Class Descriptions

Here at Brighter Days Dance, our dance classes build off of one another, each level getting more challenging and requiring greater skill. With different instructors and so many God- glorifying songs, your class may consist of some sharp, hard hitting steps or some more expressive, smoother-type moves. You’ll learn about rhythm, moving in unison, and building your technical abilities. In class, you’ll begin with a warm-up, learn a routine, and practice technique in the form of turns, strength training, leaps, and flexibility exercises. Because of our love for Christ and devotion to His Word, we will also include some Bible study and prayer time in each class. Below you will find a brief description of what you can expect at your dance class. Hope to see you at the studio!

General Class Information

Each of our classes have a class size maximum depending on the genre and age of the students.

Class length varies depending on the age and level of the dance class.

Classes are held at our studio at 1921 E Main Street, Little Chute.

Each instructor reserves the right to move children to a different level if they feel the student’s needs will be better fit in a different class.

If classes are full, we can put your name on a waiting list.

Please also see our page on recommended shoes and attire.

Ballet

Intro to Ballet for 4 Year Olds: This 30-minute class for 4 year olds is an introduction to ballet. We will cover basic ballet steps with an emphasis on gross motor skill development, listening skills and social interaction. This class will start with a light and easy series of stretches and barre warm-ups. This class will be taught fun and easy ballet moves to Christian music that will help build coordination and confidence.

Intro to Ballet for 5 Year Olds: This 30-minute class for 5 year olds begins with a light stretch and barre warm-up. We will learn the positions of ballet and several ballet moves. Each child will be encouraged to try each step and do their best. This class will be an introductory class to the elegance and control that is required of ballerinas. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: all five positions, side chasse, posse and step posse, rendejams, echappe, battement, develop and combinations.

See this class in action.

Beginning 1 Ballet:  This 40-minute class begins with a warm-up and stretch at the barre. We will dedicate 10 minutes of each class to technique. Technique will also be accompanied by the combining of steps to complete a routine or different combinations. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: front chasse, single inside and outside pirouettes, and combinations. Ages 6 to 8 are recommended at this level, but may vary per instructor placement.

See Beginning 1 Ballet in action.

Beginning 2 Ballet: This is a 40-minute class, with 10 minutes dedicated to technical instruction. A warm up, stretching, and time to work on a class routine will fill the remainder of the class. Some of the steps we will learn are rendejams en laire, attitudes, and three step turns. Each level is designed to build off of the ones below it. Class etiquette and teamwork is always encouraged. Dancers will be ages 8 to 10 for this level, unless an instructor says otherwise.

See Beginning 2 Ballet in action.

Intermediate 1 Ballet: This 50-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the beginning level class. Each class begins with a warm-up and stretch at the barre. We will dedicate 20 minutes of each class to technique. Technique will also be accompanied by the combining of steps to complete a routine or different combinations. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: double outside pirouettes, cabriole, pas de chat, and leaps. Ages 9 and up are recommended unless an instructor says otherwise.

Intermediate 2 Ballet: This is a 50-minute class, with 20 minutes reserved for technique time. The students will be challenged to push themselves toward accomplishing larger movements and encouraged to fine tune the technique they learned in previous levels, all while learning how to dance as if they were dancing for the Lord. We will perfect chaines turns, changement and combinations as we also learn our routine. Dancers must be placed in this level by an instructor and will be ages 10 and up.

Advanced Ballet/Pointe: This 80-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the intermediate level class. We begin with a warm-up and stretch at the barre. We will have a strong focus on technique as we dedicate 30 minutes of each class period towards improvement there. The students will be encouraged to challenge themselves in accomplishing larger movements and to fine tune the technique they learned in Intermediate Ballet. The students will also be challenged to build up strength in their bodies if they wish to pursue dancing on pointe. The students are encouraged to fully embrace the Christian music and live out the songs by dancing in such a way that tells the story. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: triple outside pirouettes, fouettes, waltz circles, traveling posse turns, glisade assamble and combinations. Dancers must be placed at this level by an instructor and will be ages 12 and up.

