Acrobatics (ages 3 & up)
Acrobatics (Acro for short) combines the control and skill of gymnastics with the beauty of dance and contortion work. Strength, coordination and flexibility are major components of Acrobatics. Students will progress through levels from beginning to advanced. Tricks such as front rolls, back rolls, pike roll, cartwheels, handstands, elbow stands, chin stands, splits, split rolls, extension rolls, front/back walkovers, scorpions, and eventually progressing through to aerial work will all be encountered as they move through the levels. Contortion work will be taught, but no child will ever be forced into a position they are not prepared for.
Ballet/Tap/Tumbling for Tots (age 18 months - 4 yr)
This class is an introduction to the world of dance. The students begin to learn the basics of ballet, tap, novelty, and tumbling. Each section receives about 15 minutes so that the child doesn't lose interest. In pre-ballet we cover pliés, pointes, relevés, port de bras, & changements. In the portion of class dedicated to tap, basic steps such as shuffles, heel digs, toe taps, & marching are covered. The students are also taught basic tumbling skills for agility. Gross motor skills such as hopping, galloping, skipping, walking, running, & jumping are also taught. While the students have fun, the children are rewarded for participating & following the rules. We always practice good manners & orderly conduct at dance class.
Ballet/Tap Combination Classes (ages 4-8)
In the combination classes, time is divided equally between the styles. We begin each class with ballet by warming up with barre work. The level of difficulty increases as the students get older. Basic barre work includes, plié with port de bras, relevé, battement tendu, battement en cloche, grand battement, and more. During centerwork we focus on Leaps, Turns, Balance, & Jumps. Tap class begins with barre technique. Tap barre technique is done both with & without music. Music helps the students learn rhythm and the silence helps them hear the sounds they are supposed to be making compared to what is actually happening. Children are encouraged to practice. Children of parents that reinforce good practice habits progress. Students are rewarded for good behavior, remembering, paying attention, & good manners. Dance class is a fun activity, but we still have to follow the rules.
Kids Hip Hop
Good examples of this style of dance can be seen while watching Shake It Up on Disney Channel! This is a fun style that has lots of attitude & personality! Kids who have never danced before or think ballet just isn't their thing usually fall in love with hip hop. Class involves floor stretches, tumbling, & footwork. Individual steps such as glides, drags, heel pops, arm waves, and more are taught. Basic tumbling skills are taught for agility. Your child will never be asked to do something they are not ready for. Tricks are incorporated into the routines, but are designed to fit the individual students ability. We also learn how to freestyle and make combinations out of the kids moves. This is a great way to introduce your child to dance. We have lots of fun, but the kids still get to make the dance their own.
Hip Hop (Pre-teen/Teen)
This class is challenging & lots of fun! The movements can be small, precise, & fast….or they could be slow and very emphasized. Most of the time it's a mixture of both and that is a big part of the challenge. Hip hop is a style where you put your personality into it. We can teach you steps but you have to bring your personality & attitude into it. Everyone is taught the same steps, but in the end they all look slightly different. This style is very fun & aerobic. Students enrolling in this class need to be agile. Basic tumbling skills will be taught. Many tricks such as falls, jumps, & slides are incorporated into the routines. Don't be scared because you think you are not that good….if you came to class and were perfect at everything, there would be no reason for you to be there! All moves are taught in steps and anyone can master the skills if they try. No experience is needed to enroll in the Level 1 class.
YOGA/PILATES MAT WORKOUT
This class begins with a warm up of Hatha Yoga Asana followed by Pilates core strengthening exercises then ending with Asana. Learning to let your breath control your slow and elongated movements will be the guidance into the physical and mental benefits of this program. Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level. The class focus will be on basics and personal strength levels so whether you’re a beginning student or a continuing student you will feel challenged by this fusion of Asana and mat exercises.
