Our program will enhance the dancers ability to perform with style and showmanship in a fun and nurturing atmosphere. We emphasize correct terminology, technique, and great training. It is designed for beginning to advanced dancers ages 3 years and older, who want to experience dance in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Most students in this program attend class one - three times a week and participate in classes consisting of ballet, hip hop, and jazz. Class lesson plans are structured with age appropriate choreography and music, but class participation allows for lots of fun and self expression. These classes are first divided by age, then by skill level. This provides classmates with approximately the same mental and physical maturity as your child and helps to nurture friendships that can last for years.
If you are considering enrolling your child in a class providing maximum exposure to the dance arts with minimal time commitment and little expense, this would be your best choice. All students in our recreational program also participate in one or two Studio X productions or recitals per year. Students are welcome to participate in other Studio X productions as well, but auditions are required.
Mini Movers, Ages 3-4:
Designed to use a wide range of dance genres and movement activities to allow the young dancer to familiarize themselves with body motion and coordination, the right and left sides of the body, tempo differences and the general mechanics of the dance classroom.
Giggles & Wiggles, Ages 18 months-3 years:
Designed to use creative movement and song activities to allow the young dancer to familiarize themselves with body motion and coordination while interacting and bonding with their guardian.
Intro to Ballet, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop & Jazz, Ages 5-6:
These classes emphasize basic technique, musicality, stretching and learning choreography of Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Most importantly, we will ready the dancer for moving into our level I curriculum when the dancer is of appropriate age, technique and maturity.
Hip Hop Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
Class consists of introduction to hip-hop technique focusing on basic hip-hop steps, isolations and musicality. Students will develop an appreciation of hip hop dance, build self-esteem in groove and dynamics and learn how to feel the rhythm. This is one of the most popular classes at Studio X.
Ballet Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
Classes consists of ballet with emphasis on more technical studies as they develop further poise, balance and coordination. Classes begin to place more emphasis on choreography, proper body placement, showmanship and style as they progress to higher levels. Students will begin developing the strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination and discipline required to become a well-trained Ballet dancer.
Jazz Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
Level I introduces basic jazz steps and choreography combinations are introduced in a more disciplined classroom environment. Choreography and combinations are taught at a quicker pace and with greater technical skill as the student progresses through the levels.
Lyrical & Contemporary Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
Lyrical is taught to music with lyrics to inspire movements that express strong emotions. Pulling from classical vocabulary, Lyrical/Contemporary forces developing technical proficiency, musicality, artistic expression and precise execution.
Tap Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
Level I introduces basic tap steps and combinations. Choreography and combinations are taught at a quicker pace and with greater technical skill with more emphasis on musicality and syncopation as the student advances in levels.
Jumps & Turns I-VI, Age 7 & Up:
A technique driven class focusing on fine tuning and expanding the skill level of jumps and turns.
Stretch & Strengthen III/IV & V/VI, Ages 9 & Up:
This class develops the dancers flexibility while building strength that is essential for a dancer's success. This class requires being in at least level 2 Ballet.
X-Men Ballet, Jazz & Hip Hop:
An athletic style class designed to introduce boys ages 8-12 to all styles od dance. Little to no dance experience required.
Musical Theater Level I-VI, Ages 7 & Up:
A broadway inspired class focusing on showmanship. while incorporating classic musical theater dance combinations.
Acro Level Beginning to Advanced, Ages 7 & Up:
A class designed to help dancers develop their tumbling skills. Beginning level works on the basics for cartwheels, backbends, etc. Intermediate level works on front and backwalkovers, etc. Advanced level works on backhandsprings, front and side aerials, etc.
The Studio X competitive program otherwise known as the "Studio X Generation Companies," are very talented, hard working dancers, that compete in regional and national dance competitions all over the country. The Studio X Generation Companies also perform all over Minot, the state of North Dakota and regionally, for public entertainment. These students love of dance and their commitment to themselves, their teammates, and to Studio X is rewarded by the many awards they receive each year. These dancers have respect from the dance community all over the country as being part of one of the top programs in the region. Throughout their time on the Generation Companies dancers learn dedication, responsibility, teamwork, and stage presence. These dancers and their parents become very much like a larger dance family sharing the many highs the program offers. The Generation Companies in addition to their strenuous class schedule and competition season, perform at conventions, half times, parties, galas, community events and more all year long!
How can my child join the Studio X Generation Companies?
Auditions for the competitive program are held annually at the end of the Studio X competitive season in late July early August.
If you or your child is currently a dancer in another competitive program please call the studio: 701-839-8369 for a CONFIDENTIAL inquiry. You may be asked, or wish to, stop in for a confidential meeting or an informal audition. Studio X Artistic Director, Joshua Wise will discuss all aspects of our program with the parents and dancer to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The Generation Companies are a full year commitment. The company season runs from June - May of the following year. The following is the minimal classes required for each dancer by company. Dancers are welcome to take more then the required class load, and additional classes are covered by the company tuition.
Required Classes (Sept - May)
Gen Kids, Pre Gen, Next Gen, New Gen, MVMNT, X Elite: All scheduled team classes, 2 Ballet class, 1 Jazz class, 1 Lyrical class
*Additional fees apply, such as: additional classes, costumes and props, guest choreographer fees, competition and convention entry fees, makeup and hair supplies, travel fees, etc.
Faculty & Staff
Since opening Studio X in 2004 Joshua has quickly become one of the most respected and sought after instructors, and choreographers in North Dakota. Known for producing mature dancers who are passionate, diverse, and technically grounded, Joshua is continuously attracting dancers in the region looking to take their dance training to a new level. Joshua's students have gone on to dance both at the collegiate level and professionally in both the commercial and concert dance arenas.
Joshua began his own dance studies in his hometown of Lewistown, MT under the direction of Wendy Pfau, Janet Luciano, and Jerri Lynn Haugen. Throughout his studies Joshua has worked under numerous master teachers and choreographers in various styles and methods including Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, Doug Caldwell, and Rhonda Miller, to name a few.
As the Artistic Director of Studio X, Joshua has made Studio X one of the most recognized studios in the Dakota's by creating a consistent and dominate force on the competition circuit. Year after year Joshua's students can be found at the top of the standings at both regional and national events. Regionally, Joshua is known just as well for being the creative mind behind what many have called "New York Worthy" dance productions season after season.
While being incredibly demanding, yet never taking himself to seriously, Joshua brings a unique and fresh approach to both his teaching and choreography. More then anything Joshua is known best for both his passion and his integrity to each individual student's personal voice as an artist.
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