Classes

 

Class Placement

The appropriate class and level for each student is entirely determined by the Footnotes staff.  Correct placement for each dancer is individualistic and specific to that dancer’s needs and abilities.

Please remember that all students do not learn at the same rate. Students who start in the same class together will not always progress in the same way and therefore may be placed in different levels based upon the evaluation of their progress.

New students with no or little dance experience will be placed in beginner classes of the appropriate age group in the subject of their choice.

New students with prior dance instruction may have to try a few different classes and levels to find the appropriate fit at Footnotes.

Returning students are generally kept with their group for the new dance season. However, each student is evaluated at the end of each year and may therefore be placed in a different level in accordance with their progress.

BALLET TROUPE

Footnotes now offers a performance group that places emphasis on Ballet and performance.  Members of the Ballet Troupe will perform in the community at events such as special dance performances similar to this spring’s Frozen event.  Placement in a troupe class will be based on age and ability.  Troupe members will be required to take another ballet class in addition to Troupe classes.  Troupe classes will be on Fridays. Each Troupe class will meet for 60 minutes. There will be a Petite Troupe for ages 3 and 4 that meets on Thursday for 30 minutes.

Frozen Cast

Frozen Cast


Ballet

Baby Ballet (ages 18 months to 2.5 years)

 

The Baby Ballet class is the perfect introduction to music and  movement for the very young child not ready to separate but ready to  explore a nurturing learning environment. The basic elements of dance  are introduced in a positive and loving way using props such as scarves,  stuffed animals, musical instruments, and costume effects. Caregivers  (in comfortable clothing) and children participate together throughout  the class until children are willing and able to dance alone.

This is a 30 minute class structured to stimulate coordination skill, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement and motor development in the youngest dancers.  This program is an excellent introduction to the world of dance and lots of fun for the youngest dancer!

DRESS CODE: Children should wear a leotard and tights with an optional tutu or dance skirt.  They also need ballet shoes (not the slippers sold at Walmart).

Children in Baby Ballet have the option of performing in our end of year recital.

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Princess Ballerina (age 3-4)

What Happens In A Princess Ballerinas Dance Class?

  • Each class begins by warming up our muscles, stretching and reviewing our ballet foot & arm positions during a circle warm—up.
  • We practice our Princess Ballerinas dance moves (and review their fancy french names) like relevéplié, and jeté.
  • We travel to magical lands and pretend to be things like beautiful flowers, fairies, birds, bees, and butterflies.
  • Each session is based on a magical theme like Fairy Garden Adventure or Winter Wonderland.
  • We practice our Princess Ballerinas dance routine that we can’t WAIT to perform for you!
  • Each class ends with your child getting a stamp or sticker to reward and celebrate her progress and success!

All children ages 2.5 through 3 will be placed in a Princess Ballerina class. Activities are aimed at cultivating body awareness, such as the ability to identify and isolate body parts. There will be singing and clapping exercises to help develop the musical side and movement skills such as shaking, kicking, walking on different levels, etc. Other activities will focus on using imagination to cultivate creativity. This is a 30 minute class designed to introduce our younger dancers to the basics of ballet and the joy or moving to music. Dancers will learn the basics of ballet and explore creative movement. This class is designed for both beginning and those with some experience. It is a natural followup to Baby Ballet. 

ATTIRE: Girls will wear pink tights, pink leotards and leather ballet slippers. A dance skirt is optional for the girls, although we prefer that dancers wear leotards with attached skirts if they are going to wear a skirt. Boys will wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt and black leather ballet shoes. Hair will be pulled back, off the face and there will be no loose jewelry.

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Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ballet is offered to all ages in various levels, ballet is the foundation of dance. Body placement flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work. Should ballet technique is essential for strength power and execution for each dancer. 

Ballet classes are designed for those students with prior dance experience.  Dancers will be placed in one of these classes based on previous dance experience and ability shown in class. More focus will be placed on technique, strengthening muscles and appreciating the aesthetics of good dance. Students will learn to express themselves when performing and present themselves with a positive self image in all areas of life.