Pointe: This 80 minute class is for students that are working at mastering the skill set at the advanced level and have demonstrated enough strength and maturity in their dancing to be moved to the pointe class. We will have a strong focus on technique during this class as we will dedicate 30 minutes of each class period toward technique. This will class will include a lot of barre work and strength training in order to acquire the ability to dance on pointe. Dancers must be placed at this level by an instructor and will be ages 12 and up.

See Advanced Ballet/Pointe in action.

Hip Hop

Beginning 1 Hip Hop: This 40-minute class for beginning level students begins with a stretch and aerobic warm-up. During this class, they will learn hip hop dance moves that fit with the latest trends. These sharp and hard hitting dance moves will be appropriate and fun. This class will focus 10 minutes of each class on hip hop technique. At the end of class, the students will have the opportunity to participate in a fun, teacher led activity. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: b-boy, snake, and crossovers. Recommended for ages 6 to 8, though instructor placement may vary.

See Beginning Hip-Hop in action. 

Beginning 2 Hip Hop:  This is a 40-minute class designed to perfect the moves learned at the Beginning 1 level and add on some more challenging and age appropriate moves. We will start with a warm up and during technique time, we will learn some exercises to help us be better and stronger dancers. The grinder, wave, and plank roll are some of the most popular moves at this level, while even more will be touched upon. Ages 8 thru 10 are recommended though instructor placement may vary.

Intermediate 1 Hip Hop:  This 50-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the beginning level classes. Class begins with a stretch and aerobic warm-up. During this class, they will build off what they have learned in Beginning Hip Hop. New moves are introduced as they make their way into the hip hop scene. We will try, in this way, to stay current and also teach an appropriate version of trends as they become popular. This class will focus 20 minutes of each class on hip hop technique. The students will learn how to dance to Christian music in a way that brings glory to God’s name. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: moonwalk, knee turn, tuts (hand work) and glides. We recommend ages 9 and up for this class unless placed by an instructor.

See Intermediate Hip-Hop in action. 

Intermediate 2 Hip Hop:  This is a 50-minute class designed to perfect the moves learned at the Intermediate 1 level and add on some more age appropriate and more challenging moves. We will start with a couple of warm up routines and during technique time, we will learn some exercises to help us be better and stronger dancers. Attitude, precision, emotion; these are the skills necessary for this intense level. Come ready to work! (And we will have a great time, of course!) We recommend ages 10 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

Advanced Hip Hop:  This 60-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the intermediate level classes. Class begins with fast paced, muscle burning warm ups. As in Intermediate Hip Hop, new moves are introduced as they make their way into the hip hop scene. We will try, in this way, to stay current and also teach an appropriate version of trends as they become popular. They will execute hard hitting dance moves that are appropriate and fun. This class will focus 30 minutes of each class on hip hop technique. They will be challenged to dance for the Lord with their bodies and their hearts. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: glide, donkey kicks, footwork and the fish flop. We recommend ages 12 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

Lyrical

Beginning 1 Lyrical:  This is a 40-minute class introducing students to the lyrical style of dance. We focus 10 minutes of every class on technique, while also including a warm up and recital routine. Some of the moves we will introduce include the single pirouette, front chasse, waltz step, and arabesques. Though they may read like the same requirements as our jazz levels, the technique taught is a completely different style. We recommend ages 6-8 for this level, though placement is reserved to instructors assignment.

Beginning 2 Lyrical:  This is a 40-minute class for a different age of beginner lyrical dancers. At this level, children have a bit more coordination and confidence, and are pruned and polished into great dancers. We focus 10 minutes on technique and build on moves as we master them. We will learn single inside and outside pirouettes, chasses in opposition, compass and chaine turns, and kicks. Though they may read like the same requirements as our jazz levels, the technique taught is a completely different style. We recommend ages 8-10 for this level, though instructors will place as they deem necessary.

Intermediate 1 Lyrical:  This is a 50-minute class for those ready to push themselves to become stronger dancers. We will spend 20 minutes of each class working on technique using drills, exercises, and the like. Some new skills we will learn include double pirouettes, attitude turns, and pique turns. Musicality and expression are key at this level. Improvisation is also introduced and encouraged. We recommend ages 9 and up for this level. Instructor placements may vary.

See Intermediate Lyrical in action.

