Tiny Tots (2–4 years)
This 45 minute class is full of creativity and imagination! Basic dance fundamentals and terminology are introduced while singing, dancing and acting out their favorite character each week.
Creative Dance and Music (2–4 years)
This class is designed to build a love for all styles of dance and music. This class will explore movement through music, stimulate student's imagination and promote creativity. It will also give them the understanding of the class room community, improve social skills and develop fine motor skills all while having fun!
Pre Ballet (4–6 years)
This class is an introduction to classical ballet. Children will explore elements of rhythm,locomotor skills, and creative movement. We introduce the children to the first steps and elementary terminology of ballet giving them a strong foundation for years to come.
Ballet (All Ages)
Ballet is the "backbone" of all dance training. In Ballet, the students will learn grace, elegance, technique, discipline, flexibility and confidence. We offer Ballet for all ages and abilities.
This intro to musical theater class consists of singing, dancing and acting! Students will learn jazz/tap dance and develop acting/singing skills all while learning scenes and songs from our most beloved musicals.
Tumbling (6 –17 years)
This is a tumble, stretch and strength class. Children will learn basic balance beam skills, acro skills and basic knowledge of a beginning floor routine.
Lyrical (all ages)
This is a combination class that is rooted in ballet. Classical ballet technique is taught and emphasized the first half of class and the second half of class we explore with different "lyrical" movements that bring a blend of modern and jazz. Students will learn the art of story telling through dance and creative expression.
Contemporary (All Ages)
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet, jazz and modern with expressive motions that tell a story. These classes blend the sustained, control movement of ballet with the freedom, power and dynamics of jazz and modern. Students will learn lyrical technique along with freedom of expression and interpretation of music.
Jazz (All ages)
In our jazz classes dancers will learn many fun and trendy dance steps of today with a mix of vintage styles of jazz from the last decades. Jazz emphasizes balance, flexibility, coordination,strength and creative expression. Turns, leaps and combinations will be taught.
pointe (By invitation only)
Pointe work is a very serious step in ballet training. Students are expected to take 2–3 technique classes per week in order to be considered. Pointe classes will be introduced only to girls who show adequate physical strength,accurate technique and necessary mental awareness for such a challenging endeavor.
tap (all ages)
Students are taught rhythms, timing and leg/foot coordination done to various types of music. We teach a mix of old school and new school styles!
Hip–hop (All ages)
Hip hop incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. In this class, we introduce you to all of the basic hip hop movement, music and culture. This class is upbeat and fun and will leave your child wanting more!!!
Musical Theater (All Ages)
Students participate in theater games and warm ups and learn scenes and songs from musicals we all know and love!
Special Needs Hip–Hop (8+ years)
In this fantastic class, students with special needs (kids AND adults) are invited to explore the art of hip hop! We will learn the absolute basics of hip hop and get the dancers moving and grooving. It's an amazing form of empowerment and community!
stretch and strength (18+ years)
Have you been concerned about unusual aches and pains that are taking away from your quality of life?
Do you have body parts that feel debilitated from lack of use?
Does your over all balance and stability need some improvement?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you! This class will include:
- An extensive warmup, using full range of motion for every body part
- Light stretching, gentle strength building and finish the last 10 minutes with an easy, full movement dance routine to great music!
- Styles of dance and music that will change ever 2 weeks to help make new brain connections and keep the class interesting! If you miss a class, you will get a fresh start on a new combination within a week
- Full sets of barres to hold onto while performing range of motion movements
- Sprung floors that is easy on the joints and no slip Marley floors
Praise dance (All ages)
Praise Dance/Liturgical Dance is an expression of worship. The interpretive style of dance may change depending on the choreographers vision. At Ray of Light we praise God in the styles of ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and much more!
ROLPA has a mini, junior and senior performance team. The class consists of technique and learning choreography in various genres. These students perform all over the Bay Area through out the year. Students look forward to performing at events such as Oakland Dance Festival, SF Movement Arts Festival, Art & Soul Fair and much more. This class is by invitation/audition only. Students are required to take three or more technique classes a week.
Ray of Light Performing Arts will be CLOSED on the following holidays:
- Easter Sunday
- Memorial Day Weekend (Friday–Monday Memorial Day Observance)
- Independence Day
- Labor Day Weekend (Saturday-Monday Labor Day Observance)
- Thanksgiving and the Day After
- Week of Christmas and Week of New Year’s (Classes resume on January 4th)
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