Ballet classes vary for 30 to 45 minutes and are offered for student 7 to 18 years old. These classes are divided into 5 levels and student are placed by skill level. Younger students are encouraged to take a Combo Class such as Twinkle Toes or Tiny Dancers for early ballet training.

DRESS CODE: Girls will wear tights, black leotard, pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes. A skirt may be worn. Boys will wear black shorts or dance pants, a white t-shirt, black ballet slippers and black tap shoes. Hair will be pulled back, away from the face and no loose jewelry will be worn.

Pre-Pointe

Pre- Pointe is a more technical ballet class for the dancer transitioning to Pointe.  This class will focus on basic barre and center work and introduce the fundamentals of our ballet program including class expectations and attire. Dancers will wear tights, leotards and pink ballet shoes. Pre-Pointe dancers will do the same exercises and dances with the Pointe I class but in flat ballet shoes. The Pre-Pointe dancer may move on to Pointe when the instructor feels they are ready. 

Pre-Pointe is a 45 minute class and meets twice a week.

Pointe

Pointe is a class wherein the ballet dancer supports all their body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Dancing en pointe makes the dancer appear weightless and sylph like; this is done by wearing special box toed pointe shoes. Students are recommended for pointe based on age and ability.

Pointe is a 45 minute class and meets twice a week.

DRESS CODE: Tights and any color leotard; Pre-pointe will wear pink ballet shoes and Pointe will wear pink toe shoes. Toe shoes must be professionally fitted and can be purchased at Empire Dance in Spokane. DO NOT ORDER POINT SHOES OVER THE INTERNET!

COMBINATION CLASSES

Twinkle Stars and Tiny Dancers are Combo Classes for students 3 to 6 years old. These classes teach the fundamentals of tap and ballet. Students will begin class with tap and finish with ballet. Students should arrive in class with tap shoes on. Teachers will assist young dancers with shoe changes.

Twinkle Stars (age 4)

Students age  4 will be placed in a Twinkle Stars class. Activities emphasize the development of physical coordination and students will begin to learn proper dance terminology as well as the basics of alignment, tempo and patterns. Students will learn basic technique in ballet and tap with the presentation of materials changing each month. Instruction will be informal yet structured. Because the young body is still developing there will be no stress on bones or muscular structure. This is a 30 minute class.

DRESS CODE: Girls will wear tights, leotards, pink leather ballet slippers and black tap shoes. A ballet skirt is optional but a leotard with an attached skirt is preferred if girls are going to wear dance skirts. Boys will wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt, black leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes. Hair must be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn.

Tiny Dancers (Ages 5 -6)

Students 4 through 6 years old progress on to Tiny Dancers or start in this class based on their age and experience. Ballet and tap are taught in combination because each offers something important that will help each student be more well-rounded and grow as a dancer. More emphasis is placed on technique, precision and building the muscular strength needed to hold correct placement.  This is a 45 minute class.

DRESS CODE: Girls will wear pink tights, pink leotards, pink leather ballet slippers and black tap shoes. A ballet skirt is optional. Boys will wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt, black leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes. Hair must be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn.

Super Stars (Age 4)

Super Stars is for the 4 year old that wants to do more than just ballet and tap. Ballet and tap are taught in combination because each offers something important that will help each student be more well-rounded and grow as a dancer. More emphasis is placed on technique, precision and building the muscular strength needed to hold correct placement. Jazz/Hip Hop is also added to this class.  Students will stretch and learn jazz and hip hop technique. Ballet helps strengthen muscles and align the body while tap introduces the mathematics of musicality and rhythm. For this reason dancers are strongly encouraged to take ballet and tap in addition to jazz/hip hop.

Ballet & Tap I and Ballet & Tap II Combo class.