Callanetics (deep muscle exercises)
One word describes Callanetics exercises; unique. By isolating muscle groups and using tiny, precise (yet powerful) movements, Callanetics exercises tighten and reshape your body while increasing strength, flexibility and body alignment. This program is so remarkably effective that just one hour of Callanetics exercises has the tightening and lifting value of 20 hours of aerobics. And, because Callanetics involves deep muscle work, you won't experience the bouncing and jarring found in high-impact activities, such as aerobics or jogging. This means Callanetics students exercise safely and virtually injury-free. Men and women of all ages and fitness levels benefit from the classes. You will feel the difference in minutes and see dramatic results after just a few hours!
LINE DANCING FOR FUN & FITNESS
Line Dancing isn’t just country/western any more! It’s modern, urban sophistication, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, andLine Dancing isn’t just country/western any more! It’s modern, urban sophistication, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, and
Latin flavor. We still dance choreography in lines — but with the look and feel of ensemble dancing. It’s fun, great exercise, and it will free the dancer in you!
• No partners needed - perfect for singles! • Learn line dances in a comfortable,
welcoming, fun-filled class! • Beginners welcome! • Teens and seniors welcome!
• Two left feet welcome!
An aerobic boot camp class. Equipment such as mini trampolines, hula hoops, stability balls, jump ropes, steps, slides, hand & ankle weights and mat work are incorporated into rotating weekly workout. Come with sneakers, a smile and be ready to sweat!
Cloggingis a type of folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance,and traditional Cherokee dance in which the dancer's footwear is used musically by striking the heel, the toe, or both in unison against a floor or each other to create audible percussive rhythms.
Clogging was social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 18th century.
As the clogging style has migrated over the years, many localities have made contributions by adding local steps and rhythms to the style. Welsh seamen appear to have adopted a dance very early on and may have been those who introduced it to the British Isles.As the dance migrated to England in the 15th century, the all wooden clog was replaced by a leather topped shoe with a one piece wooden bottom. By the 16th century a more conventional leather shoe with separate wooden pieces on the heel and toe called "flats" became popular, from where the terms "heel and toe" and "flat footing" derive.
In later periods it was not always called "clogging", being known variously as flat-footing, foot-stomping, buck dancing, clog dancing, jigging, or other local terms. What all these had in common was emphasizing the downbeat of the music by enthusiastic footwork. As for the shoes many old clogging shoes had no taps and some were made of leather and velvet, while the soles of the shoes were either wooden or hard leather.
History of Belly Dance
The true history of belly danceis a much debated topic among belly dance enthusiasts, leading to many conflicting theories. Because belly dance consists of a mixture of many different dance styles, it indeed has many different origins. Many experts believe that belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance.
Belly Dance Origins
Most belly dancers tend to believe in at least one of many theories explaining how belly dancing originated. The most popular theory is that it evolved from a religious dance. Some people believe that it descended from early Egyptian dances or from the migration of Gypsies from India. Another popular theory is that belly dance began as a traditional birthing practice to help ease the pains of childbirth.
Belly Dance in America
It is believed that belly dance first came to Americain 1893 when a dancer known as "Little Egypt" performed at the Chicago World's Fair. Fascinated by the dance and the music, Americans became very interested in the exotic dances and rhythms of the orient. Feeling the approaching craze, Hollywoodcreated glamorous, colorful costumes, popularizing an exotic dance of self-expression.
Belly Dance Terminology
Even more debated than the origin of belly dance is exactly what the dance form should be called. The term "belly dance" is believed to have come from a French term (danse du ventre) meaning "dance of the stomach." There is really no correct word or name for this art form, simply because so many styles and forms of the dance exist in several cultures. However, most Americans referring to this ancient art form simply call it "belly dance."
Evolution of Belly Dance
Today, belly dance is enjoyed throughout the world and is taught in almost every country. Belly dancing offers an instant community of friends for women of all ages who find joy in music and movement. Belly dance creates self-confidence, as women learning the art often gain a sense of empowerment and self-discovery through artistic self-expression. Although many enthusiasts perform for modest income, the majority of belly dancers find the dance form to be a great source of exercise and a means of socialization.
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