Scottish Highland Dancing is a traditional form of dance that dates back hundreds of years. It requires a ton of strength and stamina. In these classes, students will learn SOBHD (short for the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing) techniques and steps that are used internationally and in competitions. The steps and dances taught includes the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, Seann Truibhas, and the Flora Macdonald’s Fancy, the Scottish Lilt and much more! In addition to technique, we will learn new strengthening and flexibility exercises.
Creative Movement is a combination of ballet, jazz, miming, and acting. It’s designed to get kids moving and learning the basics without being overwhelmed. Children will learn positions, timing, and how to count music, how to develop their muscles, and how to express themselves through movement.
Ballet class is suitable for beginners and will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a more formal setting that will give students the discipline to mature as dancers. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be stressed. Basics of performing will also be introduced.
Contemporary is best described as every form of dance combined and then breaking some rules in order to portray a character or emotion. It’s a form of dance that teaches a full range of motion. Students will learn how to use their flexibility, strength, and emotion to its fullest potential. Students will also learn new dances as quickly as possible to train to pick up new skills faster and easier.
Hip Hop class will teach fundamentals of hip hop movement. They are upbeat and high energy classes. Stretching, isolations, rhythms, musicality, upper body strength and funky footwork and tricks will be incorporated. Students will learn to memorize choreography by working on a combination in each class.
Dancing Gym Bears is the perfect combination of dance and gymnastics. The class consists of 30 minutes of tumbling, bars, beam, vault & trampoline an 25 minutes of ballet. This is a great class for students who want to do both dance and gymnastics but time or finances are an issue.
|Dancing Gym Bear - ages 4-6, 55 min. class, $52 monthly||3:30||5:30|
|Creative Movement - ages 4-6, 30 min. class, $52 monthly||4:45|
|Scottish Highland Dancing - ages 6 - 9, 45 min. class, $52 monthly||4:45|
|Scottish Highland Dancing - ages 10 & up, 45 min. class $52 monthly||5:45||3:30|
|Ballet - ages 7 - 9, 45 min. class $52 monthly||6:45|
|Ballet/Contemporary - ages 10 & up, 45 min. class, $52 monthly||6:45|
|Hip Hop - ages 7 - 12, 45 min. class, $52 monthly||4:30|
Meet our dance instructors.
Leah Hensley is an award winning competitive Scottish Highland Dancer, dancing at almost the highest level of competition. Ms. Leah has danced at the opening for Gaelic Storm, has won most promising pre-premier dancer and is currently tracking to several states for competitions. Ms. Leah was also previously a part of the Appalachian Ballet Company and has danced with several different choreographers. Leah has been teaching for about 2 years. She teaches our Scottish Highland dance classes in addition to our ballet, contemporary, and creative movement classes.
Savanah Mantooth is a student at Maryville College. She has had 14 years tap, jazz & ballet experience, and 10 years in hip hop. She was on a state kick line team for 4 years and on her high school dance team for 4 years. She is currently on the Maryville College dance team and a member of the Maryville College ballet ensemble. Savanah is teaching our Hip Hop dance class.