Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays. – George Balanchine
Focus Fitness Discipline Teamwork Social skills Good posture Self confidence Leadership skills Appreciation of music Creative thinking skills A wholesome experience Respect for self and others Improved motor & listening skills Opportunities to succeed and advance
TWINKLE TOTS/KINDERDANCE: is designed specifically for toddlers (ages 2-4) using the benefits from a variety of styles of dance to teach poise, grace, timing, coordination, and flexibility. All this is accompanied with age-appropriate music in a fun and entertaining environment. The purpose is to develop the first step towards a basic background in dance and an awareness of musical timing.
BALLET: is available from 5 years and up. Ballet is an important base for all types of dancing. It develops better form, control, poise, and balance, as well as creating a joy in movement and music. Cecchetti technique is taught as established by Maestro Enrico Cecchetti, and is professionally recognized around the world. Ballet is a must for the serious dancer.
BALLET POINTE & PAS DE DEUX: is taught at the discretion of the Artistic Director to students who have reached a satisfactory level in ballet technique and have the strength to do so. Pas de deux is partnering work, and is essential for the serious student pursuing a professional dance career. Pointe work is a must for the female dancer pursuing a professional ballet career
TAP: is available from age 5 years and up. Tap teaches an awareness of beat, timing, and rhythm; all of which provide a good foundation on which to create.
JAZZ: teaches body segregation, which, like ballet is a must for the serious dancer. Children, youth, and adults find jazz a rewarding experience while dancing to the latest hits. A dance form of African American origins, and a product of the 20th century, jazz is available for students age 5 years to adult.
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY: is taught at the discretion of the Artistic Director to students who have reached a satisfactory stage in ballet technique and have the strength to do so. Methods taught are the Limone and Martha Graham techniques.
LYRICAL JAZZ: is taught at the discretion of the Artistic Director to students who have attained a certain level of technique. Lyrical dancing interprets the lyrics or mood (intent) of a song. This form includes the use of legwork, balance, flexibility, and facial/body emotion and encompasses ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance forms.
HIP HOP: is part of popular urban culture, and is closely associated with rap music. It also refers to speech, fashion and personal style. This dance form is adopted by many youths, particularly in urban areas. It includes such movements as popping and locking and such styles as breaking and funk. Hip Hop is available from age 7 years to adult.
ACRO: Acro is available for ages 4 years and up. Students are placed according to age and ability. Each class is designed to give the student a strong basic foundation in acrobatic technique and tumbling. All skills are built upon this foundation, allowing for a safe progression from the beginner skill level to a more advanced level.
STRETCH, SHAPE & STRENGTHEN: is available from age 7 years to adult, and is a must for all fitness enthusiasts and the serious dancer. We offer classes following the teachings of Moira Stott, a contemporary approach to the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates emphasizing neutral spine and neutral pelvic alignment and their relationship to core conditioning. Tone, strengthen, and streamline to achieve deep strength, flexibility, and endurance. Flatten abdominals and restore natural alignment while you tone and elongate without building bulk.
PILATES MATWORK: was established by Joseph Pilates who was plagued by childhood illnesses. While Joseph Pilates was working in Britain at the outbreak of WWI, he was captured and put into a British internment camp for the duration of the war. During this period he began to develop exercises for fellow camp members and took charge of keeping them in shape. It is said that Pilates used spare springs and attached them to the beds to create arm and leg exercises – the beginnings of what would become the reformer. The benefits that Joseph Pilates professed remain true today and are improved core strength, increased mobility, long, lean muscle development, improved-breathing patterns/capacity, better proprioception and coordination and improved posture.