Class Descriptions

PreLevel 1
PreLevel 2
Beginning Level 1
Beginning Level 2
Beginning Level 3
Beginning Varsity
Intermediate 1
Intermediate 2
Intermediate 3
Intermediate 4

ages 2-3
ages 3-4
ages 5-6
ages 7-8
ages 9-10
invitation Only
ages 10+
ages 10+ by assessment
ages 10+ by assessment
ages 10+ by assessment
ages 10+ by assessment
18+ no experience required
Adult Sassy Hip Hop
Adult Sassy Hip Hop is a fun beginner level class for anyone ages 18+ looking to get sassy!  This is a low-pressure class with a secret focus on cardio. You will be having so much fun, you won't even notice you are breaking a sweat.  No prior dance experience is required - just prior sass experience!

"Audition Only" Youth Companies
Hip Hop TransFuzion (HHTF), Jazz TransAxion (JTA), TransRhythm Tap (TRT), Acro Team, Acro Minis, and TDS Minis are youth companies in residence at TranscenDance Studios.  HHTF, JTA, TRT, and Acro Team are for ages 9-18.  Acro Minis and TDS Minis is for dancers ages 6+.  Please see the Youth Ensembles page on our web site for more information.  

Ballet class is one of the most challenging, yet most gratifying classes that we offer. Giving students precise technique, ballet offers a lot more than what meets the eye.  It is the foundation for many other dance forms such as jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and even some styles of tap. Ballet is also beneficial to gymnasts, ice skaters, martial artists, and athletes, as it teaches alignment, placement, balance and elegance.  If you are a student of dance and looking for a great class, try ballet - and give yourself a chance to experience art in its purest form.

Goes Well With:  Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe (for advanced dancers)

Ballet - Leaps & Turns 
Leaps & Turns is an important component in every dancer's repertoire and will enhance all dance styles. Our Ballet - Leaps & Turns classes focus on the most basic of turns (chaine, pique, pirouette) through the advanced turns (attitude, arabesque, coupé, fouetté, à la seconde, multiple pirouettes) and variations of all of the above.  Ballet - Leaps & Turns also progresses from basic leaps and jumps (grand jeté, saut de chat, sauté, glissade, jeté, assemblé, pas de chat, sissonne), to advanced leaps and jumps. The student's goal is to execute a series of complicated turn or leap patterns technically correct and safely.

Goes Well With:  Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Stretch

Ballet/Tap Combo
Ballet/Tap Combo allows our youngest of dancers to get the best of both worlds in one class a week.  Combo dancers benefit from the technique and grace of ballet along with the musicality and zest of tap.  Students perform two recital dances, one in each style, at recital.  This class is only available to our dancers ages 7 and younger.  As dancers progress in maturity and skill level, it becomes important to provide more attention and time to each dance style separately. Until then, we love our two-for-one Ballet/Tap Combo.  

Ballet Tech.
Ballet Tech is a non-recital class, allowing dancers to focus soley on ballet technique without the distraction or time commitment of a recital dance.

Goes Well With: Ballet, Ballet - Leaps & Turns, Pointe

Boyz Only Hip Hop
Boyz Only Hip Hop is designed specially for boys ages 6-10 as an entry into the dance world.  This class is taught by one of our talented male instructors and will allow boys to make friends in dance class and learn from a positive male role model.    Please see the Hip Hop class description for more information on the content of this class.  

Goes Well With:  Break Dance, Tumbling

Break Dance
Break Dance, also known as breakdancing, b-boying, or b-girling, is a street dance style that evolved as part of the hip hop movement amoung youths in the South Bronx of New York City during the early 1970's.  It is normally danced to funk or hip hop music, often remixed to prolong the breaks.  This class will consist of classic toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes, and focus on developing battle techniques and personal style.  B-boys and B-girls may want to consider supplementing their training with a hip hop and tumbling class.   

Goes Well With:  Hip Hop, Tumbling, Stretch, Dance Workout

Contemporary Jazz
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. This dance genre is often done in bare feet.

Goes Well With:  Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet

Dance Symposium
A study class where dancers discuss current events in the dance world, dance history, kinesiology, health, and nutrition.  Dancers also benefit from sharing thoughts, trials, and laughs revolving around their experience as dancers.  This is a must-have supplement for any serious dancer.  

Goes Well With:  All styles of dance

Drill Team Prep - Leaps/Turns/Legs

Drill Team Prep will focus on the most important technical components for any drill team dancer - leaps, turns, and legs. Dancers will work on flexibility and correct placement for grand battements (kicks), leg holds, and tilts. From the most basic of turns (chaine, pique, pirouette) through the advanced turns (attitude, arabesque, coupé, fouetté, à la seconde, multiple pirouettes) and variations of all of the above. Drill Team Prep also progresses from basic leaps and jumps (tuck, pike, toe-touch, c-jump, jeté, and second leaps), to advanced leaps and jumps, such as cabriole, switch leap, switch-second, capezio/ring, calypso, turning c-jumps, tilt jumps, reverse leaps, and turning disc leaps. The student's goal is to execute a series of complicated turn, leap, and grand battement (kick) patterns technically correct and safely.

Goes Well With: Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Stretch, Dance Workout

Hip Hop 
The most popular and fastest-growing style of dance without a doubt is hip hop. This dance form is a thrilling adventure with fun, energetic, athletic movements, and popular music in an atmosphere of safe self-expression!  TDS Hip Hop is not limited to one style or technique. Classes blend several different styles, including  Popping, Locking, Gliding, Waving, Urban Funk, Break-Dance, and Lyrical Hip Hop.  Hop Hop dancers can benefit from Tumbling and a more technical movement class such as Ballet, Jazz, or Lyrical.  You can see hip hop dance on TV shows like “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

Goes Well With:  Break Dance, Tumbling, Stretch, Dance Workout, or a classical movement class like Jazz

Hip Hop Synergy
If you like a little more groove and sass to your hip hop, then Hip Hop Synergy is for you.  This class synergizes hip hop and funk styles incorporating intense dynamics and musicality.  This class tends to learn material quickly and is a great supplement to regular hip hop class.  

