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 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.
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 and working with a physiotherapist.
Contemporary Ballet incorporates elements of both classical ballet and modern dance. There is a greater range of movement and freedom in contemporary ballet that stands in contrast to the strict body lines that's traditionally used in classical ballet. George Balanchine, a world renowned contemporary choreographer, is considered to have been the first pioneer of contemporary ballet.
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 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.
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.
AFRICAN JAZZ (AFRO JAZZ)
African Jazz (also called Afro Jazz) is a blend of different dance styles that includes Caribbean, African, Jazz and Swing dance. The foundation of African Jazz is the traditional African dance and music. On the Jazz dance side, the technical elements used are turns, leaps, jumps and isolations.
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.
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 a performing dance team.
PERFORMING COMPANY (MODERNICITY)
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 and at our end of year annual dance showcase.
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 2018-2019 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.
SOCIAL BALLROOM CLASSES & CAROLINA SHAG
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. Beginner, Intermediate and advanced levels taught. We teach the Carolina Shag. 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 is a great way to meet new people socially, keep active physically 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.
Get ready to party yourself into shape! Zumba Fitness is a fun aerobic workout that mixes in easy to learn dance moves to get you fit and toned. Zumba Fitness incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — and resistance training.
"This is my child's first year at Rhythm Elements and she absolutely loves it! I recommend it highly." ―Jess A.