Recreational Classes

Our 2018 Fall and Winter schedule is out now!

Aerial

This exciting dance form is like dancing on air. Classes in Aerial Dancing will challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally. This class is taught with silks suspended from the ceiling and it will increase your muscle tone and flexibility.

Dress: A unitard or leotard and leggings should be worn. Form fitting shirts are acceptable as well as long as they cover your back and midriff completely. No footed tights or socks. Men are required to wear a dance belt or support briefs. Jewelry and body piercing must be removed or covered with a band aid. Long hair must be tied back or braided; a bun is preferred. Please refrain from using any lotions or body oils as it makes the aerial fabric slippery.

**There will be a $25 participation fee per month, per student for EACH student enrolled in the aerial classes. This is to cover the additional cost of aerial insurance that we incur each year. *If a student is enrolled in multiple classes the insurance fee is $5 for each additional class.

 

Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet technique, and terminology, along with proper alignment and awareness to understand what the body can do, how it can move, where it can move, and how it can move with others. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based so that as students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Dress: Black dance leotard, “ballet pink” tights and pink ballet slippers should be worn. Males should wear a fitted shirt (black or white), black fitted leggings or tights and black ballet shoes. Hair is to be worn in a bun.

Contemporary/Lyrical

This class uses motion to interpret music and express emotion. Dancers will learn to demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Contemporary/Lyrical requires solid ballet technique as well as experience in jazz.

Dress: A form-fitting dancewear or leotards are acceptable. No t-shirts are worn in Contemporary/Lyrical. Shoes are not required for Lyrical. If you want to wear shoes, jazz shoes or half-soles are acceptable. Hair is to be worn up and secured.

Creative Dance (3-5)

Come join the fun! This class that focuses on developing confidence, character, stage presence, discipline, creativity, movement, coordination,  tumbling and the use of props through musical theatre dance.

Dress code: Students need to wear comfortable clothing and Jazz or ballet shoes. Hair should be back from the face.

Dancin’ Divas

This class offers the beginning student a structured curriculum while still incorporating fun. Teachers will capture the child’s attention with familiar songs, fun props, and imaginative play. This class will include a combination of ballet and tap and provides the child with a basic
knowledge of dance names and steps as they prepare themselves to move into the next level of discipline.

Dress: Dance leotard (any color), ballet pink tights, pink ballet slippers, black patent tap shoes, any detachable chiffon skirt (optional). No attached skirts and no tutus! Hair is to be worn up if it is long. A ponytail is permissible at this age.

Jazz

This class focuses on technique and style through strong and sharp movements. This class emphasizes strength and stretch in the warm-up and practices those entities in technique across the floor and routines center floor.

Dress: Jazz pants or dance shorts and a leotard, crop top or fitted top are to be worn. No baggy clothing and no jewelry. Hair is to be worn up and secured in a ponytail or bun. Black or tan split sole style jazz shoes are preferred, but half soles are also acceptable.

Leaps & Turns

This is a jazz based class that focuses on all different kinds of leaps and turns and teaches the techniques involved with those skills.

Dress: Jazz pants or dance shorts and a leotard, crop top or fitted top are to be worn. No baggy clothing and no jewelry. Hair is to be worn up and secured in a ponytail or bun. Black or tan split sole style jazz shoes are preferred, but half soles are also acceptable.

Hip Hop

Hip-hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip-hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Dress: Wear comfortable lightweight clothing so movement is not restricted. Capris, sweatpants, shorts (knee length) or loose fitting pants with a T-shirt. Sturdy lace-up athletic shoes are recommended. No bare feet or jazz shoes.

Tap

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knees and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun.

Dress: Wear comfortable lightweight clothing so movement is not restricted. Capris, sweatpants, shorts or loose fitting pants with a t-shirt. Recommended tap shoes: Bloch or Capezio, oxford style.

