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Class Descriptions

 

 

Prisma Program

Prisma Dance Program offers two tracks.  Each track begins with foundational level classes and advances to build technique upon a perspective that uses dance as an expression of worship unto the Lord.  The Facets Track offers intro to advanced level classes for each of the dance genres, each facet remaining independent of the other genres.  The Spectrum Track is a multifaceted track building a curriculum of classes from Ruby to Amethyst level, integrating multiple dance genres and developing excellence through heart, mind, body and spirit.

 

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Facets Track

This track is for students just starting their dance years and students of all ages who enjoy dance as an extracurricular activity. Joy of movement, artistry and performance presentation are the main goals of these fun and engaging classes.

 

  • Ballet (3+ yrs)
    • Ruby
    • Sunstone
    • Topaz I
    • Topaz II
    • Prisma I
    • Prisma II
    • Adult Ballet
  • Jazz (5+ yrs)
    • Intro Jazz
    • Beginner Jazz
    • Intermediate Jazz
  • Acrobatics (5+ yrs)
    • Open Acrobatics
  • Hip Hop (5+ yrs)
    • Intro Hip Hop
    • Beginner Hip Hop
    • Intermediate Hip Hop
    • Advanced Hip Hop

 

 

BALLET CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet is a technical dance form highlighting the use of turnout where the dancer performs all movements with their legs rotated away from each other. Once mastered a dancer can move in any given direction with speed, ease and grace. It is performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought or emotion. Ballet is the foundation for all other dance forms

Ruby  – Ages 3-4 (1x/week 40 minutes)

This class will include an intro to beginner ballet basics and will explore creative movement. Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to experience dance, and to ENJOY it, is an important aspect at this stage of development. Free-style worship and choreography will be integrated into class.

Sunstone – Ages 4.5-5 (1x/week 45 minutes)

This class will include dancing at the ballet barre, beginner ballet vocabulary and ballet fundamentals (ballet positions, turnout, posture, etc.) will be taught. Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to experience dance, and to ENJOY it, is an important aspect at this stage of development. Free-style worship and choreography will be integrated into class.

Topaz I – Ages 6+ (1x/week 1 hour)

This class will include fundamental basics of ballet (barre work, center work, and across the floor) and beginner ballet vocabulary. Learning good habits that are executed correctly is a primary focus at this stage of development (such as placement, posture, self-discipline, and diligence). Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to enjoy dancing for the Lord is continually reinforced through free-style worship and choreography in class.

Topaz II – Ages 7+ (2x/week 1 hour/class)

This class practices twice a week in preparation to enter Prisma’s Upper Level Curriculum Classes. This class introduces the skills, discipline, and repetition (building muscle memory) needed to work towards a high level of excellence in technique by reinforcing the fundamental basics of ballet (including ballet vocabulary) while incorporating the fun and creativity of dance with the discipline and structure of classical ballet training. Developing expression and creativity in free-style worship and choreography will be included in class.

Prisma I – Ages 8+ (1x/week 1 hour)

This class will include fundamental basics of ballet (barre work, center work, and across the floor). Expanding students’ knowledge and application of vocabulary will be reinforced through verbal instruction. Applying correct alignment, posture, and placement will be a primary focus. Building muscle strength and flexibility while increasing the complexity of movements will also be incorporated throughout class. Creativity and expression will be encouraged and explored in free-style worship and choreography in class.

Prisma II – Ages 8+ (2x/week 1 hour/class)

Through repetition and twice a week practice this class will build upon the fundamental basics of ballet (barre work, center work, and across the floor). This class will include combinations that are more complex than a once a week class. Correct alignment, posture, and placement will be a primary focus. Building muscle strength, flexibility, and agility will also be incorporated throughout class. Creativity and expression will be encouraged and explored in free-style worship and choreography in class.

Adult Ballet – Ages 12+ (1x/week 1.25 hours)

This class will include fundamental basics of ballet (barre work, center work, and across the floor). Correct alignment, posture, and placement will be a primary focus. Building muscle strength, flexibility, and agility will be emphasized in combinations throughout class.  Creativity and expression will be encouraged and explored in free-style worship and choreography in class.

