The Pre-Dance Program is designed to provide children between 3 and 6 years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement involving both our Preschool and Level 1. This program introduces the young dancer to the basic elements of movement and dance, musical rhythm, beat and time, as well as how they relate to the space around them, both as an individual and in a group.
Through participation in these classes, students learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which remain the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer, leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.
Tap is a type of dance in which the feet perform rhythmic patterns. Students learn coordination of the feet and musical rhythms. This class includes barre and center floor work, progressions across the floor, rhythm study, improvisations and tap vocabulary.
Hip Hop branched off of jazz dance in the 1980's along with music videos and rap music. It incorporates street dance and current popular dance moves. Because it is a style of jazz, it reinvents and redefines many early jazz steps and movements. Hip-Hop is a complementary class for any jazz dancer as it enhances students rhythmic abilities, stage expression and isolation techniques of jazz.
Musical Theater is based in classical tap and jazz techniques, although newer shows have begun to incorporate hip hop into their vocabulary. These classes develop the student's ability to coordinate singing, speaking, character work, and dancing.
Ballet is the basic foundation of all dance forms. It teaches proper placement, alignment, carriage, grace and poise. Classes include classical ballet technique, with basic barre work for strength and flexibility and center floor work, allowing practice for basic dance principles. Because of the importance of the terminology and body placement learned in ballet, it is highly recommended as a compliment to the other dance forms.
Jazz is an American dance form which evolves and changes with the latest popular styles. Students work on placement and technique while learning current traditional jazz styles. This class includes flexibility exercises, barre, center and floor work, isolations, contractions, progressions across the floor, rhythm study, improvisations and jazz vocabulary.
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY
Modern dance developed in the early 1900's as a counter movement to ballet. Unlike ballet there is no single specific technique, but rather different styles of modern dance based on the works and efforts of early modern dance pioneers. It is performed to a wide variety of music. Modern dance is also good for ballet and jazz dancers as it enhances movement dynamics, body connection and content of movement.
is a very stylized form of dance based in ballet, jazz and modern techniques. It seeks to explore new ways to combine and use these techniques together.