Dance Innovations Class Descriptions
The classes we teach along with a little background on each. For a schedule of classes, click here.
Combination Classes for Younger Students
Several Different styles of dance are offered in a nurturing environment to instill the love of dance. (Ballet/Tap/Acrobatics or Ballet/ Tap/Jazz or Ballet/ Tap/ Hip Hop)
Traditional and classical ballet techniques are taught with an emphasis on barre work, port de bras, and progression across the floor. Basic ballet positions with proper alignment are mastered. Stresses academic technique, precise movements, flexibility, and extensions.
Contemporary Ballet /Modern
Using a combination of Classical Ballet and Modern technique, this class which is designed for the intermediate/advanced student will employ a 30 min warm-up: floor work, barre, center; with the balance of the class devoted to development of advanced turns, jumps and combinations from the American Modern Dance syllabus.
A Style of expressive dance that combines the elements of Jazz, Modern and Ballet. Contemporary dance strives to connect the mind and body through rhythmic movements.
The Lyrics of songs are the driving force for inspiration of the movement allowing the dancers to express life’s experience and challenges in an emotionally intense or delicate way. It incorporates all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz and Modern.
Jazz Traditional/ Broadway
Development of Jazz Technique with the emphasis on coordination, strength, control, and dynamics taught through challenging combinations, which will include turns, leaps, and progressions.
An athletic combination of fast footwork, free style dance, salsa, and martial arts moves, done to pulsating street style music.
Hip Hop /Jazz Fusion
This class combines the high energy of Hip-Hop with traditional Jazz technique. Warm up consists of Traditional Jazz Technique but combination will focus on both Hip Hop and Jazz.
A combination of various styles of modern technique. An emphasis will be on the basic modern techniques with the use of angular movements and body awareness. Movements based on contracting and releasing of the muscles. ***Modern Repertoire technique class- (Sat. 10:00-11:15)-a minimum of 5 different techniques (i.e.: Horton, Graham, Limon and contemporary) will be taught by guest artist instructors
Dancing on the tips of the toes requiring special shoes allowing the dancer to balance her bodyweight on a tiny flat surface. Those who exhibit strength and mobility in the ankle and the foot can only take this technique class. Students are required to take 2 Ballet technique classes per week. Students will go up on Pointe at the Ballet Faculty discretion
For the novice or the experienced student. These classes promise entertaining numbers where both singing and dancing talents are brought together. Dances in the past have included songs from Broadway’s most popular shows.
A beginner to advanced level class in the fundamentals of tap. This class will focus on building strong basic tap skills and incorporating them into across the floor work and combinations. Students will be taught progressions of steps, a challenge for all levels. Possible performing opportunities.