Dances We Teach

Our performing arts classes include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Lyrical Dance. We teach coordination, presence, and the confidence to perform on stage and throughout life. And, we provide a fun family atmosphere where we all support each other.  We teach from ages 2 ½ to adult.


BAllet

Theatrical dance in which a formal academic technique (the danse d’école) is combined with music, costume, and stage scenery. Developed from court productions of the Renaissance, ballet was renewed under Louis XIV, who in 1661 established France’s Académie Royale de Danse, where Pierre Beauchamp developed the five ballet positions. Early ballets were often accompanied by singing and incorporated into opera-ballets by composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully. In the 18th century Jean-Georges Noverre and Gasparo Angiolini separately developed the dramatic ballet (ballet d’action) to tell a story through dance steps and mime, a reform echoed in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s music.


TAP

Style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. It is derived from the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances. Popular in 19th-century minstrel shows, versions such as “buck-and-wing” (danced vigorously in wooden-soled shoes) and “soft-shoe” (danced smoothly in soft-soled shoes) developed as separate techniques; by 1925 they had merged, and metal taps were attached to shoe heels and toes to produce a more pronounced sound. The dance was also popular in variety shows and early musicals.


Jazz

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Dance form developed by African-Americans in the US in the early part of the 20th century. It drew on African rhythms and techniques which isolated various parts of the body in movement. The name was first used during the First World War, and by the 1920s jazz had been taken up by white society. Its absorption into show business, through exposure in films, on television, and on Broadway, guaranteed it an enormous and enduring audience. One of the earliest instances of theatrical jazz dance was Balanchine’s ballet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, the danced climax to the Broadway musical On Your Toes (1936). Leading jazz choreographers included Katherine Dunham and Bob Fosse. The influence of jazz can also be seen on the ballet stage, especially in works by Robbins and Tharp.

 


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 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.

 


Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. You can also get lyrical gymnastics which is gymnastics to music. It has a dance influence to it.

Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. It is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance, the latter itself being an emerging category. 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.

 


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. 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.