Ballet is a classical dance form characterized by grace and
precision of movement. It is the foundation of all dance styles, providing and laying down a base for strong posture and technique. It is an artistic dance like no other, that can be used to express different emotions or to tell a story. Ballet consists of graceful, flowing movements, classical form: turn-out of the legs and pointe work, balance and symmetry and ethereal quality.
Ballroom dance is a set of solo or partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Formal Latin dancing has five dances: cha-cha, jive, paso doble, rumba and samba. These dances, also called ‘Rhythm’ dances, feature many of the sensual, romantic, sexy Latin dances as well as the quintessentially American East Coast Swing or Jive. These ballroom dances are elegant, beautiful, and dramatic, each with its characteristic style.
Flamenco dance or “baile” which is one of the three elements of the style, is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. Flamenco is a solo or group dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm, and body movements.
Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style.
Hip-Hop is a dance style, usually danced to Hip-Hop music, that evolved from the Hip-Hop culture. The first dance associated with Hip-Hop was break dancing. While breakdancing consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground, popping, locking, isolations and grooves. Hip-Hop is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that and it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Unlike traditional dance methods, it is a raw form of dance that does not follow any rules. Popular to audiences and dancers alike, it portrays the world through the eyes of the dancer, their experiences, stories, and emotions.
Acrobatics or “Acro” is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision and acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Encompassing skills such as cartwheels, handstands, aerials, backbends and much more!
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and jazz dance. A slow, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet technique. This dance style’s main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement. Lyrical dance is generally a little more fluid than ballet and also somewhat faster -- although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance is also somewhat smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz.
By Invitation Only
Pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each classincludes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
This class involves dance-specific or sport-specific movement patterns concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility. Utilizing equipment that increases muscle strength in a safe, productive manners. The goal for this class is to promote the development of muscular growth, strength, and power. This class does not include a performance piece in the end of the year recital.