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Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts
156 W. South Boundary
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
419-874-6773

  
"Vicki, I don't know where to begin...you are a phenominal dance instructor that takes it a step above the rest! You are honest, genuine, and always ready to listen with care and concern from the heart! You are not just a teacher of dance but of self-confidence, respect, poise, & self-discipline. I am forever grateful to you for the last 6 years my daughters have been privileged to be a part of your studio. My girls will be better people because of you and what they have learned while at Perrysburg Academy. With the bar set so high, it will be impossible to find another studio in Michigan that will compare. We love you, we thank you, and we will never forget you!" Andrea Durham, Mom of Emily and Abby Stone


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

A STUDENT IS NORMALLY IN EACH LEVEL OF DANCE LISTED (BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ETC.) FROM 2-5 YEARS, DEPENDING ON THE LEVEL AND THE INDIVIDUAL.

PRESCHOOL CLASSES

Preschool dance classes are designed to introduce the young child to dance in a way that they will be successful and experience the joy that is dancing! FUNdamentals, flexibility, manners, balance, strength, singing, social skills, performance skills, locomotor Skills and coordination are all major parts of the curriculum.  

WHAT THEY DO IN CLASS

     Each class is a combination of ballet, tap, and jazz, and personality songs & dances. Classes are age specific .

     Your child’s ballet training is made up of 2 parts. Part 1 is to stretch, limber, exercise & strengthen the body, the dancer’s instrument. Part 2 is technique, through work on combinations and routines. We want to build a beautiful dancer’s body that can go in any direction of dance endeavor once the dancer is old enough to make that decision. We develop the heart & lungs at the same time that we kindle the imagination, develop the coordination, encourage the outgoing personality, increase the balance, and improve the reflexes.

     Tap dancing satisfies the desire in everybody to give expression to their innate sense of rhythm. In order that the students develop skill in hitting the floor sharply and in perfect time with the music, we practice the fundamental tap steps in every class. Then we adapt the steps to a personality song that the children love to sing. This makes the steps more pleasant to execute & easier to remember.

   In the jazz segment of the class, we work to improve performance techniques and basic jazz stylizations. To keep it fun & exciting we use lots of fun songs, carefully chosen for age appropriate lyrics.


ACCENT THE P
OSITIVE  

     Our chief purpose in teaching the preschooler is to develop the dancer, as opposed to trying to teach complicated dance routines. We do not attempt to teach intricate footwork to very young children. The big danger in teaching complex moves to preschool children is psychological rather than physical. The dance teacher, without realizing it until it’s too late, can turn the dance class into a torturous nightmare, instead of letting it be the joyous experience that it should be.

 

SHOULD I MAKE MY CHILD PRACTICE?

   Practice for the preschooler may be counter-productive! It’s fun to dance in class with other children in front of a big mirror with music playing. But to go off by yourself & practice requires a dedication & discipline that comes gradually to a child...and then only to those who are much older. It’s so easy for parents to say, “Don’t do that in here. I’m trying to fix dinner.” Rather, be an excellent audience and applaud enthusiastically every honest endeavor.

 

WHY NOT TAP SHOES FOR TAP DANCING

     The children do simple tap steps in ballet slippers. In Wiggles & Giggles and Movers & Shakers we never change to tap shoes for the following reasons: We hate to waste the time it takes to change shoes; we do not want to burden the parents with the expense of buying shoes that will only be worn a maximum of 15 minutes per week; and we do not enjoy constantly asking the children to “keep your shoes quiet” while the instructor is teaching. We do only the very simple movements in tap, and they can be done in ballet slippers very well. When the child reaches Dance Divas, we allow tap shoes in class.

 

SOME CAN’T TAKE IT

   Most children take to dance training as naturally as they take to food, but there are exceptions. The excitement of being in a strange place, with strange people all around, someone the child never saw before giving directions, are sometimes awesome things for a tender 3 or 4 year old child. The child starts to cry and Mom is embarrassed. “I can’t understand it,” she says. “She’s been talking about dancing all week. Now when we get here she starts to cry.”

     If after 2-3 weeks the child is still having problems adjusting, we suggest that she wait a while. Be patient. Time & TLC will cure most problems.

     If the child bawls out loud and continues to do so, we must remove them from the class. The often quoted motto, “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone,” does not apply to a room full of 4 year olds!

 

DANGERS OF STARTING YOUNG

   What are the dangers of starting dance training at the tender age of 3 or 4? None that I know of from a physical standpoint. However, if the parents tire of taking the child to dance class, discontinue it after a year or 2, and don’t start up again until the child is 10 or 12, the value of that early dance training is greatly diminished, if not completely vanished. Dance lessons at the preschool age level have real & lasting value only if continued for several consecutive years. If the parent is willing to encourage the child to study dancing for at least 10 years, then starting at 3 or 4 is ideal. The child can develop a dancer’s body & a dancer’s skill.

The final results are magnificent!

 

WIGGLES & GIGGLES Age 2.5-4       30 minutes.
 The perfect  1st dance class! An intro to dance for the very youngest dancers.

MOVERS & SHAKERS Ages 4-6       45 minutes
Dance  FUNdamentals  are explored in this class for girls.

DANCE DIVAS   Ages 5-7    45 minutes
  Designed for the older child with more challenging and advanced skills.

DANCIN’ DUDES BOYS ONLY Ages 3-6      35-45 minutes 

 Masculine dance and gymnastic FUNdamentals and music in this class designed for boys. Held at Perrysburg Gymnastic Center. 


