Many people, upon putting their child in to dance lessons with no experience, think they will just try “dance” for their child. But what does that really mean? Listed below are short descriptions of the dance disciplines that we offer.
Lyrical is a fluid form of dance performed to popular ballads and slower, gentler music. Lyrical dance tells a story or creates a picture of the song. Lyrical combines the fluid beauty of ballet with the more sharp moves in jazz. Lyrical depends greatly on the passion and interpretation of the performer and not just the movements themselves.
Acro dance combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Acro choreography blends together dance and acrobatics, and uses acrobatics in a dance context. Acro teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, and concentration, and is a wonderful accompaniment for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, and strength.
Most jazz dancers start out in the field of ballet. In ballet classes they learn control, skill, and grace, and they tone and condition their bodies for dancing. Jazz teaches acting and expression, and teaches dancers to move with the beat of the music. Dances were learn leaps, turns, and center combination work to upbeat and popular music.
Hip-hop is generally performed to funky, upbeat music. This style is known for fast, athletic movements and lots of popping and jolting as compared to the fluidity of ballet. Hip-hop includes extensive strength training, coordination skill exercises, flexibility activities, leaps, and turns and combinations in the center. This class greatly enhances coordination.
Ballet is the fundamental “backbone” of all dance training. All the names (derived from French) of basic dance steps and related terminology arise from ballet. Barre work, center exercises, patterns in movement across the floor, both allegro and adagio combinations are all elements covered in class. Students will also become fluent with the terminology. Students will learn grace, elegance, technique, discipline, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. We feel strongly that ballet is the most important dance form that a child or adult can study.
Pointe is the most advanced form of Ballet, and can therefore only be taught to and performed by the more advanced dancers. Dancers perform all the steps completely on the tops of their toes – “en pointe”. Classes include large amounts of barre work, ankle strengthening, center turn preparations, and patterns across the floor, both allegro and adagio combinations, and an extensive knowledge of the terminology.
Tap is a very distinct and percussive style of dance using tap shoes, which have special “clickers” on the bottoms of the shoes. Students are taught rhythms, timing, and leg/foot coordination done to all types of music. Students will gain an overall comprehension of rhythm, tap technique (including tap-turns and center exercises), and terminology which will greatly enhance their coordination skills.
This form of dance breaks away from the rigidity of classical ballet and teaches the student how to express herself using a free style – exploring the use of off-center movements, bending the spine, and contractions. Contemporary dance is very creative and inspires students to express themselves through choreography, often focusing on alignment, strength, opposing movement, and raw emotions.