Intermediate 2 Lyrical:  This is a 50-minute class where flexibility and grace meet. In this class we add the emotion and perfect the foundations we have built upon already. Technical exercises take 20 minutes of the class, with an expectation of practice happening at home as well. We learn leap combinations, turn combinations, and critique ourselves and our classmates to be our best. Though they may read like the same requirements as our jazz levels, they are not as the technique taught is a completely different style. We recommend ages 10 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

Advanced Lyrical:  This is our 60-minute class for those who have proven their dedication to and love of dance. In this class, technique and strength building takes 30 minutes, while our routine and warmup take the other half of our class time. We will learn triple pirouettes, barrel turns, switch leaps, and build on more challenging tricks as we develop our strengths. An appreciation for expression, team work, musicality, and dancing for the Lord is fostered and honed here. We recommend ages 12 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

Jazz

Intro to Jazz for 4 year olds:  This is a 30-minute class designed to introduce a child into the world of jazz. We will start off with some light stretching, practice some skills across the floor, and learn a short routine. Most of what we will focus on will include gross motor skill development, following directions, and interaction in a classroom setting. Some of our favorite steps include the passe, kick, chasse, and turn. Learning games and other fun opportunities make this class a great place to start.

Intro to Jazz for 5 year olds:  This is a 30-minute class designed to introduce a child to a dance class setting. We start off with a short warm-up, practice skills across the floor, and learn a short routine. At this age, we practice rhythm, some terminology, and learning coordination and confidence. Little dancers will learn steps similar to the 4 year olds, but now with a higher expectation. They will love to see how much they grow this year in dance class!

Beginning 1 Jazz:  This is a 40-minute class where strong dancers are made! We focus 10 minutes of every class on technique, while also including a warm up and recital routine. Some of the moves we will introduce include the single pirouette, front chasse, pique, crossover, and jazz square. We recommend ages 6-8 for this level, though placement is reserved to instructors assignment.

Beginning 2 Jazz:  This is a 40-minute class for a different age of beginner jazz dancers. At this level, children have a bit more coordination and confidence, and are pruned and polished into great dancers. We focus 10 minutes on technique and build on moves as we master them. We will learn single inside and outside pirouettes, chasses in opposition, the lindy, and kicks. We recommend ages 8-10 for this level, though instructors will place as they see fit.

Intermediate 1 Jazz:  This is a 50-minute class for those ready to push themselves to become stronger dancers. We will spend 20 minutes of each class working on technique using drills, exercises, and the like. Some new skills we will learn include kicklines, leaps, tour jetes, and chaine turns. We recommend ages 9 and up for this level. Instructor placements may vary.

Intermediate 2 Jazz:  This is a 50-minute class where flexibility and grace meet. In this class we add the emotion and perfect the foundations we have built upon already. Technical exercises take 20 minutes of the class, with an expectation of practice happening at home as well. We learn leap combinations, turn combinations, and critique ourselves and our classmates to be our best. We recommend ages 10 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

Advanced Jazz: This is our 60-minute jazz class for those who have proven their dedication to and love of dance. In this class, technique and strength building takes 30 minutes, while our routine and warmup take the other half of our class time. We will learn triple pirouettes, barrel turns, switch leaps, and build on more challenging tricks as we develop our strengths. We recommend ages 12 and up for this class, with an instructor’s placement only.

 Tap

Intro to Tap for 4 Year Olds: This 30-minute class for 4 year olds is an introduction to tap.  We will cover beginning tap steps with an emphasis on gross motor skill development, listening skills and social interaction. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: toe, heel, brush, spank, shuffle. This class will be taught fun and easy dance steps to Christian music that will help build coordination and confidence.

Intro to Tap for 5 Year Olds: This 30-minute class for 5 year olds begins with a warm-up and then progresses with basic tap steps and terminology.  Students will continue to master the basic steps of heel, toe, brush, spank, shuffle, while expanding on those steps learning shuffle hop step, ball change, and shuffle ball change. This class includes the joy of learning to tap their little toes while at the same time acquiring a great sense of rhythm.

Beginning 1 Tap: This 40-minute class for beginning level students begins with a warm-up and then progresses with tap steps and terminology. This class focuses on teaching technique for 10 minutes each class period. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: flaps, flap heels, back flaps, and buffalos. Recommended for ages 6 to 8, unless specified by an instructor.

