2019-2020 Class Descriptions

2019-20 Class Descriptions

Class descriptions are provided as a general guide for content and methods of instruction.  Please contact Halestone if you have specific questions about our classes.

Classes for under 5s

Adult & Me: Movement Awareness through Play
Combining kinesthetic exploration through touch, balance, texture, and sound we will explore the outdoor world and the indoor dance studio. Class will include an interactive story-time, song and dance designed to introduce dance concepts at their most basic, and a guided, contemplative exploration. This class is ideal for your youngest mover, or for a slightly older child that needs the support of having a caregiver in the room.

This class is designed for both caregiver and child to dance together, however if your child is 2 1/2 or older they may attend on their own. Ages: One class for 1s & 2s and one class for 2s & 3s.

Creative Movement (3s & 4s)
Classes focus on creative movement, basic body control, and the joy of moving. The students will explore rhythm, beginning dance steps, imaginative play, and the use of props. This class strengthens coordination and cognitive skills in a positive atmosphere.

Kinder Ballet (4s)
Classes will blend the concepts of ballet with creative movement using both classical and popular age appropriate music to learn basic skills and engage in dramatic play. In a structured environment children will begin to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Classes will foster a love of movement from learning basic ballet steps, translating music to movement, exploring how bodies can move in space and using imagery and props in creatively choreographed dance games. Through dance-play students will explore dance technique, practice large and fine motor movement skills and develop a great variety of  movement qualities as we work toward acquiring a lifelong love of dance.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes

Creative Movement (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

Creative Movement for Kindergarten and 1st Graders builds on the concepts introduced in Creative Movement for 3s and 4s. Classes still focus on creative movement, basic body control, and the joy of moving, while also emphasizing concepts central to modern dance.  The students will be guided towards the experience of a more technical modern dance class, while still allowed the freedom needed at this age. This class strengthens coordination and cognitive skills in a positive atmosphere. Grades K-1. Ages 5-6

Kinder Ballet (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

Ballet technique will be gently introduced through exercises, dance games and student leadership opportunities as we continue to foster a love of dance. Dancers will learn new movement patterns, explore qualities of nonverbal expression, and organize movement into an aesthetic experience. We will continue using imagery and props to broaden and develop students’ artistry. Throughout the year students will learn and practice the Royal Academy of Ballet technique at the preprimary level. Classes will explore and expand movement possibilities and skills. Grades K-1. Ages 5-6.

Intro to Dance Technique: Modern & Tap

Intro to Dance Technique classes allow students to take an introduction to more than one style in the same year-long class. Designed specifically for rising 2nd and 3rd graders, students will be allowed freedom and choice by being included in dance-making, improvisation, and composition exercises. At the same time they will be introduced to the more structured elements of a technique class: specific warm-up routines, across the floor, and center combinations. Grades 2-3. Ages 7-9.

Intro to Dance Technique: Tap & Jazz

Intro to Dance Technique classes allow students to take an introduction to more than one style in the same year-long class. Designed specifically for rising 2nd and 3rd graders, students will be allowed freedom and choice by being included in dance-making, improvisation, and composition exercises. At the same time they will be introduced to the more structured elements of a technique class: specific warm-up routines, across the floor, and center combinations. Grades 2-3. Ages 7-9.

Intro to Dance Technique: Ballet & Modern

Intro to Dance Technique classes allow students to take an introduction to more than one style in the same year-long class. Designed specifically for rising 2nd and 3rd graders, students will be allowed freedom and choice by being included in dance-making, improvisation, and composition exercises. At the same time they will be introduced to the more structured elements of a technique class: specific warm-up routines, across the floor, and center combinations. Grades 1-3. Ages 6-9. **Rising 1st graders are also eligible to take the Ballet & Modern combo.**

What happened to Dance Lab? We’ve restructured the names of some of our classes for the coming year! The names are new, but the investigatory classes that combine improvisation, modern dance technique and choreography & composition remain. Rising Dance Lab I and II students should consider taking our Intro to Dance Technique classes in a variety of styles (see above). Rising Dance Lab III students should take the Intermediate Seminar in Modern Dance (see below). Contact us with questions!

Intermediate Seminar in Dance Technique: Modern
Creative, fun-filled, and challenging, this class is formatted to help students build a solid technical base in modern dance and improvisation.  The focus on technique is supported by a focus on developing proper alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality through the combined study of experiential anatomy and applied dance theory.  Improvisational skills are nurtured using scores that explore the inner connections (breath, core to distal, head to tail, top to bottom, homo-lateral, cross-lateral) that are necessary for freedom and ease in outward expression.  Dancers also learn about the dynamics of energy (yielding, pushing, reaching, grasping, and pulling) that are the support and motivation for all movement. Creativity is encouraged in dancers on every level. Grades: 4-8. Ages 9-13.

Advanced Seminar in Dance Technique: Modern

Designed for serious dancers at the high school level, seminar classes build on theory developed in Dance Lab classes. Seminar classes are based on somatic principles and include the study of modern dance/contemporary technique, applied theory, improvisation, and composition. Advanced Seminar in Modern Dance is the continuation of our Intro to Dance Technique and Intermediate Seminar in Modern Dance class progression and suitable for high school aged dancers.

