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FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Baby Ballet: 30 min. 2-3 yrs
Develops basic coordination and dance vocabulary. (Child must be potty trained)
Pre-Ballet/Tap: 45 min. 4-6 yrs
An introductory class to the basics of both ballet and tap.
Dance/Gym Combo: 45 min. 4-6 yrs
A 20-minute creative movement class followed by a 20-minute gymnastics class.

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BALLET

A highly technical and artistic dance form using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures, characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements. Ballet is the foundational form from which all other dance styles have developed. It requires strong technique, athleticism, and grace.

Junior Ballet: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A beginner-level class for those new to ballet or those working on improving their technique.
Pre-Apprentice Ballet: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner/intermediate-level class for those who have taken ballet before and are working on perfecting their technique. Pre-requisite: Junior Ballet or equivalent
Apprentice Ballet: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate-level class for those ready to start adding more complex movements. Pre-requisite: Pre-Apprentice Ballet or equivalent.
Senior Ballet: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs
An advanced class for students with strong technique. Pre-requisite: director's discretion.
Pre-Pointe: 1 hr. 10-18 yrs
Pre-requisite: must be taking either apprentice ballet or senior ballet.
Progressing Dance Technique: 1 hr. 9-18 yrs
A conditioning class that will help students advance in all dance forms by training muscle memory. Focus is on core stability, weight placement, and alignment. A wonderful form of cross training. Taught by an internationally certified instructor.

Adult Ballet: 1 hr. Adult
This class is for adults to learn and work on their ballet skills. This is a drop-in class and you must pre-enroll online.

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TAP

Invented by William Henry Lane, tap is a style of dance characterized by using metal taps on the heels and toes of tap shoes to strike the floor, creating rhythms.

Junior Tap: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A serious beginner-level class for those new to tap or those working on improving their technique.
Pre- Apprentice Tap: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner to intermediate level class that focuses on the basics, but moves at a quicker pace. Pre-requisite: Junior Tap or equivalent.
Apprentice Tap: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate level class that focuses on improving technique. Pre-requisite: Pre-Apprentice Tap or equivalent.
Senior Tap: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs
An advanced class for students with strong technique. This class introduces complex steps and rhythms. Pre-requisite: Apprentice Tap or equivalent.

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JAZZ

This style originated from African American social dancing during the 1920's. It is characterized by isolations, grounded movement, syncopation, contractions, and a dash of spiciness.

Junior Jazz: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A serious beginner-level class for those new to jazz or those working on improving their technique.
Pre-Apprentice Jazz: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner to intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: Junior Jazz or equivalent.
Apprentice Jazz: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: junior jazz or equivalent.
Senior Jazz: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs.
An advanced class for students with strong technique. Pre-requisite: director’s discretion.

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CONTEMPORARY

An expressive style of dance that abandons the rigid, centered aspect of classical forms, and utilizes unconventional movements from styles around the world. It incorporates elements of ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop. Characterized by emphasizing movement, contrasting rhythms, the use of breath, and floor work.

Junior Contemporary: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A serious beginner-level class for those new to contemporary or those working on improving their technique.
Pre- Apprentice Contemporary: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner to intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: Junior Contemporary or equivalent.
Apprentice Contemporary: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: junior contemporary or equivalent.
Senior Contemporary: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs
An advanced class for students with strong technique. Pre-requisite: director’s discretion.

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ACRO

A combination of classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Characterized by athleticism and choreography that seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics.

Junior Acro: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A serious beginner-level class for those new to acro or those working on improving their technique.
Pre-Apprentice Acro: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner to intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: Junior Acro or equivalent.
Apprentice Acro: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: junior acro or equivalent.
Senior Acro: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs
An advanced class for students with strong technique. Pre-requisite: director’s discretion.

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HIP HOP

This style of dance was developed alongside hip hop music, and without a formal structure. It is characterized by isolations, popping, locking, breaking, and freestyle. It is constantly evolving and deeply entwined with the hip hop culture.

Junior Hip Hop: 1 hr. 7-9 yrs
A serious beginner-level class for those new to hip hop or those working on improving their technique.
Pre-Apprentice Hip Hop: 1 hr. 8-10 yrs
A beginner to intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: Junior Hip Hop or equivalent.
Apprentice Hip Hop: 1 hr. 9-14 yrs
An intermediate-level class. Pre-requisite: junior hip hop or equivalent.
Senior Hip Hop: 1 hr. 11-18 yrs
An advanced class for students with strong rhythm and isolations. Pre-requisite: apprentice hip hop or equivalent.

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THEATER

Musical Theater: 1 hr. 8-16 yrs
Story-focused and character-driven movement while singing and acting. Choreography is often exaggerated and quirky. This class is for the triple-threat (students that can sing, dance, and act).
Acting: 1 hr. 8-18 yrs
An expressive art form of telling a story by enacting a character via movement, gesture, and intonation. Introduces students to basic acting techniques including improv, mime, movement, scene study, cold reading, and character development.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

On Center Performing Arts offers private lessons in any style and any level of dance, acting, and singing. Private lessons are perfect for students wanting one on one time with a skilled instructor to perfect technique, improve specific moves, and have a solo uniquely created for them which they will perform at OCPA’s annual recital.

Private lessons are either half an hour per week or 1 hour per week depending on one’s needs. They are scheduled according to instructor and student availability. Please email Lindsey@mismogymnastics.com to set up your private lesson.