Classes

 

Studio C offers a variety of dance styles. Each individual style develops a different set of technical and performance skills.  It is important that students are registered in the appropriate classes.  Our staff will assist you with these choices.  Please note, in all cases students will be placed according to both ability and age.

AcroDance 

AcroDance is a style of Acrobatics used specifically for dancers. It is a genre of dance which seamlessly fuses elements of lyrical gymnastics tricks, balancing, tumbling, and jazz. Students learn Acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials and tumbling lines. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. To master an AcroDance trick, students must develop a good foundation of strength and flexibility, thus emphasis is placed on extensive conditioning and stretch and strength training. When students are learning new tricks, the instructor utilizes professional spotting techniques; which is necessary to ensure safety and build confidence.

With a steady and patient approach, students will build a solid foundation in order to achieve their AcroDance goals safely and effectively.

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AcroDance Class
Combination jazz/tap class

Combination:

Designed to stimulate and inspire our youngest dancers, the combination program allows students to sample various dance styles.  By exploring Jazz, Tap, and Ballet, students work on dance concepts such as balance, coordination, rhythm, accent and expression.  Social and learning skills are also developed though classroom routines, waiting one’s turn, following instruction, and celebrating achievements.  This class provides a solid foundation for success in all learning environments, not just dance class.

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Ballet:

Our beginner ballet program offers an introduction to the fundamentals of Classical Ballet. Dancers will learn the basics of posture, turnout and movement, using traditional classical music. Older dancers will improve their technique and expand their movement vocabulary through the use of traditional barre exercises and progressions.  Once dancers have achieved the appropriate strength, flexibility and technique, they may begin work en pointe.

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Ballet class
Intermediate Jazz Class

Jazz:

Jazz is an ever-changing dance style that relies heavily on popular music. It creates accented and dynamic routines through the use of syncopation, isolation, and flexibility.  Beginners focus on learning movement combinations that develop coordination, balance and strength.  In advanced classes, dancers focus on jazz tricks, including leaps, kicks, and turns.

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Tap:

By moving to the beat, children will learn how to create music with their feet. Using traditional tap steps, progressions, and combinations, students will build their technique as well as fundamental skills like rhythm, timing and co-ordination.  Tap can be performed to a wide variety of up-tempo music.

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Tap class
Recreational lyrical class

Lyrical:

This class uses jazz and ballet technique to interpret music and express emotion.  The focus is on expression through artistic dance movement. This program challenges dancers to understand how meaning and expression can be portrayed through dance.  Music used is typically quite passionate, with a slow to medium tempo. Lyrical classes begin at age 8.

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Celtic:  

Dancers will learn the basics of Celtic dancing, including precision, stamina, and rhythm. Their training will also include one of the traditional Highland dances such as the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Highland Laddie, etc. Traditional bagpipe music is featured with this style of dance.

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Celtic class