A classic dance form with specific terminology, technique, and choreography. Ballet class is highly structured and regimented due to the classical technique that must be fostered and perfected. Class begins by warming up at the barre and then continues to center floor which is followed by linking together combinations across the floor. Class typically ends with a curtsey or bow to show respect to the teacher. *Ballet is the prerequisite for every class.
Dancers must have reached Intermediate/Advance level and have been taking 2-3 ballet/repertory classes a week for at least one year and be at least 11 years of age. For the safety of the dancer, teacher recommendation is required for pointe shoes and they are looking for dancers with strong cores and ankle strength and dancers who are able to hold their ballet placement at barre and center.
Jazz is a rhythmic stylized dance conceived in America and influenced by jazz music. Jazz combines an erect spine and formal dance patterns of Europe with rhythmic, flat-footed, bent kneed influences from African cultures. Class starts with a proper warm-up, continues with isolations, balance, flexibility stretches, floor progressions, and choreography. Students should expect a high energy class with upbeat music with a strong emphasis on jazz technique.
Tap is a form of dance in which the feet create rhythmic sounds. Tap dance was conceived in America but is influenced by cultural dances from Spain, Germany, England, Ireland, and Africa. Class warm-up begins either center floor or at the barre, followed by stationary movements to enhance sound clarity, and recognize rhythm patterns. Students will practice traveling movements across the floor and will continue to build upon single, double, and triple sounds. Class concludes with a combination that reiterates the steps taught previously.
Lyrical/contemporary is a fluid form of dance done to popular ballads and slower contemporary music. The dancer is taught to interpret his or her movement with feeling, motion and style. They will learn to tell a story or create the picture of the song. This style combines the fluid beauty of ballet with the more sharp moves in jazz. A Ballet or Jazz class is recommended along with lyrical/contemporary to build in technique.
Musical Theatre class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.
Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.
ACRO - DANCE
Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro Dance class. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all to each student's individual level of experience. The teachers are expert spotters and will teach your child based on personal ability. CLASS REQUIREMENTS: Hair must be pulled back and out of the face. No jewelry or baggy clothes permitted for the safety of your child. No shoes required.
Flamenco is one of the most popular Spanish dance forms in the world. It exudes the charm of the gypsies, their fiery passion, and energy that radiates far beyond the constraints of the body. Be free and join us in setting the dance floor on fire with Flamenco footwork and intricate arm styling. * Castanets are a percussion instrument often used in Flamenco dancing to produce a series of clicks and rattles to accompany the dance, music and song.
Salsa class will place an emphasis on movement, musicality, coordination and fun. The students will learn the basics of Salsa on 1 and 2- along with a choreographed dance routine they will perform for the parents at the end of the year. Class is for boys and girls. No dance experience necessary.