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Dance Style Descriptions
Ballet students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Tap is designed 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. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Ballet/Tap Combo dancers will enjoy this interactive class that builds on basic movements. The tap portion of the class will concentrate on building confidence through mastering more difficult patterns and steps in the center as well as across the floor. The ballet portion of the class includes an introduction to the ballet barre, stretching in the center, and across the floor work.
*Our combo classes are not mommy and me classes. Parents are welcome to stay during the class and watch their child from our studio lobby. Our combo classes will perform in our annual recital.
Contemporary combines techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. Students will also explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract.
Pointe must be taken on pointe shoes at the instructors discrection. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. Dancers must be enrolled in this class to be considered for our Sugar Plum Fairy.
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Musical Theatre class performs a One Act play every semester. The first month of this class students will learn stage techniques, terminology, and audition tips before the audition for the selected play.
Tumbling is centered on fundamental acrobatic technique to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence.
Pre-Pointe class will focus on exercises that strengthen the feet and ankles. The class will be done in ballet shoes and will prepare students for pointe shoes.
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.
Leaps & Turns is a special class we are offering this Summer to help dancers work on these often challenging areas of dance. Classes will be designed to help each dancer identify and work on specific techniques and skills needed to improve their understanding and performance of leaps & turns.
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No Denim, Hair Up, No Midriffs
Ballet/ Tap Combo: Any color or style leotard, tights (footed or convertible), skirt (optional), pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes. Hair neatly pulled back in a bun or pony tail.
Ballet (levels 1-4): Any black style leotard, pink tights (footed or convertible), skirt (optional), and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be worn in a bun. No loose clothing will permitted into class.
Tap: Dance attire including fitted dance shorts or leggings paired with a fitted T-shirt or tank top, or tights and a leotard worn with black tap shoes. Hair neatly pulled back in a bun or pony tail.
Jazz/ Lyrical: Dance attire including fitted dance shorts or leggings paired with a fitted T-shirt or tank top, or tights and a leotard with tan jazz shoes for class (recital may have a different requirement based on the costume). All midriffs must be covered. Hair neatly pulled back in a bun or pony tail.
Hip-Hop: Dance attire including fitted dance shorts or leggings paired with a fitted T-shirt or tank top (no denim) with either tennis shoes or jazz shoes. All midriffs must be covered. Hair neatly pulled back in a bun or pony tail.
Musical Theatre: Dance attire is not neccessary. Wear something you are comfortable moving in. Girls should not wear skirts or dresses unless they are also wearing shorts or leggings. Hair should be pulled away from their face and everyone is required to wear closed toed shoes.
What level am I?
(Placement is ultimately decided by the teacher)
In these classes we start with raw movement and concepts. Small details are not emphasized until skills meet a specific standard. For example, in a beginning jazz class students will work on a single pirouette, the emphasized skills will be turning the correct direction, executing a high passé, and spotting. The details that will not be emphasized are pressing shoulders down, using the core, and stretching the supporting leg. The important thing is that the student is executing the pirouette in the correct direction.
In intermediate classes we will use endless repetition to reiderate extreme technical skill. For example, now that the jazz student knows how to do a single pirouette, it is now time to emphasize the details. The goal is to eventually execute two, there, four, or even five pirouettes. This is not possible with out a straight supporting leg, a strong core, a quick spot of the head, proper arm placement, and strong calfs to lift onto a high relevé.
Intermediate students should have at least two years of experience in the desired style class.
Advanced dance classes will focus on dynamics, confidence, rhythmic attack, and precision. The teacher will invite daring movement while keeping an eye out for previously learned concepts. Now that the advanced jazz dancer can execute multiple pirouettes, they will now explore new turns in different positions and rhythms, such as á la secondes & leg hold turns. With that said, it is very important that these dancers are strong enough to move into an advanced class. Placement in all intermediate/ advanced classes is ultimately decided by the dance instructor.
What style should I take?
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