DRESS CODE & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Why do we have a dress code?  A dress code teaches students discipline, and helps with overall focus and energy.  By "dressing the part," dancers feel like dancers.  Dress codes minimize distractions, create unity among the dancers and give the class a uniform look, making it easier for the instructor to make corrections, accelerating the growth of the students.  All dancers are required to be in proper dress code for every class.  This includes: clothing, shoes and hair.

*Dancers who are not in proper dress code, may be asked to observe for the day.  We thank you, in advance, for your cooperation!

  

 
  

Pre Ballet & Tap  |  Ages 3 - 5
 
Dress Code:  *Pink Camisole Leotard, *Pink Tights, Pink Full-Sole Leather Ballet Shoes, Tan Tap Shoes (*available for purchase at the dance studio).
 
Hair:  Long hair should be pulled back into a bun.  Short hair should be clipped back, out of the face or pulled into a half ponytail or 2 pigtails.
 
Description:  During our Pre Ballet/Tap class, students begin exploring the fun of movement and music! The first half of the class is focused on introducing ballet basics. Students will learn movement, musicality and spatial awareness through a variety of fun, structured activities. The second half of the class builds on the first half, while introducing the exciting world of rhythm and sound, through tap.
Mini Ballet/Tap  |  Ages: 5 – 7

Dress Code:  *Pink Camisole Leotard, *Pink Tights, Pink Full-Sole Leather Ballet Shoes, Tan Tap Shoes (*available for purchase at the dance studio).

Hair:  Long hair should be pulled back into a bun. Short hair should be clipped back, out of the face or pulled into a half ponytail or 2 pigtails.

Description: During our Mini classes, students continue to grow in their knowledge of ballet and tap basics. During this class, students will improve rhythm and coordination, begin to implement terminology, and add new skills. Students will typically spend 2 years in this class, to achieve the skills that will be required of them to begin Level 1 classes.
Ballet  |  Ages 7 and up (scroll down for Adult Ballet info)

Dress Code:  Black leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

Hair:  Pulled back into a neat bun.  Short hair should be clipped back, out of the face.

Description: Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful movements and the use of pointe shoes with reinforced toes.

Ballet is the most important genre, because it is the basis of most other genres, as it is where all technique comes from. Without ballet, all movements in most other styles of dance would never be performed properly.
Tap  |  Ages 7 and up

Dress Code:  Any solid color leotard, form fitting black dance shorts, black tap shoes

Hair:  Hair should be pulled back, away from face in a neat bun, ponytail or braid.

Description: Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are several major variations on tap dance including: rhythm (jazz) tap, classical tap, Broadway tap and post-modern tap. Broadway tap is rooted in English theatrical tradition and often focuses on formations, choreography and generally less complex rhythms; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap has a similarly long tradition which marries European "classical" music with American foot drumming with a wide variation in full-body expression. Post-modern or contemporary tap has emerged over the last three decades to incorporate abstract expression, thematic narrative and technology.
Jazz  |  Ages 5 and up

Note: It is strongly recommended that all Jazz students also be enrolled in one Ballet class per week.

Dress Code:  Any solid color leotard, form fitting black dance shorts, tan slip-on jazz shoes. Levels III and up are permitted to wear half-tops with dance shorts.

Hair:  Hair should be pulled back, away from face in a neat bun, ponytail or braid.

Jazz dance requires a large amount of technique, and its fast pace, high level of improvisation, and upbeat music keep it a favorite among students. Originally, jazz dance referred to any kind of movements performed to jazz music, including tap dancing. Early jazz dancing was interpretive and unstructured but soon evolved into more structured, theatrical performances. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, jazz dance gained in popularity and garnered acclaim. Some studios even taught jazz dance. Eventually, jazz dancing found its way to Broadway, rivaling ballet in popularity. By the 1950s, jazz dance included moves from both ballet and contemporary dance and continues to change over time, interacting with other styles it meets along the way. This has resulted in many different styles of jazz dance, such as: Classic Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Afro Jazz, Street Jazz and Latin Jazz. Jazz dance will continue to change and grow, which will result in dancers who can easily execute many different types of dance.
Hip Hop  |  Ages 5 and up

Dress Code:  Dress for fun!  No half-tops,  jeans or form fitting shorts.Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is recommended for this class (non-marking, CLEAN sneakers).  

Hair:  Hair should be pulled back, out of the face.

Hip-hop dance includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin', Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a studio based version of hip-hop - sometimes called new style - and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk or street jazz. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles, to choreograph from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street.
What distinguishes hip-hop dance 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, colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style.
Contemporary and Lyrical  |  Ages 7 and up

Note: It is  strongly recommened that all students also be enrolled in one Ballet class per week.

Dress Code:  Any solid color leotard, form fitting black dance shorts, foot paws or tan, leather half-sole shoes. (Note: Tan, leather, half-sole shoes will be used for recital) Junior level  and up are permitted to wear half-tops with dance shorts.

Hair: Hair should be pulled back, away from face in a neat bun, ponytail or braid.

Description: Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz.  Because of the links between the styles of dance, it can be taught alongside jazz or ballet or as its own, separate style.  Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong feelings and emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.  Contemporary is a mix of different styles, and it varies depending on the instructor, and the level.
Acro  |  Ages 5 and up

Note:  All students are evaluated by the instructor for proper class placement. It is also strongly recommended that all Acro students also be enrolled in one Ballet class per week.

Dress Code:  Any solid color leotard, black dance shorts, bare feet. Hair in bun.

Description: Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills. Acro dancers must be in excellent physical condition as well, because Acro is a physically demanding activity.
Adult Ballet Barre | Ages 17and up

Dress Code:  Form fitting clothing is recommended, in order to move freely without distraction. Canvas or Leather Ballet Shoes.

Hair: Hair should be pulled back, away from face, in order to minimize distraction.

Description: This class is suitable for adult students of all levels of training! Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to dance, but never had the opportunity. Or maybe you used to dance and you are looking to get back into it, for exercise or just for the love of it! No matter where you are coming from, there is a place for you in our Adult Ballet Barre class. Students in this class will learn and perform classical ballet steps and combinations at the barre that will tone, strengthen and lengthen their muscles, while giving their minds the perfect amount of challenge! This is always followed with a deep relaxing stretch at the end of class. All students are encouraged to begin exactly where they are... makes sense huh? There definitely no need to stress! Come as you are and bring a smile and positive attitude... you will learn everything else you need to know while in class!
Adult Dance Cardio & Adult Hip Hop | Ages 17 and up

Dress Code:  Comfortable workout attire, such as sweat pants or leggings and a comfortable t-shirt or tank top.  Non-marking sneakers.

Hair: Hair should be pulled back, away from face, in order to minimize distraction.


Descriptions: ADULT DANCE CARDIO is a fun, high-energy class that is suitable for those ready to  sweat, be challenged (mind and body alike) and of course, relieve stress! There is nothing to know in advance or remember, you will simply follow along! In this class,  dance steps are set to an exciting playlist of music that includes everything from top 40 hits to swing, salsa, merengue and more! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Come as you are and take the class in whatever way best suits YOU!

ADULT HIP HOP is simply that... a hip hop class for adults! As with all of our adult classes, it doesn't matter your level of experience, what matters is that you show up... you'll be glad you did!