Ballet is a classical form of dance. It is the foundation of all dance technique as it works strength, flexibility and helps the dancer to create long, beautiful lines of the body. It is characterized by its precision of movement, its musicality and its grace.
Jazz dance is a highly energetic and dynamic way of moving. It includes a variety of styles including Broadway, street jazz, Latin jazz and funk. It can be controlled and slow or sharp and explosive. Jazz dance is very expressive and highly entertaining.
Tap dancing makes the dancer a musician. The dancer creates rhythmic patterns with the metal plates on the bottom of his/her shoes. Like jazz dancing, tap uses a variety of styles. It can be light on the feet like Fred Astaire or it can be grounded with an urban street style like Savion Glover. Improvisation plays an important and fun part in the creation of tap dances.
Hip Hop is rhythmic dancing to hip hop music. It uses the most up to date movements of hip-hop culture. It is a style of dance that originated in the streets of New York and Los Angeles and has been made popular by music videos.
This class is geared towards the teenage beginner or to a teenage student who has been away from dance for a while. The class focuses on basic steps and terminology in ballet, tap and jazz. The goal is to get the teenager to join a level class with students their own age.
Based on the technique used in ballet and jazz, this form of dance has become very popular. Lyrical dance often uses the words of a song as the intent of the dance. It is usually slow and sustained movements with long lines and emotional content. Very expressive.
This thirty minute class will have no warm-up and will consist mostly of across the floor work. We will work on basic dance technique and a lot of tricks. As the title suggests it will consist of many combinations of turns such as pirouettes, fouettes, turns in second, etc. and leaps such as switch leaps, switch seconds and jete variations. This class will allow students to focus intensely on technique.