Class Descriptions

Classical Ballet and Lyrical Classes
Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique such as turnout of the legs, and high extensions and working toward the goal of pointe work. Ballet exemplifies flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. Lyrical dance is a style of dance created from the fusion of ballet with 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. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness rather than the precision of the dancer's movements.

Pointe Classes
 Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet.
To enroll in this class you must have at least 3 consecutive years of ballet training at the Dance Centre’ AND approval by Miss Sam. Pointe training is a very serious subject and could be harmful to growth and development if started to young! You will be expected to venture to Bailey’s Slipper Shop in Rochester to be properly fitted for your pointe shoes prior to fall classes. DO NOT BUY YOUR SHOES ONLINE OR LOCALLY WITHOUT BEING PROFESSIONALLY FITTED AT BAILEYS! This can result in serious injury and failure to work in the shoe correctly.

Jazz/Hophip Classes
 A dance form that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of Jazz/ Hiphop music. Jazz/ Hiphop dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. This style combines today's dance trends with break-dancing, hiphop and jazz technique. Students will learn proper technique and the concept of isolation, contraction, popping, and locking along with many other common Jazz/Hiphop techniques.

Tap Classes
Tap dance is a style in which rhythmical variation is audibly performed using specific shoes with hard soles and taps. This class is to help develop the sense of rhythm more than any other dance form. Dancers will learn various rhythms through sound, technique, and visual styling.

Irish Classes
Irish step dance is a style of performance dance with its roots deriving from traditional Irish Culture. It is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and the quick and precise movements of the feet. Both soft and hard shoe Irish styles are taught and set to lively Irish music. This class will help develop rhythm, body control and a sense of cultural style.

Theater / Character Classes
This style of dance is usually characterized by movements that assist the story line of a song and a character. Dancing and singing will provide the student with the fundamentals of performing on stage necessary for stage presence.

 Tumbling Classes
Students will learn acrobatic skills on the mats and floor beam as well as dance movements. safety is a key factor! This class will help improve flexibility, strength, balance, and motor skills. 

HipHop Classes
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 dancecrews.