Class Descriptions

 AcroDance:    style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.

Ballet:   a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.  At DanceWest we teach the Cecchetti method of ballet.

Break Dance:   also called breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: toprockdownrockpower moves and freezes

Contemporary:   is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world.  Although originally informed by and borrowing from classicalmodern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.

 

Hip Hop:   is a popular, energetic dance style usually performed to hip-hop music and evolved from the hip-hop culture.

Jazz:   a form of dance that combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. 

Mini Movers:    a ballet based dance program for dancers age 3-4.  Mini Movers engages the dancer using a fun and interactive syllabus. 

Lyrical: A slow, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet technique. This dance style’s main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement. 

Musical Theatre:  a form of dance performance combining acting, multiple dance techniques and lip-syncing to portray characters typically from popular Broadway musicals

Song & Dance:   acting, vocals and broadway jazz movement techniques are brought together and performed to songs from popular musicals. 

 Tap:    the rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.

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