The Fundamental Program is designed for children ages two through kindergarten. Aware of the developmental abilities of each age group, these classes emphasize basic dance and tumbling skills, creative movements, and classroom etiquette. Students will learn basic elements of dance movement such as: balance, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, and quality of movement. With our staff working to create a fun environment, you can rest assured that your child is receiving a solid education and learning to love dance and tumbling.
Students in the Classic Program range from ages 6 to 18. In a more structured classroom setting, students will be challenged with maintaining focus and energy for at least an hour long class dedicated to one specific dance discipline. Each dancer will be taught technique, terminology, formations, and advanced combinations to be executed properly in the style of either tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tumbling/cheer, or contemporary/lyrical. The Classic Program is perfect for those seeking to improve their skills while enjoying music, movement, friends, and fitness.
The Company is the studio's accelerated competition level program for students interested in a variety of performance and educational opportunities. Members of The Company dance team must take a required number of dance and tumbling classes along with team classes dedicated to learning routines to be performed in competition throughout the Southeast, the annual Holiday Spectacular, and the Annual Recital. Company dancers gain membership via invitation or tryout once selected by the instructors at Rhonda's.
Flowood Cheer Force is a competition cheer organization run as a part of Rhonda Whitehead's Studio. The program is led by Program Director/Head Coach Whitley. Coach Whitley is a former Mississippi State Cheerleader and is dedicated to teaching her athletes the skills needed to cheer at a high level in a fun, Christian environment. For more information about tumbling and Flowood Cheer Force, follow the link below to the Cheer Force website.
The Creative Movement class is designed for students from 2 to 3 years old. Objectives of the class include building a love for dance, developing basic dance skills in tap and ballet, learning classroom etiquette, and introducing musical awareness. Along with stimulating imaginations, we aim to help these students grow and improve coordination, motor skills, and balance. Through a consistent class structure, these young students feel a sense of control and accomplishment all while learning group participation. Those in the Creative Movement class will perform a Creative Ballet or Tap routine in the Annual Recital.
Kindergarten Combo Class
The Kindergarten Combo Class aims to build upon the skills and lessons learned in Creative Movement while presenting new opportunities such as gymnastics. The addition of gymnastics helps students to further improve coordination and rhythmic skills. Students in the Kindergarten Combo Class will be challenged to increase their attention spans while developing greater body control. Instructors will also encourage students to express themselves more independently through creative dances rather than simply imitating movements. Students in the Kindergarten Combo Class will also perform a Tap or Ballet routine in the Annual Recital.
Ballet increases strength, flexibility, and coordination while developing grace, poise, and discipline. Skills learned in ballet will transfer in to all other styles of dance.
A stylistic, energetic form of dance, jazz involves rhythmic movements, body isolations, and flexibility. Jazz combines a variety of dance styles and typically uses more contemporary music.
Tap is a fun way to feel the rhythm of music as students learn to develop both rhythm and timing while developing more complex tap combos.
The Adult class is aimed at both beginners and seasoned dancers looking for the opportunity to have fun while increasing flexibility, strength, and dance ability.
Our cheer class teaches students a variety of skills necessary for cheer including arm motions, jumps, stunts, dance, and tumbling.
Hip Hop combines a variety of dance styles including popping and tricks.
Our tumbling classes stress the importance of proper technique and strive to improve each individual's flexibility, strength, coordination, and tumbling skills from beginner to advanced.
This class is for beginner tumblers between the ages of 4 to 6. Your child will learn the basics of tumbling including flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. Skills your child will learn: front rolls, back rolls, handstands, cartwheels and bridge ups.
This class is for beginner tumblers ages 7 and older. Your child will learn the basics of tumbling including flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. Skills your child will learn: front rolls, back rolls, handstands, cartwheels and bridge ups.
Front Roll, Handstand, Cartwheel, Bridge Up
This class focuses on the next skill progressions after Level 1. You should take Level 2 if you have taken Level 1 and/or met all prerequisite skills. Your child will review the skills they learned in Level 1 while learning new skills such as: handstand front roll, front limber, round off, and backbend kick over.
Front Limber, Round Off, Backbend Kickover
This class focuses on the next skill progressions after Level 2. You should take Level 3 if you have taken Level 2 and/or met all prerequisite skills. Your child will review the skills they learned in Level 2 while learning new skills such as: back extention roll, power hurdle round off, backwalkover, frontwalkover.
Back Walkover, Front Walkover, Hand Stand Pops
This class focuses on the next skill progressions after Level 3. You should take Level 4 if you have taken Level 3 and/or met all prerequisite skills. Your child will review the skills they learned in Level 3 while learning new skills such as: fronthandsprings, backhandsprings, roundoff backhandsprings.
Backhandspring, Round Off Backhandspring, Fronthandspring
This class focuses on the next skill progressions after Level 4. You should take Level 5 if you have taken Level 4 and/or met all prerequisite skills. Your child will review the skills they learned in Level 4 while learning new skills such as: standing tucks, roundoff backhandspring tucks, layouts & fulls, front tucks, and more.
Members of the Company program are required to take a variety of classes including Jazz, Gymnastics, Ballet and Hip Hop. These students are challenged to improve their dance skills and prepare to compete at a high level in a variety of disciplines.
Choose class from the jazz schedule listed on the handout
Choose class from the gym schedule listed on the handout
Choose class from the ballet schedule listed on the handout
at least 1 class per week
Ages 10 & up:
at least 2 classes per week
Times set by the instructor
At Rhonda Whitehead's Studio of Dance and Gymnastics we are proud to offer classes for children with special needs! We seek to fill the void of extracurricular activities for girls with special needs. Our special needs teacher combines her passion for dance and children with special needs to help these special students develop movement skills. Ideally, students are placed in a class of three that meets for 45-55 minutes once a week. A one hour time slot is set devoted to the class, but instructional time is slightly shorter to aid a smooth transition. The instructor will attempt to place students with similar skill sets and capabilities into the same class. Each class will then perform one routine in our Annual Recital in May.