Creative Dance is a form of dance that combines movement and artistic expression,
without the requirement of extensive training (Gilbert, 1992). Typically creative dance
focuses on the development of motor skills and emotional expression. Creative dance
allows for variation amongst the skill level of its participants, affording opportunities
for those of any age and ability (Wang, 2004). Creative dance has also been shown as an
effective holistic approach to promote movement development and improve social and
cognitive functioning (Scharoun, 2014). Classes will focus on rhythm, and basic technique
with ballet as the foundation. Music will range from classical, to follow along pre-school/
school age music. Classes are upbeat and fun. Props such as scarves will be used.
Jazz dance is an umbrella term encompassing several different styles of dance that became
popular in the early 20th-century. Though jazz dance has mixed roots extending back through both
African and European traditions, it's a uniquely American creation, which developed simultaneously
with jazz music in New Orleans. Today, jazz dance continues to evolve and blend with other dance styles —
for example, street jazz and theatre dance. However, true to its roots, jazz dance
continues to hearken back to the ethnic eclecticism that birthed it.
Some identifying elements of jazz dance include:
Isolations: a dancer isolates one specific part of her body, such as her rib cage or wrist
Grounded movement: dancers keep a low center of gravity, and often bend their knees
Syncopation: accenting an offbeat or note of the musical accompaniment that surprises the audience
Contractions: motivated by her breath, a dancer will make a C-shape with her core
The history of hip hop is distinctly American, though, like other "distinctly American"
forms of dance, its roots extend back through jazz to African dance.
Competitive nature: hip hoppers challenge each other with dance moves
Isolations: dancers control and move specific parts of their bodies
Popping: quick contraction and release of a dancer's muscles to the beat of the music
Locking: performing a series of movements to "lock" parts of the body in different positions
Breaking: improvisational freestyle movements performed closely to the rhythm of a song,
often including flips and tricks
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and jazz dance.
Lyrical dance is generally a little more fluid than ballet and also somewhat faster --
although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance is also somewhat smoother and a bit faster
than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz.
When taught holistically improvisation can help dance students grow in their technique,
artistry, and overall well-being. There are many benefits to incorporate improvisation into your students’
dance training, regardless of their age or the dance style they are studying. Improvisation helps dancers to:
Apply technical concepts in new ways, helping them to more deeply understand and internalize
their dance technique;Develop self-awareness as they explore movement in ways that work best
for their own bodies;Become empowered through the process of making movement choices, developing greater
levels of confidence;Experience meaningful self-expression and emotional release, helping to improve their well-being
in and out of the studio;Be freed from the expectation of perfection that is so common in dance training,
enabling them to find joy and a greater sense of self through movement.
(Sept 2021-June 2022)
*Participants can join at any time throughout the year before March 2022
Fridays- 6:00-7:00 - Jazz-Acro (Ages 6-8yrs)
Fridays- 7:00-8:00 - Hip Hop/Tap (Ages 6-8yrs)
Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm - Jazz-Acro & Tap (Ages 5-7 yrs)
*Styles alternate from week to week
* We offer a 10% Sibling Discount &
a 10% discount if you refer a friend.