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43334 West Seven Mile Rd
Ste 250, Northville, MI 48167

In the Northville Research Ctr
just east of Northville Road

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For students with a passion for dance, a love of performing and a willingness and availability to make a commitment to advanced dance training, we offer our Training Program, which includes the more intensive Company Level classes and competition TEAM.

TEAM and Company Level classes require consistent attendance and a high level of commitment both personally and to one's classmates. TEAM and Company members are expected to attend classes on a regular basis. Excessive absenteeism is not allowed for any reason within the control of the dancer, i.e., conflicting membership on another team (sports, musicals, etc.). TEAM dancers must also adhere to attendance policies surrounding competitions.

Want to learn to dance but need less of a committment? Learn about our Traditional Classes »
Looking for more performance opportunities? Learn about our Tap & Jazz Lines »

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Company Level Classes Offered

Company dancers are required to take a minimum of two (2) Ballet classes to help build a strong dance foundation, one of which may be Jumps, Leaps & Turns. This requirement covers all genres: Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.

Company Level 6 dancers must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) classes, of which two must be Ballet. Pointe dancers must be enrolled in a minimum of two Ballet classes.

Participation in Company is by invitation or audition; enrollment is accepted through October. Please call 248-380-1666 for more information.

Click to expand for technique description, classes offered, age and skill requirements, and dress code

The most important class for any dancer (or athlete!) for its natural attention to discipline, flexibility, grace, body awareness, and strength and stamina. We teach the classic Russian syllabus for ages 6+. Students will be exposed to age appropriate material determined by physical and emotional development. Barre, center, and across the floor exercises will support the choreography given to the dancers for their performance pieces. Ballet vocabulary, in French, is used exclusively. Ballet is the strong basis for all other forms your dancer may choose to study. Dancers should expect to train in a particular level for a minimum period of two years.

Our Ballet Technique class is offered to dancers in the Training Program, either Company or TEAM. It will fulfill one of the requirements for ballet classes. This class will not perform in the annual showcases.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Ballet 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #S0203 split sole leather ballet slipper

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #151 black leather ballet shoe
Ballet 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #S0203 split sole leather ballet slipper

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #151 black leather ballet shoe
Ballet 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #ES0250L Elastosplit X leather ballet slipper

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #151 black leather ballet shoe
Ballet Technique Ages 10+, A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #S0203 split sole or #ES0250L Elastosplit X leather ballet slipper

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in, black socks; #151 black leather ballet shoe

Contemporary and Lyrical dance are fusions of ballet, modern, and jazz genres. Students will be exposed to age and skill appropriate movement. Ballet class is highly recommended as a partner with the study of contemporary and lyrical as its fundamentals will facilitate progress.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Contemporary 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; Bloch Eclipse S0609L shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; bare feet
Contemporary 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; Bloch Eclipse S0609L shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; bare feet
Contemporary 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; Bloch Eclipse S0609L shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; bare feet

An advanced level of ballet for dancers ages 8+. Students are assessed by their ballet instructors as to readiness. These classes prepare the dancer for the rigors of pointe by focusing on development of the bottom of the foot, their increased awareness of center, and overall body control. Instruction includes the how-tos of fitting a pointe shoe, the correct method of tying pointe shoe ribbons, and sewing ribbons and elastics on to ballet slippers and pointe shoes. All students must be enrolled in a ballet technique class to participate in a pointe or pre-pointe program.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Pre-Pointe / Pointe 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; shoes TBD
Pre-Pointe / Pointe 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; shoes TBD
Pointe 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; shoes TBD

Tap

Both classic (up on the balls of the feet) and rhythm (down low into the floor, often with a full foot) styles are taught. Barre (for our younger dancers), center, and across the floor exercises are designed to train the ear as well as reach the ultimate goal of speed and clarity of sound. Many exercises are executed a cappella (no music) to help teach the dancers the importance of listening to the other feet around them, which enhances musicality (the skill of ‘hearing’ the music).