These are traditional ballet and tap classes which are offered back to back for the older student who still wants to take ballet and tap classes. Each class is 30 minutes and a price break is offered for the student taking both classes. Each class can also be taken as a stand alone class.

DRESS CODE: Girls will wear tights, any color leotards, pink leather ballet slippers and black tap shoes. A ballet skirt is optional. Boys will wear black shorts or pants, a white t-shirt, black leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes. Hair must be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn.

Tap

Tap 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Tap is offered to all age in various levels. Tap combines the study of rhythm, precision and the fluidity of movement and style. Tap dancing is an excellent way to increase coordination and develop musicality.

Tap is a 30 minutes class for ages 7 to 18 years old with placement based on skill level. One of our most popular classes, this stimulating class teaches classical tap dancing techniques and fast-paced rhythms. We teach tap terminology as student practice to music ranging from show tunes to fun, modern beats. We direct our younger students to take combination class.

LYRICAL

Lyrical dance is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, jazz, and ballet. Lyrical dance is often referred to as contemporary dance. Lyrical dance uses dramatic motion to interpret music and express emotion.

ATTIRE: Girls and boys may wear their clothing from ballet and tap. Girls and boys will wear lyrical sandals   Hair will be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn. Blue jeans are not allowed!

Levels 4 and 5 are a 45 minute class offered to students with dance experience. Footnotes also offers Beginning and Intermediate levels of lyrical classes which are 30 minutes long.


Boys Classes

BOYS Jazz/Hip Hop

 

Footnotes sometimes offers a specifically Jazz/Hip Hop for male students. This is a high energy class for boys only.  However, boys are welcome to register in any of our regular classes.   Below are some recommended classes for your male dancer.  Boys often  enjoy Tap and Jazz/Hip Hop classes.  Very young boys also enjoy the fast pace of our Baby Ballet  and beginning level combo classes. 

DRESS CODE: Black pants or shorts, white t-shirt, and black jazz shoes. NO JEANS!

Jazz/Hip Hop

 

Jazz/Hip Hop classes are offered separately from the combination classes, but usually preceded by a ballet & tap class. Students will stretch and learn jazz and hip hop technique. Ballet helps strengthen muscles and align the body while tap introduces the mathematics of musicality and rhythm. For this reason dancers are strongly encouraged to take ballet and tap in addition to jazz/hip hop. A solid knowledge in all forms of movement will make a dancer stronger.

These classes feature a concentration in jazz technique. Through proper warm up, effective stretching, body isolation and floor work incorporating center floor and across the floor combination, each level builds on the previous one and leads to greater understand and proper execution of the many styles of jazz dance. Jazz is a style of dance that is structured in technique while taking many shapes and forms. It can be performed to a vast variety of music styles from Broadway to pop. Hip Hop is an upbeat style of dance performed to popular music. Although  Hip Hops roots came from urban street dancing, it has become increasingly popular in the entertainment world. Hip Hop takes many forms and is continually changing.

Students will be placed in either the beginning,  intermediate  or advanced jazz/hip hop class based on their previous experience and level of ability shown in class. Beginning dancers, age 7 to 9 take a 30 minute class. Intermediate and Advanced classes for ages 9 to 18 are 45 minutes.

ATTIRE: Girls and boys may wear their clothing from ballet and tap or change into black jazz pants. Girls will wear tan leather ballet shoes, tan jazz shoes or tan jazz sneakers.  Boys may wear tan leather ballet shoes, tan jazz shoes or tan jazz sneakers. Hair will be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn. Blue jeans are not allowed!

Junior Jazz/Hip Hop

Junior Jazz/Hip Hop is a 30 minute class fro student 4 to 5 years old. This class combines the upbeat dancing style of hip hop with the technique of jazz.  This is an excellent class for high energy dancers. All music selections and dance moves are age appropriate.

ATTIRE: Girls and boys may wear their clothing from ballet and tap or change into black jazz pants. Girls will wear tan leather ballet shoes, tan jazz shoes or tan jazz sneakers.  Boys may wear tan leather ballet shoes, tan jazz shoes or tan jazz sneakers. Hair will be pulled back off the face and no loose jewelry will be worn. Blue jeans are not allowed!