Goes Well With:  Hip Hop, Jazz

Improv & Choreography
This class offers the dance yin and yang - improvisation and choreography development skills.  The ability to improvise is one of the most intimidating yet important skills to develop for any dancer.  From covering for a mistake on stage to exploring one's own imagination, improvisation can take you there.  Dancers learn tricks to make improv less nerve racking and get plenty of experience improvising in various structures. Developing their own choreographic skills, dancers work under the guidance of an instructor to create routines for themselves and other dancers.  The Summer Session of this class culminates in a Student Choreography Showcase held at TDS.  The Fall/Spring Session of this class includes a winter Student Choreography Showcase at TDS as well as a routine in recital comprised of student choreography and live on-stage improvisation.  This is a non-tap class.  

Goes Well With: Any style of dance.  

Studying Jazz is an exciting journey. Jazz relies on a dancer's classical training, yet pushes dancers to a higher level of creative expression through generally up-tempo movement and exciting tricks, leaps, and turns.  Jazz dancers are encouraged to take ballet class, and can benefit from lyrical, contemporary, and tumbling classes as well. You can see jazz dance on shows like “So You Think You Can Dance.”  

Goes Well With:  Ballet, Lyrical, Leaps & Turns, Contemporary Jazz, Stretch 

Lyrical is one of TDS’s most popular classes.  Dancers learn to express themselves through the lyrics of contemporary, emotive music.   Lyrical is strongly rooted in ballet technique while blending jazz and modern styles.  Lyrical dance is characterized by sustained extensions, dynamic movement, and expressive presence.  Students are encouraged to take a Ballet and Jazz class in addition to Lyrical.

Goes Well With:  Ballet, Jazz, Ballet - Leaps & Turns, Stretch, Contemporary

Open Tumble
Tumbling mats, a tumbling instructor, and freedom is what you will find in Open Tumble. This "class" is an loosely-structured time for tumblers to practice their tricks on a mat and with a spotter.  This extra practice can benefit students looking to progress faster on their tumbling skills.   It is highly encouraged that this class is taken concurrently with at least one additional tumbling class at TranscenDance Studios.  

Goes Well With:  Tumbling, Stretch, Dance Workout, Drill Team Prep, Ballet

Without proper strength, technique, and training, an attempt at dancing on pointe can cause injury. Children with growing feet should not dance on pointe unless under the strict supervision of an instructor.  Introduction to pointe work must be gradual.  Dancers should train for several years in soft slippers developing strong ballet technique, then may progress to Pointe-Prep class in soft shoes, and then finally to Pointe.  
At TranscenDance Studios, we are very focused on our dancers' safety. The proper training and care of our students takes priority over a dancer's desire for pointe shoes. Dancers with the technique, strength, discipline and work ethic will be invited into Pointe-Prep or Pointe class when ready.  Speak with a TDS instructor for a personal plan of course-work to get your dancer ready for pointe.  

**Pointe dancers must take at least two Ballet classes a week or provide proof of additional weekly ballet training elsewhere.  Pointe dancers must enroll in the ballet class scheduled before their pointe class of choice to provide for adequate warm up.  

Goes Well With:  Ballet, Ballet - Leaps & Turns

Stretch Course
A vital supplement to any dancer, gymnast, ice skater, or athlete's training regiment, Stretch Course focuses on improving flexibility of various muscular groups throughout the torso and legs to increase a wider range of movement and lessen the risk of injury. This course is a great warmup when taken as a pre-cursor to classes in other styles of movement.  Students are encouraged to enroll in multiple Stretch Courses a week to see the greatest benefit.  

Goes Well With:  Multiple Stretch Courses, Tumbling, Drill Team Prep, All styles of dance

Creating rhythms and sounds, tap dancing is truly unique. Tappers develop musicality, rhythm, and the ability to understand complex patterns. Tap is beneficial to gymnasts, ice skaters, martial artists, and athletes, as it develops nimble, quick feet through the transition of weight placement.  TDS Tap strikes a balance between the visually entertaining elements of “Broadway” style tap, and the musically complex footwork of “Rhythm” tap to develop the most skilled tap dancer possible.  TranscenDance Studios is known for its highly skilled tap program.  

Goes Well With:  any classical movement class like Ballet or Jazz, Improv

Tumbling at TDS is geared specially to benefit dancers and chearleaders.  Classes bring in concepts and movement at an age-appropriate level.  Depending on the level and age, Tumbling class will work from basic rolls, cartwheels, round-offs, headstands, handstands, and bridges, and progress to advanced back bends, walk-overs, headsprings, handsprings, and aerials. Tumbling class will place an emphasis on balance, strength, and flexibility.

Goes Well With:  Break Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Stretch, Dance Workout, Contemporary, Lyrical

Jumps & Stretch
Jumps & Stretch is specially targeted to benefit cheerleaders, dance team members, gymnasts, ice skaters, hip hoppers, and jazz dancers. This class focuses on increasing flexibility to improve kicks, battements, leaps, jumps, range of motion for tumbling, and promote injury prevention. The jumps portion of class includes drills to improve tuck jumps, front/side hurdlers, toe touches (straddle jumps), double hooks, c-jumps, pike jumps, double jumps, and power jumps.  

Goes Well With: Tumbling, Hip Hop, Jazz

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