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Class Descriptions

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4K & Kindergarten

Creative Movement

Creative Movement focuses on a child’s quick sense of success using games, music, and physical tasks. Dancers, typically ages 4-6 years old, work to stretch, balance, and control their bodies. Creative Movement prepares students for all genres of dance. The class is fun, fast-paced, and full of energy! Perfect for the first time dancer. Ballet shoes are required.

Elementary: Combo Classes
Our Combo classes allow dancers to learn a variety of styles and explore outside their comfort zones in a single class (which also means less driving to the studio for grown-ups!). Our Combo classes perform one dance per style in our show. This means Combo classes perform two pieces! Combo classes are divided based on grade level:
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • 4th & 5th Grade

Jazz

Our goal in Jazz is to learn technique and fundamentals that easily translate to other genres of dance, such as hip hop and tap. Dancers work on flexibility, body awareness, and self-discipline. Jazz is offered as part of a combo class at BRAVO, as it compliments both tap and ballet technique at a beginning level. Black jazz shoes are required.

Tap

Beginning Tap is learning basic steps and combinations, focusing on foot isolations and tap terminology. Rhythms are simple and fun as we explore the different sounds that can be made with each part of the footwear. Black tap shoes are required for this class.

 

Ballet

This class is for the dancer who can’t stop twirling in the kitchen while you’re making dinner! Ballet is a gentle introduction to the world of ballet, including technique, barre work, and across the floor. Never boring, Ballet is sets a fun, firm foundation for every dancer. Pink ballet shoes are required.

4th & 5th Grade

Musical Theatre 

Musical Theater class explores dramatized movements with character exploration to better enhance a story. These dancers learn to portray a character, and tell their story with their bodies. Dancers learn about musicals, theater performance and musical theatre history in addition to dance technique! Students are encouraged to take risks and push their imaginations to create larger than life characters! Black jazz shoes are required for this class.

Ballet

Our goal for this level is to build on the basic understanding of ballet technique and vocabulary.  This class is ideal for those dancers who want to strengthen their technique as it offers a more focused environment. Students get an emphasis on barre work and positions of the body.  Focus is placed on correct alignment, strengthening, toning, and flexibility of the muscles. Pink ballet shoes are required. 

Middle School: Grades 6th-8th

Lyrical

Lyrical movement is a cousin to ballet. With more forgiving technique, lyrical is often performed in parallel and has a more emotive style. Students experiment with fluid motions, sustained balance, flexibility, and grace. Lyrical class is a wonderful way to gain experience in the genre. Pink ballet shoes are required. 

 

Hip Hop

At BRAVO, we strike the perfect balance between pop culture and the foundations that the art of dance was based upon. Students get the movements they like with the structure they need, and our parents are happy to see their students perform fresh, cool movements that are age appropriate. Our Hip Hop reflects classic movements seen from dance teams to Broadway and brings a street flavor to the art of dance. Solid black sneakers are required.

Jazz

Our goal for our jazz level is to improve and expand upon the fundamentals of basic technique, and have dancers start to explore their own personal stage presence. We stress age-appropriate body isolation, the emotions behind movements, and more complex combinations.  Black jazz shoes are required.

 

Middle School & High School Combined

Musical Theatre 

Middle & High School Combined

Formerly called Dance Theater, our Musical Theater class explores dramatized movements with character exploration to better enhance a story. Similar to “Glee” performances, our Musical Theater students take a song and turn it into a production! In addition to learning principal dance movements, this class also delves into character study, scene analysis, and stage presence. Students are encouraged to take risks and push their imaginations to create larger than life characters! Black jazz shoes are required for this class.

 

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary 

Middle & High School Combined

Contemporary dance is much more than just a combination of ballet, lyrical, and jazz styles. This form of dance defies traditional technique by integrating body and mind into fluid motions that project a dancer's emotion. Through breath and torso supported movements, contemporary elements include floor work, fall and recovery, contractions, and releases. This class allows dancers to safely explore these elements and reach outside of their comfort zone. Nude contemporary or half-soled shoes are required.

