Koresh School of Dance – Class Descriptions

Koresh School of DanceThe children's program at Koresh was established in 2004, offering classes for youth ages 4-18. Below is a list of the classes we provide. if you have any questions, please email school@koreshdance.org.

-The staff will do their best to place students into appropriate classes based on their age and level. Our suggestions are made with the students' development and progress in mind. Our goal is to properly place all students in classes that will maximize their opportunities at improving. Please be aware that the ages listed below are approximate and the students' ages in each class may vary slightly. We offer placement classes each fall for students to be evaluated by our teachers. If missed, the first two weeks of classes are treated as placement and thus, any student may be moved to a different classes based on the teachers' recommendation


Level 1: 0-3 years of dance experience
Level 2: 3-6 years of dance experience
Level 3: 6+ years of dance experience

-Although there are certain requirements and expectations for various classes, we do understand that students and parents may choose not to follow our recommendations for different reasons. If this is the case, please make the staff aware of your situation.

To view the current schedule of classes, click here.

Creative Dance (ages 4-5)
Perfect for the younger student, this class is designed as an introduction to dance. The class will explore movement through music, stimulate students' imagination and promote creativity. It will also give them an understanding of the classroom community, improve social skills and develop fine motor skills all while having fun!
Character Dance (ages 8-10)
Character dance is integral to much of classical ballet repertoire. It is a stylized representation of traditional folk dances from around the world which have been adapted for the theater. Learning character dance will expose the young dancer to many popular national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Spain, such as Czardas, Mazurka, Tarantella, Russian, Flamenco. In this beginner character dance class, dancers will learn body placement, flexibility, development of rhythm and syncopation and folk dance steps. Ballets such Swan Lake and Don Quixote feature character dance.
Pre Hip Hop (ages 5-7)
This class serves as an introduction to hip hop dance for the younger student. Using games and music, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and basic footwork. It is a great way to get kids moving!
Hip Hop 1 (ages 7-10), Hip Hop 2 (ages 11-15) and Hip Hop 3 (ages 15-18)
These classes teach the fundamentals of hip hop movement. They are upbeat and high energy classes. Stretching, isolations, rhythms, musicality, upper body strength and funky footwork will all be incorporated. Students will learn to memorize choreography by working on a combination each class.
Jazz 1 (ages 7-10), Jazz 2 (ages 11-13) and Jazz 3 (ages 14-18)
Jazz dance is a fun and energetic style. The class includes a warm-up with stretching, isolations, strengthening exercises and then moves across the floor to work on turns, leaps, jumps and runs. Each class ends with a fast-paced combination. Jazz 1 is perfect for the young dancer and focuses on coordination while Jazz 2 is for the student with more experience. Jazz 3 is our advanced level class.
*Jazz 3 students are required to take at least one other technique class per week (ballet or modern).
Modern 1 (ages 8-11)
Suited for young growing minds and boides, this class puts a fun and imaginative twist on modern technique. Students' alignment and balance improves as the class focuses on proprioceptive development while learning contemporary and modern techniques. Once a month, the class creates a dance through creative prompts and guidance using the skills they have learned. Spatial and social awareness increases through these performance exercises.
Modern 2 (ages 11-14)
Using Franklin Method as a way to fuse imagery anatomy and dance technique, Modern 2 allows for expansion of self-expression and a greater sense of how the body moves. Emphasis is placed on alginment, balance, strength and flexibility to enhance proper dance technique. Graham, Limon, and Klein are referenced as students learn floor work, weight shifting and traveling, and practice dynamic, expressive interpretations of movement.
Modern 3 (ages 13-18)
This is an advanced, fast-paced technique class that focuses on self-expression and specification of movement. Floor work, qualitative movement, improvisation, inversions and beginner partnering skills are covered throughout the year. Elements of Graham, Limon, and Klein, along with Franklin Method, offer the students a broad range of contemporary dance concepts. Self-exploration and highly vigorous conditioning and phrase work set this class apart from the traditional technique class.
*Modern 3 students are required to take at least one other technique class per week (ballet or jazz).
Pre Ballet 1 (ages 5-6) and Pre Ballet 2 (ages 6-7)
These classes will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a structured yet fun setting. Simple coordination, musicality, rhythm and concentration will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore space and enjoy dancing.
Ballet 1 (ages 8-10)
This class is suitable for beginners and will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a more formal setting that will give students the discipline to mature as dancers. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be stressed. Basics of performing will be introduced. It is recommended that students have taken Pre Ballet but it is not required.
Ballet 2 (ages 9-12)
In this class students will gain a more complete understanding of ballet technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique and alignment and increasing strength and flexibility. Students are expected to have prior experience in ballet and to be more self-disciplined.
Ballet 3 (ages 12-14)
This the perfect class for the student who wants to transition to a higher level or who needs to catch up on technique. It is a good fit for teens that have started ballet later. The focus will be on intermediate technique and will include basic, beginner pointe at the teacher's discretion. It is highly recommended for jazz students who need cross-discipline training.
Ballet 3X (ages 14-18)
This is an accelerated ballet class for committed students. More difficult technique will be introduced and students will be encouraged to strive for grace and poise as there will be an emphasis on performance quality. Intermediate pointe work will be included.
*These students are expected to take two ballet classes a week.
Ballet 4 (ages 14-18)
This is an advanced class for the ballet student who is disciplined, professional, and possesses the desire to dance. It will include more complex and difficult technique and coordination. More advanced pointe work will be emphasized.
*These students are expected to take two ballet classes a week.
Ballet Barre (ages 13-18)
This will be an hour long class that takes place at the barre only. Students will focus on the exercises at barre while increasing strength and stamina. This additional technique class helps students arrive at their goals for future advancement.