Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Students will learn and progress through the fundamentals of ballet technique pulling from various schools of ballet. Every level will consist of barre exercises and floor work including adagio, petite and grand allegro, and turns – all with an emphasis on terminology, technique and musicality.
For those seeking ballet as a once or twice a week training class, we offer Levels 1-5. For a more intensive curriculum, with offerings including pointe, variations, and possible competition opportunities, Mohler Dance is proud to present the Chicago Ballet Conservatory
ATTIRE: Black Leotard (for Levels 1-3), Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes
Girls must have hair in bun
Boys: White Tee, Black Dance Pants/Tights/Shorts, Black Ballet Shoes
Level 1 (5y+) – students typically take 1 class per week
Level 2 (7y+) – students typically take 1 class per week
Level 3 (9y+) – students typically take 1 class per week
Level 4 (uniform color: Motionwear #471) – students study at least 3.5hrs per week
Level 5 (uniform color: Motionwear #498) – students study at least 3.5hrs per week
Level 6 – 9 visit Chicago Ballet Conservatory
Our specialized Tiny Tot Program is specifically designed for the preschool dancer. We give our younger students a solid dance foundation by incorporating pre-ballet, jazz and modern in a creative movement syllabus. Students learn, not only coordination, musicality, fine and gross motor skills, but also basic classroom etiquette and discipline. This foundation gives them the ability to easily transition into any of our other classes upon turning five years of age. Proper training for even our youngest dancers is crucial, not only for their future dance endeavors, but also to prepare them for their academic future.
For children not yet ready to take class independently, we offer Boogie Babies for boys and girls 18mo-2yr. Click here for Boogie Babies info.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes
African Dance refers to a wide variety of dances and movement styles performed in countries located south of the Sahara Desert. In this class, students will learn a variety of traditional dances from West African countries such as Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Benin and Nigeria.
ATTIRE: Comfortable Clothing, Barefoot
Through improvisation, performance exercises, and choreography, students will learn to fuse the disciplines of ballet, modern, and jazz with the goal of becoming a more well-rounded and versatile dancer.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Tights or Black Dance Pants, Barefoot/Socks
Students will learn and develop basic footwork, coordination, terminology and various rhythms. Each class consists of warm-up, center floorwork and progressive exercises. Students progress through many styles of tap including Soft Shoe, Buck and Rhythm tap all with an emphasis on timing, history and terminology.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Tights or Black Dance Pants, Black Tap Shoes
All levels will consist of a unique combination of traditional jazz technique and contemporary styles. Emphasis is placed on technique, terminology, body placement and timing. Every class will consist of full warm-up, progressions and choreographed combinations.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Tights or Black Dance Pants, Black Jazz Shoes
Modern is a form of dance with its own curriculum and syllabus. It is not to be confused with contemporary, lyrical, or hip hop. Our classes consist of a fusion of many different styles including Graham, Horton, Hawkins, Cunningham and more.
Proper placement and use of the core is important. Therefore, a strong ballet technique is imperative to the advanced modern dancer. It is recommended students have studied ballet.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Black Tights, Barefoot
Hip Hop is an upbeat dance blending urban styles and contemporary funk. Students will learn the hottest new moves to today's (age-appropriate) music. Various hip hop elements are covered throughout the year, including power moves, freezes, footwork, timing and vocabulary. History and culture will also be taught.
ATTIRE: Comfortable Clothing and Black Hip Hop Sneakers (high-top preferred)
Girls must wear a black leotard or tight fitting camisole under clothing
(No booty shorts, midriff shirts or low-cut tanks)
We offer Acrobatic Arts, a nationally-recognized, professional curriculum for acrobatic dance. This program is designed to promote excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and partner/group stunting for dancers. Through this program, dancers will be inspired to excel, progressing through the twelve exam levels. Students have the opportunity to test through the levels on an annual basis - additional fees apply.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Black Tights, Barefoot
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Musical Theater explores the dancer's theatrical side by introducing students to the world of Broadway in this jazz-based class. Students will learn routines emphasizing acting in their dancing and incorporating the use of physical expression of emotion and storytelling in movement.
Boys and girls will incorporate the use of facial and physical expression of emotion and storytelling in movement and voice. through theater games and improvisation.
ATTIRE: Black Leotard, Black Tights or Dance Pants, Black Jazz Shoes