Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor.
Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. It is not unusual for dancers to invent new steps for their routines, instead of following a structured code of technique, as in ballet.
Another characteristic of modern dance in opposition to ballet is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement. This type of dancer rejects the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, often opting instead for deliberate falls to the floor.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger.
Lyrical dancers usually perform to music with lyrics…the lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for movements and expressions. Music used for lyrical is typically emotionally charged and expressive. Music may consist of many genres including pop, rock and hip hop. Powerful, expressive songs are often used in lyrical dance to give dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. (more…)
These classes are designed for children 2-5 years old. They are designed to teach grace, respect, confidence, and the workings of a classroom environment.
The classes are 1 hour once a week and consist of 20 minutes of tap, 20 minutes of ballet, and 20 minutes of tumbling. Pre-I is designed for 2 & 3 year olds. Pre-II is geared towards for 3 & 4 year olds. Pre-III is designated to our 4 & 5 year olds.* (more…)
This is a class that is solely dedicated to the technique of jumps and turns. The class time will consist of warming up, center floor, and across the floor activities. Many pep squad members in area high schools join this class to brush up on skills for dance team try-outs.