4 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program.
Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child. READ MORE>>>
Where should I or my child start?
We use both age and ability to place students in class. Generally, we place students 6 and below according to age and students 6 and above according to ability and dance experience. Beginner levels are for students who are just learning to dance. Intermediate classes are for students who have danced 1 or more years. Advanced classes are for students who have danced 2 or more years. All intermediate and advanced classes are by instructor approval only. Still aren’t sure which level to enroll in? Call our front desk, we can advise you and set up an instructor assessment if necessary.
Classical ballet is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and the use of pointe shoes. It is a classical dance form demanding grace precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate flowing patterns to create expression through movement. READ MORE HERE >>>
Beginning in the 1930’s and continuing through the 60’s, jazz dance transformed from a dance style for jazz music into a theater based performance form that required trained dancers. Choreographers from the modern and dance worlds experimented with the jazz dance style. George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Jack Cole, Hanya Holm, Helen Tamiris, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse all influenced jazz by requiring highly trained dancers to perform a specific set of movements. READ MORE HERE >>>
Modern is a term used to describe contemporary dance. Modern dance centers on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps in in traditional ballet. A modern dancer rejects the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, often opting instead for deliberate falls to the floor. Student will learn to use their bodies to express feelings and interpret moods of music. READ MORE HERE >>>
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often “freestyle” (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—sometimes referred to as “battles.” Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. It can also be a way to stay active in competitive dance and a way to make a living by dancing professionally. READ MORE HERE >>>
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (hoofer) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition, dancing closer to the floor and little arm and body movement. READ MORE HERE >>>