Ballet is the founding discipline of dance. Dancers are trained to be strong and precise by performing exercises at the barre and in center floor. There is a repetitive nature to a ballet class which allows dancers to perfect their technique. Ballet is an extremely important discipline for anyone who chooses to dance because all other dance techniques are drawn from it.
Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies. Dancers are taught concepts such as syncopation and precision.
Hip Hop dance is a high energy dance form that utilizes popular music. Dancers enjoy a wide range of a workout between the strengthening exercises performed and the cardio that the combinations provide. Dancers may also be taught different hip hop “tricks” such as freezes; depending on the level of the class.
Jazz dance uses the technique of a ballet class and combines it with the high-energy of a hip hop class. Students are taught various turns, kicks, and leaps in combinations that are paired with upbeat music. Jazz dance also includes a strong focus on isolating body parts and differentiating between soft and strong movements.
This class is designed for younger children to give them a broad range of dance techniques. They will be taught basic skills from ballet, tap, and acrobatics. This will provide them with an introduction to each of these dance forms which allows them to see how they relate and differ from each other.
Modern is an interpretive form of dance that allows the dancer to find their true creativity. Modern is a great technique for all levels of dancers because of it’s open-ended philosophy. There are many modern dance choreographers who have developed their own unique techniques, including but not limited to Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, and Jose Limon. Existing techniques will be taught, as well as improvisation and partnering.
Pointe is a required class for anyone who wishes to dance en pointe. The class includes repetition of full-body strengthening exercises. Dancing en pointe can cause injury to the dancer whose body is not prepared for the difficulty of the genre.
Finds the balance between ballet and jazz. The free-moving nature of the genre allows the dancer to explore their technique in a creative atmosphere.
Stretch and Progressions:
Borrowing from yoga, dancers are able to take their time and really warm up their bodies to reach the full potential of their muscles. Focus is required for the repetitive nature of this class, which will ultimately allow dancers to increase their flexibility. Progressions is the perfect class for the dancer who loves doing "across the floors" in their jazz class. Dancer's are able to build their jazz technique by learning simple combinations that become progressively more difficult throughout the year. Think jumps. leaps, and turns with little pieces of choreography mixed in! Dancers must be enrolled in a weekly jazz class.
Acro is a way for dancers to establish and improve tumbling skills and flexibly. Classes are designed to teach dancers different acrobatic tricks which they will learn to control. Dancers will benefit from a strong jazz background. Therefore they are required to be simultaneously enrolled in a jazz class.
Training dancers in the art of improvisation. Students learn to use their individual creativity combined with their knowledge of dance technique to create their own unique movement. Combined with improvisation, dancers will also learn new choreography from week to week to help stimulate their improvisational skills.
Musical Theater is a great match for dancer's who enjoy Broadway show tunes! Dancers need a jazz foundation for this class, so that they are able to focus on the character development, style and music of their dance. Exploration in different eras, musicals, and choreographers styles are all touched upon.