Frequently Asked Questions

Classes, Levels & Ages

Preschool

Preschool (3½- to 6-year-olds)
Designed as an intro to dance using ballet, tap, floor stretches and dance moves in a fun, easy class that focuses on developing a healthy, happy, well-adjusted self-image. (length: 50 minutes)

Ballet

Intro to Ballet (6- to 8-years-old)
Beginners learn the very basics of ballet (proper names of steps, body positioning, technique) and the seven elements of dance; i.e., bending, gliding, darting, stretching, jumping, turning and rising in a bright, fun-filled class.

Beginner-Youth Ballet (8- to 15-years-old)
Students learn the basics of ballet, starting with barre work, stretching, movements traveling across the floor, and ending with a short dance combination using the steps learned in class.

Beginner-Adult Ballet (age 15 to adult)
Ballet for adults helps tone and stretch one’s body, along with improving balance and posture, all in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Students learn the basics of ballet, starting with barre work, stretching, movements traveling across the floor, and ending with a short dance combination using the steps learned in class.

Intermediate I Ballet (age 9 to adult)
This class is for students who have already learned the basics of ballet and are ready to go to the next level. Class consists of barre, basic center floor work including simple adages, petite allegras, grande allegras, turns, including learning pirouettes.

Intermediate II Ballet (age 10 to adult)
This class is for students who have mastered the basic intermediate level with clean barre technique, pirouettes, stronger balance, able to pick up more complex combinations.

Intermediate III Ballet (age 11 to adult)
Students should take this class as they have become more proficient with picking up more complex dance combinations quickly while using clean technique. Students should be able to do double pirouettes, cleanly executed grande jetes en tournant, saut de chats, grande pas de chats and faster more complex petite allegros using battements.

Advanced Ballet (age 13 to adult)
Students can enroll in advanced classes after being evaluated by the teacher to ensure they can safely take the class. The steps needed to be executed are triple pirouettes, petite and grande allegras with battements, brisses, saut de basque, grand pas de chats, etc. Students must be able to pick up choreography quickly and cleanly in proper time with the music.

Jazz

Beginner-Youth Jazz (8½- to 15-years-old)
Students learn the basics of jazz dance to a variety of contemporary pop music. Different styles of jazz are incorporated into the class with dance combinations using basic Luigi style jazz, along with some contemporary, hip hop and Broadway dance moves. Besides learning the basics of jazz, class consists of strengthening, stretching and balance exercises, isolations, movements traveling across the floor, and then a short dance combination is taught during the final 15–20 mins of every class.

Intermediate-Youth Jazz (10- to 15-years-old)
Students must have mastered basic jazz technique and are now ready to continue to more complex choreography using pirouettes and a variety of turns and jumps. Different styles of jazz are incorporated into the class with dance combinations using Luigi style jazz, along with some contemporary, hip hop and Broadway dance moves. Class starts with a full body warm up which helps to strengthen and stretch the body safely. Class continues with isolations, movements down the floor and ends with a more complex dance combination using steps learned in class.

Beginner-Adult Jazz (age 15 to adults)
Students learn the basics of jazz dance to a variety of contemporary pop music. Different styles of jazz are incorporated into the class with dance combinations using basic Luigi style jazz, along with some contemporary, hip hop and Broadway dance moves. Class starts with a full body warm up which helps to strengthen and stretch the body safely. Class continues with isolations, movements down the floor and ends with a basic dance combination using steps learned in class.

Intermediate-Adult Jazz (age 15 to adults)
Students must have mastered basic jazz technique and are now ready to continue to more complex choreography using pirouettes and a variety of turns and jumps. Different styles of jazz are incorporated into the class with dance combinations using Luigi style jazz, along with some contemporary, hip hop and Broadway dance moves. Class starts with a full body warm up which helps to strengthen and stretch the body safely. Class continues with isolations, movements down the floor and ends with a more complex dance combination using steps learned in class.

Advanced Jazz (age 15 to adults)
Students must have accomplished intermediate technique before attending an advanced class. One must be able to do clean double pirouettes, strong kicks and jumps as well as be able to pick up advanced choreography quickly. Class is structured similarly to beginner and intermediate by starting with a full body warm up which helps to strengthen and stretch the body safely. Class continues with isolations, movements down the floor and ends with a complex dance combination using turns, jumps, kicks, isolations and style specific moves executed with clean technique.

