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No matter the dance style, it is our goal to create an atmosphere that inspires creativity, beauty and discipline, while encouraging each student to be all that God has created them to be.

We offer a variety of classes to give our dancers a chance to learn a range of styles. Ballet is the foundation to all dance styles. We recommend that all our students take a least one ballet class per week to continue their advancement in classic techniques, along with the other dance styles. Placement is recommended by age, but a student may be advanced to the next level only by the mentor’s recommendation.

2017 2018 DANCE CLASS SCHEDULE

All classes require a minimum of a ONE SEMESTER COMMITMENT (with the exception of Adult Drop In, Creative Movement and Dance Discovery)

First Semester: September 5 through December 15, 2017
Winter Showcase performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017

Second Semester: January 3 through June 16, 2018
Summer Showcase performance on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Enrollment is currently OPEN – new students are welcome to enroll anytime during the semester.

CLASS DETAILS

Listed alphabetically by name

Adult Ballet

This is a drop-in class designed for adult students who wish to continue progressing in their ballet technique. Students will learn and improve upon the fundamentals of classical ballet. Instruction will include proper alignment and posture, ballet positions, terminology and exercises necessary to perform center work, traveling steps, and jumps. For the full benefit of the dancer it is advantageous to enroll in consecutive classes. Payment for the class may be made online in advance or at the door.

Adult Dance Fusion

In this dance-fitness style class, students have the opportunity to experience contemporary, jazz, and hip hop styles of dance technique. Each class will focus on one of the above styles of dance and will include stretching, center work, across the floor work, and learning choreography. No prior dance experience is necessary. Students must register online 24 hours in advance of the class in order to participate.

Several classes will run during student class times so that parents have the chance to participate in a class at the same time as their student. This is a great way to fit a fun, inspiring workout into your day!

Ballet

Students will master the fundamentals of ballet, including posture, balance, positions and coordination, and will learn classical ballet technique and terminology at an age-appropriate level. As part of their training, students will gain an in-depth understanding of each step learned, including learning the anatomy behind each movement and the knowledge of how to prevent injury while performing the movement. Musicality and individual artistic expression are heavily emphasized in these classes.

Pre-Ballet – for young students interested in learning ballet technique while in a creative setting.

Advanced Beginning Ballet – class designed for an older beginning level ballet student. Students will progress through beginning ballet technique at an advanced beginning pace.

Ballet I – Ballet III – dancers in these levels will start to dive deeper into ballet technique and will be preparing for Vaganova level training, which will begin during the second semester of Ballet III. Creativity and imagination are still heavily emphasized in these classes as part of learning musicality and how to become a performing artist.

Ballet IV – Ballet VI – dancers in these levels will be training in the Vaganova method of ballet. The Vaganova method is a very detailed method of training, which focuses on teaching dancers to dance with their body as a whole to acquire harmony of movements and expressiveness in their range of movements.

BollyX

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program for adults that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. Its 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. No prior dance experience is necessary! Students must register online 24 hours in advance of the class in order to participate.

Boys Hip Hop I/II

This class is an exciting and high energy dance class for boys ages 5+. Students will learn the fundamentals of musicality and movement as well as be introduced to choreography in each class. Techniques learned include break dance, popping and locking, electric boogie, and commercial hip hop. Class levels are divided by age.

Creative Movement & Dance Discovery

Your child will learn the building blocks of dance: balance, coordination, spatial awareness, and rhythm. This fun 30 minute class offers joyful interaction with other toddlers as they participate in developmentally-appropriate exercises that follow creative themes using numerous props. Parents remain in the class with the students.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary combines elements of ballet, jazz, and modern dance while focusing on the lyrics in a song to enhance movement. Floor work, improvisation, and creativity are essential techniques that you will learn in this class that will help you grow in this specific style and as a dancer as a whole.

Knowledge of ballet technique is essential to be successful in contemporary dance. Thus, students in this class are required to be taking at least 1 ballet class per week in addition to the contemporary class.

Placement in the advanced contemporary class is determined by the Director.