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Tap 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; CG19 Capezio black tap shoes

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; CG19 Capezio black tap shoes
Tap 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; CG19 Capezio black tap shoes

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; CG19 Capezio black tap shoes
Tap 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; Miller and Ben black 'Triple Threat' oxford tap shoes

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; Miller and Ben black 'Triple Threat' oxford tap shoes

The most American of dance forms, jazz steals its language from ballet. Its turns, connecting steps, runs, walks, leaps and jumps are presented in parallel position as opposed to its cousins in ballet who work turned out, but share many of the same tenants; long, stretched positions, lifted upper bodies. Additional differences include tempos, isolations of the head, shoulders, hips, and ribs, and more rigid positions of the arms and hands. Dancers should expect to train in a particular level for a minimum period of two years.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Jazz 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #EJ2 Capezio caramel jazz shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #EJ2 Capezio black jazz shoe
Jazz 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #EJ2 Capezio caramel jazz shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #EJ2 Capezio black jazz shoe
Jazz 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; #EJ2 Capezio caramel jazz shoe

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; #EJ2 Capezio black jazz shoe td>

This dance genre has been in the streets since the late 1970s but wasn’t mainstream until the boy bands of the 90s and MTV got a hold of it. Incorporating the tempo of jazz as well as its jumps, turns, and flexibility requirements, hip hop has its own look. Very low and deep into the shoes and floor, often with a hunched upper body, hip hop calls for severe hip, rib, shoulder, and head isolations. Complicated arm and hand movements are its signature as well as multiple isolations and movements within a single note.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Hip Hop 4 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; (dedicated) sneakers

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; (dedicated) sneakers
Hip Hop 5 A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; (dedicated) sneakers

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; (dedicated) sneakers
Hip Hop 6 A minimum of 3 classes per week (2 of which are ballet) and a proven skill level commensurate with the syllabus black leotard, black skirt or dance shorts, ballet pink or caramel tights, hair in bun; (dedicated) sneakers

Boys: black athletic shorts or black sweatpants, white tee shirt tucked in; (dedicated) sneakers

A dedicated skills class focused on technique and proper body placement; the fast pace contributes to building stamina, strength, and flexibility, for improved execution of turns, jumps, and leaps. Eligibility requirements apply.

Technique & Conditioning classes have eligibility requirements. Please visit the front desk or talk with an instructor for further information.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Jumps, Leaps & Turns Ages 9-18 or by invitation Same as Jazz – See above

A supplemental class for dancers, Dance Acro goes beyond tumbling. Strength training, agility, athleticism, and conditioning will all be addressed weekly in this core class.

Technique & Conditioning classes have eligibility requirements. Please visit the front desk or talk with an instructor for further information.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Dance Acro Ages 7-18 leotard of the season; bare legs and feet, black dance shorts, hair in low bun

Boys: shorts; bare feet

*Students must be of qualifying age by December 1.

†For your convenience, we offer a line of apparel available for purchase at competitive prices, including:

  • Dance shoes (we’ll custom fit your dancer for tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop)
  • Leotards, tights, ballet skirts, dance undergarments

Our apparel store is open during studio hours.

Competition TEAM

TEAM provides students with the opportunity to travel to area competitions and conventions to perform specially choreographed pieces for the purpose of expanding one's dance experience through exposure to new teachers and choreographers, assessment by a neutral panel of judges, and observation of dance teams of similar and differing age groups as a means of assessing their own levels and expertise; our focus is on the educational component.

TEAM dancers are required to take a minimum of three (3) ballet classes, one of which may be Jumps, Leaps & Turns. Also required: Dance Acro, Technique class(es) by genre, Rehearsal class(es) by genre.

The season runs all year long with weekly classes September through mid June and an adjusted schedule during July and August. Contact us for Team classes and rehearsal schedule.

Participation is by audition. Please call 248-380-1666 for more information.

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