Class descriptions:

Jazz:

Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance—modern jazz dance—emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz dance is frequently influenced by other dance styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by jazz dance.

Intro to Jazz:

A beginner class where the foundations and basics of jazz are introduced. Must be taken as a 10 week course Prior to entering Jazz 1.

Teachnique:

As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz dance movement. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique and, consequently, hip hop dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training.

Jazz dance encompasses various techniques, including:

Center control

By treating the center of balance as the point from which movements emanate, it becomes possible to maintain balance and control while executing movements that would otherwise take the dancer off balance.

Spotting

This enables dancers to maintain balance and control while executing turns such as pirouettes and fouettés, by reducing the dizzying effect of repeated rotation. Pointing

When pointing, dancers stretch their ankles and point their toes so as to align their feet with the leg lines in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Jazz 1 and Jazz 2:

A continuation of Jazz technique. More emphasis is placed on choreography and over all conditioning and flexibility. Jazz 2 is for experianced dancers only, teacher reccomendation required.

Modern Contemporary:

Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance (which is performed to an audience) that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography, to guide unchoreographed movement. It uses dance techniques and methods found in ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance, and it also draws from other philosophies of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique.The term "contemporary dance" is sometimes used to describe dance that is not classical jazz or traditional folk/cultural dance[citation needed]. The hallmark of contemporary dance is an awareness of the limitations of form. Sub-genres recently defined by dance critics include non-dance, conceptual dance and pedestrian contemporary.

Must have at least a Jazz 1 level equivalent.

Dance techniques and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance may include:
  • Body-Mind Centering as a movement philosophy but not as a technique
  • Contemporary ballet
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Graham technique
  • Pilates
  • Release Technique
  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts
Contemporary dance employs many modern dance techniques such as contact-release, fall and recovery, floor work, improvisation, and lifts in partnering.

Jazz Partner And Lifts:

A class completely dedicated to throws and lifts. Partner work and trust in your partner will be cemented here. Proper technique and control will be learned.

Strength and Flexibility:

This is a class tailored towards optimising flexibility and muscle tone. Through various exercises we will lenthen the thigh, groin, calf, hamstrings, upper torso and lower back. Emphasis will be put on toning the core and strenghthening the mid section as well as firming the gluts. Stretch: The point of this class to find the limitations of ones own flexibility. Through area specific exercises, all the major muscles will be targeted. Helps to lengthen and control the muscles. With a high focus on flexibility will be shown, core work will also be utilized in order to better round out ones training.

Hip Hop:

Hip-hop dance refers to dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s by African Americans[note 1] and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin', Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a studio based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were being performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces. The commercialization of hip-hop dance continued into the 1990s and 2000s with the production of several other television shows and movies such as The Grind, Dance 360, Planet B-Boy, Rize, America's Best Dance Crew, the Step Up film franchise.What distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. It can also be a lifestyle: a way to be active in physical fitness or competitive dance and a way to make a living by dancing professionally.

Ballet:

Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music and has been influential as a form of dance globally. Ballet has been taught in ballet schools around the world, which use their own cultures and societies to inform the art. It is a poised style of dance that incorporates the foundational techniques for many other dance forms. This genre of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice. It is best known in the form of Late Romantic Ballet or Ballet Blanc, which preoccupies itself with the female dancer to the exclusion of almost all else, focusing on pointe work, flowing, precise acrobatic movements, and often presenting the dancers in the conventional short white French tutu. Ballet brings out the princess and prince in everyone.

Technique:

Ballet technique can refer to the foundational principles and steps on which ballet steps are built. These foundational principles and steps include "pulling up" (a popular term used to describe proper posture and lifting the muscles so as to increase turnout, quantity and quality of turns, and proper alignment), posture, pointing the toe, and flexibility.

  • Pirouettes
  • Bar work
  • Chaine turns
  • Center control

By treating the center of balance as the point from which movements emanate, it becomes possible to maintain balance and control while executing movements that would otherwise take the dancer off balance.

