At our studio we offer classes for all ages, levels and experience.
Classes at Russell's Studio Include But Not Limitied To:
As the foundation of all dance, classical ballet is fundamental to all dancers, gymnasts and baton twirlers. Our ballet classes are for all ages and levels include a floor stretch, barre work with positions, technique, stretching and arm work as well as center combinations that are both adagio and allegro. All students will learn the proper posture, carriage, and how to be confident about themselves.
Intermediate Ballet (level 2 and 3):
This class offers the complete basics of ballet training plus taking the barre work and combinations to the next level. This class is suitable for the student with prior ballet and technique experience. The techniques found in classical ballet are a framework for many other styles of dance. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, memorization & self-discipline will be stressed. These classes are designed to enable the dancers to express themselves in this art form with emphasis on traditional classic lines, technical steps and the vocabulary of ballet. Correct body placement and alignment of the body is stressed along with the good performance qualities.
Ballet with Pointe Classes:
Ballet which originated in the Italian Renaissance and established its present form during the 19th century. Ballet is characterized by it’s light, graceful, fluid movements. Ballet is considered the foundation of dance being a highly technically style of dance with it’s own vocabulary words in the French language. Students will study components of a ballet class such as barre, center, adagio, allegro and reverence.
Pointe is the continuation of ballet and taking your ballet career to the next level. The time a ballet student advances to Pointe is determined by the Instructor and is based on a student's individual strength and ability. All pointe classes MUST take ballet in addition to pointe. We offer ballet, pre-pointe, pointe and adult ballet with pointe.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance and combines elements of all dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. A focus within Contemporary dance is to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements that can portray a variety of emotions. Students will study across the floor and floor work combinations allowing them to express themselves and move their body in different shapes and forms that are not traditional to other styles of dance.
Tap is an exciting, musically based class. We offer throughout our classes both types of tap dancing - Broadway style and rhythm based. Tap dance uses the sounds of tap shoes, that have a metal "taps", striking the floor as a form of percussive dance. Tap dance benefits cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Students will study movements on the barre, center and across the floor to develop muscle memory and foot articulation that creates tap dance. Students will learn technique, speed, clarity, tempo, and combinations. We offer tiny tot tap, beginner tap all the way through advanced and adult tap classes.
Jazz dance allows students to explore “attitude or sass” within dance to upbeat styled music. Jazz is an extension of Ballet often having similar steps that are “turned-in” or “parallel” and is a great fuse and technique and personal style. A low center of gravity, high energy level, isolations, and style are all characteristics used to identify jazz dance.
Each class consists of stretches, warm-ups, isolations, center work, turns and jumps. Students will learn sequences, several different styles of jazz dancing, strength, flexibility, and discipline. We offer beginner jazz all the way through advanced and adult jazz classes.
Theatre Jazz (Musical Theatre):
Jazz dance made its way onto Broadway in the 1950s bringing a new, smooth style that is taught today and known as Theatre Jazz. Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. This performance style of Jazz was popularised by Bob Fosse’s work, which is was in Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret and Sweet Charity. Theatre Jazz is also used in large scale TV musicals, movie musicals and staged musicals. Students will study barre, across the floor, floorwork, and facial expressions to develop their Theatre Jazz-styled technique.
Combination Classes (3-4 & 5-6) ballet/jazz and ballet/tap:
Perfect for the younger student, our combination classes are designed as an introduction to dance using imaginative exercises to play and learn. Two different dance techniques are introduced that helps with the development of coordination, musicality, loco motor skills, listening awareness while fostering their natural creativity in a stress free environment and developing their social skills. Classes include basic dance vocabulary, stretching, music, props, games and most of all FUN.
Hip Hop/Breakdancing Classes:
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved from hip-hop culture. Hip-Hop is a wide range of styles which include but is not limited to breaking, tutting, popping, & locking. Hip-Hop gained mainstream exposure by dance crews, television shows and movies.
A flowing style, filled with emotion, technique and styles
Modern dance explores movement through space. Students will learn technique and improvisation. A unique class filled with creativity and unique routines.
Our studio offers acro, tumbling and gymnastics. Come and learn gymnastic floor movements, leaps, jumps, beam work and fun. The perfect class to learn flexibity, strenthen muscles and fun. These are great classes to learn skills including cartwheels, walk overs, aerials, back handsprings, back tucks and more. A great way to learn gymnastics without the fuss over vault and bars.
Acro Dance is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. Acro Dancers complete skills or tricks integrating musicality, emotional expression, extension, control and lines. Our Acro Dance program targets dancers to be stronger and more flexible, which will transfer over into other dance forms.?
Acrobatic Dance is often comparable to gymnastics. With exception Gymnastics is a sport and AcroDance is an art form. Gymnasts are trained to be highly competitive, disciplined, and meticulous athletes, where every fall, wobble, or off-step is a deduction to their overall score and can be the difference between winning and losing.
AcroDance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.
Baton Twirling Classes:
Baton twirling is a sport that we are trying to bring back to Pennsylvania. These classes includes hand eye coordination, learning to toss, twirls, movements, rolls on the body, marching and all while including dance movements and gymnastics. Baton twirling is a unique sport that is great for all types of performers. If you want to wow the crowd, twirl for your school, and do something truly amazing, come twirl with the Russell’s.
So you want to learn cheerleading steps, including tumbling, pom poms, hip hop, dance movements all in a fun, invigorating routine? Then this is the class for you. This is a highenergy, fun, tons of movement class. Learning gymnastics, stretching, fleibility, all while dancing and moving. We offer this for all ages.
See private lesson page for details
Competitive Baton Twirling, Dance and Acro Teams:
Go to All Star Twirling Team for more details
Color Guard Classes:
For all of you that want to spin at your high school color guard, with the rifles, flags, sabres…this is the class for you. This is an interesting class learning many different pieces of equipment.
Zumba® Fitness – When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. Its easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.
Zumbatomic® – Designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12), Zumbatomic classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids love, like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Parents love Zumbatomic because of the effects it has on kids, increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. Zumbatomic rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym – for themselves, for their kids, for a totally fun family experience.
Zumba Sentao – The Zumba Sentao™ workout takes the thrill of the fitness-party and partners it with explosive, chair-based choreography to strengthen, balance and stabilize your core, and step up your cardio work in a whole new way. Grab a chair, feel the beat and learn how to use your own body weight to enhance muscle strength, improve definition and endurance, and tone your physique. Strut, shake and shimmy as you work your core (and work the chair) in a high-energy fitness-party that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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