Know the
Dance Types

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Ballet

Is a very formal, highly technical and strict form of dance with its very own French vocabulary. However, for toddler classes ages 5 and under is a great introduction to where they learn about posture, lengthening of arms, legs and toes. Ballet is the foundation of all styles of dance. Ballet dance originated in 16th and 17th century French courts, and was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert performance. Early ballet dance performances were presented in large chambers with most of the audience seated on tiers on three sides of the dance floor.

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Jazz

This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick and multiple turns. Jazz is suitable for all ages. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

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Lyrical

Is a style of created dance from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques and is a "cousin" to those styles. The emergent lyrical style has a relatively recent history and a genesis based on the coming together of ballet technique and dancing to the lyrics of any type of song. Lyrical emphasizes a unique brand of musicality and expressiveness.

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Tap

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 (jazz) 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. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are different brands of shoes which sometimes differ in the way they sound.

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Hip Hop

Is known as street dance style primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles of breaking, locking and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

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Contemporary Dance

Is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dance is the freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings.

Dance Attire
what to wear, including hairstyles

Pre-Dance

Girls: Leotard and tights, in any color, pink ballet slippers
Hair: Pulled back from face, preferably in a bun. If short hair, use headband.
Boys: Black basketball or running shorts or long sweatpants (not baggy), white t-shirt or tank top (something not too loose) and black ballet slippers.

Ballet

Girls: Pink tights, black leotard, pink ballet slippers. Pointe shoes if applicable.
Hair: A secured bun. If short hair, use headband.
For Competitive Team: Pink tights (without holes), black leotard, pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes, if applicable. Ballet shoes should have elastic and/or ribbons sewn in.

Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Jumps & Turns

Booty shorts (basically short stretchy shorts) or stretchy pants and a t-shirt or tank top (would prefer that the top not be too loose so that the instructors can easily see the exact movements of the dancers).

Shoes

Tap: Tap shoes
Jazz, Lyrical and Jumps & Turns: black or tan jazz shoes.
If preferred: toe 'undies' or dance 'paws' or half-sole jazz shoes(usually worn by older, more advanced dancers).
Hair: high ponytail or, if short hair, use headband.

Hip Hop and Break Dancing

Sweatpants or stretchy shorts, a t-shirt or tank top, and tennis shoes.
Hair pulled away from face.

Stretch & Flex and Tumbling

Sweatpants or stretchy pants/shorts and a form-fitting t-shirt or tank top. No shoes.
Hair pulled away from face.

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Important Info

No zippers on pants or shorts

No jewelry (post earrings are acceptable)

It is best if your child brings a water bottle to each lesson - however,there is a water dispenser at the studio

PLEASE label all items brought to the studio, including water bottles. Dance shoes should be labeled on the inside, not the bottom of the shoe

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