2020-21 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.
Toddlers & Pre-K
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 ideal for 2 year olds. We welcome older and younger students if it is a good fit. Contact us to discuss trying a class.
Creative Movement A and B, Saturday Creative Movement
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.
Creative Movement A is for pre-school dancers who are 3 turning 4 over the school year.
Creative Movement B is for pre-school dancers who are 4 turning 5 over the school year and kindergarten dancers new to Halestone.
Saturday Creative Movement is open to any child age 3 through 6.
Kinder Ballet (4-year olds)
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.
Kinder Ballet is for 4 year olds.
Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes
Pre-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.
Students who took Ms. Sara’s Wed 3:45 Kinder Ballet class in 2019-2020; students entering kindergarten who took Laura or Mauri’s Creative Movement in 2019-2020; and new 1st Grade students interested in ballet should take this class.
Creative Movement Ensemble
Students in Creative Movement Ensemble (CME) will learn about dance as an artform through a thematic approach to movement (space, time & energy). Students will be included in Halestone’s fall concert in our studio space, and an emphasis will be placed on collaboratively choreographing as a class. Students will be guided to create a dance piece as an ensemble. They will be empowered to use their newfound knowledge of space, time and energy to create their own choreography and to work in groups to create the dance piece.
Creative Movement Ensemble is open to dancers in kindergarten through 4th grade. Creative Movement Ensemble is a new experiment to meet certain needs! It’s a pilot program for us. Pending grant funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, transportation will be provided from Natural Bridge Elementary School and Waddell Elementary School to the studio space for CME. Students from other elementary schools are welcome to register for CME, however transportation must be provided by families for those students. Students will receive a snack and a supervised short social time together at the studio prior to class, time permitting. Students will be expected to participate in Halestone’s fall concert in our studio space.
Because CME has an emphasis on performing, 3rd and 4th grade dancers enrolling in CME are encouraged to take an additional class per week – either ballet, modern, tap or jazz to work on the development of their technique. Older CME students will be empowered to be mentors to younger CME students.
In some ways, Creative Movement Ensemble will function like our Company Programs for older dancers, giving students the opportunity to experience performing more often. For more information on our Company Programs, visit our Company Page.
Intro to Dance Technique
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. Laura’s Intro to Dance Technique class this year will continue to study ballet and modern and will include special units on tap and jazz.
Intro to Dance Technique is for 2nd and 3rd Grade dancers (or the equivalent).
Creative, fun-filled, and nurturing, 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. Improvisational skills are nurtured using scores and dancers are given agency in choreography. 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.
Modern I is for 2nd and 3rd Grade dancers (or the equivalent). 1st Grade dancers that have taken creative movement with Mauri before are also eligible to take Modern I.
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. Improvisational skills are nurtured using scores and dancers are given agency in choreography. Dancers will learn modern dance history and start to understand the many influences on the form (ballet, African dance, Graham, Cunningham, contact improv, etc.) 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.
Modern II is for 4th through 6th Grade dancers. 7th-8th Grade dancers are also welcome to take Modern 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.
Ballet I is for 2nd and 3rd Grade dancers (or the equivalent).
Students will progress in their study of classical ballet, through developing strength, flexibility, 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.
Ballet II is for 4th-6th Grade dancers (or the equivalent). 7th and 8th Grade dancers new to ballet should take Ballet II (rather than Contemporary/ Ballet Mix).
Students will study classical jazz through a variety of styles that 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 body parts 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!
Jazz II is for 4th-6th Grade dancers (or the equivalent). (3rd Grade dancers who took Ms. Molly’s Intro to Dance Technique: Tap and Jazz in 2019-2020 are also eligible to take Jazz II.) 7th-8th Grade dancers new to jazz are welcome to take Jazz II as well.
Tap II will review tap fundamentals and will build on from there. Classes will begin in the center with a warm- up, then go across the floor working on specific steps. Students will focus on building a skill-set through learning steps of increasing difficulty. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style through the techniques they will learn and will be able to let loose and have fun through improvisation structures.
Tap II is for 4th-6th Grade dancers (or the equivalent). (3rd Grade dancers who took either Ms. Susie’s Intro to Dance Technique: Modern and Tap or Ms. Molly’s Intro to Dance Technique: Tap and Jazz in 2019-2020 are also eligible to take Jazz I.) 4th-6th Grade dancers are expected to have some prior tap experience. 7th-8th Grade dancers new to tap are welcome to take Tap I as well.
Company Prep gives young dancers the opportunity to experience company membership. Company Prep meets one Friday each month and introduces students to improvisation, choreography and repertory. During that time dancers will be rehearsing a dance to be performed at one of our fall events. In 2020-2021 Company Prep will be co-directed by Liz Becker and Mauri Connors.
Company Prep is open to 2nd-8th grade dancers taking at least one other class at Halestone. There is no additional tuition for Company Prep, but registration and a commitment to the class is required to participate.
