DANCE TRAINING LEVELS
Students are placed based on a combination of age, ability and maturity at the discretion of the instructors. The level recommendations serve as a guide to begin the registration process. Adjustments will be made where needed up to the last week of October.
GENRES / DANCE STYLES
BALLET – Dancers will gain knowledge of basic ballet terms and continue to build their dance vocabulary each year. Exercises based on the Cecchetti Method of Ballet will be learned with an emphasis on terminology and precision. Students in the upper levels who display the proper alignment and strength may enter the Pre-Pointe classes.
JAZZ – Jazz includes polyrhythmic movement based on isolation and syncopation combining traditional jazz movement and new contemporary style.
TAP –Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. Two major variations on tap dance are rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance and is generally performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality. Within the CDL tap program we use the Al Gilbert training syllabus.
ROTATION: This class gives dancers a bit of everything. Perfect for the child who “loves to dance” but doesn’t know if they prefer tutus or tap shoes. Genres are rotated every 8-10 weeks to give dancers the opportunity to try it all.
HIP HOP – This class provides an aerobic workout through choreography focusing on level changes, floor work, hard hitting hip hop elements and various styles and themes. Instructors are focused on precision and accuracy of the movements given. They will push their students to let loose and have fun with the hip hop choreography while maintaining the proper technique. With many different styles and dance combinations, Hip Hop is sure to please any dancer and any age.
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY – Evolving from an expressionist movement, modern (contemporary) dance refused classical ballet’s stress on feet as the primary catalyst for dance movements. Instead the various modern dance techniques put stress on the use of the torso, employing such elements as contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Graham, Limon and Evan’s Contemporary technique are the foundation of this program.
LYRICAL – Emphasizing a sense of balance and control with smooth flowing lines derived from jazz technique. Students must also be taking ballet to support this style. 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.
ACRO – The acrobatic movements performed in an acro dance are referred to as tricks. Various tricks are being commonly performed in competitive dance. Acro levels vary widely in complexity and the skills required to perform them. Some skills that may be introduced or mastered throughout the season are Back layout, Back walkover, Cartwheel, Chest stand (chin stand), Elbow stand, Front aerial, Handstand, Roundoff. Acro is a non-performance class, however skills which are mastered will be incorporated in other choreography. Connectivity is a certified Acrobatic Arts school
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