Classes

Jazz

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns that incorporate the whole body.  Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz movement such as Classic Jazz, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. A dancer can expect to perform a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, center floor combinations, and eventually choreography. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Tap

Tap classes are designed to develop musicality, rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building strength and flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, balance, and speed. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and learning tap vocabulary, as well as tap history all while having fun! As students progress through each level, the course work will build in speed, intricacy, and athleticism.  

Broadway Tap & Theater Jazz

Broadway Tap and Theater Jazz are fast paced, high energy classes that are choreography and style driven.  Course work will focus around elements one could expect to see on a theater stage, in a movie, or at an audition.  Each class will focus on a different combination that will incorporate different stylization. Dancers can expect a proper warm up and lots of choreography.  Not for beginners! Dancers should have at least 1-2 years of traditional Tap or Jazz experience before enrolling in this course.

Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises (or floor barre exercises for younger students), center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. Students will focus on building the strength, balance, flexibility and control needed properly execute ballet vocabulary.  Ballet is the foundation for several other dance forms including Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary dance.  

Cheer!
CHEER! is a cheerleading class where basic motions, stunting, chants, and tumbling is learned.  Cheer combinations and stunting become more complex as the course progresses.  Movers will build strength, flexibility, coordination while gaining confidence and learning what it means to be a team. Currently taught by UofA Cheerleaders… GO CATS!
Hip Hop

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves so students can expect upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.  Hip Hop is a choreography driven class so each class will focus on remembering a series of movements.  Length, speed, and complexity of the choreography will increase as the class progresses.

Modern

Modern dance vocabulary is similar to ballet but with very distinct differences. For example, classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, modern dancers often use their body weight and gravity to enhance movement. Modern dance classes will incorporate many of the foundations of modern dance technique, including suspension and release, fall and recovery, the use of momentum and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering, and also in various methods of improvisation.  Modern dance is traditionally performed barefoot.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a fusion of Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance and each class will vary depending on the instructor’s own individual style and training.  This is a choreography based class.  Dancers can expect a proper warm up and stretch at the beginning of class and then a combo or progression.  Dancers are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and incorporate their own energy into the movement.  This is not an entry level class as the terminology used is primarily ballet and modern based.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance.  Characteristically, Lyrical dance is danced to the lyrics of the song in order to express the words with the body’s movement. This choreography driven class is typically seen as flowy and graceful with a lot of emotion driving the movement. This is not an entry level class as the dancer needs to be familiar with ballet terminology.

Tumbling

Tumbling is a form of gymnastics done solely on the floor, without props or equipment. Dancers can expect a proper warm up and flexibility training with upper and lower body conditioning.  Common moves performed in tumbling include cartwheels, somersaults, tucks, handstands and handsprings.