 

Advanced Contemporary 

Middle & High School Combined*

*Recommended: 2+ Years of Beg/Int Contemporary 

In this Contemporary class, student's will continue to hone their ability to project an emotional narrative through the foundation of breath and core support. Contemporary dance stresses transferal motions including floor work, contractions, and releases giving a dancer better control of their abilities. Our goal is to work beyond dancer 'tricks' and strengthen the foundation and creativity that shapes unique movements. Nude contemporary or half-soled shoes are required.

Intermediate Tap

Middle & High School Combined

Intermediate Tap builds upon the basic steps and combinations learned in our Beginning Tap class. Syncopated rhythms, more complicated turns, and tougher combinations will be explored. Black tap shoes are required for this class.

Intermediate Ballet with Introduction to Pointe

Middle & High School Combined

Our goal for this level is to build on the basic understanding of ballet technique and vocabulary.  Students get an emphasis on barre work and positions of the body.  Focus is placed on correct alignment, strengthening, toning, and flexibility of the muscles. Students learn classical repertoire for the winter show, and contemporary rep for the spring show. Pink ballet shoes and pink satin pointe shoes are required for this class.

 

High School Non-Audition

High School CO-Ed Combo

This is our non-auditioned/non-instructor placement high school class which focuses on strength, body isolations and the technique needed for each dance style. Ladies and gentlemen dancers in this class will learn and perform a hip-hop and jazz routine. This class offers a “y’all come” policy and can also be started mid-year for those of you with a busy schedule! Dancers will perform one routine for the December show, and two routines for the June show. For the spring session, and a Guest Choreographer will teach one of their two dances. Dancers must have occasional weekend availability for Guest Choreographer master class(es). TBD- Black or nude jazz shoes are required for the fall and spring, and black sneakers are required for the spring. 

 

High School Boys Combo

Our top male dancers have always been a crowd favorite. With the unique opportunity to work with professional guest choreographers, our high school All Boys Hip Hop/Modern Combo class requires athleticism, stamina, and a sense of ADVENTURE. Weight training, agility, and circuit exercises help dancers create powerful, masculine movements with the control and flexibility needed to perform in any sport, especially dance. Dancers will perform one routine for the December show, and two routines for the June show. For the spring session, and a Guest Choreographer will teach one of their two dances. Dancers must have occasional weekend availability for Guest Choreographer master class(es). Black jazz shoes are required for the fall and spring, and black sneakers are required for the spring. 

High School Ballet 

*Non-Pointe

This ballet class allows 9th-12th graders build their technique and learn the art of ballet, without the pressure of being en pointe. This class is the perfect compliment to any class! Pink ballet shoes are required.

Senior Ballroom

*Spring Session Only*

12th Grade

This class is to celebrate the graduating seniors who have danced at BRAVO for their high school careers! Miss Amy leads this class of dancers (with a partner of their choosing) in various styles such as traditional ballroom, salsa, cha-cha and more! This class does not meet for the entire session, and begins in February. This class cumulates with a vivacious performance during our June Show! Miss Amy and the BRAVO Office will reach out to those qualifying Senior students with more information regarding signing up during the spring session.

High School Audition

*Please note that our auditioned/instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

High School Girls Combo Class

High School Audition

*Auditions for the three High School Girls Combo levels took place on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023. Please consider joining one of our non-audition classes if you missed auditions for the 2023-2024 year.

One of the many things that separate BRAVO from other studios is our commitment to listening to our students. Years ago, our BRAVO family told us that they wanted an opportunity to "earn" their spot in class instead of relying on teachers to decide where they will best learn, perform, and have fun. BRAVO took what you said to heart and we created a non-threatening, fun, and exciting "audition" process to help students get their feet wet and show us their achievement goals. Our High School Auditioned Hip Hop/Lyrical Combo Classes work on strength, tricks, body isolations, and fast rhythms. Breaking and popping is introduced and improved in each of our auditioned levels. Depending upon the skills and desires of each auditioned class, the lyrical class portion may take a more modern feel. 

Dancers will perform one routine for the December show, and two routines for the June show. For the spring session, and a Guest Choreographer will teach one of their two dances. Dancers must have occasional weekend availability for Guest Choreographer master class(es). TBD- Black or nude jazz shoes are required for the fall and spring, and black sneakers are required for the spring. 

