Ballet provides the fundamentals of the technique for all dance forms. Through one on one guidance, students develop a greater awareness of their bodies and its movement potential. Through choreographed floor work, students experience the musicality and grace of the classical ballet.
Pointe Students interested in pointe work will be formally evaluated in their ballet class to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe. Students in pointe classes must have correct body position and alignment, sufficient turnout, strength and balance, and mastery of basic ballet techniques. Training begins with pre-pointe classes emphasizing strength and flexibility of the feet and progresses from the barre to the center to classical pointe variations and contemporary pointe choreography.
Modern is a dance form that’s source is the unique movement style of the teacher. Contemporary 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.
Modern/Tricks Develops gymnastic skills such as cartwheels, forward and backward rolls, variations of handstands and upside down movements that are used in contemporary dance styles. Dancers learn to partner with each other, sharing body weight and learning to communicate their ideas and needs with their partners. Safety is emphasized as dancers learn to take responsibility for each other. Modern/Tricks class develops physical strength and the ability to work collaboratively with a group.
Jazz reflects the energy in jazz music where movements can be sharp or smooth, quick or slow, subtle or strongly angular. Jazz Dance trains the body to isolate moving 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.
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.
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.
Ballet/Creative Join us for a fun-filled morning of movement and music! We will use props, instruments, games, and stories as we explore creative dance! Balance beam and tumbling.
Introduction to Dance A class designed to introduce students to the styles of tap, ballet, creative movement, and tumbling. Students learn the basics of technique such as the positions of ballet, balance, flexibility, and locomotor steps such as gallop, hop, jump, and skip. Tumbling skills such as forward and backward rolls and handstands are practiced.
Gymnastics Developing strength and conditioning needed for basic tumbling skills. Students will learn forward and backward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. The gymnastic skills are incorporated into choreographed routines.
Acrobatics This class is for students who have taken gymnastics before and are comfortable with basic beginner level gymnastics skills. The class will include: cartwheels, round offs, handstands, adult somersaults forward and back, and bridges. Students must be comfortable working with other students in a partnering situation and or being lifted. This class is for grade 5 through high school. Emphasis is put on developing partnering skills, strength, conditioning, balance, safety is a priority in this class.
Improv/Choreo Classes explore improvisation as a skill to develop movement invention. Improvisation games help the dancer explore the elements of dance; body, energy, space, and time. Improvisations are formed into choreographic studies with dancers performing in solos, duets, and groups.