Dance Fusion for Homeschoolers I/II

This class is designed for home school students, but everyone is welcome! Students have the opportunity to experience contemporary, jazz, and hip hop styles of dance technique and choreography. Classes are divided by age groups, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Each class promotes a healthy social environment and can be used towards home school physical education credits.

Hip Hop

This fun and exciting class is for students who are at a beginning or advanced beginning hip-hop level. Each class includes a warm-up which concentrates on building stamina, improving strength and flexibility, body conditioning and rhythm isolations. Students will focus on building a foundation of basic hip-hop movements, across the floor exercises and short combinations to today’s popular music.

Jazz

Jazz dance is an exciting and ever-evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, life, and passion. This class focuses on classical jazz technique, in which students will dance to upbeat music and explore movements such as body isolations, turns, leaps, and more.

Placement in the advanced Jazz II class is determined by the Director.

Musical Theatre I/II

In this class, students will learn the foundations of musical theatre dance, including body awareness, coordination, and musicality, which draw heavily from ballet and jazz technique. Students will have the opportunity to learn various styles of musical theatre dance through learning original choreography from a variety of musical theatre shows. Class placement is determined by age.

Performing Ensemble

Students enrolled in Ballet V or VI are eligible to be a part of this ballet performing ensemble. Students will rehearse choreography each Saturday, and they will perform the choreography at local community events throughout the season. Dates and times of these community performance events are TBA.

Primary Jazz

This class focuses on primary level jazz vocabulary and introduces various styles of jazz dance, including elements of hip hop dance. Students will develop strength, flexibility, and coordination as well as gain a sense of individuality in their dancing. This class will produce dancers who are expressive, dynamic, rhythmical, and passionate.

Primary Tap

This class will introduce young students to the basics of tap rhythms and technique. Students will learn how to create a percussive instrument out of their feet.

Tap I and Tap IA

Tap I  is designed for a younger beginning level tap student, and Tap IA is designed for an older beginning level tap student. Each class will progress at a pace appropriate to the age level. Students will develop and strengthen their basic tap technique while learning tap terminology and the importance of rhythm and sound.

Tap II, III, and IV

This class is a continued study of tap dance technique with more complex steps, variations, sequences and rhythmic patterns with increased tempo and duration. Emphasis is on technique, musicality and styling. Placement is determined by the Director.

HOLIDAYS

• Thanksgiving break is Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26, 2017
• Winter break is Monday, December 18, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018
• Spring break is Monday, April 9, 2018 through Saturday, April 15, 2018

Other Holidays

• Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)
• Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Independence Day)
• Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labor Day)

Dance Instructors (click image for full bio)

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If you have any questions, please email our Program Director, Sarah Ruppel Bullis at sarah@passionacademy.net or give us a call at (804) 412-8100.

Our Program Director, Sarah Ruppel Bullis is originally from Annapolis, MD where she began her dance studies at the age of four with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, under the direction of Edward Stewart. Before graduating high school she continued her training in Washington D.C. at the Kirov Academy and later at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day. She spent her summers attending ballet training programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and American Ballet Theatre of New York City. After graduating high school, she studied in the B.F.A program of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for one year and then was invited to move to New York City to train professionally with Edward Ellison. In 2006 Sarah joined the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and later continued to enjoy a professional career with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, under the direction of Iain Webb. Sarah’s classical ballet repertoire includes a variety of roles performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anna Karenina, Checkmate, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Facade, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Paquita, Pineapple Poll, Serenade, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Two Pigeons, Who Cares? and Valse Fantasy. She currently performs independently with local choreographers as well as with her own choreography.

Since 1997 Sarah has been independently teaching children’s ballet camps in the Annapolis and Richmond area. Her strong passion for teaching dance led her to join the Richmond Ballet faculty in 2010. In addition, she currently is an independent ballet and creative movement teacher with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, Cartwheels and Coffee, and the Goddard School of Short Pump, and she is a barre fitness teacher at The Barre Boutique. In the Richmond area she has also guest taught at the Chester Performing Arts Studio, Regency Dance Academy, Central Virginia Dance Academy, and Country Club of Virginia. Establishing her own world-class dance program has been Sarah’s life-long commitment, and she is thrilled to join the incredibly talented team at Passion Academy.

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