Jazz I
In this class we will be exploring classical jazz. We will be learning jazz techniques which are all very high energy and allow for individual expression. Class will begin with a warm up and focus on combinations to learn how to isolate the body and build stamina. Using across the floor exercises to really drill in the different styles, this class will be a great way to learn rhythm and movement! Grades 4-8. Ages 9-13. 

Jazz II

This class will be a traditional high energy jazz class. We will be reviewing the foundations of jazz, while also getting into different characters. We will start in the center for a warm up and small body conditioning, move across the floor, and end class with a combination. Students will be asked to create some of their own compositions, and perform with and for others in the class. There will be many different styles of jazz dance we will be learning about throughout the course of this class, which will allow students to be able to create their own stylized combinations. Grades 9-12. Ages 14-18.

Tap I

This class will focus on the fundamentals of tap. We will start with the basics and build up from there. Classes will begin in the center with a warm- up, then go across the floor working on specific steps. We will build up our skills and be able to work on combinations and students will be able to create their own steps and sounds. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style throughout the techniques they will learn and will be able to let loose and have fun through improvisation structures. Grades 4-8. Ages 9-13.

Tap II

Tap II is an intermediate/ advanced tap class that builds on classical tap foundations. Students can expect to learn a little history too, so they can understand where this form of dance and sound came from! Going through our warm-ups and across the floor exercises we will expand on our skill sets. As students progress through their steps and sounds, they will be able to move forward to increasingly more complex and intricate combinations. Students will be asked to create their own small sets of sounds and eventually create their own small combinations. Grades 9-12. Ages 14-18. Mature 7th and 8th grade students with prior tap experience may take this class with the permission of the instructor.

Ballet I & II
Students will learn the foundation of ballet, terminology, body placement and musicality. The groundwork of ballet is set at the barre where students will learn placement of their feet, bodies, and arms. Combinations will progress to the center where components of balance and coordination are attained. Beginning Ballet is suitable for students in 2nd-7th grades who have little to no prior ballet experience or for students who have taken 1-2 years of Kinder Ballet at Halestone and are entering 2nd grade in the fall. Grades 2-7; ages 7-14.

Ballet III
Students will build their strength with barre exercises going to relevé. Center will focus on turns, moving at different tempos and both small and big jumps. Footwork, port de bras and extension are a focus with more advanced students. Students advance to this class from Ballet I & II by approval of the instructor and at the appropriate age.

Pointe
Pointe is by recommendation only and focuses on ankle strength and stability. Students will learn to articulate their feet through their pointe shoes both at barre and in center. Dancers taking pointe must also take ballet technique class. Lower level students may take this class on flat as a pre-pointe class at the recommendation of the instructor.

Clogging Workshop
A class open to students ages 10 and up with prior clogging experience, Clogging Workshop is a time for students to explore group choreography and practice learning how to lead the group. Students will get chances to make up their own clogging combinations and teach them to their peers. Students should be prepared to work hard and come to class with enthusiasm. Students will start with a warm up which focuses on advanced technique. The rest of the class will be dedicated to learning combinations and dances.

Junior & Senior Company

These classes are focused on developing choreographic tools and critical thinking skills through dance studies. Students will learn composition, feedback techniques, advanced improvisation skills, and be part of producing and performing in various productions throughout the season.

Junior Company is open to dedicated 4th-8th grade students who have studied at Halestone for at least one year and others by permission/ invitation of the instructor. Enrollment in one technique class at Halestone is required to participate in Junior Company (Jazz, Intermediate Seminar in Dance Technique, OR Ballet) Please contact us if your student is interested in Junior Company and you are unsure if it is the right fit.

Senior Company is open to High School students who have studied at Halestone for at least one year and others by permission/ invitation of the instructor. Students wishing to be in Senior Company must also take Advanced Seminar in Dance Technique. Enrollment in other styles is also encouraged (Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Clogging). Please contact us if your student is interested in Senior Company and you are unsure if it is the right fit. Read more about Senior Company.

Independent Adult Classes

Dance Conditioning

We can’t be certain of this, but Halestone’s morning conditioning class just may be the longest standing exercise class in Rockbridge County. Established in 1979, the class still hosts some of its original 1980’s clients as current class members.  With routines choreographed and set to music by studio director Nancy Saylor, Halestone Conditioning continues year after year to provide clients with an innovative and comprehensive training regimen for the development of physical endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. It’s also fun!  Each hour-long class features a thirty-minute aerobic workout balanced by an additional thirty minutes of pilates-based mat exercises, free weights, yoga, and other somatic training methods.

Moving bodies of all types and levels of experience are welcome.  Whether you are a long-time dance student or someone who never had the chance to take lessons (but never lost the desire to do so), Halestone Conditioning is dedicated to providing you with an opportunity for movement exploration, physical training, and mental development.  We hope to see you in class soon!

Easing Into Yoga
This class is designed for participants with limited mobility.  We start in a chair for opening movements, move to standing for building strength, flexibility, and balance, then we move to our mats for core work, stretches, and final relaxation.

Gentle Yoga
This class flows from mat to standing with a focus on building strength, flexibility and balance.  The movements are designed to be gentle, yet challenging, work most body parts, and modifications are offered for more or less intensity.  We always end class with final relaxation.

The Halestone Foundation

The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach.

We are led by a volunteer board: Joel Kuehner - President, Ann Courtney - VP, Jess Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde and Nina Whitehead - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at halestonedance@gmail.com

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Artistic Director, Mauri Connors
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Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
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Lexington, Virginia 24450