When do classes begin?

Classes begin the second week of September and run through June. Our schedule will, for the most part, stay the same. We often will add additional classes as we need them.

How do I register?

You can register in person or by calling 262-728-3017 and speaking to one of our staff members. We strongly encourage you to try a complimentary class prior to registering. This ensures that the child truly understands what class they are registering to take. For example, there is a difference between Modern Dance and Hip Hop. You can also register online by clicking here.

Where do I find dance shoes for my child? Do you sell them at your studio?

Our boutique, Banana Dance Wear, carries a full line of dance shoes, tights, leotards, and coverups. We have over 400 pair of shoes and can special order practically anything you need.

My son has expressed an interest to dance. Do boys dance at The Dance Factory?

Boys dance at The Dance Factory!Yes they do! We offer boys hip hop classes as well as ballet and tap. Many boys find that ballet helps with the foot and leg coordination. As a result, we have worked with several soccer coaches to assist in the training of their athletes.

We had the star football quarterback of our local high school team in our school for 7 years before he graduated! He still believes that ballet gave him the agility he needed to be so competitive for his size.

How do I know my child is progressing well in class?

We encourage you to attend our parent watch weeks. At this time you are able to view your child’s class in progress. The instructor is available to answer questions and demonstrate correct movement, so you can actually see your child learning.

Your child should leave class with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Encourage your child to show you what they have done in their lesson. Younger children should be encouraged to “play dance” at home. Put music on and watch as your child moves. He or she will begin to have more and more control over their movements.

Do you have a dance team that partakes in competitions?

We have competition groups. These are students that have performed in the previous year’s recital and have expressed an interest to compete. We re-work the piece to accommodate the interested students.

Have a question not answered above? We want to hear from you!

Call us at 262-728-3017 or fill out our contact form so that we can provide you with the answers you need. We look forward to hearing from you!

Checkout other terms and information at these following suggested links:

DANCE SPIRIT MAGAZINE
DANCE MAGAZINE
POINTE MAGAZINE

The Basis of Ballet Terms

As a general rule, the majority of ballet terminology finds its roots in French. The impressively flowery names of particular dance steps can seem intimidating, however once you spend a bit of time becoming acquainted with them, you will find they are easier to learn than it seems!

Beyond the basic French vocabulary, many ballerinas have slang terms or nicknames for various steps, which you may pick up through your time spent in the studio. These can also be helpful toward strengthening your dance knowledge. Below are a few popular steps to memorize, complete with pronunciations to assist you in sounding like a seasoned pro.

Arabesque (air-uh-besk)

One of the most common and basic ballet stances, an arabesque is simply the body balanced with one leg extended behind and to the right. In profile, this should exhibit perfect lines, and the arms vary upon the position of the grounded foot and the specific choreography. Shoulders are aligned in the direction the body is facing, and the arabesque is featured not only in a standing position, but in jumps and spins as well.

Battement (baht-MAHN)

The term comes from the word “beating,” as in a beating movement of the leg. Both grands battements and petits battements can be executed, the former coming much higher into the air than the latter. These can be stretched or bent, put in combination with other steps. It is commonly found in basic ballet exercises, used for strength training, however it is often also found in performances.

3 Reasons Dancers Should Stretch

Three ways stretching can help you:
1. Stretching improves flexibility.
2. Stretching reduces risk of injury.
3. Stretching reduces soreness.

Lets look at these ideas more deeply.

1. More flexibility. A few dancers are “noodles.” They can twist themselves into pretzels. They don’t need more flexibility. Most of us are not like that. Most of us need to stretch to get the freedom of good turnout. We need to stretch to get the soaring arabesques and the effortless extensions that are so beautiful.

2. Fewer injuries. Have you ever kicked your leg up with too much force and pulled your hamstring muscle? Or maybe you fell and pulled something. Dancers who are flexible are less likely to get these types of injuries because their muscles can handle the unexpected stretch.

3. Less sore. When you work a muscle hard or in a new way, it will often be sore for a couple of days. For example, it you lift your leg to the front and hold it until it trembles, your thigh muscles (quadraceps) are probably going to be sore. If you stretch them out right away, you increase the flow of blood to the overworked muscle and it will not be as sore.

Stretch gently. Stretch safely. But stretch!

**ADULT BALLET**
Have you always dreamed of taking ballet classes but now feel like it’s too late? Do you feel like you are too old to get into a leotard and ballet slippers? Although professional ballerinas start at an early age, it’s never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning the fundamental techniques of ballet. Adult ballet classes offer something for every age group, from young adults to seniors. If you have never danced before, a beginners class would be perfect for you. Beginner classes start off at the very first steps of ballet, so there is no reason to be intimidated. If you are a former dancer and want to return to ballet after several years, you will be placed in a class depending on your fitness and skill level.

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