 

 

JAZZ CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Jazz dancing is a blend of many dance styles and cultures. Jazz has a strong ballet base combined with African, Caribbean, Latin, street, and Hip Hop dance. Jazz dance focuses on flexibility, musicality, isolations, and strong movements. To excel in jazz dance, the dancer must master ballet technique because it consists of slower movements that strengthen the body and improve balance. While performing these strong movements in jazz, the dancer must execute their movements with high energy. Jazz classes at Prisma will focus on jazz technique, including strengthening, conditioning, and flexibility. In jazz class at Prisma, students will also be taught numerous jazz steps, learn how to use these steps while traveling across the studio floor, and also learn how to incorporate these movements while working on choreography.

Intro Jazz – Ages 5+ (1x/week 45 minutes)

The goal of this level is to make dance fun! The class will include an intro to jazz basics, focusing on memorizing basic jazz steps and musicality. Technique will focus on straight legs, pointed toes, sharp arms, correct execution of movements and flexibility. Games and free dance time will be included to keep the atmosphere fun and encourage creativity.

Beginning Jazz – Ages 8+ (1x/week 1 hour)

This level focuses on building on the jazz basics, memorizing basic jazz steps and musicality. Technique will focus on straight legs, pointed toes, sharp arms, correct execution of movements and flexibility. Helpful games and free dance time will also be incorporated to keep the atmosphere fun and to encourage creativity.

 

 

ACROBATIC CLASS DESCRIPTION

Open Acro – Ages 5+ (1x/week 1 hour)

Sports Acrobatics is a form of acrobatics that uses two or more partners and no equipment. There will be basic tumbling. The stretching and upper body conditioning will be tailored to the student population and geared towards dancers.

 

 

 

HIP HOP CLASS DESCRIPTION

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. By developing the skills for this art form through love of God and passion for dance, Hip Hop is used a great platform for outward expression for Christ. Students will be placed into the appropriate level.

Intro Hip Hop – Ages 5+ (1x/weel 45 minutes)

Here’s a wonderful class for little Hip Hoppers. This class includes the teaching of basic grooves and exercises to improve the student’s coordination, balance, and rhythm. With Hip Hop being such an energetic dance form, this is perfect for those little tykes who just can’t sit still.

Beginner Hip Hop – Ages 8+ (1x/weel 1 hour)

This class is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of rhythm and grooves. Fundamental styles such as popping, break dance, house, etc., will be covered. Students will start their journey on body awareness. 

Intermediate Hip Hop – Ages 10+ (1x/week 1 hour)

This class is designed for dancers who have a basic knowledge and understanding of counts and rhythm. This class will teach in-depth rhythm and full range of motion. Strengthening and conditioning will be required in order to equip students with the proper skills to excel.

Advanced Hip Hop – Ages 12+ (1x/week 1.25 hours)

This is the highest level of class. Students will only be admitted by Instructor approval. In this class students will develop full body awareness and the ability to adapt to all styles of dance. Full physicality is required along with self-motivation. This class may be asked to perform at events and competitions when the time comes or occasion arises.

 

 

Spectrum Track 

This track is for students desiring to work towards a higher level of excellence in all aspects of dance (technique, character and leadership).  In addition to ballet study, students in this program will take other dance forms and classes to become more versatile and expressive dancers. The focus of these levels is to foster an excellent well-rounded dancer through growth of the heart, mind, body, and spirit.

  • Ruby
    • (Ballet)
  • Sunstone
    • (Ballet)
  • Topaz I
    • (Ballet)
  • Topaz II
    • (Ballet & Jazz)
  • Topaz III *
    • (Ballet, Jazz, Acro, and Hip Hop)
  • Emerald I *
    • (Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Conditoning, and Hip Hop)
  • Emerald II *
    • (Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Conditioning, and Hip Hop)
  • Sapphire I *
    • (Ballet Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Conditioning, and Hip Hop)
  • Amethyst I & II *
    • (Ballet Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Conditioning, and Hip Hop)

*Only offered in Kalihi

 

 

Ruby  – Ages 3-4 (1x/week 40 minutes)

This class will include an intro to beginner ballet basics and will explore creative movement. Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to experience dance, and to ENJOY it, is an important aspect at this stage of development. Free-style worship and choreography will be integrated into class.

Sunstone – Ages 4.5-5 (1x/week 45 minutes)

This class will include dancing at the ballet barre, beginner ballet vocabulary and ballet fundamentals (ballet positions, turnout, posture, etc.) will be taught. Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to experience dance, and to ENJOY it, is an important aspect at this stage of development. Free-style worship and choreography will be integrated into class.