Musical Theater

Musical Theater is a fun energetic class that combines jazz technique with other varieties of create a "Broadway" style of dance. This class combines dancing, and acting and is open to students ages 8 to 18.   Musical Theater will be a combination of original and sometimes zany choreography; often combining ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance.  Music of all genres will be used and interpreted providing a truly theatrical experience.  Be ready to have some fun!  This class is a great workshop for students wishing to develop their musical theatre skills for fun and self expression. 

Musical Theater is a 60 minute class.

ATTIRE: Girls will wear any color leotard and tights or black jazz pants and black jazz shoes or dance sneakers. Boys will wear any color shirt, black shorts or dance pants and black jazz shoes or dance sneakers. Hair will be pulled back, away from the face and no loose jewelry will be worn.  Blue jeans are not allowed!

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Cheer

Cheer is open to students 6 to 12 years old. This cheer class will be a basic cheer emphasizing on fundamentals and skills associated with cheerleading and cheer dance. Cheer dance is a vigorous form of modern day cheerleading which incorporates dance movements and develops discipline, body posture and stamina. Dancers will learn arm positions, jumps, voice, cheers, chants, cheer dance and will develop skills in cheer and chant choreography. Emphasis is placed on the class performing sharp, precise movements to strong, energetic music. It will be fun, interactive and very peppy!!!  Dancers will learn fun cheers and age appropriate cheerleading style dance routines to upbeat "tween-type" music.

DRESS CODE: Students should wear a leotard or fitted tee shirt, shorts or dance pants, socks and white sneakers.  Pajama pants, tights, jeans or any other form of street clothes are not allowed.  Hair should be in a secure ponytail or bun.

Performance Teams

The Footnotes Dance Teams are performance groups who integrate jazz and hip-hop moves. The dance teams perform at LCSC basketball games, local parades and other community events such as the tree lighting at Locomotive Park. Performances vary in number and length from year to year. There are four performance teams based on their ages and abilities. These are NOT competition teams.

Mini Dance Team

The Mini Dance Team is for ages 6 through 8 years old. Admission to this team is by teacher recommendation. There is no audition.

Youth Dance Team

The Youth Dance Team is geared for students 12 years old and younger. Admission to this team is by audition only.

Junior Dance Team

The Junior Dance team is for dancers 15 years old and younger but with a higher dance skill level than the Youth team. Admission to this team is by audition only.

Senior Dance Team 

Senior Dance Team is for dancers 18 years old and younger with a strong dance background. Admission to this team is by recommenation only.


Adults Only Class


Adult Tap

 

The adult program at Footnotes offers a adult Tap class.  The classes are available for students ages 18 & older and catered to adult learning.  It’s a fun and exciting way to exercise and learn how to dance.  Adult dancers may dance at the recital but that is not a requirement. 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT:  Parents of currently registered students receive a 50% discount off tuition for all adult classes. 


Fitness Classes

 Footnotes offers a variety of fitness classes for every ability. Parents of registered dance students can attend all fitness classes without charge. I complete listing and schedule is available on the fitness page.

Wedding Dances 

Custom choreography for special wedding songs is a fun way to "Rock Your Reception." Whether it's a slow waltz or a special dance for the entire wedding party, your wedding can become a memorable event for everyone. 

Prices are: $25 choreography fee for each song, and $25 per 45 minute lesson (a minimum of 4 lessons are required). More lessons may be necessary depending on the size of the group involved.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for special events such as Distinguished Young Woman of the Year. Lessons may be requested in any style offered by Footnotes. 

Prices are: $25 choreography fee for each song, and $25 per 45 minute lesson (a minimum of 4 lessons are required). Music can be cut and edited for a charge of $10, this includes 2 copies of the music on CD. Additional lessons may be added if necessary.