Class Descriptions

JUNIOR STUDENT PROGRAMS

3 & 4 Year old students:

Creative Movement –  is a dance class specifically for the 3 and 4 year old, beginner dancers, introducing them to the fundamentals in ballet, jazz, and tap.  This is an introduction to dance; the classes are 45 minutes long, within an enjoyable atmosphere, encouraging self-expression while learning basic principles.  The dancers are exposed to learning proper dance terminology, and various dance moves at a beginning level.  These students are truly the stars of our annual show and a true pleasure to watch at this young age.

5 thru 7 Year old students:

Combo Dance Class – This is 60 minute long, it consists of 2 disciplines (either: Jazz/Ballet, or Tap/Hip hop, etc…) See schedule for combo variations offered each day.  At this age and level, instructors focus on technique and form, while building the necessary strength and balance required for our dancers to progress onward, in a noncompetitive enjoyable atmosphere.  At this age all students are exposed to proper dance terminology and how it is implemented.

Ages 8 thru 12 Year old students:

Students of this age group are offered a more structured 1 hour class in the various disciplines (either: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, etc…, see schedule for availability). Students from beginner level thru advanced are welcomed and shall be placed in a class that best suits their level of ability and experience.  Dancers are given the opportunity to try-out for our Competition Company along with participation in their core classes.

 

ADULT STUDENT PROGRAM:

Ballet – The teachers at our school have specialized in the Vaganova (1879-1951) method, with experience in many styles of Ballet for over 30 years.   The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951). Fusing elements of traditional French technique from the romantic era, with the athleticism and virtuosity of the Italian school, the method is designed to work the body as a whole, with total involvement of the body in every movement, and equal attention paid to the upper body as well as the legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range. The training regime for the Vaganova method is complex and rigorously planned, to produce a clean, virtuoso technique. Due to its strictly codified training system, the Vaganova method is widely considered to be injury-free, when taught correctly.  We also offer classes in other Ballet techniques, under a variety of Ballet Instructors, see our schedule for available classes and time spots.

Jazz –  A dance classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance.  In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance referred to as ‘Modern Jazz Dance’ had emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance.  Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. The father of jazz dance technique, Jack Cole developed techniques that are used today in musicals, films, television commercials and videos. His style emphasized isolations, rapid directional changes, angled placement and long knee slides. Winning eight Tony awards, Bob Fosse was a musical theater choreographer and director, and a film director. Characteristic of his dance style are inward knees, rounded shoulders and full-body isolations.

Our highly experienced teachers and instructors teach Jazz in a fun energetic atmosphere, and have adopted the Fosse style of Jazz as our foundation.  Our students are highly athletic, and interested in expressing themselves through this new and evolving form of pop dance.   Please see our schedule for classes listings and available time spots.

 Tap– Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor (or another object)  as a percussive instrument.  As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: 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.

Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. The choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beatcount. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella dancing.

Steve Condos rose out of his humble beginnings in Pittsburgh, PA to become a master in rhythmic tap. His innovative style influenced the work of Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Marshall Davis, Jr. The majority of hoofers, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, and LaVaughn Robinson are African American men, although today the art form transcends racial and gender stereotypes.

Early tappers like Fred Astaire provided a more ballroom look to tap dancing, while Gene Kelly used his extensive ballet training to make tap dancing incorporate all the parts of the ballet. This style of tap led to what is today known as “Broadway style,” which is more mainstream in American culture. It often involves (character shoes)  high heeled tap shoes and show music, and is usually the type of tap first taught to beginners. The best examples of this style are found in Broadway musicals such as Anything Goes and 42nd Street.

Emilia’s Dance Studio attracts the best talent students and teachers, and develops great dancers from beginner through master level.  Please see our schedule for available classes and time spots that meet your schedule.

 Hip Hop – Hip-hop dance refers to dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s, films Breakin’, Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a studio based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were being performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.

Hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of urban styles. The older dance styles that were created in the 1970s include up rock, breaking, and the funk styles.  Breaking was created in The Bronx, New York, incorporating dances that were popular in the 1960s and early 1970s in African-American and Latino communities. In its earliest form, it began as elaborations on James Brown’s “Good Foot” dance which came out in 1972. Breaking at this period was not primarily floor oriented as seen today; it started out as top rock which dancers perform while standing up. An influence on top rock was up rock which was created in Brooklyn, New York.  It looks similar to top rock, but it is more aggressive and looks like a fight. Up rock is done with partners, but in top rock, and in breaking in general, each person takes turns dancing.  In 1973 DJ Kool Herc invented the break beat.  A break beat is a rhythmic, musical interlude of a song that has been looped over and over again to extend that instrumental solo. Kool Herc did this to provide a means for dancers who attended his parties to demonstrate their skills. B-boy and b-girl stands for “break-boy” and “break-girl”; b-boys and b-girls dance to the break of a record.  Further influenced by martial arts and gymnastics, breaking went from being a purely upright dance style—toprock only—to becoming more floor oriented.

As breaking, locking, and popping were gaining popularity in the 1980s, hip-hop social dancing (party dancing) was growing as well. Novelty and fad dances such as the Roger Rabbit, the Cabbage Patch, and the Worm appeared in the 1980s followed by the Running Man and the Humpty dance in the 1990s. The music of the day was the driving force in the development of these dances. For example, 1980s rap group Gucci Crew II had a song called “The Cabbage Patch” that the dance of the same name was based off of.  Another rap group, Digital Underground, had a song called the “The Humpty Dance” which made its respective dance popular. More recent social dances include the Cha Cha Slide, the Cat Daddy, and the Dougie.  The previously mentioned dances are a sample of the many that have appeared since hip-hop developed into a distinct dance style. Like hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing has continued to change as new songs are released and new dances are created to accompany them.

Our School teaches a eclectic version of Hip Hop, we incorporate various styles depending on our instructors background and emphasis. Please see our schedule for available classes and time spots that meet your schedule.

 

 

 

 

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