CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet: 
Ballet is the foundation for most dance forms.  These classes will focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body, and use of arms. Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in a grand allegro combination or variation. Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment. Students 11 and older with strong ballet technique, sufficient core and ankle strength, and a teacher's recommendation go on to study 'en pointe'. 

Barre Fitness:
Barre Fitness is a total-body workout designed to improve your overall strength and stamina and to stretch, lengthen, sculpt, and tone the entire body. Inspired by classical ballet, Pilates, and isometric strength training, the workout incorporates light hand weights and a series of smaller-range movements designed to target the core, arms, shoulders, legs, and glutes, as well as a series of stretches to increase flexibility and allow the muscles to recover. The class is appropriate for all fitness levels. 

Cardio Dance:
No dance experience needed! This high-energy aerobic workout will get you moving with easy-to-follow choreography set to fun, upbeat music. Work up a sweat, get your heart rate up, and burn tons of calories, all while having fun dancing to pop, dance, hip hop, and Latin hits. Cardio Dance is a great way to lose weight, improve cardiovascular health, strengthen and tone your entire body, and get a huge endorphin rush that will keep you energized throughout the rest of the day.

Choreography/Improvisation: 
An introductory class in the creative techniques of dance improvisation. The elements of dance composition are identified and explored. Dancers discover, explore and expand their own movements and ways to apply them to their choreography.

Contemporary:  
Dancers will explore the physicality, principles, and aesthetics of contemporary dance, with influences from Limón, Graham, and Cunningham techniques, as well as movement improvisation and choreography. The course will improve the student’s movement potential, body awareness, and musicality. Emphasis is placed on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, speed, phrasing, and proper alignment.

Creative Movement: 
Creative movement will encourage self-discipline and self-confidence while incorporating coordination, rhythm and basic dance steps.  Children will work on fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness and flexibility through the use of creative games, stories and props. For ages 2.5 - 4.

Hip Hop: 
Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Irish Step Dance: 
A fun and non-competitive class in Traditional Irish Step Dancing. An athletic and fast paced dance form that will help dancers with rhythm, strength and stamina.

Jazz: 
 In this style of dance, dancers will learn isolations, across the floor and combinations.  Jazz classes explore traditional and contemporary styles in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Classes begin with a warm-up focusing on  technique, flexibility, coordination and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations.

Modern: (Horton Technique)
An elementary introduction to the structures and shapes found within Lester Horton technique. The students will learn how to achieve these shapes in predictable sequence, and have time to explore dynamic movement and rhythm through creative and varied choreography.

Pilates Mat Classes:  
Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles.  Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity

Tap:  
Classes will focus on rhythm, musicality and timing. All classes begin with an energetic warm-up, across the floor exercises and combinations.

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