CLASSICAL BALLET ~ is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique (such as pointe work, turnout of the legs, and high extensions), its graceful, flowing, and precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. We incorporate various parts of Russian, French, British, and Italian ballet into our program. For example, Russian ballet features high extensions and dynamic turns, whereas Italian ballet tends to be more grounded, with a focus on fast, intricate footwork. Many of the stylistic variations are associated with specific training methods that have been named after their originators. Despite the variations, the performance and movement vocabulary of classical ballet are largely consistent throughout the world.
CECCHETTI BALLET ~ The Cecchetti method endeavors to reduce the dancer's training to an exact science. It imposes a fixed regimen, with set exercises for each day in the working week. This ensures that different types of steps are practiced in a planned sequence, and that each part of the body is worked evenly. Each exercise is executed to the left as well as to the right, beginning one side one week, and the other the next. As with all techniques, the Cecchetti method teaches the student to think of the movement of the foot, leg, arm, and head, not as something apart, but in its relation to the whole body, to develop a feeling for graceful lines. Cecchetti laid down that it is more important to execute an exercise correctly once, than to do it a dozen times carelessly. Quality rather than quantity is the guiding rule. The Cecchetti Method is classic in its focus on line without extravagance or fussiness of movement. Students are tested on their ability to properly execute a number of specifically choreographed routines that emphasize a particular ballet movement. They are also graded on their knowledge of the theory and terms.
TAP PERCUSSIVE (Rhythm) ~ is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition and involves lots of footwork keeping rhythmic patterns on your feet (tap shoes).
TAP TECHNIQUE ~ this is not the typical tap class – you’re working on the ankles, sounds, speed, mastering tap rudiments (basics) and putting them to use in the appropriate level; shading sounds ~ loud to soft!
JAZZ ~ is a fast-paced, fast moving, very stylized form of dance. You use the entire body, being able to isolate the head, shoulders, hips, arms and fingers with movement.
JAZZ FUNK ~ This is a fusion of hip hop (street) and jazz (technique) – high energy! (requires at least two years of Jazz class);
LYRICAL ~ is a modern dance form which fuses jazz, and ballet. It requires excellent technique to perform, as the moves are often difficult and precise. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals as well as rich instrumentation are often emphasized over the song's rhythm, but because of the definition of the word lyrical: having a poetic, expressive quality; musical; characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling; expressing deep personal emotions or observation; highly rhapsodic or enthusiastic
PROGRESSIONS ~ a technique only class with no choreography being taught. Across the floor combinations, jumps, leaps, and many different types of turns will be drilled and perfected. Progressions across the floor and combinations are the premise of jazz technique. (2 years of ballet required)
MODERN ~ is a style of theatrical dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and expresses complex emotions and abstract ideas. Our Modern encompasses a wide range of styles, including Graham and Horton and includes elements such as performance art, contact improvisation, floor work, release-technique, and improvisation.
HIPHOP ~ is a form of dance based on a variety of styles including breaking, locking, and popping. The formative influences of hip hop dance today came about in the 1970. Early days of hip hop have since been refined and stylized by classically trained dancers to create studio hip hop as we now know it. (Jr HipHop is age appropriate music and movement)
PERFORMANCE HIPHOP ~ this is LA STYLE hiphop – it’s what is choreographed for video’s. (Two years of HipHop or Jazz is a prerequisite to joining this class (teen+)
POM DANCE ~ Pom is the combination of sharp, precise arm movements and technical skills such as turns, leaps, kicks and toe touches. PomDance, offers training in pom technique and the elements of dance used in pom. Taking Pom Dance classes is a great head start for those students looking to audition for high school dance teams.