Ballet is the foundation of all dance. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. Ballet is part of the core development to all other forms of dance as it is the foundation of turns, leaps, strong arms and pointed feet. It is best known in the form of classical, but can additionally include neoclassical and contemporary ballet.
Each class begins with a ballet barre, moves to a center floor adage, petite and grand allegro, and concludes with a formal grand reverence. Students will learn terminology in French, correct body alignment, how to improve their natural turn-out and develop a love for the most graceful living art.
Tap is a form of dance which incorporates percussive sound. The
name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but a musician. Tap classes help to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. Class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun!
Jazz is a term that refers to several related dance styles including roots from African-American ryhthms, tap, ballet, jazz music. Jazz dance evolved from a number of influences including Vaudeville and Broadway. Notable choreographers and dancers of jazz dance include Katherine Dunham, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Gus Giordano and Marcus Alford. Jazz class will focus on proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Curriculum is based on technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and combos.
Contemporary is a dance performance style developed during the mid 20th century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. It is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid and sometimes abstract dance movements. Students will learn to express movement in a variety of ways. Traditional contemporary dance, release techniques and intense athleticism are combined to attain a grounded sense of freedom in performance.
Hip Hop is a high energy, athletic and popular dance style originated
on the streets in the late 80’s with break dancing. This style of dance will infuse the latest styles commerical dancing seen in music videos, movies and television shows. Students will be encouraged to step outside the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Dancers will have fun as they learn combinations to popular and high-energy music!
Pre-Point is a specific class to prepare the dancer for pointe. Pointe is an extension of a more advanced ballet class where students are advanced to hard boxed pointe shoes. Students usually progress to pointe work between the ages of 11- 13 depending on their muscular and skeletal development, as well as their dedication to practice.
Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design steps and choreography. Instead of following a structured code of technique, as in ballet, the modern dancers has a larger and more abstract vocabulary. Another characteristic of modern dance, in opposition to ballet, is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement. Some of the most notable people of influence in modern dance are Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, and Lester Horton.
Acro or acrobatics is the art of controlled movements using the flexibility of the back, legs and shoulders. Acro is one of the performing arts and involves difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination. Classes will focus on increasing flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. Emphasis will be placed on developing fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching skills such as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, back handsprings, aerials, balance and contortion tricks, all at each student’s individual level of experience.
Mommy and Me
A Mommy & Me class is an introductory toddler dance class where a parent or guardian joins them during their dance class. Mommy & Me classes introduce toddlers to our studio and make sure they feel comfortable learning to dance with us before trying an independent class creative movement or Image-Motion. Parents and guardians are encouraged to dance along with their toddlers during Mommy & Me and our class is available to children ages 22 months to 36 months.