Ballet & Tap II

Class Schedule
Class Days and Times (Meets once a week starting Sept. 8th-April 27th)
Thursday 4:45-5:45 – Ballet @ Extreme Studio
Monday 5:45-6:30 – Tap @ Iona Studio
Ballet Class: $38/month or $30/month if enrolled in another class.
Combo Class(Ballet & Tap): $60/month
Tap Class: $38/month or $30/month if enrolled in another class.
Estimated costume pricing is $60 per class for costumes including tights.
Ballet Slippers($14-$18) are required for ballet class.
Tap Shoes($20) are required for tap class

Class Description
Ballet/Tap classes include 1-2 instructors to best meet the needs of our students.  Students are introduced to ballet technique at the barre, center floor and across the floor. Students learn 1 routine in ballet and tap.
Students have the opportunity to perform at 1-2 dance showcases, 1 recital, other optional events as presented to us such as assisted living centers, basketball half times, community events as well as 1 optional dance competition.
Class Terminology
*Demi Plie – half bend of the knee
*Tendu – to stretch the foot
*Degage – to disengage (sustaining pointed foot off of the ground)
*Rond de jambe – round the leg, circular movement of the leg either on the ground or in the air
*Eleve – to rise, to elevate
*Releve – to rise from plie
*Passe – a movement in which the foot of the working leg passes or touches the knee of the supporting leg in turn out
or parallel positions.
*Aerabesque – body position, in profile, supported on one leg
*Pique – executed by stepping directly on the point or demi-pointe of the working foot in any desired direction or
position with the other foot raised in the air. (to prick/pricked)
*Sousus – a tight fifth position in releve.(under-over)
*Saute – a jump off both feet, landing with the feet in the same position. Jumping or landing on the same foot.
*Jete, petit – small spring from one foot to the other foot using a brushing motion.
*Glissade – a traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction, the
other foot closing to it.
*Pas de chat – large cat’s step. Performed from fifth to fifth position, landing almost simultaneously.
*Chasse – meaning to chase. Plie and slide the working leg away from the supporting leg, touch the supporting leg
behind the working leg, land on the original supporting leg.
*Soutenu – a turn from sousus, turning towards back leg one revolution, the other foot ending in front.
*Sissone – jump from both feet on to one foot.
(This is a basic coverage, more class terminology and skills are added as the class progresses)
Tap Terminology
*Step—Placing the foot firmly on the floor, taking weight (always executed on the ball of the foot unless otherwise noted).
*Stamp—(or “flat step”): Stepping on the flat of the foot, taking full weight. *Stomp—(or “flat tap”): Striking the floor with the flat of the foot not taking weight.
*Toe Tap—(or “toe tip”): A strike of the toe in any direction immediately raising the foot from the floor after. Usually, this movement does not take weight.
*Ball Change—Alternately weight on the balls of the feet from each foot. This can be done in any direction.
*Heel Dig—Striking the heel forward to the floor, on demi-pointe.
*Dot, Toe Back (or “toe tap”)—To strike the point of the toe behind the standing foot then immediately raising the foot from the floor.
*Flap—A quick brush step to the front. Strike forward to the floor, then step forward and put weight on the working foot. Usually done forward but can be done in other directions as well.
*Shuffle—A forward brush then a back in any direction done fast in a 16th note rhythm.
*Step-heel and Heel-step—toe to heel motion and heel to toe motion.
*Scuff—A heel movement executed in the same manner as a forward brush where the back edge of the heel strikes the floor in a swinging like movement.
*Time Step—An upbeat and repeatable combination that marks a tempo. An eight measure movement placed at the beginning of a dance routine. A total of six of them were usually done that were followed by a “break”. There are countless variations of the “time step”.
*Click Toes—A balance on the heels while clicking the toes together in the air. *Double Hop Step—More commonly known as an “Irish” or a “shuffle, hop, step.” This movement usually is executed in two different rhythm patterns.
*Wings—A movement done on one foot while the other foot is in the air. Then the toe of the supporting foot will be turned inward, and then brush the foot outward in a swishing movement, that is done on the outer edge of the sole (lifting body upward in the air) – then do a back brush step on the descending movement (making 3 sounds).
*Pivot—A swivel of the foot whether it be from the ball, heel or flat
(This is a basic coverage, more class terminology and skills are added as the class progresses)