See this class in action. 

Beginning 2 Tap: This class is 40 minutes long with 10 minutes devoted to technique. We will begin with a warm up and focus on perfecting the basics in tap dance. Maxi Fords, cramp rolls, and riffs are just some of the steps we will practice. Great class etiquette and teamwork will always be encouraged. Ages 8 to 10 unless an instructor says otherwise.

Intermediate 1 Tap: This 50-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the beginning level class. We begin with a warm-up and then progress with challenging tap steps and terminology. This class focuses on teaching technique for 20 minutes each class period. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: single times steps, Shirley Temple, and paradiddle. Recommended age is 9 and up with exceptions to instructor placement.

Intermediate 2 Tap:  This class is 50 minutes long with 20 minutes set aside for technique time. There will be a warm up and stretching, followed by time to work on our routine. The shim sham, treble, and faster combinations of beginning level steps are just some of what we will be practicing. Adding emotion and dancing for our Lord will be expected and developed here as well! Dancers must be placed in this level by an instructor and will be ages 10 and up.

Advanced Tap: This 60-minute class is for students that have mastered the skill set at the intermediate level class begins with a warm-up and then progresses with challenging tap steps and terminology. This class focuses on teaching technique for 30 minutes each class period. Steps they will learn include, but are not limited to: wings, double and triple times steps, traveling time steps, and faster combinations of beginning/intermediate level steps. Dancers must be placed in this level by an instructor and be ages 12 and up.

Cheer & Dance

Beginning 1 Cheer and Dance:  This 40-minute class for beginning level students begins with stretching and warm-up kicks followed by 10 minutes of technique. The recital routine will consist of both a cheerleading chant and a dance number. Our chants will be Bible verses and our dances, upbeat and peppy. Students will learn and recite scripture and work together as a team while glorifying God with their movement. Ages 6 to 8 for this level unless specified by an instructor.

Beginning 2 Cheer and Dance: This 40-minute class for beginning level students begins with stretching and warm-up kicks followed by 10 minutes of technique. The skills and moves in this level will be age appropriate and fun! We practice our Bible verse chants and learn teamwork and great classroom etiquette. Our recital piece includes a dance number and a cheerleading chant. Ages 8 to 10 unless recommended by an instructor.

Intermediate 1 Cheer and Dance:  This 50-minute class is for students who have mastered the skill set at the beginning level class. We will  begin with stretching and warm-up kicks and continue with 20 minutes of technique. Students will learn several chants (Bible verses) in addition to an accelerated cheerleading dance routine. During the recital, the students will perform a scripture chant and a dance number. We will strengthen our scripture recitation and teamwork. Recommended for ages 9 and up unless placed by an instructor.

Intermediate 2 Cheer and Dance: This is a 50-minute class for students ready to perfect and hone their skills. Stretching and practicing at home is a must at this level! We spend 20 minutes of each class drilling our technique so we can achieve our goals. Glorifying God with our Bible verse chants and hard hitting dance moves is what we aim to do. Dancers must be placed by an instructor in this class and will be ages 10 and up.

Fitness Class

Hip Hop Fitness:  Come join us as we work up a sweat while learning some sweet dance moves! Using the latest songs on the hip hop scene, we will dance and work out all at the same time. This class can be fast paced, but we repeat some songs throughout the session, giving you a chance to really practice and get to know them. Some moves may include jumping, fast feet movements, and lunging. Be ready to work it!

Dance Fitness: Let’s get these bodies moving! We love music, we love dancing, and we love laughing too! Come to this class if you’re wanting to keep active, meet people, smile, and have some fun. This is a slow to medium paced workout similar to a jazzercize class. We will work on moving with rhythm and maintaining range of motion in our major muscle groups. A nice way to break up the day!

 

Music and Movement:  This is a 30 minute class for 3 years olds.  In this class your student will learn fun ways to move to the music.  They will learn basic beats and how to count while dancing.  They will practice balancing, learning right and left, proper studio etiquette and personal space.  The skills learned in this class will prepare them for a more structured dance class in the future.  This is a non recital class

 

 

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