrolled in this class must be able to independently execute Acro IV skills. 

Ballet

Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo Beginning ballet, tap, and jazz. This class is specially designed for students who are ready to learn new ballet, tap, and jazz skills. The ballet portion of the class focuses on basic ballet positions, introductory barre work, and body alignment. The tap portion of the class focuses on variations of basic tap sounds and skills, such as flaps, shuffles, and Irishes. The jazz portion of the class focuses on flexibility, fundamental jazz movements, and basic turns.

Ballet I (6+) Beginning ballet students, focuses on the fundamentals of ballet, flexibility, barre work, leg and foot turn out, body posture, proper muscle engagement, pirouettes, chaines and pique turns, and leaps. Students should be proficient in these basic fundamentals before moving to the next class.

 Ballet II/IIB (with instructor placement) Advancing and Intermediate ballet students, focuses on the fundamentals of ballet, flexibility, barre work, leg and feet turn out, body posture, proper muscle engagement, pirouettes, chaines and pique turns, and leaps. Students should be proficient in these basic fundamentals before moving to the next class. Students enrolled in this class must be enrolled in a second ballet technique class or with instructor approval. 

Ballet Barre/Tech  This non-performing class focuses on specific ballet technique as well as strengthening. 

Beginning Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo

Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo Beginning ballet, tap, and jazz. This class is specially designed for students who are ready to learn new ballet, tap, and jazz skills. The ballet portion of the class focuses on basic ballet positions, introductory barre work, and body alignment. The tap portion of the class focuses on variations of basic tap sounds and skills, such as flaps, shuffles, and Irishes. The jazz portion of the class focuses on flexibility, fundamental jazz movements, and basic turns. This class is an excellent stepping stone for all genres of dance!

Creative Dance

Creative Dance (2+) Beginning tap and ballet. Students must be 2 by September. This class focuses on basic skills, body movement, spatial awareness, and musical rhythms. Students will gain confidence through dance. 

Creative Dance with Acro

Creative Dance with Acro (4+) Beginning tap, ballet, and acro. This class is by instructor placement only. Creative Dance with Acro focuses on basic dance and acrobatic skills, body movement, spatial awareness, flexibility, muscle memory, musical rhythms, and making new friends. Students will gain confidence through dance!

Hip Hop

Hip Hop K-4th Beginning to Intermediate, Old School style Hip Hop emphasizes body movement to rhythms and the beat of modern hip hop-style music. Skills include body isolations, basic hip hop steps and strength of movement. This fun and exciting class is geared toward the developing early elementary mind and body. 

Hip Hop 5th-8th Beginning to Intermediate Hip Hop builds on skills learned in Hip Hop I and includes increased move combinations, body isolation, and performance quality. This ultra fun and upbeat class is geared toward the middle school mind and body!

Hip Hop 9th-12th Intermediate to Advanced Hip Hop emphasizes strength of movement and control, strong body isolation, freestyle movement, performance and showmanship. This fun and hard-hitting class is geared toward the high school mind and body! 

Upper Level Ballet

Advanced Ballet This is a closed class and registration is not done through Fusion. Inquire at the desk for more information on Advanced Ballet and Pointe. 

Lyrical/Contemporary

Lyrical/Contemporary I/IB Beginning and Advancing lyrical/contemporary dancers must have prior ballet experience and only with instructor evaluation and approval. Lyrical and Contemporary emphasizes strength and range of movement with song lyrics. Lyrical emphasizes control of motion and muscle engagement at varied speeds with ballet-centered movement. Students must be concurrently enrolled in ballet or with instructor approval. 

Advanced Contemporary/Jazz (with instructor placement) Intermediate to Advanced lyrical and contemporary dancers, must have prior Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz experience. Contemporary builds upon skills learned in Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz, with an emphasis on contemporary movement and increased range of motion, strength, balance, muscle control, and musicality. Students must be concurrently enrolled in ballet or with instructor approval. 

Jazz

Jazz I/IB  Beginning and Advancing Jazz, focuses on the fundamentals of jazz, flexibility, body movement, muscle engagement, body isolation, and basic leaps, walks and turns. Skills include single and double turns, chaines, various jazz walks, leaps, and kicks.

Upper Level Jazz

Jazz II Dancers must have prior Jazz I or Jazz II experience.  Jazz II builds upon previous Jazz I skills with emphasis on strength and range of movement, turns, leaps and kicks. Skills include multiple turns, chaines and pique turns, jazz walks, use of levels, jete leaps, battement style kicks, and performance quality. Dancers must be concurrently enrolled in ballet or with instructor approval.

Advanced Contemporary/Jazz Advancing Intermediate and Advanced Jazz, must have prior Jazz II or Jazz III experience. Advanced Jazz builds on previous skills and increases the dancer's range of motion, strength, and skills. This class is designed to combine technique skills, such as triple and quad turns and various styles of turns, leaps, jumps and kicks, with music and jazz choreography. Dancers must also be enrolled in Ballet. 

 

Tap

Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo Beginning ballet, tap, and jazz. This class is specially designed for students who are ready to learn new ballet, tap, and jazz skills. The ballet portion of the class focuses on basic ballet positions, introductory barre work, and body alignment. The tap portion of the class focuses on variations of basic tap sounds and skills, such as flaps, shuffles, and Irishes. The jazz portion of the class focuses on flexibility, fundamental jazz movements, and basic turns. This class is an excellent stepping stone for all genres of dance!

Tap I/IB Beginning tap students. Focuses on the fundamentals of tap, sounds, rhythm, strength and proper muscle engagement. Skills include flaps, shuffles, brushes, heels and time steps.

Tap II Beginning to Intermediate tap dancers with prior Tap I or Tap II experience. Tap II focuses on building upon previously learned skills, speed, clarity of sound, emphasis of sounds, and rhythm tap. 

Tap III Advancing Intermediate tap dancers with prior Tap II or Tap III experience. Tap III focuses on building upon previously learned skills. Skills include increased rhythm tap speed, wings, separated wings, toe stand wings, pullbacks, and turns. 

Tap IV Advanced tap dancers with prior Tap III or Tap IV experience. Tap IV focuses on building upon previously learned skills with an emphasis on learning fast choreography with varying rhythms.