Pre School Dance
Pre School classes focus on exploring movement concepts and creativity. Class includes a physical warm-up, locomotor and non locomotor exercises, musical/rhythmic play and creative exploration. Your child will truly find joy in this class and look forward to returning each week!
Tiny Creative Movement & Tumble 2-3 years old (30 min)
Students will participate in a 30 minute dance class that focuses on exploring gross motor movement concepts, creative exploration and games and exercises that activate imagination!
Creative Movement & Tap 3-5 years (1 hour combo)
At this age, students incorporate song, musical instruments, rhythms, and creativity to experience the joy of tap!
Elementary classes focus on developing coordination, strength, and flexibility, articulation of feet, motor and cognitive skills. Each class offers exercises that are developmentally appropriate to the age of the student.
Our goal is to facilitate growth of the student's inspiration to dance, move, be creative, while instilling appropriate postures and movement patterns that will be layered upon as they progress in their other dance classes.
Pre Ballet & Tap 5-7 years (45 min)
FSPA follows the ABT National Training curriculum so that is provides our students with a strong foundation of ballet in safe encouraging environment. Rhythm is the main style of tap taught at FSPA. Tap is first presented as a musical instrument, followed by technical skills, coordination development, musicality and choreographed steps.
Creative Modern 7-9 years (45 min)
Modern class is focused on technique, skeletal awareness, use of both mechanical laws and laws of motion, movement qualities, improvisation and short composition studies, as well as the history of the modern dance pioneers.
Jazz 1 7-9 years (45 min)
Jazz class is structured with a center warm-up, across-floor skills, and center combination.
Leveled Classes Ages 8 & up
Modern technique, improvisation, and composition are taught in the style of modern dance pioneer Mary Wigman. Creative Modern starts at 7 years old and to enter modern 1 you must be 10 years old. We encourage modern students to participate in at least one ballet class a week, but it is not required.
The early modern levels focus on technique, skeletal awareness, use of both mechanical laws and laws of motion, movement qualities, improvisation and short composition studies, as well as the history of the modern dance pioneers.
The higher levels explore release technique, contact improvisation, post modern movement, and composition. Modern level 3 students must complete a solo composition over the course of the school year. Modern level 4 students choreograph and produce their own group dances, which are performed by FSPA students in our winter concert at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall each January. Through the creative process, the level 4 students also learn about lighting and costume design. Level 4 modern often has live accompaniment for their technique classes. All classes will learn modern dance history throughout each semester.
Modern 1 & 2 10 years 7 up (1 hr)
Modern 3 & 4 (1.5 hr)
Franklin School of Performing Arts is proud to include the American Ballet Theater® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program (Pre-Primary through Level 7) that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. All of our ballet classes stress the anatomically correct use of classical ballet technique, while acknowledging the skeletal structure of each student in order to prevent injuries. FSPA is fortunate to have two ABT® Certified Teachers - Jackie Zarcone (Certified Pre-Primary through Level 5) and Thom Yzaguirre (Certified Pre-Primary through Level 7 + Partnering).
Ballet 1 8 years & up (1 hr)
Ballet 2 (1.25 hr)
Ballet Level 3A (1.5) / Pre Pointe (.30) is the introduction to pointe work (pre-pointe). Pre-Pointe is a 30-minute class immediately following the 90-minute technique class.
Ballet 3B (1.5)/ Pointe 1 (.30)
Ballet 4 (1.5)/ Pointe 2 (.30) & Ballet 5 (1.5)/ Pointe 3 (.45) classes are followed by an optional 30 minutes of pointe work.
Ballet 6 (1.5)/ Pointe 4 (.45) & Ballet 7 (1.45) /Pointe 5 (.45) students are required to take a minimum of two ballet technique classes per week. Ballet 6 & 7 are followed by 45 minutes of pointe work.
Progressive Ballet Technique (Ballet 3B & higher )
Ballet 3 & up we encourage students to take at least two ballet classes per week, as well as, take modern and/or jazz class to round out their training.
Pointe requirements: Pointe work is not a requirement at FSPA, and many students continue their ballet training without it. Students that begin pointe work however, must be at least 11 years old, and have approval from our ballet faculty. Those students in Pointe 1 and above are required to take a minimum of two ballet technique classes per week.
8 & up
Jazz 1 (45 min)
Jazz 2 (1 hr)
Jazz 3 & 4 ( 1.15 hr)
Jazz 5 (1.5)
Jazz class is structured with a center warm-up, across-floor skills, and center combination. Students will be given a variety of performance styles including classical jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern jazz, and theater dance. Our jazz classes are designed to prepare students for performance in musical theater roductions, concert jazz works, as well as their school dance teams.
8 & up
Tap 1 & 2 (.45 min), Tap 3 & 4 (1 hr)
Rhythm is the main style of tap taught at FSPA. Tap is first presented as a musical instrument, followed by technical skills, coordination development, musicality and choreographed steps.
Additional Classes Offered
Youth Acting (8-12 years)
In this class we explore the fundamentals and foundations of acting. We start with the basics of the voice and body, then build into infusing those elements with genuine emotion through scene work and monologues. We also cover stage direction, acting terminology, and audition etiquette. Once these things are in place, we transition into rehearsals for our big, end-of-the-year production. All students will complete the class with a solid grip on the necessities of what makes an effective performance.
Teen Acting (13-18years)
In this class, we begin with voice and body work, and uncover the ways they work together to create genuine reaction and emotion, while building our vocabulary and knowledge-base of acting terms and methodologies. We use that to move forward in scene work, and eventually monologues, where we explore comedic, dramatic, slight, and over-the-top characters. At the end of the year, we transition into rehearsals for our big, school-wide production. All students will complete the class with a firm understanding of what it takes to make an effective impact in both scenes and auditions.
Page to Stage (8-18years) *Not in session
This class explores how stories go from words on a page to a fully-realized production. We will learn the roles of the people on production teams and all of the necessities required to bring a show to life as we take on three short plays over the course of the year.