For more information on our Company Programs, visit our Company Page.
Jazz III is a traditional high energy jazz class. Dancers will review the foundations of jazz technique, while developing their own character and style. Class starts in the center for a warm up and conditioning, moves across the floor, and ends with a combination. Students will be asked to create some of their own compositions, and perform with and for others in the class. Students will be exposed to many different styles of jazz dance throughout the course of this class, which will allow students to be able to create their own stylized combinations.
Jazz III is for 7th-12th Grade dancers. While fun-filled and welcoming, students are expected to have some prior dance experience.
Contemporary/ Ballet Mix
Incorporating elements of classical ballet and modern dance, the influences of the class primarily stem from Limón and Cunningham technique. The structure of the class develops strength, flexibility, fluidity, and musicality. This class promotes an in-depth understanding of alignment, spatial awareness, movement efficiency, and injury prevention. The class teaches classical ballet positions and how those shapes are exaggerated and altered through contemporary forms. Head/tail connection and spinal articulation will be integrated into more traditional foot and leg exercises. Center work will investigate fall and recovery with spatially controlled movements. Then traveling across the floor exercises will be followed by challenging phrase work. Throughout the school year, dancers will learn ballet and contemporary dance history and be offered the opportunity to choreograph short dances during various holiday classes.
Contemporary/ Ballet Mix is for 7th-12th Grade dancers. Students should be expected to have a mature attitude and apply themselves diligently in class.
Clogging Workshop participants will collaboratively review and create new dances. Clogging Workshop performs multiple times per year at various community events.
Clogging Workshop is open to intermediate/advanced cloggers.
Halestone Modern Company
Halestone’s Modern Company will focus 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. In 2020-2021 Modern Company will be directed by Susanna Young and assisted by Mauri Connors.
Halestone Modern Company is open to dedicated 7th – 12th grade dancers who have studied at Halestone for at least one year and others by permission/ invitation of the instructor. Dancers must be taking regular technique classes to support their learning in company. There is no audition to participate in Modern Company, however in 2020-2021 students must take 2 additional technique classes a week at Halestone, one of which must be either Int/Adv Seminar in Modern Dance OR Contemporary/Ballet Mix.
For example, a student in 8th grade could take Int/Adv Seminar in Modern Dance, Ballet II, and be eligible to enroll in MC. An 11th grade student could take Int/Adv Seminar in Modern Dance and Jazz III and be eligible to enroll in MC.
Modern Company members are expected to perform at various community and Halestone performances.
For more information on our Company Programs, visit our Company Page.
Private and Semi-Private Classes
Private and Semi-Private Lessons Type I
For the 2020-2021 Dance Year Halestone will be offering the following regularly scheduled semi-private lessons. (For all other private and semi-private class policies and rates, see Adult Classes). These classes have a separate tuition from our other classes because they are smaller and offer students more individualized attention. (In cases where any of these classes reach an enrollment of 5 students or more we will reconsider tuition rates.) These classes will end instruction following our spring 2021 concert (as opposed to our other year-long classes which will end on May 22nd, 2021.)
First hour: Barre and Center
Second hour: Advanced Instruction & Pointe
The first hour of instruction is open to adults and dancers ages 14+ who have prior experience and are looking for challenging, fast-paced instruction.
The second hour of instruction is open to students with prior experience dancing en pointe. Students wishing to take the 2nd hour must also attend the 1st hour. Please contact us to make sure this class is a good fit.
Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm first hour and 6:30-7:30 pm second hour (Sept 4, 11, 25; Oct 2, 9, 23; Nov 6, 13; Dec 18)
Fridays, 7-8 pm first hour and 8-9 pm second hour (Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 and Dec 11)
Instructor: Elizabeth Becker
$600 (8 equal installments of 75 due on the first of the month Sept-April) if you take only the 1st hour
$840 (8 equal installments of 105 due on first of the month Sept-April) if you take both hours
Halestone Adult Ensemble
Halestone’s Adult Ensemble will explore movement and the creative process through teacher led warm-ups, guided improvisations, some modern dance phrase work, and opportunities to participate in the creation and performance of original choreography. In 2020-2021 Adult Ensemble will be directed by Susanna Young and assisted by Mauri Connors. Participants can expect units on Viewpoints and contact improvisation, as well as performances at community events.
Adult Ensemble is open to all interested dancers 18 years of age and older. No prior dance experience is necessary. Dancers must simply have an interest in exploring the creative process through movement and their bodies and be willing to try new things. While performing is not required, Halestone’s Adult Ensemble will be included in many Halestone and community performances. Members of Adult Ensemble who do not wish to perform can opt out of any performance.
For more information on our Company Programs, visit our Company Page.
Register for this class through our online system, Dance Studio-Pro. Please do enter your correct date of birth into the system. It is difficult to track data on active students if we have students with incomplete information, even adults. Halestone is committed to offering dance education to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Contact us if you need assistance.
Independent Adult Classes
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.
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.