Acro Dance is a style of acrobatics used specifically for dancers. With skills having roots in both dance and gymnastics, students work on flexibility, strength, balance, tumbling, and tricks. These classes focus on acrobatics skills such as handstands, headstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials and tumbling lines. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. Students wishing to take part in the full-year acro programs must also be taking a jazz class.
With a strong emphasis on technique, placement, positions and understanding of body movement, ballet is considered a foundation for dancers. Within ballet there are multiple styles including classical, character and pointe, all unique in their own way, but all carrying the same core characteristics. Ballet is a beautiful dance form and encouraged for all students.
Jazz is a high energy class with lots of style, variety and movement. Often set to popular and more mainstream music, students often gravitate to this fun style. As a dancer progresses they will find that Jazz requires a lot of technique and training to master all the movements, however it’s well worth it as Jazz is a great style that is both fun to dance and to watch.
Tap focuses on rhythm and intricate footwork, with the dancer’s feet becoming percussive instruments marking out musical patterns. Terminology, tap technique, musicality and rhythm are all key components to this style of dance. With its fun shoes, upbeat quality and distinguished difference from jazz and ballet, tap is a great class for most students.
Lyrical is a combination of both ballet and jazz techniques. It is a more expressive style with an emphasis on emotion and musical interpretation. Lyrical is creative and often a ‘feel good’ style for dancers. Students wishing to participate in Lyrical must be taking a ballet and jazz class.
Stretch & Strength
As flexibility and strength are key components to a dancer in any given style, Stretch & Conditioning focuses on training the dancer to understand body mechanics while working to increase both key components.
This popular style is growing with it’s use of trending music, freestyle movements and it’s ‘funky’ style. Generally set to hip hop, rap, R&B or today’s pop music, this dance style is influenced by the music video industry. Our Hip Hop classes are recreational and are for students nine years and older. As Hip Hop includes elements of popping, locking and breaking, it is encouraged that students have some experience in dance or also take a jazz class to compliment this style.
Technique, understanding and discipline are at the core of any great dancer. Exam classes help grow a student in all of these areas. Through the examination process, goals are set with the students to help them reach their own personal potential. It’s often found that as we excel at something it gives us a drive to continue to do better and brings with it the freedom and fun. Examinations and training help students build character, integrity and moral values that extend beyond just the dance classroom and their dance training.