*Please note that our auditioned/instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

Instructor Placement: High School
*Please note that our auditioned/instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

Advanced Tap

Instructor Placement

The goal of our Advanced Tap class is to perfect the artistry of tap dancing. Fast-paced and fun, Advanced Tap offers students a more challenging repertoire. Complex rhythms are just the start to the skills that Mr. Michael choreographs for these dancers. Steps learned in Middle School Tap are built upon and perfected. Whether you’re hoofing, soft-shoeing, or “stomp”-ing, making music with your feet at BRAVO has never been so rewarding. Dancers will perform one routine for the December show, and two routines for the June show. For the spring session, and a Guest Choreographer will teach one of their two dances. Dancers must have occasional weekend availability for Guest Choreographer master class(es). Nude tap shoes are required.

*Please note that our instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

 

Advanced Ballet with Pointe 

Instructor Placement

Advanced students study full barre exercises as well as center work.  Students work at a high level during their technique class, focusing on continued core and muscle strength, tone, and flexibility.  Pointe work includes barre, center and repertoire.  Students that attend the pointe portion of the class must already be advanced enough to have the ankle strength for pointe, and must be cleared by BRAVO staff.  Pink ballet shoes and pink satin pointe shoes are required.

*Please note that our instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

 

Advanced Musical Theater

Instructor Placement

Building on basic character development and dance techniques, our Advanced Musical Theater class pushes students to sharpen their ability to project a story using their emotions and movements. Student's will perform a song similar to how it would be produced in a full musical, without the intimidation that often comes with singing. This allows student to focus on honing their physical abilities as a performer, and encourages exploration of new ideas. Student's will also be taught professionalism in the theater and learn audition techniques in a judgment-free space. Required shoes will be discussed in class based on the character you are portraying. Please wear black or nude jazz shoes to class.

*Please note that our instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment. 

 

Narrative Contemporary 

Instructor Placement

Narrative Contemporary is first and foremost an Ensemble performance group. This group works together to marry skills taught in Advanced Contemporary with storytelling by adding modern elements to create an original piece. Dancers must have strong ballet technique as a foundation which we can explore their contemporary flair. This class works and performs as a group, building trust so we can explore partnering and stunt work. This group works together to lift each other up! Nude contemporary or half-soled shoes are required.

*Please note that our instructor placement classes are a full-year commitment.

 

Adult Ages 18+

Beyond BRAVO!

Beyond BRAVO! is for dancers of all levels over the age of 18. Class will use ballet warm-ups with the barre with a focus on Jazz movement for the dance portion.  Class input is encouraged by the instructor, Molly Riley.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that do not grip the floor too much (smooth bottomed tennis shoes or jazz shoes would be preferred). 

Zumba with Kari

​Zumba is a Latin-inspired, aerobic dance workout that is all about having fun! Zumba combines many elements  of fitness including cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility all set to upbeat, high energetic music! Previous dance experience is not necessary; as Miss Amy says, "When is doubt, just wiggle!"

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU DANCERS & FAMILIES!

Enjoy Your Winter Break!

Thank you Dancers & Families for a WONDERFUL Fall Session! The Holiday Spectacular was an astounding success, and you should be so proud of yourselves!

Enjoy your winter break, and we'll see you back in the studio on January 22nd, 2024!

Come Dance with Us this Spring!

Registration for the Spring 2024 Session will Open in Early January 

First day of our Spring 2024 session is Monday, January 22nd, 2024. 

Our June show performances will be on Friday, June 7th & Saturday, June 8th, 2024 at 6:00 PM at the Historic Al Ringling Theatre.

Holiday Spectacular 

Videos & Photos

It's Not Too Late to Order!

All BRAVO dancers will receive an email link to a digital copy of our 18th Annual Holiday Spectacular in about 4-6 weeks after showtime.

If you would like to order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray copy from Drop Frame, you can order yours HERE

Families can also order Holiday Spectacular dancer photos from Tristin Photography HERE

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