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Ballet Technique is the foundation of all Dance and is necessary for the development of the dancer. The syllabus of Wexford Dance Academy is truly American in its eclectic nature, taking the best of the Russian, French, Italian, and Royal Academy of Dance systems.
Pointedevelops the fullest extension of lines for the female dancer and utilizes the dancers strong foundation to further enhance their ballet technique.
Jazz is America’s true folk dance and it helps the dancer to further their flexibility and technique. Jazz dance, with its many styles, allows the dancer to broaden their abilities.
Creative Movementenables small children to develop a l
ove of dance by introducing them to rhythm and music. Children will be exposed to such classics as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, as they learn the foundations of dance. The structured classes offer a positive atmosphere where imaginations are nurtured, learning is enjoyable, and confidence grows.
Parents are welcome to observe. For most children this is their first dance class. Their teacher, co-owner Beth Robertshaw, has 18 years of experience and specializes in facilitating creative movement classes and has the unique ability to give each child what they need. It is her passion to watch her newest students begin to demonstrate the building blocks of ballet as they obtain the confidence needed to excel both in and out of the dance studio.
Contemporary Dance developed during the mid twentieth century with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Originally informed by borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles and is closely related to modern dance and ballet.
Character Dance is the stylized representation of traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theater. We are pleased to have our character taught by a master from Bulgaria.
Tap focuses on the connection between rhythm and the dancer, while encouraging a focus on each Tap technique.
We are often asked “When can a dancer start pointe work?”.
Wexford Dance Academy follows the accepted methods of traditional ballet programs and professional dance training schools throughout the world. We adhere to the medical recommendations outlined by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. These Dance and Medical professionals all agree that the earliest a dancer should begin pointe work is age twelve. This recommendation assumes that the dancer has received appropriate training in preparation for pointe work, has sufficient strength in her trunk, legs, and feet, and adequate motion and flexibility. If a dancer begins pointe work too early, the risks include: bone and joint damage, the inability to properly execute the required movements, improper stresses on the developing body, and poor ballet technique.