Class Descriptions

 At the American Theater Dance Workshop, we provide classes in a wide variety of genres for all ages and levels. Our mission is to build a strong foundation and to help guide our students to become a complete dance. That is driving force behind our offerings and our philosophy here at ATDW. Our illustrious artistic faculty is comprised of professional dancers, directors and choreographers from some of the greatest companies in the world, with years of performing and teaching experience. Our staff provides training to our students with strong technique and artistry. Students do NOT teach classes.

Ballet Classes – Ages 3 through Adult
Each student must have a strong background in ballet in order to succeed in any form of dance. That’s why our distinguished ballet department is the backbone of our school.
We offer: 

Creative Dance (3-4 year olds): We provide a fun and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore the joy of movement. Parent is required to stay onsite.

Pre Ballet Plus (5 & 6-year olds): Children are introduced to the fundamentals of ballet along with an introduction to theater dance and tap. They will develop an excellent foundation for future dance training as well as a love for movement and music.

Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance. In order to have proper technique for all dance disciplines, it is most important to study ballet. Our Ballet technique classes come in wide variety of levels, starting with Beginner, moving to Intermediate, moving to Junior, and finally moving to Senior. For teens and tweens who are new to Ballet or have not studied Ballet since they were quite young, our Ballet for Broadway program is perfect for you!

Adult Ballet is offered every morning for intermediate to advanced level students by our professional faculty led by Ballet luminaries including: Ali Pourfarrokh, Fleur Israel, Leslie Browne and Katherine Healy as well as other top Guest Artists from NYC. These are drop-in classes, so there’s no need to formally enroll or commit to coming every week, making these classes perfect for anyone with a busy schedule! Check out our Adult Class page for a complete list of our Adult classes!

In addition to our Ballet Technique classes, we also offer a range of supplementary Ballet classes like Intermediate and Advanced Variations or Contemporary Ballet.

In our Variations classes, the studio becomes a stage, as students learn excerpts from Classical and Contemporary Ballets.

Contemporary Ballet is a genre of dance that incorporates elements of classical ballet and modern dance. Our Contemporary Ballet class will focus on choreography as well as specific technique and floorwork used in Contemporary Ballet

 

Musical Theater, Theater Dance, Tap Dance & Lyrical/Contemporary Jazz

Fulfill your dreams of becoming a Broadway dancer with musical theater, theater dance and tap dance classes. These dance classes are specially designed for those wanting to improve their dance technique or become a professional dancer.

Broadway Theater Dance
Based on the Broadway era from the 1920s to the present, our theater dance classes are sure to capture the heart of anyone interested in the performing arts. In this course, students learn strong technique in jazz fundamentals as well as choreography derived from various Broadway styles. Teachers lead students through a center warm up including stretches, isolations, and core strengthening. This is followed by across the floor technique and choreography. Theater Dance has standard levels that can be seen on our schedule.

For teens who are new to dance or are interested in gaining dance skills for performing in Musical Theater, our Teen Theater Dance class is perfect for you. Just like our other Theater Dance classes, Teen Theater Dance focuses on the styles of the Broadway Theater. The teacher will lead the students through a center warm up including stretches and core strengthening. This is followed by across the floor technique, and choreography.

Musical Theater
In this performance-based class, students work vocally with a Musical Director on songs from Broadway Musicals which are then staged and choreographed. A dance technique class is required in order to take Musical Theater (ex. Ballet for Broadway or Theater Dance). Musical Theater is open to Theater Dance levels 3 and up.

Tap Dance
During this course, we explore Broadway tap and other techniques. These various techniques are dependent upon the particular teacher and the teacher’s style. Similar to the Broadway theater dance course, the style of this class is based upon Broadway theater from the 1920s to the present. Students learn strong technique in jazz fundamentals and Broadway choreography.
Similar to our Teen Theater Dance class, we also offer a Teen Tap class outside of our standard tap levels. This class focuses on technique as well as choreography in the style of Broadway Tap.

Lyrical/Contemporary Jazz
Lyrical/Contemporary Jazz is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. It is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements. Lyrical dancers usually perform to music with lyrics...the lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for movements and expressions.
Contact us today to partake in musical theater, theater dance, tap, and lyrical/contemporary jazz dance classes.

Special Classes
In addition to our Ballet and Jazz-based classes, we also offer Hip-Hop and Stretch and Strengthen classes!

Our brand-new Stretch and Strengthen class combines elements from yoga and pilates to holistically help students to improve flexibility and increase muscular strength. Additionally, the teacher will help students connect how the exercises offered in this class will allow them to achieve greater success in their dance classes. Specifically, the class will help students to strengthen their abdominal, back, arm and turnout muscles; and increase the flexibility of their hamstrings, hip flexors, quadriceps, back, feet, and turnout muscles. This is a drop-in class, so there’s no need to formally enroll or commit to coming every week, making these classes perfect for anyone with a busy schedule!

Hip Hop is a fun energetic class where you learn a commercial dance style to popular music! We will be working on different hip hop styles and grooves, as well as learning new and challenging choreography. This class will give dancers a chance to expand their horizons and break out of their comfort zone, but most of all it will be super fun!

If you are not sure what level would be the best place for your dancer, please contact the office at 516-248-6420 or americantheaterdance@gmail.com or drop into the studio in New Hyde Park, New York and we would be happy to assist you.

 

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American Theater Dance Workshop

999 Herricks Road,

New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Phone. 516-248-6420

Email. info@americantheaterdance.com