Here at the Moyer Institute of Dance, our classes focus on proper ballet technique. You may be wondering “What is technique, and why is it so important?”
Technique is one of the most essential aspects of dance. Technique can be defined as proper body alignment (correct placement of the feet, knees, hips, shoulders, arms, and head, etc.), and the way to properly execute movement in all styles of dance. But it is so much more than that!
Ballet technique is the basis of all forms of dance. Once proper ballet technique is developed, a dancer can easily transition into any style of dance and do it well. Technique is what makes a dancer “good”, along with performance quality and passion. Have you ever watched a performance where your eye was instantly drawn to a certain dancer? This is probably because the dancer had good technique. Technique enables a dancer to make movements appear effortless, and it allows a student to execute harder skills such as pointe work, multiple turns, and impressive leaps. Without proper technique, all of this would be impossible.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons why we emphasize technique at The Moyer Institute of Dance is because proper technique prevents injury. Dancers who have not been trained properly are at a high risk for knee, ankle, and hip injuries.
Events this year:
Students ages 5-19 will have the opportunity to attend TWO dance conventions this year in the Washington, DC area. We will also be attending 1-2 dance competitions in Lancaster this year.
See Kitty or Sophie for sign up, details and an informational packet!
|Monday||9:00-10:00 AM — Adult Exercise||5:00-6:00 — Adv Beg Ballet Barre/Jazz 2 (a 2nd class for this level is Thurs 6:15)||6:00-6:45 — Pre-Ballet /Jazz ages 6-8||7:00-8:30 — Advanced Ballet & Pointe|
|Tuesday||5:30-6:15 — Ballet Barre/Jazz 1||6:15-7:00 — pre-ballet/tap 1||7:00-8:30 – Intermediate Ballet & Pointe|
|Wednesday||9:00-10:00 AM — Adult Exercise||5:30-6:15 new pre-ballet ages 3-5||6:20-7:05- Adult Ballet/Jazz/Tap age 18-70||7:15-8:15 — Intermediate Ballet/Jazz 2|
|Thursday||9:00-10:00 AM — Adult Exercise||5:30-6:15 — Pre-Ballet/Tap 1||6:15-7:15 — Ballet/Jazz Ages 11-17|
|Saturday(Shamokin Studio)||9:15-10:00 — Intermediate ballet/jazz 2||10:00-10:45 — Intermediate ballet/jazz 1||10:45- 11:30 — Beginner Barre/jazz 1||11:30-12:15 — Pre-Ballet/Tap|
Pre-ballet 1 & 2
Also known as babies or the circle class. Beginning students ages 3+ will learn steps that develop coordination, balance, flexibility, and rhythm along with basic French ballet vocabulary, and classroom etiquette in a fun and stimulating environment. The first 30 minutes of class is ballet, and the last 15 minutes is tap.
Beginner Ballet/Jazz 1, 2, 3
Also known as beginner barre. The progression from pre-ballet to beginning ballet for students enrolled in Pre-ballet for an average of 2 years. Class begins at the barre where ballet technique is emphasized. Students will learn the progression of a standard ballet barre and French vocabulary. The student then moves into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre. The last 15 minutes of class is jazz.
Adult Exercise Class
A great work out you won’t find anywhere else! Developed by The Moyer Institute of Dance, this program was originally designed as an injury-prevention program for athletes. Class focuses on stretching and strengthening, including exercises at the barre and in the center that improve balance, core strength, and flexibility while toning and shaping the whole body. NO PRIOR TRAINING NEEDED! Most of our adults have 0 dance experience. We have men and women ages 18-70+
*NEW* Pre-teen/Teen Ballet and Jazz
This is a fun class for teens and adults who have little to no dance experience. Classes will alternate weekly between beginning ballet and jazz.
*NEW* Adult Ballet/Jazz/Tap
A beginning dance class for adults ages 18+ ! Classes alternate 4 weeks of ballet, 4 weeks of jazz, 4 weeks of tap through September – May
May: Spring Recital
All studios and classes will perform at the Shikellamy High School auditorium in Sunbury.
December Holiday Performance
Students will get the chance to perform at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in our annual Christmas Shows. This performance is usually on multiple days throughout the month of December.