An expressive dance that combines elements of modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. This style tends to utilize strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso. Focus is on contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
The foundation of all styles of dance, which has developed through centuries. Ballet is a disciplined, highly technical, study of dance. The dancer develops proper body placement, grace, technique, and strength.
Pointe: A form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized pointe shoes. There are different varieties of ballet en pointe, but for the most part they focus on grace and specific technique.
A fun, upbeat class that includes street dancing and other "hip" moves to the latest popular music. Break dancing will also be incorporated into this class.
Breakdance: A street-based dance that incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. The oldest known hip-hop style of dancing.
By playing, inventing & creating through guided movement ideas, students are encouraged to dance like no one is watching! Through developmentally appropriate dance activities, the use of sounds, silence & music, and varied props & materials, improvisation allows dancers to free themselves of inhibition and explore their own unique movement style. Renowned dance educator Anne Green Gilbert's "Brain-Compatible Curriculum" provides a foundation and promotes body-mind integration, and social, observational and physical skills such as balance & coordination.
How often have you watched an advertisement or incident in which a woman or girl is stereotyped or defined in a limited way, based on society's expectations of appropriate behavior, physical features or body type? Using the art form of dance, this class aims to increase the self-awareness & self-esteem of pre-teen & young teen girls. Within a supportive group of girls & encouraged by the instructor, students begin to master the expressive & physical skills of dance vocabulary, improvisation and choreography. Using these skills they are guided to develop their own unique voices and identities. Seminal female figures in dance history & other areas of life will be discovered & used as inspiration, as the students co-design the curriculum!
Making original dances can be exciting, frustrating & terrifying. The aim of this class is to explore various ways of demystifying & simplifying choreography. By manipulating movement ideas in unexpected ways, chance methods, & games dancers will travel far beyond the linking of known dance steps to build dance studies & complete dances, which can be personal, purely abstract, site-specific, multidisciplinary, participatory & intergenerational. And if you want to know what all this means, sign up and bring your fun & creative self to class (even if you don't think you're creative!).
Acro 1: None - Ballet Recommended
Acro 2: None - Ballet Recommended
Acro 3: Ballet co-requisite
Acro 4: Ballet co-requisite
Acro 5: Ballet co-requisite
Company Classes: Varies by level, click here to learn more
Hip Hop/Break Dancing: None
Jazz: None - Ballet recommended
Lyrical/Contemporary: Min 1 year ballet experience and ballet co-requisite
Musical Theatre: None - Ballet recommended
Tap: None - Ballet recommended
SOLOS - All solos (Exception Hip Hop) - ballet co – requisite