Intro to Dance:
Intro to Dance is a class designed to introduce young students to ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. Students learn the basics of these styles of dance and will perform in both the Nutcracker and spring recital.
Ballet is a very structured style of dance and is the foundation of all other styles. In this class, students will learn how to properly execute ballet technique through a number of exercises. These include stretching, ballet barre, center work, and across the floor. All ballet classes will perform in both the Nutcracker and the Spring Recital.
Pointe is an advancement of ballet. Pointe dancers execute ballet technique while wearing pointe shoes to stand on their toes. Dancers must take at least one ballet technique class in addition to this class. Pointe dancers will typically work on technique the first year and will begin performances in the second year.
Students wear tap shoes to create musical rhythms with their feet. Students will learn how to understand and interpret music as well as proper tap technique and style.
Jazz is a more upbeat, fast-paced dance style. Students will practice traditional jazz technique such as jumps, kicks and turns, as well as self expression through expressive/dramatic movements.
Lyrical is based on ballet technique but is based more on expressing emotions. Dance moves and the mood of the dance are often based on the lyrics of the song. Students at Centre Dance are required to take ballet simultaneously with lyrical to be eligible for this class due to its strong basis in ballet.
Hip Hop is a high energy dance style. Students are encouraged to dance outside of their comfort zone. Hip Hop classes at Centre Dance include technical hip hop moves as well as freestyle and self expression.
Acrobatics class focuses on flexibility, strength and some tumbling. Acro classes may include tricks such as bridges, handstands, walkovers, cartwheels/roundoffs, aerials and/or handsprings. Classes are taught based on the student’s ability and students do not need prior training to enroll in this course. It is encouraged for students to simultaneously be enrolled in ballet so they can learn ballet technique such as stretched legs and feet and core strength and apply these techniques to their acrobatic moves.
Stretching and Conditioning:
Stretching and Conditioning classes include specifically designed workouts to improve dancers’ abilities in the other styles. Leg, core, and arm conditioning are all instructed in a way that they are specific to a dancer’s physical needs. Students will also focus on improving flexibility, again, to advance them in other dance styles.