Our Philosophy and Classes
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Silhouette Dance Studio is a friendly dance school, where movement to music is taught as an expression of self-esteem and discipline, along with the encouragement of new experiences. Miss Sandy Osgood (the owner and a Dance Educator of America-certified teacher) established Silhouette in 1992. For the past 25 years, she and her staff have enjoyed creating fun and exciting ways to learn dance technique. We love watching our dancers grow each year, and we are always happy to welcome new faces into our dancing family. We strive to teach dance technique in a fun, friendly, stress-free atmosphere. We enjoy getting to know our students and their families, and offer professional instruction in a non-competitive atmosphere. We strongly believe in using age appropriate music and costumes. Each year, we learn from our students and hope they feel comfortable learning from us. We want, and hope, that everyone's experience at Silhouette is enjoyable. We strive to be a place where children will build self esteem, friendships and a dance education that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Our curriculum encompasses all aspects of the art of dance. Music, language and art are all interjected into our lessons, as we believe this allows our students to become well rounded dancers. The following are the classes offered at Silhouette:
Kinder Combos:These hour-long classes are given once a week and consist of ballet and tap. They are especially designed for younger children ages 2 1/2 through 8. They prepare kids for future hour-long disciplines. The following are our Kinder Combo offerings:
KI: These are the classes designed for children 2 1/2 to 3. They run for 45 minutes, unless the group seems to be able to last an hour. Our youngest students, they learn to function in a group, coordination and real dance steps. KI classes do perform in our annual recital; usually a tap dance.
KII: These hour-long classes are for children between the ages of 3 and 4. It's a second level class, which means most students know the routine because they have been with us for a year. However, new students always adapt well to the routine of our classes. KII students are treated like little dancers, and they learn more complicated ballet and tap steps. They also perform one number in the annual show.
KIII: These hour-long classes are geared toward children between the ages of 4 and 5. More technical instruction in ballet and tap are taught. They also perform one dance in the recital.
KIV: These hour-long classes are for children ages 5 and 6. An extension of KIII, the students are taught even more intricate steps. KIV students perform one number in the show.
KV: These classes are an hour long, and consist of ballet, tap, and jazz/hip-hop. The class is designed as a sampler for students, typically between the ages of 6 and 8. The KV year is geared toward introducing the various disciplines to children, so that they may choose their favorite to study the following year.
Dance Disciplines: For older students, or for those who have completed all five levels of our Kinder Combo classes, we offer hour-long sessions in a variety of disciplines. These classes are offered to students ages 9 through adult. Typically, everyone is placed placed according to age and experience.
Ballet:Ballet, the basis of all dance is taught at three levels. Theses classes concentrate on correct body position, feet movement and discipline. This graceful form of dance is outlined by Italian and Russian technique expressed through a curriculum developed by ballet masters such as Karen Hebert and Robert Christopher.
Pre-Pointe:This class prepares dancers who are the correct age and have enough experience to go on pointe. During the year exercises that will be done on pointe will be taught and tests on terminology will be given. All of this will assure a safe first year of pointe the following season. This can only be taken if recommended by the teacher.
Pointe:An advanced ballet technique class in which students dance on their toes. Pointe is only available to students with certain ballet experience.
Modern:Based on a movement technique developed by Martha Graham, this class is designed to improve and strengthen the students' dance ability, as well as to allow them to experience new choreography. Previous dance experience is not necessary, as levels are offered from beginner to advanced.
Jazz: Everyday music is used in this class to get everyone moving. Technical jazz moves of Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett and Charles Kelley are taught and built upon.
Tap:This is a technique with a long history, and has become an interest of many teens and adults. It is taught in a fashion that draws from some ballet and jazz, but can be taken alone. All levels are exciting and entertaining.
Hip Hop: This is the newest mix of jazz technique and street dance. We teach it as jazz with an urban twist. It is danced to popular music. Classes consist of a warm up, center floor, traveling, and combinations. Our hip hop is always age appropriate and does not contain suggestive movements. This high energy class is great fun and a terrific form of exercise.
To keep order and discipline, a dress code has been found effective by many dance teachers. It is also a mandatory rule for professional dance companies and ballet schools. A dress code helps the class to stay focused, as many colors can become a distraction for the teacher and the students. In no way is this meant to suppress individuality, but it is designed to promote learning, discipline and teamwork. Each student should be able to see and show themselves as an individual, and as part of a team. To support individuality the dress code will be suspended the last class of every month. On this day, students can wear whatever type of dancewear they want, or they can stay with the dress code. We ask thatstudents do not wear T-shirts and sweatpants to class, because it prevents the teacher from seeing the upper body and hips, which assures correct execution of each step. All hair must be pulled away, in a ponytail or bun, from the dancer's face. Tight must also be worn to every class.
Holiday Viewings/Summer Classes:
Every year, we allow parents, friends and families to sit in on their student's classes. Guests are invited to watch the class warm-up, rehearse, and perform a routine. This allows parents to see how the dancers are progressing. In addition, every summer we offer summer classes in the months of July and August. These classes are offered for current students and new ones looking for a chance to try-out our studio. Silhouette dancers are presented with a summer schedule toward the end of year.