Tiny Dancers (Ages 2-3)

This class offers the beginning student a structured curriculum while still incorporating fun. Teachers will capture the child’s attention with familiar songs, fun props, and singing. This class will include a combination of ballet, tap and tumbling, and provides the child with a basic knowledge of dance names and steps as they prepare themselves to move into the next level of discipline.

Dress: Dance leotard (any color), ballet pink tights, pink ballet slippers, black patent tap shoes, any detachable chiffon skirt (optional). Hair is to be worn up if it is long. A ponytail is permissible at this age.

Tumbling

This class is a gymnastics class where students will learn a variety of moves such as somersaults, rolls, walkovers and handsprings. This class focuses on mat work but also uses the balance beam and bar.

**For detailed descriptions of each different tumbling class please use your registration link.

Dress: Girls should wear bike shorts with either a leotard, crop top or fitted tank. For boys, stretch shorts or yoga pants and a sleeveless undershirt or a fitted t-shirt are appropriate options. No shoes required. Hair should be pulled back so that it’s off your face. We recommend low ponytails or braids, as high buns tend to interfere with rolls.

Musical Theater Classes

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Acting

An introduction to acting with individual and group exercises in movement for the stage, improvisation, monologue preparation, performance and character development. With the older students, vocal and physical training is emphasized, particularly on scene work.

Acting the Song/Audition Techniques ( 9+)

Take your vocal performance to the next level. Through activities and exercises students learn how to take acting techniques and break down song text in order to interpret it to it’s fullest extent. This class is ideally paired with the Int/Advanced Vocal techniques class or private voice lessons.  

** Students must already know material and provide their own tracks, songs will not be taught.**

Broadway Stars (3-7)

Incorporating beginning vocal exercises, games, dance and much more, our Broadway Babies class introduces little ones to the wonderful world of musical theater. Broadway Babies allows your child to express their love for music, while learning the basic stepping-stones of musicality.

Dress: Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.

Building your songbook ( 8+)

Have you ever gone to an audition and not had the right style of music to sing? Or maybe you have a ton of classical musical theater songs but don’t know where to begin to find a contemporary song. This is the class for you! Come build your repertoire and find songs that are perfect for YOU! 

Dance for Musical Theater I/II

Ever see a Broadway Dance number and say, “ I want to do THAT!” Come join our Musical Theater I dance class and learn broadway style choreography as well as basic dance technique in a fun and encouraging environment.

*Level II Requires Approval after a class evaluation.

Dress: Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. You will need jazz, ballet or Tap shoes.

Improvisation (8+)

This class introduces the basics of how to perform improv. Students will learn how to use “yes- and,” playing at the top of your intelligence, active listening and support to create improvised scenes.

Theater Fundamentals and Production

Come and learn about everything it takes show put a show together! From theater history to designing a costume. Theater isn’t just about what happens during the performances! There is so much magic happens before the first audience member takes a seat. Students will learn about the various elements that combine to form a theatrical experience. Spring session will produce the Musical Theater department showcase.

Int/Advanced Vocal Techniques

A class for the more advanced singer, where we explore and develop different vocal techniques, including legit, belt, classical and pop/jazz styles.  Learn to incorporate these techniques appropriately in the musical theater song repertoire. The goal is to be the truly versatile singer by being able to transition from different styles easily. Students will apply these techniques to individual solos as well as group songs. This class is ideally paired with the Acting the Song and the Building your book classes. *Students will be evaluated upon their first class. 

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Voice I

Students learn early mechanics and fundamentals such as articulation, breath support, diphthongs, dynamics, music notation, voice placement, pitch, beginning sight reading, solfege and vocabulary.

Voice II

Students continue with more advanced concepts in the above areas, adding blend, facial involvement, projection, range extension and vibrato. Admission to Voice II by audition or passing Voice I.

MRA Advanced Performance Company (8-14)

Our audition only performance group! Students will learn music and choreography for performance opportunities all around Orange County. For more information email Liane@mccoyrigby.com