Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It’s a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music.
This Program is an introduction to the class environment, body movement, pretend play, and spatial awareness through creative movement focuses on pre-ballet and pre-tap curriculum. Classes are designed to meet the cognitive, physical, and emotional developmental needs of children in the age range. Students learn French terminology of ballet terms and tap terminology. Exercises to increase musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross motor development continue to be practiced. Classes are 1 hour and meet once a week.
Contemporary dance is based on modern technique but the movements are smaller, faster, and angular in appearance and are executed with many movements to fewer counts of music. The use of space is sparse. The movement is more internal, showing the dancers’ strength, control, and quickness of movements. There is intent to interpret the music or words that accompany the dancer.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, intricate footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it helps with grace and balance.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dancecrews in the United States.
Classes consist of floor and Tumble skill development.
A form of theatre that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that combines elements of ballet, modern, and Jazz dance techniques. It is commonly set to popular music
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet.
Modern dance is a dance style that centers on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. Modern dancers reject the limitations of classical ballet and favor movements derived from the expression of their inner feelings.
Students learn both contemporary and traditional Irish dance. No experience or Irish heritage required! Boys and girls age 4 and up can learn this lively dance form, with opportunities to compete & perform.
Flamenco dance is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. The flamenco is a dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements.