Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Choreographies typically start on the eighth or first beatcount. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, otherwise known as acapella dancing. Sounds are made using shows with metal on the heel and toe of the foot.
This is the most serious and demanding of the dance forms. Students will learn proper body alignment, traditional ballet technique and the grace of motion while at the same time building muscle tone and strength. The technique learned in ballet is the basis from which many other forms of dance are built upon.
Center control is very important in jazz technique. Your center will help you keep your balance and execute jazz steps easier. Most jazz classes start with a warm-up and stretching to get your muscles ready to move. Some techniques used in the warm up are isolations and contractions. During classes teachers usually teach combinations and then a routine to practice these techniques. Some basic moves include: ball change, twist, battement, pivot step, touch step, Piqué passé, stag leap, jete`, pencil spin, barrel turn, fan kick, jazz walk, jazz run, jazz square, hip walk, chasses, cat walk, catch step, pas de bouree, split jumps, renversé, chainé, switch leap, calypso, and pirouettes.
Hip Hop dance refers to dance styles, mainly street dance styles, primarily danced to hip hop music, or that have evolved as a part of the hip hop culture. These later styles are sometimes referred to as new school or new style while the older styles, including break dance and various funk styles that were incorporated into hip hop, are considered old school. Hip hop dancing is evolving in many different directions today, heavily influenced by the evolution of hip hop music and its popularity in media, surrounded by heated debates on history and authenticity.
Acrobatics involves difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination. Nearly any performance or sport which involves full-body activity—especially in short, highly controlled bursts of activity—can be considered acrobatics. Typical examples are, first and foremost, all the subdivisions of gymnastics and trapeze work, but specialized activities like ballet and diving could also be included. In a narrow sense, the term "acrobatics" refers to "acrobatic gymnastics," a specialized subdivision of gymnastics.
Combo classes will expose our littlest dancers to a variety of dances. They will split their time in class between Tap, Ballet, and basic tumbling.
We also offer several different dance classes for parents, or other adults. From tap and ballet, to the "world famous Dancin' Dads", we have something for everyone.