The Oklahoma City University Community Dance Center provides dance and movement activities for the greater Oklahoma City area while serving as a learning laboratory for students of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.
Our affiliation with Oklahoma City University allows us to uniquely provide qualified university-trained instructors in a fun, safe, and healthy environment.
Creative Movement Dance
Creative Movement is an introduction to dance. The primary goal is to foster a love of movement. We use the Leap N Learn Syllabus in which the creative component is quite large. Several fun or special activities happen in each class. For example, a scarf or flag dance at the end can facilitate the dancerâ€™s own physical expression. Taking part in dancing out a narrative helps children to understand that dancing is expression. It is a means of communicating feelings and actions. The vocabularies covered in Creative Movement classes are all steps which a 3 year old can master and they build self-confidence. The vocabulary is also set up to prepare students for Tap/Ballet Combination Classes.
Ballet/Tap Combination Classes
These classes cover a basis of movement found in all dance forms. The goals of the combination classes are to foster creativity, freedom and expression in movement, and a love for dance. The class includes concepts that are found in an older childâ€™s dance class, we introduce technique ideas that will benefit them as they grow as a dancer. The concepts will prepare the students for the following year when they graduate to the 7-9/10-12/Teen dance classes. These students will learn basic dance and motor skills through a core curriculum. The tap portion will concentrate on basic sounds and body awareness. Ballet will include upper and lower body movement, the basic ballet positions, and rhythm.
Creative or free components are also included within each class. By the end of the year the students can dance set work independent of the teacher, memorize simple exercises and sequences, and make a start of musical interpretation.
Our tap program focuses on rhythm, sound separation, and body placement. These classes will include basic steps though advanced combinations.
Ballet is the foundation for all types of dancing; because of this we strongly recommend ballet as a pre-requisite for any other type of dance. This class will include terminology, positions, turnout, barre, center, port de bras, and combinations.
Our jazz program emphasizes bodylines, which require a highly flexible torso, a strong center, and the ability to master fast and accurate footwork. Because the basic steps of jazz are modeled after ballet, we highly recommend the student enroll for an additional ballet technique class. This class will include a variety of turns, leaps, floor work, sharp movements, and numerous combinations.
What is the difference between Jazz and Hip Hop? Jazz style of dance is what is seen in many Broadway type shows such as "Legally Blonde."