Ballet– Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries. Ballet uses music and dance to tell stories.
Tap-Tap dancing 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.
Jazz– Jazz is a fun dance style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation. Many jazz dancers mix different styles into their dancing, incorporating their own expression. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.
Hip Hop– Hip hop is an upbeat dance style, usually danced to hip-hop or pop music, that evolved from the hip-hop culture. Hip hop uses a lot of jazz technique with other fun, isolated movements. This is the type of dancing featured in today’s music videos and concerts. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to hip-hop dancing.
Lyrical– Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and some jazz technique. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy, sadness and anger.
Contemporary– Contemporary dance is the name for a modern concert dance genre. It is not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods. Contemporary dances usually have a more lyrical feel but are more intense and tend to be sharper at times.
Pointe– Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. This style is only offered to experienced ballet dancers once they reach a certain technique level in our Company Program.
Acrobatics– The art of jumping, tumbling, and balancing. This genre is becoming increasingly popular in the advanced dance world. Acro. class helps dancers to build strength, balance, and flexibility as well as teaches the dancers cool and exciting tricks.
Conditioning– A class we offer our Company dancers where they work on increasing their strength, stamina, and flexibility.
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