Topaz I – Ages 6+ (1x/week 1 hour)

This class will include fundamental basics of ballet (barre work, center work, and across the floor) and beginner ballet vocabulary. Learning good habits that are executed correctly is a primary focus at this stage of development (such as placement, posture, self-discipline, and diligence). Inspiring and nurturing the creativity in students to enjoy dancing for the Lord is continually reinforced through free-style worship and choreography in class.

Topaz II – Ages 7+ (2x/week 1 hour/class)

This class practices twice a week in preparation to enter Prisma’s Upper Level Curriculum Classes. This class introduces the skills, discipline, and repetition (building muscle memory) needed to work towards a high level of excellence in technique by reinforcing the fundamental basics of ballet (including ballet vocabulary) while incorporating the fun and creativity of dance with the discipline and structure of classical ballet training. Developing expression and creativity in free-style worship and choreography will be included in class.

Jazz (optional) 1x/week: This level focuses on building on the jazz basics, memorizing basic jazz steps and musicality. Technique will focus on straight legs, pointed toes, sharp arms, correct execution of movements and flexibility. Helpful games and free dance time will also be incorporated to keep the atmosphere fun and to encourage creativity.

 

Topaz III – Ages 8+ 

Level Description: This level practices multiple times a week. Repetition is important to improving technique and muscle memory.

Ballet (3x/week): Included in this class are the fundamental basics of ballet, learning vocabulary (including pronunciation and spelling), and biblical principles to sharpen the dancer’s character so that the dancer’s whole being (mind, body, and spirit) are working towards excellence. Developing expression and creativity in free-style worship and choreography are included in class.

Jazz (1x/week): This level will build and focus on jazz basics, focusing on memorizing basic jazz steps and musicality. Technique will focus on straight legs, pointed toes, proper arm placement, correct execution of movements and flexibility. Attention to detail and proper overall placement and alignment are a few of the main goals of this level. Helpful games and free dance time may also be incorporated to keep jazz fun and to allow creativity to be expressed.

Acro (1x/week): Sports Acrobatics is a form of acrobatics that uses two or more partners and no equipment. This class includes basic tumbling, stretching and upper body conditioning tailored to the student population and geared toward dancers.

Hip Hop (1x/week) – Optional: Instructors will place students into the appropriate level.

Emerald I – Ages 9+

Level Description: This level continues all skills from Topaz III.

Ballet (3x/week): This class will focus on maintaining correct placement/posture while increasing the level of difficulty/complexity of movements. Precision and consistency will be reinforced through repetition and practice. Maturing the dancer’s ability to be self-motivated and diligent in the details of technique and properly applying corrections are encouraged in this level. This class introduces Pre-Pointe work upon instructor approval for students who are 11+ years old.

Jazz: (1x/week): This level will continue to master jazz basics, while adding new steps and skills. General musicality is expected in this level. Technique will continue to focus on musicality, attention to detail, flexibility, correct execution of movements and self-motivation to improve. Helpful games and free dance time may also be incorporated to allow creativity to be expressed.

Acro (1x/week): Sports Acrobatics is a form of acrobatics that uses two or more partners and no equipment. This class includes basic tumbling, stretching and upper body conditioning tailored to the student population and geared toward dancers.

Conditioning (1x/week): This is the first level where students will have a class in Body Conditioning for Dancers. Conditioning class will be tailored to strengthen and cross-train the dancer’s muscle groups and core. Conditioning class is designed to help dancers build strong, lean muscles while increasing each student’s physical level within the dancer’s own strength ability. From specially designed cardio, upper body, core, and lower body workouts, dancers are able to improve endurance, body control, and body alignment. Team training and self-discipline not only help a dancer grow physically but in character as well. Psalm 139 is the foundational scripture for this class with the purpose of establishing a healthy and positive environment for all physical levels.

Hip Hop (1x/week) -optional: Instructors will place students into the appropriate level.

Emerald II – Ages 10+

Level Description: This level transitions from an intermediate level training into the beginning stages of advanced training.

Ballet (3x/week): This class will continue to focus on maintaining correct placement/posture while increasing the level of difficulty/complexity of movements. Precision and consistency will be reinforced through repetition and practice. Quick and accurate learning of choreography is expected in this level. This class encourages dancers to set individual goals and to become an independent dancer (self-motivated). Physical, emotional, and spiritual growth is encouraged through choreographed and spontaneous worship. This class introduces Pointe work upon instructor approval for students who are 12+ years old.

