*Age ranges are for general placement. Instructors may find it appropriate to place a student above or below his or her age range depending on maturity and previous dance training.
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 introduces technique ideas that will benefit them as they grow as a dancer. The concepts will prepare the students for when they graduate to the next level of 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 a progression of basic steps through 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.
A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it’s street, and it’s diverse and forever changing.
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”. It is a more structured, stage style of dance. Hip Hop is a fast, high energy type of dance seen in music videos and commercials. Dance moves seen in performance by artists such as Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake would be typical examples of Hip Hop.