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Classes for 2nd-12th Graders - Jazz/Hip-hop Dance Classes

Jumpstart Dance Ensemble

Jumpstart Dance Program is a training program offered to dancers, grades 2-12, who are interested in competing, performing and training at a moderate level. Jumpstart dancers will compete one dance in one regional dance competition in addition to VPA's Preview Show and June Dance Production. Jumpstart dancers who train year-round in all recommended classes may be invited to audition for the VPA Dance Company, which offers even more performance opportunities.

If you are interested in joining Jumpstart, please email Carrie at vpa@virtuosoperformingarts.com.

Program Benefits

  • Gain a sense of balance by managing commitments to both dance and academics
  • Participate in a physical activity that enhances the value of a healthy body
  • Develop a sense of confidence — an important benefit for college and/or job interviews
  • Work with mentors who are focused on the students' success inside and outside of the classroom
  • Enjoy friendships that could last a lifetime and a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers and parents
  • Discover the results of hard work and determination
  • Develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts
  • Work towards an invitation to audition for the VPA Dance Company
  • Nourish the soul through dance -- a wonderful form of self-expression!

Eligibility  

Eligible dance students who wish to join Jumpstart will need to be going into 2nd-12th grade by Fall, 2018 and have the following:

  • Invitation from Jumpstart Director

  • Attendance in current classes is in good standing (policies notated in Fall-Spring Class Handbook)

  • Demonstrates proper classroom etiquette in current classes (policies notated in Fall-Spring Class Handbook)

  • Demonstrates proper dress code in current classes (policies notated in Fall-Spring ClassHandbook)

  • Registered in ballet & jazz performance classes (level 2 or higher) as well as a non-performing technique class no later than the end of November. 

Schedule Requirements

Jumpstart dancers must be able to attend all MANDATORY dates listed in the Jumpstart Season Calendar, including Energy Dance Competition the weekend of April 5-7. Energy will not release the competition schedule until one week before the event; therefore we ask that you block out the entire weekend until we receive the schedule.

Jumpstart Dancers are required to take the following classes starting in the Fall. In January, Jumpstart Dancers will also be rehearsing outside of regular classes for 1-2 more dances which will be competed. Rehearsal schedule will be determined based on conflicts submitted by registrants. Conflicts are due by the end of November.

Required for 2nd-3rd graders:
Jumps, Turns & Tech NP*²—Wed. 4:30-5:30 pm
Ballet 2-3*¹—Thurs. 4:30-5:15 pm
Jazz/Hip Hop 2*²ᶟ—Thurs. 5:20-6:05 pm

Also recommended (but not required) for 2nd-3rd Graders:
Tap 1-2 or 2-3*—Thurs. 6:10-6:40 pm
Tumbling NP—Sat. 10:30-11:30 am
Hip Hop 1-2—Sat. 11:35-12:35 pm

Required for 4th-6th graders:
Ballet 1-2 & 2-3*¹—Tues. 5:05-5:50 pm
Jazz/Hip Hop 1-2²& 2*²ᶟ—Tues. 5:55-6:40 pm
Jumps, Turns & Tech NP*²—Wed. 4:30-5:30 pm

Also recommended (but not required) for 4th-6th graders:
Tap 1-2 or 2-3*—Tues. 4:30-5:00 pm
Contemporary 1-2²—Thurs. 7:20-8:20 pm
Musical Theater—Fri. 4:30-5:30 pm
Tumbling NP—Sat. 10:30-11:30 am
Hip Hop 1-2—Sat. 11:35-12:35 pm

Required for 7th-12th graders:
Ballet 2-3*¹—Tues. 6:45-8:00 pm
Jazz/Contemporary 2*²ᶟ—Tues. 8:05-9:05 pm
~and at least one of the following classes...
Ballet Technique NP*—Mon. 5:20-6:35 pm
Ballet Technique NP*—Wed. 5:45-7:00 pm
Ballet Technique NP*—Thurs. 6:45-8:00 pm
Contemporary Tech NP*²—Thurs. 8:05-9:05 pm
Jumps, Turns & Tech NP*²—Sat. 11:35-12:35 pm

Also recommended (but not required) for 7th-12th graders:
Conditioning NP—Mon. 6:40-7:25 pm
Contemporary 1-2²—Thurs. 7:20-8:20 pm
Hip Hop 1-2—Mon. 5:35-6:35 pm
Musical Theater—Fri. 5:30-6:30 pm
Tap 2-3*—Mon. 6:40-7:25 pm
~any of the following additional technique classes in addition to one required...
Ballet Technique NP*—Mon. 5:20-6:35 pm
Ballet TechniqueNP*—Wed. 5:45-7:00 pm
Ballet Technique NP*—Thurs. 6:45-8:00 pm
Contemporary Tech NP*²—Thurs. 7:20-8:20 pm
Jumps, Turns & Tech NP*²—Sat. 11:35-12:35 pm

Key:

NP = Non-Performance Class  

* VPA Recommendation Required

¹ A second weekly technique class at VPA is strongly recommended for students enrolling in Ballet levels 2 and up. Beginning Pointe students are required to register in at least one additional weekly Ballet class at VPA. All Pointe students must study Ballet over the summer at VPA to ensure continuity in training and safety.

² Students enrolling in Jumps, Turns & Tech, Contemporary Tech, Jazz/Hip Hop levels 2 and up, or Jazz/Contemporary levels 2 and up are required to register for at least one weekly Ballet class at VPA. Jazz/Hip Hop 1-2 and Contemporary 1-2 students are strongly encouraged to take Ballet at VPA.

ᶟ Students enrolling in Jazz/Hip Hop levels 2 and up, or Jazz/Contemporary levels 2 and up are strongly encouraged to also register for Jumps, Turns & Tech and/or Contemporary Tech.

 

How to register for Jumpstart after your dancer has been invited...

1) Read the Jumpstart Handbook and Jumpstart Season Calendar. Ask any questions you may have, after reading the handbook and checking the Jumpstart calendar against your family calendar for conflicts.

2) Register for Fall-Spring Classes, if you haven't already. Required classes must be registered for no later than the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

3) Register for Jumpstart starting in October and no later than the end of November. We will remind eligible students via email when registration for Jumpstart commences in October.