Maria Priadka School of Dance
 
 
 
 
 
 
50 South Orange Avenue
Second Floor
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 762-7709
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLASSES
Our curriculum is designed to instill confidence, self-esteem and discipline, while nurturing and developing the creative possibilities of each student. In an atmosphere of encouragement and fun, students are motivated to strive for excellence in technique, grace and poise with additional emphasis on strength, energy and athleticism. We offer special pre-school and kindergarten classes that introduce young children to the language and style of dance. For children ages seven and older, our classes are designed to further develop discipline, creativity and appreciation of dance as an art form.
 
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PRE-DANCE: Ages 2.5 - 6/1st Grade
Combo 1: Ballet/Tap/Tumbling Ages 2.5 (potty trained) to age 4
Introduces the language and style of Ballet, Tap and Tumbling through exercises and routines geared towards the very young dancer. 1 class per week – 50 minutes


Combo 2: Ballet/Tap Ages 5, 5/K – 7/1st grade
A continuation of Discover Dance I, this class focuses on Ballet and Tap technique and prepares children for advancement to single dance classes. 1 class per week - 50 minutes


Combo DA: Ballet/Tap/Acro-Gym Ages 5 - 7/1st grade
Children continue learning basic elements of Ballet and Tap and focus on preparation for single dance classes, also introduce students to basic elements of Gymnastics including rolls, cartwheels, walkovers and handsprings. 2 classes per week - 50 minutes each


Combo DH: Ballet/Tap/Jazz-Hip Hop Ages 5 - 7/1st grade
Children continue learning basic elements of Ballet and Tap and focus on preparation for single dance classes, also introduce students to basic elements of Jazz Hip Hop. 2 classes per week - 50 minutes each


Mini Core 3: Ballet/Tap/Acro-Gym/Jazz-Hip Hop Ages 5/K - 7/1st grade
A combination of Combo 2, 2G & 2H see descriptions above. 3 classes per week: 50 minutes each
 
 
ACADEMIC DIVISION: Ages 7 / 2nd Grade +
All classes are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Students are placed into classes based on age, ability, experience and maturity. Class placement and advancement is at the discretion of the director and teachers.

Ballet and Pointe: The basis of all dance movement and technical training, ballet teaches proper placement, alignment, balance, technique and control. Class will focus on body positioning, center and barre work and terminology. Dancers are advanced to pointe class at the discretion of the directors.

Tap: Encourages a sense of rhythm and creates syncopated sounds with your feet. Classic Broadway and Rhythm styles are taught. Tap also helps with coordination and timing and is an excellent companion to the study of Ballet.

Jazz: Develops expressive style, strength and upbeat versatility. Jazz expands the student’s sense of interpretation and movement and employs many of the same concepts of ballet, but with its own technical aspects.

Acrobatics: A wonderful basic skill and exercise which helps greatly in building strong limber bodies. This class focuses on floor exercises which include rolls, cartwheels, walkovers, handsprings, aerials and acrobatic strength tricks.

We also offer classes in Hip Hop, Modern (Horton), Ethnic (West African/Afro-Caribbean), Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theater.
 
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