Spotting

This enables dancers to maintain balance and control while executing turns such as pirouettes and fouettés, by reducing the dizzying effect of repeated rotation. Pointing. When pointing, dancers stretch their ankles and point their toes so as to align their feet with the leg lines in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Intro Adult Ballet-

Beginner course where the foundation and fundamentals of Ballet are taught. Emphasis is put on proper body placement, terminology and spacial awareness.

Adult Ballet 1 and 2:

A continuation of this course, with more of a focus on over all body control and more difficult techniques. A minimum double turn is required for level 2. Ballet dancers must have a very physically fit body, so a lot of time will be spent on traing up the core and leg muscles as well as working on feet and ankle strenngth.

Salsa:

Salsa is a Latin dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban rumba).[citation needed] It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of Latin music. Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are forms such as a line dance form "Salsa suelta", where the dancers dance individually and a round dance form "Rueda de Casino" where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine. Salsa is a popular social dance throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East.

Salsa Solo:

Individual styling and showmanship is practiced. Turns and styling play a big role in this discipline. All the partner basics are utilized just with out the partner. This style is particularly famous for helping people gain self confidance in their body and how to show it.

Mexican Salsa Partner:

A partner where all the basics of partner salsa are used. Becoming in tune with your partner is key here and learning how to work with others is a skill that will be devolped here. Mexican style salsa differs form other forms in as its styling was born and bred in the latin neighborhoods of Mexico and cities like Chicago.

Salsarobics:

A fusion of Salsa and Aerobics. Get fit while having fun and looking good.

Acrobatics:

Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts, as well as many sports. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities—such as ballet and diving—may also employ acrobatics. Although acrobatics is most commonly associated with human body performance, it may also apply to other types of performance, such as aerobatics.

  • Techinques:
  • Handstands
  • Headstands
  • Cartwheels
  • Tumbling

Kpop:

Kpop is a musical genre consisting of Pop, dance, electropop, hip hop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults around the world, resulting in widespread interest in the fashion and style of Korean idol groups and singers. There are the cute sweet types of Kpop, very poplual with ladies of all ages, and the more Hip Hop influenced style.

Breaking:

Bboying or Breakdancing as its more popularly known is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African Americans and Latino youths in New York City. The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The musical selection for b-boying is not restricted to hip-hop music as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. These dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two individuals or two crews. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used, "b-boying" and "breaking" are the original terms used to refer to the dance. These terms are preferred by the majority of the art form’s pioneers and most notable practitioners.

Kinectaholics Anonymous:

Utilizing the Xbox Kinect, learn to dance and compete. A new dance from the video game will be taught every few weeks and will culminate in a dance competition using the Kinect. Special prizes will be awarded to the grand winner.

Performance Team:

Ever wanted to be a part of a Dance Crew? Looking for a group of people who love to dance as much as you do? Well you've found the place. Professional level training is not required but a love of dancing and dedication to it is. A minimum of 4 classes per week is required as well as an audition. Jazz and ballet must be included.

Kids Hip Hop:

A fun and interesting dance that kids will love. Learn hand eye coordination as well as rhythm and music association. Dance to all the latest music with the coolest new moves.

Creative Movment:

This is an introductory to Ballet for children. It lets every little girl and boy be a Ballerina and a princess or prince. Basic hand eye coordination is achieved as well as music and movement is learned. vhildren will be taught to find their center of balance by using their imagination and playing games.

Kids Ballet:

Ballet is the foundation of all styles of dance. It not only helps us to utilize or balance but also our core muscles. For kids, its all about wearing the tutu or like looking like a prince. Ballet basics will be learned as well as keeping things fun andlight hearted.

Kids Jazz:

Jazz uses most of the same techniques as Ballet, just to newer funkier music. More empahsis is put on center floor work. The kids will learn all the moves from movies like Fame and Footloose.

Acro Hip Hop:

A combination of Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Everyone learns basic tumbling as well as a bit of hip hop which will combine into a cool dance routine at the end of their course.