 

DANCE  CLASSES 
  
 BALLET  Levels 1-4      Ages  8 1/2 - Adult  (Grade 3 +)       
Ballet 1     Min. age 8    60 minutes 
Ballet 2     Min. age 10    60 minutes 
Ballet 3     Min. age 12     60 minutes     
Ballet 4
    Min. age 14    75 minutes 

Dancers gain grace and poise through the years with Classical Ballet Technique.
It is the foundation for all dance, and will increase balance, flexibility, body alignment, and strength.
Listed above are MINIMUM ages for each class level.


Ballet Barre     
  Technique Only class. Great class for make-up lessons! Good adult class also!
This class is also a great warm-up class for dancers in our advanced Modern class.

   PREBALLET    Ages  6 1/2 - 8 (Grade 1 & 2)   45 minutes
 For the child who is learning or still mastering basic concepts, turns, and body placement.  

POINTE   Ages 1 2 + (Ballet class also required)      
 Student must have correct alignment, strength to support herself when on pointe, & correct body placement for
balance.
Instructor will assess each student individually.

MODERN/CONTEMPORARY   Age 1 1+ (Ballet class also required)        60 minutes 
 Modern dance is a style that typically deals with the abstract in both form and content. This class explores the
interpretive & creative aspect of more advanced dance.

LYRICAL     Age 9-adult     (Ballet class also required)        60 minutes   
Beginner       Intermediate 1       Intermediate 2        Adv. Contemporary      
 A combination of jazz and ballet. Lyrical combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Most lyrical dance pieces are performed to music with
the choreography based on the lyrics of the song   

PRE-LYRICAL     Age 8+       45 minutes
Same as above with age appropriate music selected for the younger dancer.
Although strongly encouraged, a ballet class is not required for pre-lyrical.

JAZZ  Ages 9 - Adult            60 minutes
 Jazz is a style of dance that is seen in many Broadway type shows such as "Cats" & features a combination of unique  moves, intricate footwork, exciting leaps, high kicks and quick turns. It is a more structured, stage style of dance than hip hop. 

 JR. JAZZ  Ages 6-9                  45 minutes
 as described above, with the special concerns of the very young dancer. 

TAP     Ages 6.5 - Adult              45 minutes
 Perhaps the most fun of all dance forms, tap will help you learn to feel the beat and teach you to count music for other
dance
styles. Classes are based on age and ability.  A graded system is used to assure continuity & progress. 

MUSICAL THEATER    Age  8+                      JAZZ class also required  
 Our musical theatre program teaches stage dance, acting, & includes a voice component. Students are taught proper vocal technique by a teacher with a university degree in voice. Broadway style performance techniques. 

HIP HOP    Age 6-adult       45 minutes 
 One of the most popular styles of dancing. Movements in hip hop are less fluid than other dance styles. One thing that separates hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often more improvisational. Hip hop is known for cool moves and quick spins.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE     Ages 8 +       45 minutes
 Great dance class for make-ups as well as perfecting how you do what you do! Emphasis on Leaps & jumps, turns,  
extensions, and the “unusual” move
.

SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS        Ages 7+    
This class is taught by Miss Jenny, a teacher with a degree in Special Education. Some children may need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This class is designed to give the advantages of dance education to children that may not be able to excel in a regularly structured class.  The emphasis is on fun, success, and a strong focus on the child's ABILITY, not any disabilities.

BY INVITATION ONLY
The MVP’s (Miss Vicki’s Performers), a jazz/tap competition and performance team.
 
Elite Competition Team, Miss Emilia will hand pick those who are ready. 


 
I
RISH STEP DANCING      Ages  7+   45 minutes 
 This class will  take you through the Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, traditional Ceili dance & so much more! 


BATON  Age 7+      45 minutes      (Jazz  class also needed)
Private lessons only
 
 Fundamentals of full hand moves, fingertwirls, aerials, & rolls; routines for competitive twirlers or high school majorettes.

BALLROOM/WEDDING SURVIVAL      30  minutes    adults
Semi-private  lessons only. 
Learn the basics to get you through your next social engagement! Ideal for Bride and groom, father-daughter dance, etc.

 


GYMNASTICS  CLASSES 

TINY TOTS  Age 1-3    30 minutes.
A class designed to 
 assist parents in helping their children with developmental movement, listening skills, & sensory motor experiences in a  structured class environment

MINI TUMBLERS   Age 3-6   45 min.
A tumbling
class for the preschool child.  

KINDERGYM  
Age4-6      45 minutes
Structured to permitlots of time on all gym equipment, & to develop skills, strength, balance and coordination for
more advanced
gymnastics. 

GYMNASTICS TEAM    With coach approval 
 A unique opportunity for the gymnast to train with more intensity.
Team gymnasts will compete at area meets. 
   
 TUMBLING   Age 6+       55 minutes 
Great way to get the inside edge for school tryouts!
 
Concentration on Cartwheels, Round-offs, Back Handsprings, Back tucks, etc. 

 GYMNASTICS          Age 6+       55 minutes
Child-centered, non-competitive, curriculum consisting of a comprehensive structure of floor work, bars, beam, vault,
trampoline,
and our bungee harnesses. Students placed according to age & abilities.  

BOYS TO MEN        Age 6+       45-55 minutes
Gymnastics/tumbling curriculum for boys only. 

THEATRICAL ACROBATICS     Age 7+        45-55 Minutes 
 Tumbling & aerial work designed for the stage. A Competition team pre-requisite.
A must if your child would like to perform in area shows and if possible, the annual recital.