Ballet is a classical dance form demanding grace and precision, using formalized steps and vocabulary. Correct technique, flexibility and strength are emphasized in class.
The class consists of a series of barre, center floor, and across the floor exercises. Technique and fundamentals are built upon at a successive rate. Ballet is the core of all dance. As dancers progress through each level, the focus will become increasingly more intricate and complex.
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more challenging.
Jazz is a combination of dance movements with an emphasis on technique, body placement, personal style, and technical skills such as leaps, turns, kicks, and formation changes. This class is for those dancers looking for a challenging and fun way to develop personal style within a group atmosphere.
Hip Hop is a more contemporary form of dance. It utilizes complex rhythms and the most current video/street dance styles. Dancers will master these funky synchronized skills in an upbeat and fun environment. This class is a cardiovascular workout as well as teaching hip hop routines. If you want to get a great workout and have fun doing it, this is the class for you!
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. The term "contemporary" is somewhat misleading: it describes a genre that developed during the mid-20th century and is still very popular today.
Lyrical dance is expressive, and is focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. Lyrical inspires choreographers and dancers to use movement to interpret music and express emotion.
Musical Theatre class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows and musical performances. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance, facial expressions, and lip syncing.
This non-traditional to the mainland dance form is what our studio is unique for. Dancers will learn various Tahitian, Maori, and Hawaiian styles of dance. Students will learn hula movements and terminology, utilizing them in learning ancient style hulas (Kahiko) and modern style hulas (‘Auana). Students will also learn to use hula implements such as the ipu (gourd), pu’ili (a split bamboo rod), the ‘uli ‘uli (feathered gourd rattle), and also the Maori poi ball. Dancers will learn to tell a story using their hands and body movements, while the meanings of the dances will be explained. Basic Tahitian dance movements will also be taught.
Emphasis is on proper body alignment, usage of a firm demi plie, correct usage of battement tendue, placement on demi Pointe (releve) and the strengthening of abdominal muscles, and ankles. Advancement to working on Pointe is awarded on an individual basis. We will allow a student to progress on Pointe, only if they have seen a podiatrist to ensure that their growth plates have formed, and can demonstrate certain abilities. This is in the best interest of the student’s long term health and safety. These classes will be on an invitation basis only. *All dancers taking this class must be enrolled in at least one Ballet class.
Whether it's tap, ballet, or jazz, we have a class to offer your little one! There are multiple pre-school classes to fit your schedule! These classes are for our tiniest dancers in which they explore the very basics of dance in the styles listed above. These young dancers will learn about instruction through a positive environment, improve balance, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, and gain self-confidence in a fun and educational atmosphere. *All pre-school dancers must be completely potty trained.
Turns/Jumps/Leaps is a technique class. Almost every style of dance requires these skills, and in order to eventually move up a level, they need to be executed safely, and with the proper technique. Our dancers will be trained in the "Radar Technique" to better execute their turns/jumps/leaps. Working on perfecting their flexibility is also an important part of this class.
Conditioning increases our strength and endurance. Many of our dancers take multiple classes, and need to be able to keep up with the quick pace of choreography and running routines multiple times.
Stretch the imagination through creative dance to support language development and social interaction. This is a great introduction to dancing for children just developing their coordination. The teacher guides the Move with Me team in a way that makes discovering movement, balance and listening skills easy and fun. This class is an excellent first group activity.
An adult must accompany their little one for this class. Bare-feet or socks with grips are required.
We offer classes for adults too! Whether you have always wanted to learn Ballet, or learn a new style like Hawaiian, we have something to offer you.