Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet

with Joyce DiLauro
My main goal is to encourage my students’ love of dancing. Dancers learn to move to music which increases their listening skills, along with increasing I.Q. Dancers learn self-discipline, co-operation through partner and group dances as well as body awareness, poise, leadership and a lifelong activity for well being.

Dress code: Light pink leotard,(removable ballet skirts may be worn to class) pink tights (or no tights), pink ballet slippers. Hair secured off the face.

Ballet I

with Joyce DiLauro
Students need knowledge and skill to increase their level of creativity. With almost 40 yrs. of teaching experience I teach in a way that allows the student to discover the how and why of a movement. They express themselves through dance making them more attuned to their body and inner self.

Dress code:  Fuschia pink leotard

All girls wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair secured off the face.
All boys wear black tights and a white tee shirt or men’s unitard and white ballet slippers with white socks.

Ballet II-III

with Joyce DiLauro
Movement combinations are added to this level increasing memory, order and sequencing skills. Creating dances increases self-esteem which is necessary for learning to take place. One of the essential ways we learn is through the body (kinesthetic) intelligence.

Ballet II dress code: Seafoam green leotard
Ballet III dress code: Light purple leotard

All girls wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair secured off the face.
All boys wear black tights and a white tee shirt or men’s unitard and white ballet slippers with white socks.

Ballet IV-V

with Suzanne Stack
Ballet training systematically transforms a mere body into an instrument, an instrument that expresses movement with clarity, strength, and musicality. The students in my class accomplish this transformation by building on the excellent foundational training attained in previous levels at Starship. My teaching emphasizes a deepened muscular and skeletal awareness, so that students strengthen their alignment and their turnout from the inside, develop strong and supple feet and legs, as well as expansive and expressive arms. They move with freedom through control.

Ballet IV dress code: Dark purple leotard
Ballet V dress code: Red leotard

All girls wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair secured off the face.
All boys wear black tights and a white tee shirt or men’s unitard and white ballet slippers with white socks.

Ballet IV-V

with Joyce DiLauro
My teaching combines the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression. We are the dance. Our body is our tool for communication. We express ourselves through movement. Dance is a positive non-competitive art form at Starship. Dancers learn self-discipline, co-operation through partnering, body awareness, stress release, poise, leadership, the value of individual differences, problem-solving and a lifelong activity for well being.

All girls wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair secured off the face.
All boys wear black tights and a white tee shirt or men’s unitard and white ballet slippers with white socks.

Adult Ballet

with Joyce DiLauro
We continue to explore a positive relationship with dance and find beauty, strength and inspiration within ourselves and each other in Starship’s Adult Ballet Class. Beginner to advanced levels come together, sparking a special mixture of technique, passion and the desire to learn. Whether you’re looking to learn how to dance, awaken the dancer inside, or continue to grow in dance, this is your class. You will walk away feeling refreshed, revitalized and strong.

Choreography & Composition

with Shannon Cushing

Dancers are encouraged to express verbally their feelings about their own or other people’s dances, helping them to put feelings and thoughts into words. As a result, a critical eye is developed giving them the skills to express their opinions in a way that will be helpful to the other dancers.

Choreography and Composition works to encourage students to explore themselves and their world in a way in which everything becomes inspiration for the dance. We utilize journaling, improv, poetry, art, music, space, sequencing, pathways, other dancers and ourselves to inform our choreographic direction. The class culminates with individual choreographic works that embody a specific theme planned by each student.

Modern

with Cristin Cawley
This course will mainly focus on the basic concepts of the Limon technique. The exercises will be designed to train the dancer in the ideas of suspend and fall, use of weight, use of the back, ways to initiate movement, and musicality and dynamics. Technical elements learned in most classical forms of dance will be upheld in this class, such as turn out, stretching the feet and legs, and use of the plie. Occasionally important elements from other schools of thought will be introduced, such as the concept of contract and release from the Graham technique, as this concept is important in many other forms of modern dance. Each class will follow the same structure which will gradually increase in level of difficulty. The class will begin in the center and them move to across the floor work, larger moving combinations, and finally jumping.

Dress Code: any color leotard, tights, and bare feet.