Within this nurturing environment, each student performs in at least one annual production in modest costume and with tasteful choreography. Everyone is challenged to take their own art to a higher level.
This is the cornerstone of the Ballet Society curriculum. We begin teaching children as early as age 3½ and progress them through specific skills and age-appropriate expression. From the learning of basic movement, to ballet positions, to pre-pointe and finally actual pointe work we produce young artists who often take their craft to the professional world of dance and teaching.
Contemporary dance infuses a combination of methods from modern dance, postmodern dance, and classical ballet. The dance form examines the choreographic and performance process, often done in bare feet and with non-traditional costuming. This genre focuses on a deliberate use of gravity within the dance movement. Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up. All students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance. Those who reach a higher level of achievement may audition for our Jazzart company.
Inspired by the music and movement associated with popular culture, the ï¿½jazzï¿½ technique of dancing can be found in musical theatre, television reality shows, and general stage performance. Jazz has become popular over the last few years due to its increase in music videos, television shows, and commercials. Students gain an understanding of rhythms and stage dynamics. As the curriculum progresses, there is an increased emphasis on creating and developing new concepts and movement qualities in jazz dance.Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up. All students are given the opportunity showcase their talents in a year-end performance. Those who reach a higher level of achievement may audition for our Jazzart company.
The Creator created all things, and the arts are a wonderful vehicle for expressing joy. May the Creator find pleasure in our own creative efforts as we give thanks for all He has given us. Worship dance expresses that there is "... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance." (Ec 3:4)Our Worship Dance program brings the skills of ballet and jazz dance into an expressive celebration of God. Guided by inspired faculty, the class focuses on technique, prayer, creative worship, improvisation, storytelling, and choreography.Performance and ministries opportunities are included in the program. Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up.
Hip hop began in the South Bronx of New York City in the 1970s. The dance style today includes a wide movement vocabulary, including Popping, Locking, B-boying, House, Tutting, Krumping, Stepping, Funk, African and more. This all-levels class focuses on signature hip hop moves where students build endurance, strength, musicality and personal style to popular hip hop music.No experience is required. Performance opportunities are included in the program. Classes are available for dancers ages 6 and up.
Musical Theatre Dance (Broadway)
In the 20th century, dancing and drama became truly integrated in America, and "Broadway dance" was recognized as a new style of jazz dance. In Musical Theatre, a song or dance occurs when the emotional state of a character, or characters, becomes so heightened that they can no longer express themselves in words. In our workshops, time is spent on developing the character of the story and applying basic technique to the various styles in musical theater dance. Auditions are held for placement in Production Night numbers. Each dancer will learn and perform in at least 2 full numbers. There is opportunity for solos, duets and small ensembles.No singing experience is required. Performance opportunities are included in the program. Classes are available for dancers ages 6 and up.
This traditional form of American art is an ideal way to bring children into the experience of dance.Tap is included in our two youngest levels of classes. Tap is also offered as an individual for ages 6 and up. Performance opportunities are included in the program