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Dance Class Descriptions

Ballet - Ballet is the basic foundation on which almost every dance form is based. It is a requirement for any student wishing to belong to our Competition Groups. Classes involve exercises done at the Barre as well as center floor combinations. Ballet develops self–discipline, strength, grace and great posture!

Jazz - An upbeat, fun & energetic form of dance! Each teacher has slightly different styles of jazz but strong technique skills are stressed in all classes. Jazz can be seen on the Broadway stage or in movies such as Center Stage, Chicago, and Step Up.

Tap - Tap dancing is all about rhythm and coordination. The shoes make it unique (and noisy, too!). This dance form instills a sense of timing and is great fun for adults as well!

Lyrical - Lyrical is a form of ballet that is much more free and open to the interpretation and imagination of the dancer and the teacher. Classical ballet technique is a must for anyone wishing to excel in lyrical. Many music choices are used, from classic ballads to blues to contemporary artists.

Contemporary- Contemporary is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and lyrical. Contemporary often uses strong ballet legwork, torso contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are also oftten used. Classes ballet technique is a must for anyone wishing to excel in contemporary.

Hip Hop - Hip Hop is today's "street style" dance form as seen on MTV and music videos. It is done to current, popular music that the kids & teens enjoy. The studio uses common sense with song content and age–appropriateness.

Gymnastic Dance - These classes combine acrobatics and tumbling. Mats are used and a small balance beam is used for coordination for our younger students. We present our gymnasts in a performing arts style; on stage to music, in costume and most often with dance steps connecting the tricks.

Stretch and Conditioning –
This class is designed to increase flexibility, body and core strength, stamina and more while promoting proper dance technique. This class may also include ballet exercises, yoga style stretches, and elements of Pilates.

Combination Classes
– These classes give younger dancers an opportunity to experience a variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, gymnastics and hip hop.

Future Stars – Our 6 week dance class session for 3 ½ - 5 year old children will introduce dancers to jazz, ballet basics, rhythm and gymnastics while exploring different styles of dance and music and using a variety of “props” including stick ponies, wands, maracas, plush animals, pom poms and more. During the last 15 minutes of the final class of the session parents are invited to enjoy a special presentation.

Tall and Small – Parents and toddlers dance together in this introductory 6-week class that includes fun music, props, jazz, ballet basics, rhythm and gymnastics.

From time to time we also offer fun classes such as Musical Theatre and Cheer Dance among others:

Musical Theatre - or “Theater Dance” prepares students to take the stage! Whether in a drama production at school, a comedy dance routine or a character number, techniques are learned to blend projection and personality with the movement. Learning to speak with a microphone, move gracefully across the stage and combine dance steps with lip syncing are all covered in this class.

Cheer Dance - In this class, jam–packed with fun, kids will learn proper cheer arm motions, jumps, stunts, tumbling and dance technique. They will also learn how to “work the crowd” for an end of session performance.

Dress Code Guidelines

All Dancers—No dangling jewelry please, hair pulled off face, no gum & remember: THE STUDIO IS A WATER ONLY FACILITY! (no sodas, coffee, juice, etc.) Your water bottles are welcome to join you in the classrooms.

Future Stars, Tall & Small and Combination Classes —The only requirement for our young dancers is a QUALITY DANCE SHOE please. The local discount stores are mislabeling play slippers as official dance shoes. Any color and/or style of dance wear is fine. Keep in mind, the kids turn upside down during stretches & tumbling and need body-hugging clothes.

Ballet— Ballet slippers (any color) and clean lines required (leotards and tights required for Brigitte Ballet classes; preferred for all remaining Ballet classes). Ballet skirts welcome for all but Brigitte's classes. Hair pulled back. No foot thongs or bare feet during barre work.

Lyrical —Foot thongs, lyrical or ballet slippers. Bare feet okay for our "Barefoot Modern" classes! Hair pulled off face and clean lines preferred. Ballet skirts welcome.

Tap —Dance clothes please! Work out wear is great. Be aware if your class is a combo class with tumbling, then body hugging tops are prudent.

Tumbling/Acrobatics —Gymnastic "booties" only please. Absolutely NO bare feet on the mats! No foot thongs, roman sandals. tennis shoes please. Any color gymnastic bootie is fine. Body hugging dance wear a MUST for safety when being spotted on stunts as well as remaining "covered up" when upside down. Hair styled so that you can stand on your head or do a front roll without it hurting. Tights are required if dancers are wearing a leotard, short shorts or bootie shorts.

Hip Hop —If the class is Hip Hop ONLY, then hip hop style clothes are fine; baggy pants, etc. Hip Hop sneaker dedicated to class (not worn outside) or jazz shoe please. Try to keep baggy & loose to a minimum so the teacher can see what you are doing!

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo - Jazz shoe or hip hop sneaker please. NO street shoes. Jazz pants or work-out clothes. NO JEANS OR BAGGY STREET CLOTHES.

Jazz & Technique - Your choice for footwear! Jazz oxford or bootie, ballet or lyrical slipper, foot thong, etc. NO STREET SHOES. Ask the teacher before dancing completely barefoot. Any color dance wear; clean lines please.

Adult Classes - The appropriate shoe please. Aside from that, as long as you feel comfortable & can move freely, it's fine!

Dance Classes

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