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Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet I and II

Benefits of a Pre-Ballet Program

Enjoyment, socialization and listening skills, coordination, posture, confidence, and self-discipline are rewards of a dance program. Pre-school dance plays an important part in forming personalities. Approximately 99% of the children in a pre-ballet class will never be professional dancers; however, 100% of them will benefit from a pre-school dance class.

Strength, balance and coordination are gained by simple exercises based on running, jumping, hopping, skipping and walking. Hand control is improved which will benefit children when writing, drawing or playing a musical instrument. The practice of eye/hand coordination is of particular value. Through the Pre-Ballet class, knowledge will be acquired and experience gained.

Goals of Our Program

The first 4 to 6 weeks are an adjustment period. Our goal is to have all students staying in the classroom for the entire class of 45 minutes. It is very important that the child be taken to the restroom prior to class so there will be no interrupts during the class period. Restroom calls become very contagious and the attention and flow of the class will be lost.

Do not worry if your child refuses to participate. Generally, children dislike being left out of a group. However, those who are more timid can learn a great deal by watching and often surprise parents by demonstrating some movements at home. Our goal for the 2nd and 3rd months of class is to have ALL students participating in ALL classroom activities.

In Pre-Ballet I, both ballet and tumbling are taught. 25 minutes are spent on ballet and about 15 minutes on tumbling. Pre-Ballet I students will perform a ballet dance in the Recital. During Pre-Ballet II classes, ballet and tap are taught, with 20 minutes being spent on each. Pre-Ballet II students perform a tap routine in the Recital.

Beginners I, II, and III

The Beginner Level expands on the skills learned in Pre-Ballet. Students continue to learn basis technique, as well as musical rhythm. In the Pre-Ballet Level, students learn routines by listening to verbal clues. In the Beginner Level, students learn to count music. This teaches them musical rhythm and timing. Beginner Level I classes participate in three routines: ballet, tap, and baton. Beginners II and III participate in ballet, tap and jazz. Beginner Level I classes participate in ballet, tap, and baton. 30 minutes each is spent on ballet and tap, with 15 minutes of class time for baton. Beginner I students will do a Recital dance for each of those 3 genres. Beginners II and III participate in ballet, tap and jazz dances in the Recital, with 30 minutes being spent on each during class.

Intermediate I-V

The Intermediate Level continues to expand on basic technique. New technique is introduced in each level and routines advance in degree of difficulty. Students learn to work together as a group, taking cues from each other. Intermediate I and II will spend 45 minutes of class time on ballet, 30 minutes on tap and 45 minutes on jazz, and will perform 3 Recital dances. Intermediate III and IV spend 1 hour on ballet, 30 minutes on tap and 45 minutes on jazz and will also participate in 3 Recital dances. Intermediate V concentrates on 1 hour of ballet, 45 minutes of tap and 1 hour of jazz during each class, and also performs 3 Recital dances. Classical ballet and Jazz Ensemble is an option to those students in the Intermediate/Advanced Program.


The Advanced Class is divided into Junior and Senior Levels; however, they often perform together in large production numbers. The Advanced Class offers rhythmic tap, classical and lyrical ballet, traditional jazz, and modern dance. This 3 hour class spends 1 hour each on ballet, tap and jazz focus.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is a competitive team geared for the more seriously dedicated students who enjoy performing and competing. The Jazz Ensemble is offered to students who dance at the Intermediate I level and up.

There are 4 levels of Jazz Ensemble. Levels #1 and #2 compete at the recreational level and Level #3 and Jr./Sr. Advanced compete at the competitive level. The teams are required to participate in 2 competitions in the spring and one workshop annually.

Lower Paxton Studio
515 North Mountain Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone Number: 717.652.7806
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