Dance Class Descriptions
Mommy and Me
Our Mommy and Me class is designed for some one-on-one time between mother and child. Through creative movement, songs and exercises it helps your child with their cognitive development, balance and coordination. Plus, it is fun!
Our Toddler and Preschool combination classes combine Ballet and Tap basics, coordination skills, rhythm exercises and fantasy dancing.
Our KinderDance combination class combines Ballet, Jazz and Tumbling together in a 45 minute class. Basic listening skills and following directions are emphasized while learning the basic fundamentals of Ballet, Jazz and Tumbling. We will choose two of the three dance disciplines for our annual recital!
Ballet is the foundation for almost all other styles of dance! The language of classical ballet was written in French; therefore we learn and speak French in our Ballet classes. Ballet technique is extremely important. Technique is learned by focusing on poise, posture and placement. Dancers become stronger, more flexible and have increased balance and endurance.
Hip Hop is a style derived from African dance and encompasses everything from popping and locking to breakdancing, footwork and jumps. Hip Hop dance is a balance of letting go and being loose with your body and movements, yet controlling them as well. Whether it is fast or slow, Hip Hop is a style of dance that is filled with attitude and fun!!
Jazz dance has developed in parallel to popular music and has been influenced by African American, Carribean and modern U.S. culture. Jazz is medium paced and is based on style, utilizing both full body flexibility and isolated moves.
Modern/Contemporary dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings and emotions
Timing and rhythm are essential in learning tap. Students learn to make sounds they never thought were possible with only their feet! Dancers learn to be quick on their feet, enabling them to gain coordination, control, speed, balance and agility.
Pointe dance is an advanced version of ballet dance by dancing "en pointe" or on your toes.
Acrobatic dance is a style of dance that combines usually jazz dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Flexibility is important in this class and a lot of focus will be spend on stretching and holding in acro poses.
Dress Code by Class
All dancers (except hip hop classes) MUST wear a leotard and tights! Color and fabric does not matter, except for shoe colors for recital. More details per class are given below:
Ballet: Hair must be in a ponytail or bun! Ballet skirts, fitted shorts or a fitted cami top may be worn over a leotard and tights. Pink ballet shoes are required for recital, however any color ballet shoe can be worn in class
Hip Hop: Hair must be worn pulled back off of the face. Comfortable clothing, i.e. t-shirts, tank tops, yoga pants, can be worn. however we do not recommend shorts. Black hip hop sneakers are required for class and recital
Jazz: Hair must be in a ponytail or bun! Jazz pants or capris may be worn over a leotard and tights. Tan jazz shoes (any type) are required for recital, however any color jazz shoe can be worn in class
Hair must be in a ponytail or bun! Fitted shorts, capris or a fitted cami top may be worn over a leotard and tights. No shoes required for class or recital
Tap: Hair must be pulled off of the face. Jazz pants or capris can be worn over a leotard and tights, however make sure they are not too long! Tan tap shoes are required for recital, however any color can be worn in class.
Acrobatics: Hair must be in a ponytail or bun! Fitted shorts or a fitted cami can be worn over a leotard and tights. No shoes required for class or recital
Pointe: Hair must be in a ponytail or bun! Ballet skirts, fitted shorts or a fitted cami top may be worn over a leotard and tights. Pink pointe shoes are required for recital, however any color pointe shoe can be worn in class