Maxine Patterson School of Dance
A stylized, formal type of performance dancing, Ballet aims to create graceful patterns and involves rigorous training. It is the fundamental technique for all classes. Dancers at Maxine Patterson School of Dance are strongly encouraged to take Ballet with other techniques.
Pointe is an extension of ballet. It requires solid, consistent, and current ballet training coupled with strength in the legs and the core of the dancer's body. A dancer must have at least 3 years of ballet training several days a week to do Pointe.
Movements of tap are concentrated in your feet and ankles. Wearing shoes with metal taps, you tap out the rhythm of the music you are dancing to. Arms, head and hands are important but complementary to the actions of the feet.
Style is angular and disjointed. It employs hip isolations, shoulder shrugs and head rolls. Dance movements are technical and full-bodied; the use of flexibility is implemented in high kicks and large leaps. Students will learn this technique and will develop proper ways of emotionally expressing themselves through dance. Funk, Theatrical, Lyrical, Liturgical and African styles of dance can all be found in Jazz classes. Jazz students must study ballet as well.
Concentrates with expressing a dancer's emotions. This style of dance uses technical elements of ballet, jazz and modern. Dancers of Maxine Patterson of School must be attending ballet in order to enroll in this class.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Students must be enrolled in ballet class in order to enroll in a contemporary class.
A form of street dance, the newest trend in jazz dance. Classes emphasize co-ordination, creativity and rhythm in an atmosphere of "moving to the beat". Ages 6 and older may enroll in this class.
Acrobatics uses strength and flexibility to perform gymnastic-based tricks, It teaches flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Registration and Tuition Fees
A registration fee of $25 per student is required at the time of registration. This fee is paid annually and is non-refundable.
All tuition for dance classes is based on an annual rate over 9 months. There are no refunds for missed classes or holidays. Missed classes may be made up with your instructor's permission. For your convenience, annual charges may be paid in full with a 5% discount or over a 9 month period in 9 equal monthly payments. Monthly payments are due the first lesson of each month, and no later than the 10th. A late fee of $25.00 will be charged for tuition paid after the 10th. Any returned checks will incur a $25 fee, and no more checks will be accepted.
45 min-1 hr/week
1 1/4- 1 1/2 hrs/week
1 3/4 - 2 1/2 hrs/week
2 3/4 - 4 hrs/week
4 1/4 - 5 hrs/week
Over 5 hrs/week