Genres

BalletJazzTapHip HopModernLyricalAcro SkippingAdult

Ballet- Combining ballet concepts with creative ideas to introduce children to dance.  Children will gain knowledge of basic floor patterns and an awareness of basic ballet terms, which, they will build on in the future.  Pointing and flexing the feet, bending and stretching the knees, jumps and butterfly arms are a few things to look forward to. Laban creative concepts and fundamental body movements and patterning will be explored.  The Junior Grades syllabus of the Edmonton School of Ballet is implemented at this level.

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Jazz – CDL Jazz classes are structured around a full-bodied approach which enlivens dancers on a neuromuscular level. Young dancers will learn jazz basics and develop awareness of proper alignment and flexibility.  Incorporating Jazz movements and terminology from the Al Gilbert syllabus, Musical Theatre and Cheer.

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Tap – Tap is a great class to introduce rhythm and floor patterning to children.  One of the most challenging dance styles for young children to learn but one of the most fun…it’s all about the shoes!  CDL Tap is taught from a foundation of the Al Gilbert Method and incorporates Body Movement Fundamentals to help children develop tap skills easily in a natural progression.

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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.

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Modern – 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, Cunningham and Evan’s Contemporary technique are the foundation of this program.

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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.

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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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Skipping – Promoting active lifestyles. Skipping is a great way to stay fit and have fun. Introducing young & young at heart to the various techniques of skipping – single rope, long rope and double dutch. Recreational and Competitive levels are offered.

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Adult– Continuing the love of dance with classes for ages 18 and up.

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