Dance Class Descriptions & Types

 

At Dance with Energy, we realize that each child learns differently, all classes are taught in a combination of teaching styles in order to reach all learning types. All Dance with Energy classes consist of a proper warm-up, across the floor progressions, center technique, strengthening exercises and a cumulative dance routine.  Many times class flow will be based on the group’s energy and focus for the day.  In every class all dancers will have the opportunity to practice individually with the teacher as well as with the group.  Whether your child is interested in dance as an extracurricular activity or they aspire to be a prima ballerina or dance on Broadway, we have something for everyone!!

 

Levels
Discovery Dance: Ages 2 .5-3 (non recital)
Creative Movement I:  Ages 3-4
Creative Movement II:  Ages 4-5
Kinder Combo:  Ages 5-7
Lil Hip Hop: Ages 4-5
Boys Hip Hop: Ages 5-10
Irish Step: Ages 4-10
Musical Theatre:  Ages 7 & up
Acro: Ages 5-13
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern: Ages 6-17
Adult Classes:  Ages 18 & up

Class Descriptions
Acro: (Ages 5-13) Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength.

Discovery Dance:  (Ages 2.5-3) A 3 month themed session to introduce children to Creative Movement  (Sep-Nov, Dec-Feb, Mar-May). Young dancers will expand their imaginations through movement and explore musicality, imagery and dance. A great introductory class for first time dancers. Each session will end with an informal performance in-studio for parents. 
*There will be no Spring recital performance for this class. 

Creative Movement I  & Creative Movement II: (Ages 3-4 & Ages 4-5) A combination class of pre-tap and pre-ballet.  In Creative Movement I Dancers are introduced to the basics of each dance style through the use of imagery and creative song and dance. Creative Movement II reviews movements and exercises taught in Creative Movement I.  This class also moves to more difficult steps to prepare the dancer for Kinder Combo which takes a more formal approach to Ballet & Tap.  
 
Kinder Combo: (Ages 5 – 7) A combination class of tap & ballet.  Dancers continue their study of each form in a more focused but fun way. Proper ballet placement and positions are taught and more challenging tap steps are introduced.  Ballet class etiquette is explored and dancers start to really concentrate on poise.  Tap sounds are expected to become clearer and articulated and repetition is used to ensure that proper sounds are being made.

Lil’ Hip-Hop & Boys Hip-Hop: (Ages 3–5 & Ages 5-10) An introduction to Hip Hop for our younger dancers. Lil’ Hip Hop gets our students moving to popular, age appropriate music. Basic dance movement is introduced and concentration is focused on coordination and gross motor skills. The “attitude” of hip hop is explored and helps build confidence in the dancer’s movement. Dancers also have the opportunity to free style dance. 
 
Ballet- Ballet training is widely recognized as the foundation for all other dance forms. It is characterized by light graceful movements that involve precise steps and gestures set in intricate flowing patterns. Ballet technique involves and challenges the entire body. Its discipline and intricacies stimulate the mind as well as the muscles.  Ballet improves body posture & carriage, balance, muscle tone, endurance, strength, coordination and discipline.    

Jazz- Jazz dance is energy in motion, vibrant and allows the dancer’s personality to shine.  Jazz dance is an American form of dance that developed in the early 1900’s as both African and European people began to mix their dance traditions.   Typically jazz dance is performed to the popular music of the time.  This form of dance is energetic and fun.  It consists of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.  

Tap- Tap dancing is based on the arrangement of steps that create their own musical sound and song. Dancers use special shoes equipped with metal taps on the bottom.   The goal in tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds with various levels of tone.  Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance and helps build the dancer’s aerobic fitness, coordination, rhythm and muscle control.  

Hip Hop- Hip Hop dancing almost eludes definition and has become increasingly popular over the last two decades.  This type of dance constantly evolves and welcomes innovation.  Typically it refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily performed to Hip Hop music.  Hip Hop evolved from breakdancing and Hip Hop dancers often engage in friendly battles or competitions.  Hip Hop is all about attitude and improvisation.

Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary- Modern dance emerged as a rebellion to the structured strictness of Ballet and has recently been made popular by such shows as “So You Think You Can Dance.” Over the years its name has changed several times and has often been considered the hardest form of dance to name.  Modern  dancing uses the body as an instrument to express emotions in a free flowing interpretive style. Dancers concentrate on individual interpretation of the music or direction from the teacher rather than strict technique. Modern/Contemporary dance often has an artful contrast between moments of stillness and activity and the dancers are usually all doing different movements at the same time. Dancers dance barefoot.  

Musical Theatre- Musical theatre is a fusion of acting, dialogue, singing and dancing. It combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance to tell a story much like a play.  Most musicals contain both solo and ensemble songs accompanied with choreography to portray the storyline.  Performers who excel in musical theatre are considered “Triple Threats” because they are trained in acting, singing and dancing.  

Irish Step- Irish Step Dancing developed from traditional Irish dancing.  It can be performed solo or by troupes.  Dancers stiffen their upper bodies while performing quick intricate footwork.  Two types of shoes are worn; hard shoes, which create sounds similar to tap shoes and soft shoes similar to ballet slippers. Younger, beginner dancers usually start out with the soft shoe.