Steps Ahead...Dancer Preparation Program (DPP)

danceyourdreamimageBoys & Girls
Ages 8-Adult

The Steps Ahead program or Dancer Preparation Program (DPP) inspires and challenges dancers who want to reach their full potential. Eager dancers are offered an array of intensive training and performing opportunities through DMDC’s in-house faculty and industry professionals. Through auditions, class evaluations, and the goals of the individual, a personal dance curriculum is carefully designed for each dancer. Emerging young artists study 3-5 days a week and are also invited to audition for our resident dance companies and participate in other enrichment opportunities. Dancers considering dance in college or at a professional level are encouraged to immerse themselves in this program.

CLASS OFFERINGS
BALLET
Ages 7-Adult

1hr, 1.25hr or 1.5 hr

Class consists of barre, work, port de bras, center technique, and combinations. Classical Ballet, The foundation of all dance forms, helps build through its discipline a graceful, healthy body with good posture and poise. After sufficient study of Ballet, a student may advance to Pointe work.
TAP
Ages 7-Adult

  45 min

The most rhythmic of all dance forms. Basic steps and rhythms combined with choreography provide the essentials necessary for complete enjoyment of tap.
JAZZ
Ages 8-Adult

 1hr, 1.25hr

America’s gift to the world of dance! Jazz has borrowed from all other forms of dance to develop a style and technique all its own. Classical, Rock, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Contemporary are but a few. In Jazz class, students will learn Jazz technique through isolations, floor stretches, leaps, turns, and combinations set to popular music. Jazz students are encouraged to take Ballet.
HIP HOP/MUSICAL VIDEO JAZZ
Ages 7-Adult

  1hr

The 20th century’s most recent expression of American Dance. Students learn the latest moves of Hip Hop, Street Funk, Breakdance, and Music Video Jazz.
LYRICAL
Ages 8-Adult

1hr, 1.25hr

Portaying emotion through dance… This flowing and expressive movement uses ballet and jazz as its technical base.
MODERN
Teen-Adult

1-2hrs

Using a strong technical dance base, this unique style creates a “language” with the body’s use of free, organic movements.
CONTEMPORARY
Teen-Adult

1.25hr

A powerful fusion of ballet, modern, and jazz with movement ranging from lyrical to staccato.
MUSICAL THEATER
Junior-Adult

45 min-1hr

Theatrical dance with music and characterization from Broadway musicalsand showtunes.
REPERTORY
Ages 7-Adult

 45 min

Repertory classes in Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior levels are offered in different genres. These classes are solely for the purpose of building and rehearsing choreography and must be accompanied by a technique class of the same genre and placed by audition.
LEAPS & TURNS
Ages 7-Adult

30 min or 45 min

Classes focus on building technique and strength to increase the level of skill in these areas. Recommended for all company and motivated dancers.
ACRO
Ages 7-Adult

45 min or 1hr

Students will work to increase their technical ability, strength and stamina to perform appropriate leveled tumbling skills and passes.

DMDC takes special care in the placement of students. Each student will be placed in appropriate class levels according to age and ability and evaluated periodically throughout the season. Accelerated classes for qualified students are placed by invitation or audition. Students may audit classes of a more advanced level as a non-performing member of the class, at the discretion of the Director.

 

CONTACT US:

649 Lawrence Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 446-1450
Email: dmdc.office@gmail.com

CREDITS:

Photo credits to Maureen Lamoureux , Kevin Harkins Photography, and Robin Sullivan .

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