CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

All dance, acting and tumbling classes begins with a warm-up and stretching section.   It's very important that students not miss the class warm-ups.                                                                   

BALLET/TAP COMBO

The Combo Ballet/Tap Class is a child's first introduction to how fun dance can be.  Ballet enhances a child’s posture, grace, poise, coordination, balance, flexibility and musicality.  In the tap portion of the class, students will learn simple tap steps and use their feet to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.  Dance combinations are taught in both forms of dance.

CLASSICAL BALLET

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.

PRE-POINTE

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.

POINTE

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 and working with a physiotherapist.  

JAZZ

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.

TAP

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

Lyrical is based in ballet with the more free-form structure of jazz and is performed to slower music.  Lyrical is often used to express emotion or tell a story by interpreting the music and words of a song.  This class develops strength, flexibility and balance.  Students must have a strong ballet base 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.

CONTEMPORARY

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.

HIP-HOP

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.

STREET JAZZ

A fusion of Jazz dance technique with the attitude of the street style of Hip-Hop dance.  Street Jazz can be seen in the Pop music industry, videos and TV commercials.  Street Jazz is funky, energetic and full of swag.  

WEST AFRICAN DANCE

These classes explore the traditional West African dance rhythms through movement, songs and music.  The class is high energy and accompanied by Djembe beats drumming.  No previous experience necessary.  All ages and abilities welcome.

ACTING/MUSICAL THEATRE

Students will learn the basics of the theatre process and terminology in our dynamic acting program.  Improvisation, script analysis, scene study, stage direction, memorization and stage craft will be covered.  On-camera training for film, television and commercials offered.  Audition grooming provided.  Students will be notified of auditions/casting calls.  Theatre students have opportunities for stage performances and more.

TUMBLING

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, back tucks and more.  Perfect for cheerleaders also who need to learn and refine their tumbling capabilities for cheerleading or dancers who want to add elements of tumbling to their dance choreography.  Students train in a safe environment.  Class is for ages 5 and up.

COMPETITIVE DANCE TEAM

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 2019-2020 dance season.

CHEER SQUAD

Cheerleading is the performance of chants, motions, athletic skills, jumps, tumbling and dance.  Participation in parades, cheering at sports games, and various events. 

STRETCH/LEAPS/TURNS

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.

ADULT CLASSES

The adult classes are great for people 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, socialize and help each other meet your fitness goals together through dance.  

LADIES HEELS DANCE CLASS

Own a pair of cute heels? Come learn how to dance in them! Class will focus on how to walk, move and dance in heels and help you discover your inner fierceness, strut, and divalicious sass! A great workout that will have you moving with more confidence.  Wear your fishnets and comfortable clothing if you desire.  Beginners welcome, no previous dance experience required.  Invite your girl friends to come enjoy a heels class with you.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

BALLET BARRE WORKOUT

The classes incorporates moves from ballet to upbeat music and give you a total body workout based on cardio, strength training and core conditioning.  Improve balance and flexibility.  Ballet Barre target specific muscle groups such as the arms, back muscles, hips, abs and glutes.  A fun aerobic workout that burn calories and lengthen and strengthen muscles. 

ZUMBA FITNESS

Zumba is a fun fitness program that combines Latin and international music with easy to learn dance moves.  No dance experience needed.  Just follow along to the clear directions given by the Zumba instructor, and adjust the movements as needed for your body.  Zumba take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.  Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — and resistance training.  A total body workout that combines all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility and body composition.  Zumba will boost your energy,  cardio endurance and mood.  

SOCIAL BALLROOM CLASSES

Our social ballroom classes will have you looking great on the dance floor at weddings, anniversaries, cruises, dance events and parties.  You will learn basic Ballroom patterns in Waltz, Foxtrot, American Tango, Bolero, Cha-Cha and East Coast Swing.   All classes will focus on movement skills, social dance combinations and leading/following.  Ballroom Dancing improves coordination, balance, helps you stay active and lose weight.  Dance is mentally stimulating.  According to research studies,  ballroom dancing can help reduce the onset of dementia, and improve conditions such as Huntington and Parkinson diseases.  Beginner, Intermediate and advanced levels taught.   

CAROLINA SHAG

In the Carolina Shag class you will learn a new step each week along with technique and musicality.  Depending on the progress of the class, other steps may also be added.   Our adult dance classes are a great way to meet new people socially, keep active, physically fit and express your creativity.

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.