Dance Haven Medford MA Center For Dance Education
The Dance Haven, Inc.        379 Salem Street        Medford, MA 02155        781-391-0677
Welcome To The Dance Haven’s Class Descriptions Page.  All classes are graded by age and ability.  Each class is designed to teach techniques in a positive way to allow the learning process to be fun, yet fulfilling through constructive teaching methods.  Not sure, which class is the right one?  Contact us and we will help you make the decision that will allow for an exciting and rewarding dance class.

Pre-Teen -Teen Continued

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet
- Ages 11-18 This class is for students who demonstrate beginner knowledge of the basic elements of ballet who have had some previous ballet training, and have a basic understanding of classical ballet vocabulary. Class will include barre and centre floor exercises, with combinations moving across the floor. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, and development of whole body movement and musicality.

Intermediate Ballet - Ages 11-18 - Students who demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the elements of ballet. This class expands further into ballet terminology and steps in a progression from barre to center work that builds an understanding of rudimentary ballet technique.  The intermediate class emphasis on developing technical strength and movement quality.  Students must have prior ballet training in beginner/intermediate classes to attend this class.   Ballet students will gain the benefits of poise, grace, proper posture, and self-assurance, along with a solid foundation for all forms of dance.

Advanced Ballet - Ages 13-18 - Students who demonstrate a good foundation knowledge of all elements of classical ballet terminology and technique.   Advanced students required to have completed beginner and intermediate levels and are recommended to take additional ballet classes at no additional cost.  This class consist of a structured ballet barre', adagio, petite and grande allegro.  Center work focuses on coordination, musicality, and performance quality.  Ballet students will gain the benefits of poise, grace, proper posture, and self-assurance, along with a solid foundation for all forms of dance.

Pointe Ages 13 -18- For students who demonstrate technical proficiency and knowledge of elements learned in ballet. Students are further introduced to more advanced combinations and exercises designed to improve accuracy, speed and the ability to link movements taught in class to performance choreography. Pointe is introduced to girls who show adequate strength and accurate technique.  Each student is carefully evaluated before starting study on Pointe. Sufficient understanding of correct placement and alignment must be demonstrated before Pointe instruction begins thus decreasing the possible risk of injury.  Students must have had five consecutive years of ballet and teacher approval before taking this class.  Students also need to be enrolled in an additional Ballet class twice a week.  It is recommended that students get a bone scan  from a doctor before approaching pointe class. This class is available by Teacher Recommendation only.  One number will be performed in the annual recital. Click Here for our Pointe Policy!

Intermediate Teen Lyrical Ages 13-18 - A hybrid of ballet, jazz and modern dance, Lyrical is one of the most popular styles of dance for young women, in particular. It is more emotive than jazz, less codified than ballet and pulls movement vocabulary from modern dance. Lyrical incorporates a musical flow of rhythms and disciplinary dance technique.  Students will learn combinations that are set to slower pop songs and ballads. Students are required to take ballet class to enroll.The class focuses on strength and flexibility techniques in center and across the floor combinations.  Students will perform one number in the annual recital.

Tap Intermediate  - Ages 13-18 – This tap class will incorporate a variation of more difficult tap technique and rhythms through barre and center floor exercises.  Students will learn more terminology and challanging combinations at an intermediate level. Students should have have at least 5-7 years tap experience to be in this class and have taken a Beginner/Intermediate class prior. Students will in our annual recital.

Beginner/Intermediate Jazz - Ages 12-18 -This popular dance class combines technique formed in balled with popular modern dance.  Students will learn different styles and rhythms of jazz. This class will focus on body awareness, isolations, contractions and core movements.  Ballet is required to take this class and students will perform in our annual recital.

NEW Technique Flex Training 11-18 - This class is for dancers enrolled in classes at The Dance Haven. This class will combine , strength, and flexibility training as well as customized dance technique traiinig.  This class is designed to personal train dancers in a group setting.  Students enrolled are welcome to join this class twice a week for an additional $10 a month tuition fee.

" Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; IT IS LIFE ITSELF. " ~Havelock Ellis

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