Jazz: (1x/week): This level continues to refine the basics; musicality, flexibility and strength are expected. Dancers should have a solid grasp on all foundational skills, vocabulary, knowledge and skills. In this level dancers are expected to be self-motivated and self-aware, able to make corrections and push themselves to overcome challenges. Having kneepads on hand is recommended.

Acro (1x/week): This class is tailored to the student population and geared toward dancers.

Conditioning (1x/week): This class is tailored to strengthen and cross-train the dancer’s muscle groups and core.

Hip Hop (1x/week) – optional: Instructors will place students into the appropriate level.

Sapphire – Ages 13+

Level Description: This class is geared toward pre-professional dancers and students who desire to work toward a high level of excellence in technique.

Ballet (2-3x/week): Ballet combinations taught will be transitioning from upper intermediate levels into advanced levels of execution, sequence, difficulty and complexity. The goal is for students to reach a new height of excellence in technique, mindset, and diligence. Seeking depth and maturity within a heart of worship will be a key focus in this class.

Jazz (1x/week): The focus of this class ranges from self-critiquing, choreographing, creating, expressing and maintaining technique work.

Acro (1x/week): This class is tailored to the student population and geared toward dancers.

Conditioning (1-2x/week): This class is tailored to strengthen and cross-train the dancer’s muscle groups and core.

Contemporary (1x/week): Contemporary dance is introduced at this level. Using a wide variety of influences and styles, this class will allow students to soar through movement, while offering the tools to make that flight safe and effective. A ballet-based warm-up is used to emphasize muscle length, stability and flexibility. Special attention will be made in the use of gravity, fluidity, and movement in and out of the floor.

Lyrical (1x/week): Lyrical dance is introduced at this level. Lyrical dance is characterized by blending elements of Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary. Lyrical dancing is typically performed to music with lyrics, and the dancer/choreographer creates movements to embody the words, emotion, and overall sentiment of the song. The focus of this class ranges from highly technical goals of flexibility and strength, to more intangible goals of self-expression and exploration of emotion through movement.

Hip Hop (1x/week) – optional: Instructors will place students into the appropriate level.

 AMETHYST I – Ages 15+ 

Level Description: This class is a continuation from Sapphire and is geared towards pre-professional, professional dancers and students who desire to work toward a high level of excellence in technique.

Ballet (2-3x/week): Students will concentrate on discovering and appreciating their unique gifts and stylization. Leadership qualities will be developed through the instructor’s mentorship. This level will represent the completed spectrum of all the preceding levels in both technique and character.

Jazz (1x/week): Flexibility, strength and musicality should be outstanding by this level. Dancers will continue to improve and work on technique from basics to advanced concepts and skills. The focus of this class ranges from self-critiquing, choreographing, creating, expressing and maintaining technique work.

Acro (1x/week): This class is tailored to the student population and geared toward dancers.

Conditioning (1-2x/week): This class is tailored to strengthen and cross-train the dancer’s muscle groups and core.

Contemporary (1x/week): A ballet-based warm-up is used to emphasize muscle length, stability and flexibility. Special attention will be made to the use of gravity, fluidity, and movement in and out of the floor. Students should be prepared to expand their artistic depth through attention to detail, to take flight through space, and to use their mind as they observe and examine individual artistic choices.

Lyrical (1x/week): Strong technique is required along with the ability to move in a pedestrian/naturalistic way, all this along with special attention and focus on musicality, emotion, fluidity of movement, and expression. The focus of this class ranges from highly technical goals of flexibility and strength, to more intangible goals of self-expression and exploration of emotion through movement.

Hip Hop (1x/week) – optional: Instructors will place students into the appropriate level.

 

AMETHYST II – Ages 16+ 

Level Description: This level is an optional course for Amethyst I students who have completed at least one (1) year in Amethyst I. This course is geared for students who want to maintain their achieved level of technique while desiring a less intensive class schedule than is required in Amethyst I. The mandatory number of classes in Amethyst II is less than Amethyst I. Students will concentrate on maintaining their achieved level of technique in Amethyst I while continuing to develop leadership qualities and their own unique artistry. Apprenticeship opportunities will be encouraged.

A maximum of 6 classes is allowed for this level.

This level is by Director invitation and approval only. Please contact Prisma Dance to inquire further (808-224-9462 or prismadance@gmail.com)

 

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