Jazz is an evolving dance form filled with rhythm, syncopation, precision, and passion. Dancers learn body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet, and arms. Individual expression and the development of personal style are encouraged. Jazz embodies many different styles, powerful, percussive, funky, sassy, expressive and musical theater. Classes are taught using the music of today together with the classical jazz of the past.
Ballet is the classical dance form used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. It is the foundation for overall body alignment and awareness with an emphasis on the proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout as well as carriage and usage of upper torso and arms. Traditional barre work, center work, and combinations are included in all classes. Strong ballet training is core to excelling as a dancer.
Pointe as ballet is further concentrated instruction in technique and terminology. A heavy focus on alignment, body placement, strength, flexibility, and endurance is the focus of the classes. Due to the intensity of the training, dancers must have instructor approval before taking the class.
Lyrical is a dance form that has its roots in Ballet and Jazz. Movement and range of motion used in the Lyrical style are limitless and draws on the dancer’s personal expressions and emotions. The class offers improvisation and creative exercises as well as an appreciation of inspired expression using the body. Students are taught to tell the story of the music through their movements. To get the full benefit of the class it should be accompanied by instruction in Ballet and Jazz.
Tap focuses on intricate footwork and rhythmic patterns to create a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Students learn syncopated movement blended with upper body movements of ballet or jazz as well as improvisation.
Contemporary is a diverse mix of Modern, Lyrical, Jazz and sometimes Interpretive forms of dance. The class focuses on training in body movement to develop carriage, body lines, expression and coordination. Dancers learn to appreciate imagery and dynamics in movement. Contemporary choreography helps dancers comprehend the various potentials of these methods placed in motion. The class encourages self-expression and fun yet challenges the student to find their own inspiration and style of movement.
Hip-Hop has spawned entirely new forms of dance. Many styles, such as break dancing and b-boy originated on the streets and slowly found their way into dance studios and competitions. The class uses breakbeats from the early eighties to the Hip Hop music genres of today to teach elements of breaking, poppin’ & lockin’, krumping as well as freestyle movement.
STRETCH & CONDITIONING
Stretch & Conditioning uses components particularly suited to dance to teach correct stretching technique as well as exercises that target abs, arms, and legs.
The goal is to develop core strength, ease, and openness in the joints and a flexible, well-balanced body.