Ballet classes are offered from a beginner level to advanced. Students are taught proper body placement, body alignment, barre and center floor work, along with across the floor combinations. Beginner classes introduce vocabulary, proper alignment, and classical ballet technique. Advanced classes include adagio and allegro work, and combinations using balance, strength, and style. All students are urged to study ballet, as it is the foundation of all other dance styles and facilitates further success in these disciplines.
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Pointe work is performed while wearing structural reinforced pointe shoes, enabling the dancer to support all body weight on fully vertical feet. In order to be able to dance on pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength, and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury. The pointe portion of the class follows the regular ballet class ensuring that the entire body, especially the feet and ankles, are properly warmed up. In order to maintain proper technique and flexibility it is imperative to take at least 3 ballet classes per week.
Jazz dance is a very popular style seen frequently on Broadway, television shows, music videos and commercials. Classes are upbeat and energetic. Jazz steps include basic turns such as chaines, piques, pirouettes, jazz turns, and some ballet turns, to name a few. Leaps include grande jetes, turning jumps, and tour jetes, in addition to fancy footwork, kicks, splits, and contractions. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Classes include stretch and strengthening exercises, isolations, floor work, and across the floor progressions in addition to a center floor combinations to a wide variety of music. In a jazz class, dancers are encouraged to add their own personality to make each step unique and fun.
Tap dance is an exciting and fun style involving, syncopation, rhythm, dynamics, and varying sounds. It is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor (or other surfaces) as a percussive instrument. The goal in tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds, with various levels of tone. Two major variations on tap dance are: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. Tappers will have a graduated warm-up to loosen their ankles and knees for proper execution of skills, across the floor progressions and have center floor work to learn and perfect new skills combining rhythm and Broadway style tap
Hip Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz, similar to what you would see in televised dance performances or music videos and is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. Students will learn the importance of isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements
Contemporary dance is a fusion of ballet and modern dance. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. To become a dancer in this style, one needs just as many years of serious ballet training as a classical ballet dancer AND modern dance training as a professional modern dancer.
Lyrical dance is very similar to ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness, and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals as well as rich instrumentation are often emphasized over the song’s rhythm. Choreography can be gripping and exquisitely delicate, at the same time. Due to its demand for intermediate to advanced technical skill and emotional focus, the style requires a solid, ballet-based technique that is an essential component of this advanced style of dance, as is a facility with various other forms of jazz, some contemporary/modern dance, and proper placement and bodily alignment.
Music Video Jazz
Ever wanted to learn those iconic moves from music videos such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”? Now you can! This upbeat jazz class teaches the choreography you always wanted to learn in dances inspired by your favorite music videos. This class is recommended for intermediate/advanced level dancers due to the sometimes intricate nature of the choreography.
This is your ultimate fitness class geared towards weight loss and creating long lean muscles while putting an emphasis on flexibility to create a healthy, active body. By combining cardio intervals with resistance training, the heart rate will be kept in the fat burning zone while we strengthen and tone lean muscles with a unique mixture of Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga and even Dance exercises!
Creative ballet is a class tailored to our youngest dancers. This class emphasizes the creative art of dance incorporating ballet, jazz and rhythmical movement while providing an exciting new learning environment. The class also includes the use of props and activities designed to enhance learning and movement. In addition, students develop their communication, cognitive and social skills to take with them beyond the classroom.
A class for every girl who is a princess at heart. Students will navigate through a ballet curriculum with the use of props such as wands and flowers. Students are so enchanted by the magical fun they don’t even realize how much they are learning about ballet Funky Creative Ballet: Ballet with a twist! Little ones are exposed to classical ballet movement and terminology while listening to upbeat music that will really get their tutus shaking. Who wouldn’t want to do plies to Call Me May- be? This is a lively fun class for kids with energy to burn. Ballet is the base of the class but is presented to students in a more laid back freestyle way to let them explore the art of dance.
Dance for Tots 2-3 yrs.
This class is designed for students and one accompanying adult (Mom, Dad, Grandma, caregiver etc.) to dance together. Young students are introduced to a class structure, age appropriate stretches, coordination exercises and rhythm. This class encourages student expression while experiencing dance, music and imagination. (Attire: comfortable clothes for movement)
These classes are designed specifically for our young dancers ages 3 through 7. These classes teach children the beginning fundamentals of ballet, tap, jazz, and/or hip hop. Ballet includes barre work, across the floor and center activities. Tap, jazz, and hip hop includes introductory skills, stretching, and technique with energetic, upbeat and fun music.
Jumps, Leaps, and Turns
This class is dedicated to learning, improving, and perfecting technique in jumps, leaps, turns.. Stretch and strengthening is also combined to improve dancers’ power and range of motion. Focus is on personal development and growth in flexibility, leaps and turns. This class is for the dancer looking to go further with their technique and training.
This weekly class is designed to incorporate all styles of dance technique and choreography for students currently enrolled or proficient in gymnastics level II and higher to enhance their ability and combine these two complimentary art forms.
NY Variations Jr. Singers: In addition to our current NYV Singers, this is a fantastic opportunity for our younger voices to sing and harmonize together as vocal artists. A variety of music will be explored including rock, pop, classical, Broadway, Jazz, and more. The fundamentals of singing will also be instilled stressing proper warm-ups, breathing, ear training, resonance and range expansion.
This weekly class is open to all skill levels and will focus on basic musical theater skills including acting, singing and dancing! Participants will learn to create a character, incorporating voice, movement and their imaginations. They will learn about basic scene work and blocking. They will hone their vocal skills, learning proper breath, diction and vocal projection. Actors will gain both confidence and theatre technique as they work individually and as part of an acting ensemble. The program will culminate in a live performance for an invited audience.