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Reif Dance offers classes for students ages 4 to Adult in the following styles: ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and tap. With the exception of ballet and Pre-Pro, all classes meet once a week.
Tuition is based on the number of class periods a student dances each week, and our costs are very competitive. If cost is an issue, the Reif Center offers full and partial scholarships on a rolling basis. For information, visit our Tuition & Scholarships page.
Classes offered at Reif Dance:
Our Fundamentals program is a ballet-based program for students ages 4 to 1st Grade. Students will learn basic ballet terminology while exploring creative movement and other dance styles. These classes are separated by age according to what is appropriate for them developmentally.
Our Ballet program incorporates the Cecchetti Method of Dance, though not exclusively. By teaching a syllabus-based method of dance, students will not only learn technique on an incremental basis, but also theory as they progress from one level to the next. Placement, flexibility, strength, coordination, and stamina all must combine to advance technique.
Students begin dancing en pointe in Level 4. The student needs to be eleven, or ideally twelve, years of age to begin pointe. It is around this age that their growth-plates have developed, and they have enough strength, alignment, and general knowledge of technique to allow them to move forward with less possibility of injury.
Beginning pointe students will begin with barre work, and over time move to center-floor pointe work. As the student advances, they will eventually be given the opportunity to learn variations in class and performance choreography.
Our Pre-Pro program, new for the 2016-2017 season, is an opportunity for our most advanced students to build a more individualized training program.
Deeply rooted in ballet technique, this contemporary style of dance is ever-changing along with popular culture. A jazz class will include a warm-up with stretching, then progress to combinations which feature jazz pirouettes, isolations, jumps, and more. Students will study a variety of styles within the genre of Jazz – one week students may be studying jazz dance’s African roots, and the next they may be learning about Bob Fosse’s contributions to Broadway. There is a rich and extensive history of jazz dance, but one factor has always remained – it is meant to be FUN!
The term “modern dance” can be a little misleading, as it received that name in the early 20th Century. So, according to modern standards, it is really quite old-fashioned. However, it remains one of the most expressive and beautiful forms of dance to this day. The many contributing artists of modern dance have all added a little bit of their own style to the genre. That being said, modern classes can vary greatly in style and structure from one instructor to the next. This offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and technique.
Like all dance styles, technique is the foundations of a dancer. Students can expect to spend time building their core strength, learning to work “into” and “on the floor”, and exploring the idea of “contract and release.”
Tap students are musicians as well as dancers. Class will typically begin with basic steps (shuffles, flaps, triples, etc.) to warm and loosen the ankles. Exercises across the floor will challenge the student’s ability to combine learned steps as well as their ability to execute complex rhythms. The rich history of tap brings choreographic styles varying from the classic Broadway show tappers to the pounding styles of the hoofers.
Adult classes are for the recreational dancer who may have gotten a late start in studying dance, or want to revisit their earlier days of dancing. Adult classes are open to men and women of all ages.