The following dance classes are single discipline classes which are more technique focused and help challenge the dancer. Advanced level technique classes require the approval of the dance instructor and Miss Maria before enrollment is granted.
Ballet is the subject most encouraged to any student, as the technique learned in class translates to other forms of dance. Barre work emphasizes alignment, poise, control and proper execution of all steps. Center work emphasizes carriage of body, grace and fluidity, along with performance skills. Across the floor work incorporates jumps, leaps and turns. Prior to allowing a student to begin pointe, an assessment and evaluation is conducted by the instructor. It may be determined that the dancer is not prepared for pointe but they can still perform the strengthening exercises required to eventually practice pointe.
The focus of this class is on the development of musicality, rhythm and coordination. Students will develop an appreciation for timing and body percussion. Class work will include use of the ballet barre in order to help understand proper weight placement.
This class will begin with a full body stretch, focusing on personal awareness of body movements and abilities. Use of isolation work and locomotive progressions include turns, leaps, kicks, and jumps. Memorization skills will be improved while learning short combinations. Different movement themes will be explored through the introduction of various music styles such as blues, lyrical, fast and funky, and classical jazz.
This style of dance is a fusion of modern dance, ballet and jazz. It is an interpretive form of dance that exudes various levels of emotion and feelings. The class requires strong ballet technique and students that excel in this class take both ballet and Lyrical.
Contemporary is a popular form of dance that developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has grown to become one of the more popular performance genres of dance. It utilizes the controlled and strong aspects of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso and contract and release.
Modern dance initially emerged as an expression of rebellion against classical ballet. It is very free-flowing and less structured than ballet. However, similar to contemporary and lyrical as dancers reflect their emotions and individual feelings through the dance steps. Pioneers of this style of dance include Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham.
Hip hop is about character. It is a culture and an attitude, and it is exciting, yet grounded. In this class, students learn the latest dance steps including street funk, break dancing, popping, locking and other cool ways to move. The class starts with a warm-up working body isolations and stretching, and continues with a high-energy dance combination set to age appropriate Hip Hop and R&B music. Students will be able to share their own moves and improvise in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
Our acro class combines hip hop dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is a highly athletic class, focusing on core strength, flexibility and balance. Dancers with a background in gymnastics is a plus. Our acro instructors are highly trained and certified in gymnastics and use floor mats and other tools as teaching aides. As with all of our classes, it is extremely important that your child arrive on time for class and not miss the warm-up period. If your child is not properly warmed up, injury may occur. Please help us provide a safe and healthy experience for your child.
Our muscle conditioning classes are based on increasing core stability and postural muscles. Attention is placed on muscles that are commonly injured by dancers and other athletes from overuse, including IT bands, groin muscles, and hips. We also incorporate exercises that will help increase turnout, leap heights, and flexibility in dancers, gymnasts and ice skaters. As these classes are not performing classes, we schedule them separately based on the availability of our personal trainers and they do not appear on our regular dance season schedule. They are limited to 6 students and enrollment is monthly and does not require a full dance season’s commitment. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a group muscle conditioning class.