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Class: TAP

An art form that can be heard. Your feet are the musical instruments and through shading, the dancer can create the dynamics of sound and through syncopation various rhythms. TAP IS TECHNIQUE. It is imperative the student have an understanding of technique to master the art of tap. Class begins with a tap warm up designed to the specific age and level of each class. The methods of acheiving clarity and speed as well as across the floor combinations, tap turns, and "flash" steps are incorporated in each class. Tap is exciting, very enjoyable to watch, and appeals to children and adults alike.

Class: HIP HOP

HIP Hop is a style of dance that originated from street dancers and break dancing. Since then it has evolved into an art form seen in many music videos, stage and screen. Hip Hop dance blends the original styles of early hip-hop with jazz styles as well. HIP HOP dancing focuses on popping, locking, musical interpretations and body isolation.

Class: Jazz

Intro to the various styles of Jazz including musical theatre with a focus on hip hop and contemporary. Class begins with a warm up, isolations, combinations, lead turns and floor work. Ballet will enhance the jazz technique.

Class: BALLET

Elegant, beautiful, and seemingly effortless, ballet is a very traditional Western dance form that requires strength, precision, and dedication from its students. Born in the 17th-century French Royal courts, ballet has evolved over the years into the wide-spread and well-loved art form it is today. While the classic French vocabulary is used in all styles of ballet, various schools teach slightly different techniques and the standard positions may be somewhat different. Throughout all styles, however, fluidity of movement, artistic expression, and the impression of lightness are extremely important, and these qualities take years of study and intense focus to master. The basic principles and techniques of ballet are carried over into many other forms of dance, making it the most important aspect of any young dancer's education.

Class: MODERN

Modern dance originally derived from the classical techniques and movements of ballet. In the early 1900s, many emerging dancers and choreographers rebeled against the defined structures and traditional limits of ballet. These early modern dancers developed their own aesthetics and movement styles, creating a never-ending family tree that branches off with each new generation of choreographers. The basic steps of modern dance are similar to ballet, but different qualities of movement are emphasized. Modern dance takes full advantage of the forces of gravity, momentum, and internal tension. Oppositional forces, suspension and release, and use of the body's natural breath are explored and encouraged in modern dance.