PRE-classes gives younger children an opportunity to explore different dance styles on the basic foundation level. PRE-classes are a precursor to the next level class as the child gets older.
INTRO-classes are for the absolute beginner student without any formal dance training and will give them an introduction to dance structure.
BALLET levels I/II/III/IV/V- is a progression of ballet terminology and steps that takes the student from the beginner level through intermediate, advanced and pre-professional levels.
The Creative Movement class is a fun activity designed with toddlers in mind and is 30 minutes in length. Toddlers will enjoy creative dance steps and fun pops to help them begin to develop balance, coordination, poise and learn simple dance technique that unleash their creativity and imagination. The class also teaches the value of taking turns and working together.
Ballet enhances a child’s posture, grace, poise, coordination, balance, flexibility and musicality. In tap, students explore various fun rhythm patterns through basic tap steps and concepts while burning off some energy. This is a perfect combination so that your child can experience both ballet and tap in one great class.
Considered the true foundation for most dance disciplines, ballet is essential to a dancer’s overall progress. Classes begin at the barre to practice proper body placement, followed by center and across the floor work. Emphasis will be placed on the discipline of classical ballet technique, correct body placement, posture, arm and head movements, musicality, and mastering the steps. Ballet builds strength, flexibility and balance that can be applied in other dance classes. Class time will periodically be devoted to the written as well as spoken French ballet terminology.
Students must be recommended by an instructor to study pre-pointe and show promise in technique and strength in legs, ankles and muscles. This class emphasizes strengthening technique, balance and knowledge of pointe work. Students will incorporate ballet technique training during pre-pointe. Must complete a full year of training before receiving first pair of pointe shoes and must be currently enrolled in ballet classes.
Students must have 3 or more years of ballet and is currently taking a minimum of two ballet classes. Pointe readiness is determined by the instructor.
An upbeat, high energy class that helps students develop rhythm and style. Emphasis is on basic skills, Classic jazz technique and contemporary dance forms. Students are introduced to progressions, turns, rhythmic combinations using various music and Jazz dance technique.
We offer a blend of styles ranging from the classic Broadway Tap moves of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the pure art and coolness of Sophisticated Ladies, and the high energy rhythm tap of Bring in Da`Noise Bring in Da ‘Funk. Class will focus on basic skills of tap dance both in the center and across the floor work that will include more complex combinations and turns.
Lyrical is based in ballet and emphasizes balance, control of movement and storytelling. Lyrical dance interprets music and words by showing the emotion, tone and lyric contents of the music. This class develops strength, flexibility and balance. Students must have a strong ballet base or jazz and be familiar with contemporary dance movements. This is an excellent class for students who want to explore different ways to express their feelings and emotions through their dance.
Ever-evolving, contemporary is a genre, not a technique, and covers different styles of dance. Artistry, self-expression, athleticism, fast angular movements, emotional extremes and dynamic use of levels are some of the characteristics that makes up this intricate dance style.
Students learn the elements of street style hip-hop posture, arms, feet work, rhythm, music interpretation, timing, precision, undulations, articulations, turns, jumps, kicks, fluid motion and natural styling to enhance free-styling skills. Students learn high energy choreography based on musicality and the famous The Swagger Crew style and others.
The technique class is for dancers who want to push themselves further in their dance training. The class is devoted to helping dancers improve their technical elements of dance in ballet, jazz and contemporary. This class is invaluable for gaining clean technique and more precision. Stretch and strengthening is also combined to improve dancers’ power, grace and flexibility. Students will work on turns, jumps, leaps, splits, kicks and tricks.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
A fun, high energy class that teaches the fundamentals of West African Dance accompanied by live drumming.
Students will learn the basics of the theatre process and terminology in our dynamic acting program. Improvisation, script analysis, scene study, stage direction and memorization will be covered. On-camera training for film and television offered. Audition grooming provided. Students will be notified of auditions/casting calls. Theatre students have opportunities for stage performances and more.
Head-over-heels fun! This class emphasizes strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness. Learn the basic skills needed to perfect round offs, back hand springs, and back tucks. Perfect for cheerleaders also who need to learn and refine their tumbling capabilities for cheerleading. Students train in a safe environment. Class is for ages 5 and up.
ALL BOYS HIP-HOP DANCE CREW
This is an awesome opportunity for boys ages 7-18 to learn dance in a caring, masculine environment that builds confidence, self-esteem, discipline, focus, team work, balance, coordination, strength and fitness. Boys learn elements of Hip-Hop, Break dance, Popping, Locking and Funk. The ALL Boys Hip-Hop Dance Crew is not a competitive dance team.
PERFORMING COMPANY (MODERNICITY & HIP-HOP MAJORETTE TEAM)
The exciting 'non-competitive' performing company is for dancers ages 8-18 who are interested in furthering their dance abilities and opportunities beyond a recreational dancer. The performing company classes focus on improving technique, musicality, rhythm and performance skills. Company dancers enjoy exciting performances throughout the year.
COMPETITIVE DANCE TEAMS
Competitive dance training consists of learning energetic and unique routines that include technique, rhythm, floor work, tricks, illusions, strength and fitness. Being part of a competitive dance team provide an exciting outlet for dancers wishing to experience dance on a higher level. The team is held to high standards and rules that will prepare them to give their very best on the competition stage.
• Must be willing to commit to rehearsals and to the team.
• Train in regular classes during the 2017-2018 dance season.
ADULT DANCE CLASSES
You're never too old to enjoy dance! We offer classes for adults of any age in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, West African dance and Zumba. These classes are great for adults who don't like the gym but still want to get fit, toned and build core strength. You'll be having so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re exercising! All abilities welcome, from beginner to advanced levels. Bring your friends and help each other meet your fitness goals together through dance.
WEDDING DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
We'll help make your big day special, memorable and create the wedding dance of your dreams! We specialize in the Bride and Groom 'first dance' and will choreograph an exciting, fun routine to the song of your choice. We also offer lessons for Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Groomsmen/Bridesmaids and Family dances.
"This is my child's first year at Rhythm Elements and she absolutely loves it! I recommend it highly." ―Jess A.