April 7, 2016

Class Information

Students in class

Dance Styles Offered

Classical Ballet: Ballet is the foundation of all dance; for this reason, we stress its importance. Our classes are taught in the true European tradition, but in a relaxed atmosphere. They include correct placement, French terminology, barre and center work with floor combinations and variations. Traditional and Lyrical styles are presented.

Pointe: After sufficient ballet study and proper muscle development, students age 11 and over may be eligible to dance “en pointe”  (dancing on the toes in blocked satin slippers). This class is offered to the serious student only, as a compliment to the regular Ballet class she is already attending.

Jazz: Conceived here in the U.S. but established by varied techniques borrowed from all over the world, influenced by the musical styles of each decade. It allows a wide freedom of expression.  The class provides a progressive system of exercises for physical toning, strengthening, isolations and placement.  Included are terminology, barre and/or center floor warm-up, floor and corner progressions, turns, jumps and routines.  Various styles such as Modern, Funk, Blues, Lyrical, and Commercial styles may be explored.

Contemporary & Lyrical: These are two of the today’s most popular styles covered in the same class. Both styles were inspired by Modern dancers such as Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham. Contemporary dance is known for its versatility and creativity. It allows the use of a range of techniques and styles which result in an expressive use of the body as an art formation through rhythm, in space. It results in movement which involves the display of lines of energy in a dance style that is grounded, in contrast to the lightness of ballet. It uses the gravity and the swing of the body to create fluid movements using more release, ease, and freedom of design than traditional dance. Lyrical is very expressive, and sometimes an “abstract” contemporary dance, however, lyrical also, often interprets the feelings inspired by the melodies and lyrics of today’s inspirational songs. This style often appears as the successful fusion of Jazz and Ballet.

Tap: A fun form of dance wherein rhythmic sounds are created by the feet. Important to the all-round dancer it is an excellent means of increasing coordination of the mind and body. Tap also develops a sense of rhythm and timing which is essential to the development of every style of dance. This lively class includes terminology, exercises to warm and strengthen the ankles, floor combinations stressing precision and counting, and routines.

Hip Hop: This high-energy fun, funky class is the style seen in many TV music videos. A dance style originating in the 80’s, when street dancers challenged one another to dance-offs. Combinations are rhythmic and lively, with choreographic challenge.  Hip-Hop is set to a strong, contemporary beat, builds stamina,emphasizes body isolations, attitude, coordination, free-style movement, and rhythm.

Acro: A class to compliment Jazz study…basic exercises and acrobatic moves including jumps, flips, tucks, tumbles, strengthening and stretching, and are all incorporated into Jazz combinations.  Students learn correct terminology.  Techniques for proper execution, and safety are stressed. This art style is most commonly related to today’s artists in the famous Cirque du Soleil.

Combination Classes: Ballet/Tap and Tap/Jazz are designed for younger students only, in an effort to perk and maintain their interest, while exposing them to several styles of the performing art, thus providing them with a well-rounded dance education.

Class Placement

Although age may assist in initial placement, students progress according to  experience and ability, moving through levels only when specific techniques have been mastered, rather than yearly advancement. Our aim to give students a challenge, while ensuring they are comfortable and happy in their classes.

Final placement is always up to the instructor and not based on age. Age is often used for initial placement, but proper placement must also be dependent upon ability, physical development, experience, technical execution, and a host of other considerations. Students are to be considered individually, and they move to different classes and/or styles at much different paces.