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Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Acro makes use of unique choreography, seamlessly blending dance and acrobatics to use acrobatics in a dance context. Acro is an athletic form of dance, building and emphasizing a dancer's strength, flexibility, control and balance. Many students find that learning new acro tricks is a fun and empowering experience, and the conditioning benefits of Acro translate into the student's dance in other areas. Our highly trained faculty teaches Acro in a safe and fun environment, making use of proper safety mats and spotting techniques.
Jazz dancing is an energetic and fun dance form consisting of syncopatic rhythms, intricate movements, improvisation, leaps, kicks and complex turns. Jazz showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality allowing every dancer the ability to interpret and execute the steps in their own unique way. Jazz dancers benefit from training in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Jazz in turn influences many other styles of dance, including lyrical, contemporary, tap, acro and hip hop. In recent years, Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles mainly due to its popularity in movies, Broadway and on television shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance.
Lyrical dance combines ballet, jazz and modern styles. Lyrical challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Lyrical can be simultaneously subtle and dynamic, with connected movements that flow together seamlessly. Classes focus on teaching dancers about creative expression, including musical timing, performance, and telling a story through movement.
This is a unique program using innovative body movement, self expression and spatial connections. Through choreography the student can explore and expand their sense of style and inner emotion. Because of the complexity of this dance a firm grasp of Ballet and Jazz fundamentals is necessary. This form of dance has become more popular since its’ exposure on “So You Think You Can Dance.
Hip Hop is an energetic and funky street-style dance that originated in NY and LA. Hip hop incorporates jazz based techniques and isolations, and is unique in the extent to which it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. Hip Hop classes teach coordination, strength, quickness, agility, endurance, rhythm and musical interpretation. Most importantly, Hip Hop is pure fun and is a fantastic form of exercise!
Ballet is based on a series of formal movements and positions of the body, designed to allow a dancer to move with agility, control, speed, lightness and grace. Movements are performed
with a turned-out position of the legs to increase range of movement and to create a more visually pleasing line of the extended leg. The techniques found in classical ballet are a core framework for all forms of dance.
Ballet levels are based upon the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus in both our recreational and ballet exam programs. Pointe work will be available for more advanced students, based on approval by our instructors and director. Pointe work is offered for students who demonstrate enough maturity and ability to do so safely.
In musical theatre, dancers use facial expressions, movement, acting and performance skills to portray characters and to communicate a story through a musical piece. Musical theatre helps a dancer to become more expressive and to connect with the story and emotions behind the choreography.
Tap is a form of dance characterized by using one's shoes, as well as the floor, as a percussive instrument. Tap is unique in its frequent use of improvisation and syncopation (unexpected stresses of beats and changes of rhythms). Tap develops coordination, rhythm, timing and musicality.