We offer contemporary and lyrical classes for students ages eight and up. Younger students must audition for class to determine readiness and receive teacher approval. Our students learn a variety of styles, and learn dances from professional choreographers in residence as well as guest artists. Students in our invited Pre-Professional Dance Company (PPDC) have the opportunity to compete and perform choreography at various times throughout the year.
Ballet provides the foundation for many types of dance. Students are given an opportunity to experience other forms of dance expression. This style of dance is a combination of modern + jazz+ lyrical + classical ballet. It involves free and fluid movements that express new aspects of dance with improvisation techniques and creative practice.
Students enrolled in our Fall/Spring School Year will perform in our Annual Showcase; there is no performance for those enrolled in the Summer Session program. There is no RAD examination or Nutcracker performance.
Modern dancing is more specific with a more defined structure that incorporates strong techniqye coupled with expressive movements. It is a good middle ground between contemporary and classical ballet.
Separate level classes will be offered in Lyrical/Jazz. Lyrical/Jazz “Junior” classes are for younger students in levels Primary through Grade 3. Lyrical/Jazz “Senior” classes are for older students in Grade 4 and above and can include older beginners such as teens. Jazz* and Lyrical* genres will be combined to create a fun, exciting, yet challenging class that will allow students to expand and build upon their dance training while introducing new ways to communicate through movement. Students enrolled in our Fall/Spring School Year will perform in our Annual Showcase; there is no performance for those enrolled in the Summer Session program. There is no RAD examination or Nutcracker performance.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical dancers use movement to express strong emotions through their dancing. Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible. Leaps are exceptionally high and soaring, and turns are fluid and continuous. A lyrical routine will showcase a dancer’s strength, musicality, emotion and resistance.
Jazz dance is fun and energetic, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. A separate form of technique is developed in Jazz, and this will be introduced and instructed through an extensive warm up, across the floor and continued through to a choreographed jazz routine.
We seek to broaden the understanding of the body, and how students can use movement to shape ideas through their connection to the music. We shine light on the foundation of the culture by embracing the fundamentals of Hip Hop funk styles such as Waving, Popping, Tutting, and Gliding. In order to bring awareness its evolution, we also shed light to how other styles such as Jazz, Ballet, and Modern, to show how they have influenced the journey of Hip Hop movement. By pulling similar concepts and movements from these other styles, we show the correlation on how all genres of dance are universal to understanding the body and how we utilize our instrument of expression.
*Technical Training : Popping, Waving, Tutting, Gliding,
*Exercises and Concepts to Improve Freestyle
* Combos and Choreography
*Tips to Understanding/Expanding Movement in Hip Hop.
Acro (or acrobatic arts) is gymnastic fundamentals for dancers. Acro is designed to promote excellence in flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, tumbling, basic contortion, and partner/group stunting for dancers. Learning acro will improve the overall technique of a dancer in all genres, and will move your dancer one step closer to perfecting their technique in their passion. Danielle’s Acro targets students from Primary to Grade 5.
Saturday Acro/Body Work class will consist of core connectivity, inversion balance and strength, and basic acrobatic skills. Body work is included in class to develop deep muscle connections and movement from a somatic (body/mind) approach. Acro work will be based upon progressions, dancer modifications, and safety. Class will be a Yin/Yang style: students will explore both Inner Connectivity and Outer Mobility. Connie’s Acro focuses on Vocational students.