Jazz dance is a combination of classical ballet moves with steps from American popular culture, including African and Celtic dance influences.
Ballet is the most crucial part of a dance education. All competition students are required to participate in formal ballet training. Through barre, centre, and across the floor exercises, students learn the basics of placement of the body, legs, arms and head. In class, jumping, turning, and traveling steps are taught and later combined in increasingly complex combinations. As strength, flexibility and technique develop, students will flourish into beautiful dancers.
Tap is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The term “tap dancing” is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor or surface.
Contemporary dance describes a range of techniques and styles used in classes, workshops and dance choreography. It is characterized by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.
Dance training is an acquired skill that, although fun and exciting, requires a certain amount of self-discipline and dedication. Our students work hard and to maintain quite, respectful behavior. In doing so we insure a positive atmosphere for all.
Welcome to our new semester of classes, 2017-2018.