Our Classes

Ballet – Ballet is the basic to all forms of dance. It is a disciplined dance form using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. It is a complex mixture of technique and basically a fair bit of coordination and musicality (which is feeling and moving with the music). Working on slow movements leading into turns and jumps, it is a beautiful dance which requires grace and precision.

Pointe – Pointe means “on the tip” and is part of classical ballet technique, usually practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes or toe shoes.  Pointe is for students who have previous ballet training. Dancing “en pointe,” or on pointe, is a major goal in a ballerina’s dance life. You can not begin a ballet career in pointe shoes. A dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Dancing on pointe, on your toes, requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury.

Tap – Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of tap shoes to make music. The sound is made by shoes with a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Tappers can create a variety of percussive rhythms with their feet by tapping, sliding, and clicking the metal plates. In tap dancing, when you change the steps, you change the beat of the music.

Jazz – Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energenic and fun; dance combinations in jazz are fast paced and improvised with the music. It consists of fancy foot work, big leaps and quick turns.  To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

Lyrical – Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. The dance choreography is based around feeling and emotion.  A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger.

Hip-Hop – Hip-Hop is a dance style which includes breaking, locking, popping and freestyle. The first dance associated with hip-hop was breakdancing. While breakdancing consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground, the majority of hip-hop moves are done standing up. Like hip-hop music, which has a broad category of styles, the dancing created to the music and lyric of the song can vary greatly.

irish-imgIrish – Irish dancing is a traditional type of dance that has originated in Ireland. Over the past few years it has become more popular and modernized in our society. There are many different types of dance within the Irish dance category. We have our traditional, social, dances known as ceili dances, which consist of two or more people. And we have our solo dancing, which can be seen as similar to ballet and tap. In learning Irish dance, you get to experience part of Ireland’s past, and enjoy being able to express yourself as a dancer!

Manimekalai Dance and Arts – Indian Semi-classical/Bollywood Dance is a synthesis of classical Indian dance forms such as Bhraratanatyam, Indian folk dances, disco and modern dance. Therefore, these dances have a unique style and are performed to a variety of music genres. In this class I teach many of the basic steps, hand positions and story telling aspects of classical Indian dance fused with the other dance styles that give this dance form a modern edge.