DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Aerial Arts - Silks
Aerial silks is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric. Students climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety. They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. Aerial silks may be used to fly through the air, striking poses and figures while flying.
Ballet is the fundamental form from which all other dance styles stem. It teaches young dancers discipline and a strong work ethic while also focusing on strengthening and lengthening muscles. We teach a classically technique class focusing on vocabulary, correct posture and execution, and a strong understanding of the dancers’ body. Ballet is essential for any dancer wanting to excel in jazz or contemporary dance. Advanced dancers over the age of 10, may be invited to take Pointe. Only dancers enrolled in pointe may purchase pointe shoes, as dancers without enough strength can easily injure themselves.
For our younger dancers we offer a combination class where they will be introduced to the vocabulary and fundamentals of ballet, tumbling, and tap. While they are learning those basics, we will truly be focusing on coordination, motor skills, body awareness and rhythm. Instructors use age appropriate music and movement to encourage listening skills, social interaction and fun!
Breaking is a street style that is a great class to pair with Urban Choreography. This class focuses on the four main aspects of breakdance: top rock, footwork, power moves, and freezes. Dancer will work on strength, coordination, balance, and endurance.
Butts and Gutts
Low impact toning class designed to specifically target the booty and belly. We know we can all use a little extra help sculpting those abs and lifting our derrière. This is a chance to give your joints a little break from all the high impact fitness classes, but don’t get it twisted, it will NOT be easy. Bring your towel, mat, and water because Clarissa will fire you up and make you sweat buckets. Bring your Butts and Gutts and we’ll handle the rest!
Cardio Hip Hop
Cardio Hip Hop is a one stop, high energy, intense and efficient full body workout. The class uses varying combination of hip hop based dance moves to burn as many calories, and sweat as much as possible in the class time frame.
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. Strong technique is recommended but not mandatory.
IDF- Indigenous Dance Fusion
IDF is a dynamic blend of dance styles from all across the world and all throughout history. Popular musical styles include West African, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, and even a little country line dancing! The format of the class is an action-packed hour of non-stop follow-along movement geared toward helping a dancer achieve mastery in movement from the ground up, and sweat away calories in the process. IDF is appropriate for all ages, body types, and dance experience levels, backed by an intention to bring the world together under the banner of indigenous humanity.
We will be incorporating jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary technique and choreography into our jazz classes. Beginning level dancers will focus strictly on jazz. Once they have a strong understanding of jazz technique, then they can learn the styles that are derivative of it.
Stemming from a combination of Ballet, theatrical dance, social dances, and African dance, Jazz has grown into a technique focused on extentions, turns, and jumps. Dancers work on stylizing their movement while also working on changing dynamics. Lyrical takes jazz technique and focuses on the expressive side. It is set to softer, emotionally driven music and works on body lines, expression and sustaining balance. Contemporary follows the role of modern dance. It works to find everything outside of the guidelines of traditional ballet and jazz technique. Dancers are encouraged to find their own unique style and movement.
Mat pilates is done on the floor using an exercise or yoga mat, which employs controlled breathing during body weight resisted movement to build core strength. Mat pilates involves performing pilates exercises on the floor using a pilates or yoga mat. In the mat class, the killer abdominal exercise the 100s is the first exercise. ... Aside from a serious focus on ab work, traditional pilates mat work includes a series of exercises to work the inner and outer thighs, as well as a series to strengthen the back, hamstrings, and glutes.
Muscle Blast is the perfect blend of high impact cardio moves, low impact weight training and a strong emphasis on carving your core. This is the one stop shop of training. It takes most people 3 hours of gym time to achieve what we accomplish in 55 minutes! Full body metabolic training at it’s finest. Bring your mat, a towel and plenty of water.
Pole Fitness combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. It requires significant strength, flexibility, and endurance. It is a form of exercise involving athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and inverts using upper body and arm strength.
Stretch and Strength
Our strength and strength class is a perfect addition for our dancers training in ballet and/or jazz. We will split our focus between increasing flexibility and strengthen core muscles needed to support more advanced dance training. We get the opportunity to really dive into a deeper understanding of how the dancers body works, why we need to work on certain muscle groups, and how we can achieve the results we want.
Tap is a percussive style of dance that focuses on intricate footwork and musicality. Dancers will learn to listen to music, count, and understand it while they learn a new vocabulary of tap steps and work on rhythm and patterns.
Urban Choreography / Jazz Funk (Hip Hop)
Urban choreography blends together the techniques from original street styles with current trends and styles. This high energy class focuses on body awareness, coordination, grooves, and patterning. More advanced levels focus on adapting to many different styles, incorporating many different dynamics and developing the dancers’ own voice and style.
Zumba / Strong by Zumba
Take the "work" out of workout with this calorie torching, interval style dance party that is also known as exercise in disguise. This dance fitness class is set to Latin and World rhythms and is designed for everybody and every body! If you want an effective total body workout that combines cardio, muscle conditioning, a serious boost of energy and most of all FUN, then come party with us!
STRONG by Zumba® is a revolutionary high-intensity workout (HIIT) synced to specific music to motivate you to crush your ultimate fitness goals — think punching, kicking, burpees, pushups, and other high-impact moves. Body weight boot camp with party vibes!