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Dance Studio

Arts for All!

The Dance Studio offers lessons for all ages and abilities. Students will learn dance in an environment that is structured, challenging, rewarding, encouraging and nurturing. Our goal is to inspire, motivate and enrich every student in the Art of Dance. The following is a list of initial classes to be offered. We plan to grow the number of classes offered over time.

Alaina Olivieri earned a Bachelors degree in dance from the College at Brockport where she graduated summa cum laude. A recipient of the Friar’s Foundation Award for Academic Achievement in the Performing Arts, Alaina received additional training from the School of the Hartford Ballet and the National Museum of Dance through New York State Summer School of the Arts. She has been a dance teacher and professional movement artist in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas for 16 years.

Pre-Ballet & Creative Movements – Ages 6-9 (1 hour)
Mondays 4:15 – 5:15
Pre-Ballet builds your child’s confidence, posture, coordination, and flexibility while nurturing a joy of dance. This class introduces basic ballet terminology and encourages self-expression through movement games and improvisation.

Ballet 1- Ages 7-9 (1 hour)
Mondays 5:15 – 6:15
Girls and boys will learn basic ballet technique and terminology while improving posture, strength, and flexibility. The structure of this traditional ballet class enhances physical and mental discipline. Terms and techniques needed in many dance styles are introduced. No experience is necessary for this class.

Ballet 2 – Ages 9 – 13 (1 ¼ hours)
Mondays 6:15 – 7:30
This traditional ballet class is for students with some ballet experience who are interested in expanding their movement vocabularies. Emphasis is placed on coordination, musicality, and technical proficiency.

Ballet 3 – Ages 10 – 13 (1 ¼ hours)
Thursdays 4:15 – 5:30
More advanced barre and center work is introduced. Attention is paid to developing movement sequences, proper extension of the legs and feet, use of the head, balance, as well as simple beats and basic pirouettes. Students enrolled in Ballet 3 are strongly encouraged to enroll in Ballet 2 or Ballet 4/5 (Tues. or Thurs.) respective to their level of training.

Ballet 4/5 – Ages  11 – 17 (1 1/2 hours)
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 (GCC) and Thursdays 5:30-7:00 (separate registrations)
A challenging class that requires strength and stamina for more complex adage, pirouette and allegro enchainements. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and artistic expression, as well as increasingly advanced repertory of steps.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe – Ages  13 – 17 (45 minutes)
Tuesdays 8:00 -8:45 (Geneva Community Center)
This class is specifically for dancers who have enough training and strength to dance with pointe shoes. Class will focus on strengthening the legs and feet through repeated exercises at the barre, and will progress to traveling across the floor, and combinations in centre. Participants must have at least one year of training en pointe. Pre-pointe students may take class with the instructor’s permission.

Adult Ballet (1 ½ hours)
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30
Women and men are invited to learn ballet in an atmosphere that is supportive and engaging. Beginners are welcome as each class is designed to be accessible to students at a variety of levels. Build strength, flexibility, and improve coordination while exploring traditional and modern ballet techniques. No experience is necessary.

Tap 1 – Ages 10+ (45 minutes)
Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:00 (Geneva Community Center)
Elementary Tap technique and terminology is introduced. This class emphasizes simple rhythms and the production of clear sounds with tap shoes.

Tap 2 – All Ages (1 ¼ hours)
Tuesdays 5:45-6:30 (Geneva Community Center)
Intermediate Tap will focus on correct body alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility. Tap dance vocabulary will be expanded through across the floor exercises and more advanced combinations.  Intermediate Tap will also focus on clarity of sounds and increasing speed. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique, execution and terminology. Tap shoes are required. Previous training is recommended.

Jazz Dance – Ages 10+ (45 minutes)
Tuesdays 5:00 – 5:45 (Geneva Community Center)
Students will study jazz dance techniques often seen in musical theater and in commercial/entertainment industries while improving coordination, strength, flexibility, and musicality. Class includes a warm-up with stretching, isolations, and strengthening exercises and then moves across the floor to work on turns, leaps, jumps and runs.

Modern Dance – Ages 13 – 17 (1 ¼ hours)
Mondays 7:30 – 8:45
Students will develop fundamental movement skills and body awareness. Focus is on full body integration, and movement exploration as a form of individual and artistic expression. This class will include floor work, partnering and improvisation

Dress Code
Proper dance attire is important in creating a productive learning environment in dance class. Please adhere to the dress code as it allows the student a broad range of movement, and provides the instructor with the ability to see the students’ body and make necessary corrections. Following the dress code establishes good work ethic, respect, discipline, unity, focus and energy during class.

Hair should be pulled back securely into a bun (for ballet) or ponytail. Shorter hairstyles should be secured back from the face. Please limit jewelry to small earrings.  Large or dangling earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches are potentially dangerous to participants in class.

Girls:  Black leotard and pink tights. Pink ballet shoes. No skirts please.
Boys:  White t-shirt and black tights/black dance pants (nothing baggy). Black ballet shoes.

Girls:  Black leotard or unitard, pink or tan tights. Tight fitting, solid black dance pants are permitted. Jazz or ballet shoes, and tap shoes.
Boys:  White t-shirt and black tights or black dance pants (nothing baggy).  Jazz or ballet shoes, and tap shoes.

Adult Ballet
Women: Leotard, tights and ballet shoes.
Men: T-shirt, tights/black dance pants (nothing baggy) and ballet shoes.