Acrobatics

Acrobatics is a style of dance that combines dance choreography with precision acrobatic elements. Acro Skills is a class focusing on the conditioning, flexibility, and strength needed for the athleticism of acrobatics. Dancers in the Acro classes are required to take a ballet class to develop the dance technique needed to seamlessly blend dance and acrobatics. Classes are designed in a progression with students evaluated by the instructor prior to being placed in a class. Students must be comfortable working with other students in a partnering situation and or being lifted. The class will include: cartwheels, round offs, handstands, adult somersaults forward and back, and bridges.

If you are interested in the Saturday Acro classes call for an audition.

 

Ballet

Ballet provides the fundamentals of technique for all dance forms. Proper form is developed through strengthening the core muscles needed to maintain alignment. Students receive hands-on training  assisting them in developing a greater awareness of their bodies and their movement potential.  Dancers experience the musicality and grace of the classical ballet through choreographed floor work.

 

Pointe

Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. Pointe technique classes require evaluation prior to taking the class.  Pointe classes require registration in two hours of ballet a week. Classes begin at the barre with exercises to develop strength and flexibility in the feet.  Center work focuses on teaching the techniques for moving from flat up to the pointe.  Across the floor work and choreography in center develops the vocabulary of classical steps unique to dancing on pointe.

 

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is an expressive style of dance that utilizes elements of different dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. It doesn’t have fixed or established movement patterns but it’s rather in a continuous search for new forms and dynamics.

 

Ballet/Gymnastics

Ballet provides the fundamentals for all dance forms. Children will be taught the positions of the feet and will be encouraged to move expressively and creatively. A great introduction to dance for the youngest dancers.

Gymnastics Develops strength and conditioning needed for basic tumbling skills.  Students will learn forward and backward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels.  The gymnastics skills are incorporated into choreographed routines.

 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dancing is an urban dance style where the dancer’s movements express the beats and rhythms of hip-hop music. Hip Hop creates body expression and freedom in dance that comes from the individual. Hip Hop dancing is a great form of exercise for anyone who loves to move to music and gives everyone the opportunity to learn to dance.

 

Jazz

Jazz reflects the energy in jazz and popular music where movements can be sharp or smooth, quick or slow, subtle or strongly angular. Jazz Dance trains the body to move one part of the body while the rest of the body stays still. Isolation’s become a wonderful visualization of the syncopations of jazz music. Jazz dance training today also incorporates the techniques of modern and ballet.

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Jazz Funk mixes the styles of jazz and hip hop dance. Much like hip hop, jazz-funk has hard-hitting, often fast-paced gestures and quick grounded leg movements. Utilizing the rhythmic body movements and isolations of hip hop, jazz-funk adds the technical elements of jazz such as turns, kicks, and leaps.

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Heels is a fusion of the strong attitude from Jazz funk and pop video with the sassiness of belly dancing /salsa and/or burlesque. No surprise that it’s a huge confidence builder! Both women and men are welcome at our heels class.

 

Modern

Modern is a dance form that’s source is the unique movement style of the teacher. Classes introduce students to the modern concepts of contract/release, fall/recovery, and isolations. All classes encourage students to develop their unique style of movement through improvisation.

 

Musical Theater

Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance to tell a story. Students enrolled in this class will be taught singing, acting, and dancing skills used in the musical theatre genre. Original choreography and direction is created for the performances.

 

Tap

Tap is an art form where the dancer’s feet become the musical instrument. Tap is a uniquely American art form with a rich history of improvisation among masterful tappers creating new steps. Studying tap develops musicality, balance, and coordination.

 
 

Tap/Ballet

Tap for children develops musicality. The excitement of tap is that your feet are your musical instrument. Ballet provides the fundamentals for all dance forms. Children will be taught the positions of the feet and will be encouraged to move expressively and creatively. A great introduction to dance for the youngest dancers.

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Tap/Creative Ballet is taken with a caregiver. Dancers experience the excitement of making sounds with their feet and begin to develop musicality through the art of tap. Ballet is introduced through the first two positions and practicing balance. Flexibility and strength is developed. Dancers learn the basic traveling steps. A parachute, cones, balance beam and mats provide a fun vehicle for exploring movement and making new friends.

Technique

Dance Technique classes teach the technical principles of dance such as alignment, isolation, contraction, and extensions.  This class will focus on increasing the strength and flexibility necessary to attain dance turns, leaps, and tricks.  Dance combinations in different styles of dance may be taught to develop an understanding of each style’s aesthetic and performance quality.  

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Open Floor gives the student the opportunity to receive individual coaching on skills that they are working on during the week in their group classes.  The warm-up focuses on developing the technical skills needed for more advanced dance steps.  Dancers choose the skill that they would like to work on that day.

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Turns & Leaps class will introduce students to the variety of turns and leaps used by choreographers in the styles of contemporary, modern, jazz and ballet . The class will develop the technical strength and flexibility necessary for safely and successfully executing turns and leaps.