When you're new to dance class, trying to figure out the best style for your dancer can be tricky! Here we have defined the main styles of dance that we offer. The specific descriptions of each dance class we offer is on our schedule page.
Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Ballet makes up the basis of technique needed for almost all other dance styles. Ballet takes strength, focus, and dedication. We incorporate ballet even into our youngest creative movement classes.
Jazz is a dance form or dance that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music. Jazz has adapted greatly throughout the years. In its beginnings, it incorporated moves you may see within swing dancing. Today, there are many different styles of jazz that you may see. Dancers tend to really enjoy jazz class as it usually incorporates fun and upbeat music and keeps them moving while still building on the strength and athleticism we see in ballet. We highly suggest students who take jazz take ballet as well.
Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels. Tap teaches rhythm, syncopation, control and so much more! We generally start offering tap (in combo classes) at age 3. Students who can experience the rhythm and timing taught in tap class tend to have great internal rhythm which helps them to become better dancers!
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Hip-hop takes a great amount of strength and athleticism as students will work on freezes, tumbling, tricks and more!
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet, jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.
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.
Musical Theatre combines elements of jazz, tap, and theatre. In this course we focus on jazz and tap technique and performance quality. Students will do improv activities, characterization, story telling, acting and more!
Created by a successful studio owner with decades of experience, Acrobatic Arts runs training and certification courses for dance teachers in the art of AcroDance. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage! Both Miss Ali and Miss Kylie are certified to teach acro! Students must be enrolled in a ballet or jazz or combo course in order to enroll in acro. Acros classes are not available for online registration. You will need to email us to get enrolled!