Tap

Beginner-Youth Tap (8- to 14-years-old)
An introduction to tap where students learn the basics of tap dancing, as well as rhythm and musical timing, all to a variety of contemporary pop music. Class starts with a basic tap barre and then moves to the center of the floor and includes working on balance and posture, then continues using those steps to travel across the floor, ending the final 15–20 minutes of class with  a new short dance combination, put together with some of the steps learned in class.

Beginner-Adult Tap (age 15 to adults)
Students learn the basics of tap dancing, as well as rhythm and musical timing, all to a variety of contemporary pop, swing, and latin music.Class starts with a basic tap barre and then moves to the center of the floor and includes working on balance and posture, then continues using those steps to travel across the floor, ending the final 15–20 minutes of class with  a new short dance combination, put together with some of the steps learned in class.

Advanced Tap (age 11 to adult)
Students must have accomplished the intermediate level in tap by mastering all of the basic tap steps. They must be able to pick up choreography and dance combinations quickly executed with clean sounds, good timing and good upper body posture. Class starts with a tap barre and then moves to the center of the floor and working on perfecting clear, fast sounds, balance and posture, steps to travel across the floor, ending the final 15–20 minutes of class with a new short dance combination, put together with some of the steps learned in class.


What to Wear

Preschool

Girls: pink tights, a black or pink leotard (body suit), pink leather ballet shoes, and black patent leather tap shoes with bow tie. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail (no jewelry or loose hair beads).

Boys: black cotton stretch pants or boys tights, white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black patent leather oxford tap shoes.

Ballet

Female ballet students must wear pink tights and black leotards. Hair should be secured in a bun and off the face. Leather pink ballet slippers are required for performances. Sheer black chiffon skirts may be worn during center floor only. No other skirts or leg warmers may be worn during class as they impair the teacher’s ability to see and make necessary corrections in technique.

Male ballet students should wear black tights or black stretch pants with a solid color tee shirt, white socks and black shoes. An athletic supporter should be worn.

Jazz

Female jazz students may wear any color tights and leotards. Leggings and tee shirts are acceptable. Do not wear baggy shirts or baggy pants as they inhibit visibility of body form which is needed to make necessary corrections of technique. Any jazz oxford or slip on shoe may be worn but not jazz sneakers.

Male jazz students may wear any exercise pants with a tee shirt. They should be lightweight and stretchy to allow freedom of movement. Any jazz oxfords may be worn but no jazz sneakers. An athletic supporter should be worn.

Tap

Female tap students may wear tights and leotards or leggings and tee shirts. Dance skirts may be worn in tap. Children should wear black patent leather bow tie shoes. Adults may wear either tap oxfords or 1½” or 2″ heeled leather character shoes (which are typically used for performances). Attach either Capezio Master Tap or Tele-tone taps to your shoes. No jingle taps may be worn.

Male tap students may wear any exercise shorts or pants with a tee shirt. No street clothes should be worn. Wear lightweight cotton or nylon clothing. Men’s tap oxfords with Capezio Master Tap or Tele-tone taps attached work best. An athletic supporter should be worn.


Workshops & Masterclasses

Attire

Proper attire will be based on the type of workshop or masterclass you are taking; i.e., ballet, jazz, tap, etc. See the What to Wear section above for more details.

Safety

Anyone who is not a current Harrisburg Academy of Dance student will be required to sign a liability waiver before participating; if under age, the liability waiver will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Shows & Performances

Overview

We produce two shows every year, one in June and one in December. Most of the students are invited, especially those who have attended class consistently, but it’s not a requirement to take class.

Cell Phones & Cameras

Cell phones are allowed in the theatre but, they must be set to silent mode. We ask all guests to be respectful of others around them; talking or texting on your phone during a performance is strictly prohibited.

As our performances are copyrighted material, video cameras/audio recorders, iPads and flash photography are strictly prohibited. Using your cell phone to record video or audio is strictly prohibited. Using your cell phone’s flash is also prohibited.

Use of iPads, tablet devices and laptop computers during our shows is strictly prohibited.

Any individual not in compliance with these guidelines may be asked to leave the theatre.



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