Our girls' classes are for ages four through adult. The four-year-old class is Creative Movement. As the girls get older, we offer classes in Ballet, Pointe, and Modern. Our boys' classes are primarily Modern dance and conditioning classes, while integrating various other forms of dance. A session for boys ages seven and up may be offered in the spring.
We begin each class with Bible verse memorization using American Sign Language, followed by prayer. We then work on either our classical ballet technique, modern, pointe, choreography, etc. while using contemporary Christian music. It is our goal for each class that we would worship the Lord while learning our technique, and be a blessing to one another. Each individual class will participate in choreographed dance pieces in our June Celebrations, and company members (those taking 3 classes per week) will also participate in our Christmas celebration.
We desire that students attend class from September through June to enhance class cohesiveness. We feel that this creates smooth progression in class dance pieces and helps each student to develop their full potential in technique and strength. We want to prepare our students throughout the school year for our final June Worship Celebrations. Students are encouraged to be expressive in their class presentations for the Glory of God and to minister to his people.
All classes and rehearsals are now being held at our studio at Heritage Commons in Norton. See our facilities page.
DRESS CODE FOR GIRLS
We always want to present ourselves as modest and neat. This is in giving excellence to the Lord, and to each other.
- Buns are to be worn for all hair types except the very short. Short hair must be pulled back with barrettes.
- Shorts must be finger-tip length.
- Tights are to be worn.
- Modestly fitted t-shirts, that are not big and baggy, are to be worn.
- Teenage girls need to wear leotards under their t-shirts (no belly shirts or bras showing).
- Little girls may wear leotard dresses, and leotards with skirts over them.
- Ballet slippers (pink) are to be worn.
- Warm-up clothes are allowed in winter months at the beginning of class, but must be removed before pliés to provide the greatest visibility of the position of the knees, ankles, and feet which allows the instructor to correct the student's posture and aids in the prevention of injury.
CURRENTLY OFFERED CLASSES
Our fall session has just come to a close with our recent worship celebration, Jesus, the Priceless Gift, but classes will be starting soon on January 9, 2017!
If you already have students in Praise His Name With Dancing, you should have received the information and forms by e-mail.
If you wish to enroll new students or cannot locate your forms, request info and forms by sending an e-mail to Info@PraiseHisNameWithDancing.com.
See the Company Guidelines for a fuller understanding of Soli Deo Gloria, Chosen, Faithful, Glorious, Victorious, and Fearless Companies. Company membership is to some of the older girls who are willing to commit to dancing three classes per week and home workouts.
Each summer, Diana Hoffman offers a seven week session of dance classes, as well as a week long intensive, in the studio. Click here for more inforation, or send an e-mail to Info@PraiseHisNameWithDancing.com with questions or to ask for a summer class registration form.
All Company members are urged attend classes during the summer, especially those on pointe, so as to keep up their strength and flexibility. Ballet is a very strenuous sport, and without constant training there is more potential for injuries. Those who are interested in becoming Company members in the fall should also attend; they will need to check with her for placement if they are not already at Company level.