We offer three training tracks:
1. Dance Track
Encourages dancers ages 3 – adult that dance is not just for the professionals but a life-long skill that can be used for leisure, exercise and self-expression. Do not get the wrong impression
from the term “recreational”-these classes are still a challenge and will give you a great work out! These classes meet 1x/week and perform 1x/year.
2. Performance Track
Encourages dancers who wish to perform more and/or who may wish to dance in college (and beyond!). These classes require more time commitment than our recreational program. The performance track students will add to their technical training by learning additional choreography and dancing in additional performance opportunities. These classes are open to students ages 8-18, meet 2-3x/week and perform informally and formally throughout the year. Placement audition and fee are required for admittance into the Performance Track.
3. Teacher Training Track
Encourages dancers who seek an interest in teaching to gain classroom experience through assisting and teaching classes, learning classroom and studio management skills, as well as choreography and job seeking skills. This program is open to upper level students who are willing and able to commit to a full 2-year program.
About the Dance Styles
Northeast Dance Center focuses on Ballet and Musical Theatre-style (think Broadway) dancing. We want our students and their dancing to be technically excellent, musically accurate, age appropriate, and artisictally entertaining.
We firmly believe that ballet builds a strong foundation for all the other styles of dance, and additionaly teaches the students to properly use the body to gain muscle strength and control. Ballet is not just a slow moving, systematic, and lifeless art form, but is dynamic and versatile and, when done correctly, evokes emotion and brings joy to the dancer and the audience. We strongly encourage all our students to try ballet, particularly before starting jazz, modern, contemporary, or lyrical dance.
In addition to ballet, we think Musical Theatre dance can build a repertoire and skill set that students can take with and use forever in high school, college, or community theatre opportunities. We incorporate foundational jazz and tap dance technique to depict stories from movies, Broadway shows, books, and our own imaginations. We hope our audiences will be able to follow the story line that each dance creates and that the stories we tell are consistent with Philippians 4:8 - whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.