SAFD's artistic director and faculty has developed a speciﬁc curriculum and syllabus for each graded level. Producing over 30 professional dancers since 1990, SAFD's goal is to provide correct and technical instruction in every genre of dance while also nurturing a passion, respect and love for dance as an art form. SAFD's alumni have attended prestigious summer programs including Joffrey Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Ballet, New Generations, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and many others. Many have continued to receive or seek out undergraduate degrees in dance at universities such as NYU Tish, George Mason, Rutgers, Arizona State, Georgia State, Point Park and Cincinnati Conservatory.
While only a few dancers continue into dance as a career, we believe each student deserves the best instruction possible. From pre-school ballet classes to advanced pre-professional pointe and contemporary jazz classes, each student will be exposed to dance at its' best…in a creative, supportive and energetic environment.
YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
ages 3-7 Ballet, Tap & Modern (at age 6)
Our young classes are designed to inspire our young dancers to love ballet and modern dance. Developing strong motor skills, musicality and movement awareness is key at this age. Appropriate exposure to age speciﬁc technique is approached in a creative format with the use of props such as scarves, ribbons, tambourines and hula hoops. Improvisation and creative movement is implemented into every class and short stories are told on famous ballets such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
YOUTH PROGRAM ages 8-14 Ballet, Tap, Modern & Jazz (at age 11)
At age 8 dancers begin the level I syllabus in classical ballet, modern and tap. After the completion of level I, each level has a dramatic increase both physically and mentally with increased expectations in technical skills and artistic development. All ballet classes will also begin learning terminology and ballet theory. Dancers may begin taking jazz at age 11.
UPPER LEVEL-PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM - ages 15 through adult
Classes are offered in classical ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary, Horton Technique, Jazz and Tap. All classes level V through advanced attend ballet class three days per week with the option of attending additional classes in modern, tap and jazz. Horton Technique is offered only to dancers attending SAFD's upper level program.
Adults can dance too!
Ballet Barre Fit class, taught by director, Lisa Hall McKee combines ballet barre, yoga, Pilates and ﬁtness into a 75 minute class. No experience in ballet is necessary. This class is designed to build strength, ﬂexibility, coordination and muscular endurance.
Fit in Motion classes are also offered through ﬁtness instructor Denise Njuguna guaranteed to get anyone in shape. An hour long, these dance and groovy moves will give you a fun cardiovascular work out every time!
YOGA with Jill Frere is a refreshing hour long class that will increase your ﬂexibility and strength while calming your mind.
GUEST MASTER TEACHERS
SAFDS constantly brings in well renown master teachers in ballet, modern and jazz for it's upper level dancers to increase our dancer's exposure to different teachers, styles and techniques. SAFD has hosted such infamous teachers such as Anna Maria Holmes, Helen Starr, Valery Lantratov, Alicia Mack Graff, Joy Davis, Danah Bella, Dan Joyce, Sergei Chytokov, Joulia Mouiseeva and Daniel Chait.