All Technique Classes at Stone Oak Dance Academy follow a graded syllabus of mastery.
Ages are approximate and for reference only. All Classes except Pre-Pointe/Pointe are open to both Boys and Girls.
Please contact the office at (210) 920-1204 or fill out the contact form for proper placement.
Once proper placement has been determined you will be able to easily register for classes online.
Creative Movement for ages 2-3 Foster a love of movement in your child with this fun and energetic class. Lessons consider students’ attention spans and keeps them happily engaged while learning to translate music to movement. Interaction is consistent and incorporates a high level of praise to promote a strong sense of accomplishment.
Pre-Dance 1 & 2 for ages 3-4. These classes introduce a structured environment while allowing children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus is on coordination and rhythm introduced in creative and imaginative ways. Keeping students entertained while learning beginning dance skills will help them to acquire a lifelong love for dance.In this 45 minute class, students will explore the basics of ballet and tap dance.
Combo Dance 1 & 2 for ages 5-6. Combining genres of dance, this class will develop your child’s coordination as well as an understanding of dance concepts and terminology. Through this enjoyable educational experience, students will learn to use dance as a creative means of self-expression. Kinder Dance concentration is on vocabulary, alignment and proper execution of movement and memorization and independence through sequential tasking. Dance genres covered in each session are ballet, creative movement, and tap. Additional Combination classes in Jazz and Hip Hop are available as well as Tumbling Basics.
Dance Samplers are for students with little or no previous dance experience who are looking for an introduction to the world of Dance. These multi-disciplinary classes explore the genres of Tap, Jazz and Ballet to give students a foundation for more advanced study. Dance Samplers are offered for all age groups.
Ballet Classes Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance. Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova and Cecchetti methods as students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Ballet 1 (Ages 7-9) This class is the student’s first introduction to formal ballet class structure. More advanced stretching and strengthening exercises are given, barre work is introduced with a greater emphasis on vocabulary and French terminology. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center floor work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.
Ballet 2 & 3 (Ages 9-11 & 11-13) Advanced stretching and strengthening exercises are given, barre work is continued with a greater emphasis on vocabulary and French terminology. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.
Ballet 4 & 5 (Ages 13 & up) Requirements: Minimum 2-3 years of ballet training. By instructor placement only! The advanced level challenges the student with more complex combinations at the barre and in the center. The student will work on fluidity of movement, balance, and combinations.
Pre-Pointe This class is dedicated to teaching pointe fundamentals to students of the appropriate age and technical ability. Because of the risk of injury, students must be physically ready so one complete dance year of pre-pointe and a pointe evaluation is required before advancement to pointe class. The pointe evaluation allows teachers and students the opportunity to see where the student needs work in order to prepare for pointe. The evaluation focuses on legs (straightness and strength), feet (flexibility, strength, alignment, and shape), ankles (strength and straightness), and overall body alignment. Two ballet classes are required along with pre-pointe class.
Pointe Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required before students begin taking pointe classes. Two ballet classes are required along with pointe class.
Tap The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies. All forms of Tap will be explored from Theatre Tap to Rhythm Tap.
Jazz Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. Each level of jazz is a continuation of the previous level and increases in difficulty.
Hip Hop This class will introduce young students’ to the basic vocabulary and style of hip hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.
Acrobatics/Tumbling Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience. Then you advance to tumbling skills including Aerials and Handsprings. And it’s fun, too! Tumble Tots is for ages 3 & 4, Kinder Acro is for ages 5-6, Graded Acro Class available for ages 7 & up. Placement class is required.
Contemporary Contemporary dance classes are a combined curriculum of modern, postmodern and lyrical, often utilizing improvisation, floorwork, partnering and performing in bare feet. As a dance style in itself is defined in part by a fusion of ballet and jazz, demanding technical skill, musicality and an expression of emotion. A solid, ballet-based technique, proper placement and bodily alignment are essential components. Students wishing to take Contemporary must be concurrently enrolled in Ballet class(es) as per their level requirement.
Jumps and Turns This class is offered periodically to boys and girls ages 10 and up. This class is only recommended to dancers taking additional dance or gymnastic training. Focus is on personal development and growth in flexibility, leaps and turns. This class is for the dancer looking to go further with their technique and training.