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Perrysburg Dance Academy 
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 & GIGGLESAge 2.5-4       30 minutes.
The perfect 1st dance class! An intro to dance forthe very youngest dancers.

MOVERS & SHAKERSAges 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’ DUDESBOYS ONLY Ages 3-6     35-45 minutes 

Masculine dance and gymnastic FUNdamentals and musicin 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.

PREBALLETAges 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 12+ (Ballet class also required)     
Student must have correct alignment, strength to support herself when on pointe, & correct bodyplacement for
balance.
Instructorwill assesseach 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 moreadvanceddance.

LYRICAL    Age 9-adult     (Ballet classalso 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 andairier 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 uniquemoves, 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 assurecontinuity & 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 perfectinghow you do what you do!Emphasis on Leaps & jumps, turns,  
extensions, and the “unusual” move
.


BY INVITATION ONLY

Elite Competition Team, Miss Emilia will hand pick those who are ready. 

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.