2021-22 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.

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 open to any child age 4 through 6.

Saturday Creative Movement is open to any child age 3 through 6.

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 Liz’s Wed 3:30 Pre-Ballet class in 2020-2021 and will be in 1st grade; students entering kindergarten who are interested in ballet; 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 performing events, 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 supported by generous grant funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Students from any elementary school are welcome to register for CME. (Tentatively) transportation will be provided from Natural Bridge Elementary school for this class.

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.

Beginning Clogging
You asked for beginning clogging for the younger ages! We’ve heard you! Beginning Clogging students will learn the basics of clogging and will progress throughout the year to more complicated combinations. Students will learn new dances throughout the year and get to collaboratively create new dances as a class. Beginning Clogging may be invited to perform at various community events.

Beginning Clogging is open to rising 2nd-8th grade dancers. No prior experience necessary. 

Contemporary Dance Techniques
This class operates from the belief that all conscious movement is dance and the space this class creates and holds is safe, welcoming, inclusive, and open to all no matter your level of dance experience. Our exercises and in-class assignments will focus our attention on how we are using our bodies and looking at the world with a choreographic mind. We will begin with a warm up that borrows from modern, ballet, and somatic practices. You will learn quirky, complicated, fierce 5-6-7-8 routines and you will invent your own unique movement vocabulary set in dashing, devastating sequences. Together, we will innovate new ways of making and dancing together.

Contemporary Dance Techniques is for any and all dancers going into 2nd – 8th grade who have a desire to learn and be creative. If you took class with us last year and are confused on what to take – this class is particularly suited to dancers who took Liz’s Ballet I & II or Mauri’s Modern I & II or Mauri’s Creative Movement Ensemble. 

Tap & Jazz II
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!

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 & Jazz II is for rising 4th-8th graders who have taken either jazz or tap or both. Sometimes class is also suitable for this age group even without prior experience. Contact us if you have questions about what class is best for your student. 

Creative Movement and Hip Hop Ensemble

Creative Movement and Hip Hop Ensemble will introduce students to core concepts of movement using the pallet of hip hop and related dance styles. Students will explore ideas related to rhythm, intensity, groove, space, and isolations with attention to their own individual expressive styles and body types and capabilities. Students will also condition to expand their physical capabilities for movement and expression, as well as learn about and discuss the roles of individuality, expression , and identity in freestyle dance.

Company Prep
Company Prep gives young dancers the opportunity to experience company membership. Company Prep meets weekly this year and introduces students to improvisation, choreography and repertory. During that time dancers will be rehearsing dances to be performed at our fall events. In 2021-2022 Company Prep will be directed by Molly Smith.

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, as well as a one-time fee (for which scholarships are available if cost is prohibitive).

For more information on our Company Programs, visit our Company Page.

Jazz III
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 9th-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 9th-12th Grade dancers. Students should be expected to have a mature attitude and apply themselves diligently in class.

Clogging Workshop
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 concepts through dance studies. Students will learn composition, feedback techniques, advanced improvisation practices, pedagogical methods, entrepreneurial skills, and be part of producing and performing in various productions throughout the season. In 2021-2022 Modern Company will be directed by Molly Smith.

Halestone Modern Company is open to dedicated 9th – 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 2021-2022 students are expected to take the Thursday Advanced Seminar & Company classes, as well as 1 additional technique classes at Halestone,

Thursday Advanced Seminar & Company classes are as follows:

Advanced Seminar: Dance Pedagogy*, 4:30-5:30

Advanced Seminar: Technique & Composition, 5:45-6:45

Modern Company: Repertory & Rehearsal, 6:45-7:45

Students wishing to perform in Company are expected to enroll in all three, although in some cases exceptions may be granted. Students who do not wish to be in company are still welcome to register for one or both parts of Advanced Seminar. Contact Molly Smith for clarifications and exceptions.

Modern Company members are expected to perform at various community and Halestone performances.

*Students of Int/Adv Seminar in Pedagogy are eligible to propose classes for Halestone’s Co-Teacher Corps, where young aspiring teachers can develop skills and curriculum with mentorship, pass forward the lineage of this craft, and contribute to the continuum of dance as a person to person transmitted artform.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

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.)

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
First 45 minutes: Barre and Center
Second hour: Advanced Instruction & Pointe
The first 45 minutes of instruction is open to adults and dancers ages 14+ who have prior experience and are looking for challenging, fast-paced instruction.
The second 45 minutes of instruction is open to students with prior experience dancing en pointe. Students wishing to take the 2nd 45 minutes must also attend the first 45 minutes. Please contact us to make sure this class is a good fit.
Barre: Fridays, 7:00-7:45, Pointe: Fridays, 7:45-8:30

Instructor: Roberts
$600 (8 equal installments of 75 due on the first of the month Sept-April) if you take only the 1st class
$840 (8 equal installments of 105 due on first of the month Sept-April) if you take both classes

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. 

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.