Program Descriptions

Program Descriptions

Parent and Tot

This fun class is for children age 18 months-2 years along with Mom or Dad. This is a great introduction to dancing for children just developing their coordination. The teacher guides the parent/tot team in a way that makes discovering movement, balance and listening skills easy and fun. This class is an excellent first group activity.

Ballet/Tap Combo

Experience dance and music through treasure hunts, jungle safaris and outer-space adventures! Children will improve their basic motor and listening skills in an imaginative and fun classroom environment. This program includes Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement and Basic Tap.

Ballet

Classical ballet is the most formal of ballet styles adhering to traditional technique. Ballet puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement. The foundation of the dance consists of five basic positions, all performed with focus on the turnout. Students are required to learn the names, meanings, and precise technique of each movement they learn. Emphasis is put on building strength mostly in the lower body, particularly the legs and the core as a strong core is necessary for all movements in ballet, especially turns, and on developing flexibility and strong feet for dancing en pointe.

Tap

Tap has evolved over the years from the grace of Fred Astaire to a funkier rhythmical style while still staying true to its form. Tap is a fun way to exercise and terrific for developing coordination, agility and a sense of timing and rhythm. Whatever your age, fitness level or degree of dance skill, the young and young-at-heart have a great time while shuffling off to Buffalo or tapping down 42nd street.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is when a dancer takes on the role of an actor and tells a story through technique and emotion. In Lyrical, dancers express how they are feeling using facial expressions and body dynamics. Lyrical dance requires a great deal of technique, as well as strength to hold body positions and flexibility for extensions. Ballet and Jazz are combined with musical interpretation to create this unique art form.
*Must be enrolled in Ballet

Jazz

A powerful, dynamic dance style, which improves overall coordination and flexibility, jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.
*Must be enrolled in Ballet

Hip Hop

Hip Hop was developed from combining Jazz Techniques with Street Dancing. You will learn the latest styles out of Los Angeles and New York. In this fast-paced, challenging and fun environment, students learn technique as well as dance combinations set to classic and current music.

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Acrobatic Gymnastics is activity that emphasizes the combined beauty of dance and acrobatics. Gymnastics skills add excitement to the exercises. Acrobatic balances show grace, strength and flexibility. Choreography and synchronization add flare and creativity to each exercise. Acrobatic Gymnastics favors body control in various positions, both on the ground and in the air. For this reason, the sport is included in the training program of pilots, cosmonauts and parachutists.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a genre that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Although originally informed by and borrowing from ballet, modern and jazz, it has since come to incorporate elements from many other styles of dance including African and hip hop. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.
*Must be enrolled in Ballet