Ballet is often story-driven and orchestrated ("The Nutcracker" is a great example), with fantastical sets and costumes. The movement emphasizes pointe work (dancing on toes), graceful expressions, and symmetry among dancers.
Ballet is offered for ages 5 and up and is mandatory for all dancers in order to take other classes.
Jazz is a lively dance style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation. This style often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.
In this exciting dance form, dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.
Hip-hop 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.
Lyrical is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong feelings and emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.
Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.
Contemporary is a sub-type of Ballet in which "plot is cast aside in favor of pure movement and physical expression, which may not appear to be dancelike at all. Costumes and set designs are frequently simple or abstract. Music or sound work, if used, is often contemporary or experimental in nature."
Creative is for our 3 to 4/5 year old dancers getting a feel for dance. Primarily a ballet class, creative introduces our little dancers to the techniques and choreography they will use as they get older.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole
Jazz and Tap exams are a great opportunity to improve technique, receive feedback from examiners, and build stronger dancers. Exam classes are offered to dancers age 5 and up, and clasess focus on foundational elements of dance that we sometimes do not have time to perfect in choreography class. Students are taught from a national syllabus and smaller class sizes allow for more one on one time with the teacher.