Acro incorporates strength, flexibility and trick (gymnastics) vocabulary in classes leveled 1-5. Students must continue to build muscle and flexibility in order to master more advanced tricks and tumbling, so body conditioning is always prominent in classes. Students should expect to spend at least two years in each level, but each acrobat will excel at their own rate. Students receive one on one spotting and instruction as they go across the mat so that they can build confidence in their abilities. The Balance Dance Studios acrobatic classes fuse dance technique, contortion, partnering, tumbling and other acrobatic motion. Some classes will work toward an end of year recital performance.
CONTEMPORARY / MODERN CLASSES
Contemporary is a fusion. In this class we will use every kind of movement, many will have strong lyrical components but, you will see flares of jazz, ballet, hip hop, salsa, theatrics, mime, modern, pedestrian movement… you name it. The fun is in the blending. This class will have a short warm up and then spend the majority of class learning and dancing new combinations every week. Whether inspired by a song, a feeling, a vision, or just a wild hair each combination will be unique and allow for much individual artistic freedom.
HIP HOP CLASSES
Hip Hop is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. Hip hop dancing is an ideal way to express one’s creativeness. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music and Hip Hop culture. This class focuses on Hip Hop foundation. Dancers will practice various techniques, steps and moves focusing on rhythm, perfect their body awareness, and musical interpretation.
This style of dance is fun and energetic and tends to be a favorite. It is used highly in commercial industries for its entertainment value. Jazz dance has roots in ballet, modern, acrobatics, african rhythm, Caribbean etc and is constantly influenced by all genres and in turn jazz also influences them. Jazz is normally more up beat and tends to be more grounded with strong various movement with strong focus on clarity and precision. Our classes will begin with a warm-up exercising muscles and joints to increase strength and mobility. Dancers will work to find balance by using their central core and practice coordination techniques and isolations. Next will be progressions across the floor learning transitions, footwork, turns, extensions, jumps, leaps, floor work etc.
Tap classes are designed to develop and enhance music theory, rhythmic coordination and audible articulation of the feet. Students will be challenged in a way that leaves them feeling motivated and inspired. The skills will become more advanced and intricate as the students progress through each level.
BODY CONDITIONING / SKILL BUILDING CLASSES
Body Conditioning/Skill Building offers a focused approach to strength and conditioning, and is formulated to advance dancers strength in muscle group areas specifically called upon for ballet technique. The students will see a lot of exercises that they may see in ballet, but these exercises are usually done in a more repetitive/intense way to build strength and stamina. There are also exercises and stretches integrated into the class that stems from pilates and yoga practices. This class is considered a ballet credit because of the intentional conditioning to improve turnout, height of develope and jumps, depth of plie, balance, flexibility, etc. The class follows themes that are also presented in ballet classes simultaneously so as to further reinforce technical ideas and practice.
JUMPS / TURNS & TECHNIQUE CLASSES
This fun and challenging class focuses on learning “dance tricks”: jumps, turns, floor work and combinations of each. Students will gain strength and placement through conditioning exercises to warm up. These training routines focus on the dancers’ core as well as feet and ankles and will be done in consistent repetition to encourage improved jumping and balancing techniques. Students will then be guided in the proper way to approach their tricks safely, and with correct technique using guided progression tactics. They will practice proper execution, blending tricks with choreography, as well as implementation of acro skills. Dancers can perfect their traditional jumps and turns, be challenged to obtain some new exciting tricks and maybe even create some of their own!
Ballet is a beautiful incredibly athletic art form that has been amazing audiences for centuries. It is a disciplined form of dance that strives for perfection while exuding elegance, grace and control. Ballet class is the study of body positions, awareness and alignment. It is a poised style of dance that incorporates the foundational techniques for many other dance forms and is highly suggested as a base to be taken before and during further dance training. This genre of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice but is endlessly beneficial. Dancers will work to improve posture and flexibility. They will concentrate on pointing their feet, strengthening ankles, understanding and increasing turn out, using their plie’, learning to stretch fully through their extensions will keeping their joints supported etc.
Muscle memory and repetition are essential to light, ethereal pointe work. This is a class that stresses precision and strength while emphasizing the beauty of a traditional artform. Instructor Emily Hemmings loves dancing on pointe, seeing pointe shoes not as an accessory but a rite of passage that is unique to ballet. It is dancing on pointe that should be considered a privilege, the reward for hard work in ballet technique, and participation will be determined by the instructor. In addition to pointe technique, Hemmings strives to give dancers a better understanding of classic technique and has a holistic approach to ballet, having been training in and blending Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Balanchine styles. Throughout the year, students will work on strengthening ankle and feet muscles, increasing their awareness throughout their bodies, and establishing correct alignment for pointework. Note that dancers in this class are required to be enrolled in one other ballet classes, though more hours are encouraged.
This class provides an education in various styles of partner dance with specific goals to work towards and milestones to attain with a focus on developing a higher level of understanding of the mechanics and technique of dance.
BROADWAY & MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES