Dance Programs

If you’re new to our dance community this is a great place to start finding out about the various disciplines featured at our studio, Dance in Motion.

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Dance Disciplines

JAZZ

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.

Throughout its history, jazz dance has developed in parallel to popular music. This pattern of development has resulted in a few elements of movement key to the dance style, the most important being that jazz is they physical embodiment of the popular music of a given time.

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 energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

Beginner and Recreational

Beginner and Recreational Jazz classes, which consist of one class per week, will be offered for students aged 3 and older. Students will be taught amalgamated moves with emphasis on fun and enjoyment as they progress to learning a choreographed routine. Students will be placed according to age and experience.

Technique

We begin with limbering, stretching and strengthening exercises aimed at providing the young dancer with a solid foundation as well as working to improve jumps and turns. Students will be taught how to follow direction and improve on technical skills through amalgamated moves. A ballet class is definitely an asset in balancing out a student’s training.

Competitive

Our elite program’s dancers are required to be taking at least one jazz technique class and two to four ballet classes, depending on age and level, to be considered for admission. Entry is by audition or invitation only and dancers will be placed by ability and age.

Students and Parents

Students and parents must realize that dancers participating in this program must be willing to make a commitment to their group and attendance is of vital importance. Other commitments such as costuming and grooming are to be expected. Students who do not adhere to this agreement may be asked to step down from a performance. As the focus in this program is performance, students will be expected to attend extra rehearsals from time to time. Also some competitions and performances may fall during school hours.

BALLET

Ballet is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the French court, further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music. It has been influential as a form of dance globally and is taught in ballet schools around the world which use their own culture and society to modernize the art. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed, and also include mime, acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). It is best known in the form of classical ballet, notable for its techniques, such as pointe work and turn-out of the legs, its graceful, flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. Later developments include neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet.

Dance in Motion uses an open Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus with an emphasis on Checcetti, Vaganova, and Russian based techniques. Ballet is offered at every level and age for non-competitive and competitive dancers.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE

The academy considers professional training of young children in classical ballet to be vitally important. The Academy’s syllabi have been devised with great care to enable a child to progress through their dance training in planned stages, demanding no more of a young body than it can cope with.

Every year, over 250,000 students around the world are taught the Academy’s classical ballet syllabi by Academy-trained teachers.

RAD exams offer young dancers the opportunity to gain recognized qualifications that will serve them in a career in dance as well as being of value later in life when considering further career development.

Ballet classes are available to both recreational and competitive dance students.

TAP

Tap dance was developed in the United States during the 19th century and is popular nowadays in many parts of the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard surface. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician (and thus, for example, the American composer Morton Gould was able to compose a concerto for tap dancer and orchestra).

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 classes are available for all ages and levels in both recreational and competitive dance.

LYRICAL

The Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. It is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance, the latter itself being an emerging category. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals and emphasized over the song’s rhythm. The definition of the word lyrical is having a poetic, expressive quality; musical; characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling; expressing deep personal emotions or observation; highly rhapsodic or enthusiastic. Choreography can be gripping and exquisitely delicate, at the same time. That a song’s lyrics are a driving force and key inspiration for the movement accounts for why a sizeable number of dancers are unaware of how the style’s name was derived, erroneously thinking it came from the word “lyrics”.

Currently, Lyrical classes are only offered in our competitive levels of dance training.

MUSICAL THEATRE / STAGE

Musical Theatre is a form of dance combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Since the early 20th century, Musical Theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, “musicals”.

Musical Theatre/Stage classes are available in both recreational and competitive dance.

HIP HOP AND BREAK DANCING

The dance style primarily associated with Hip Hop is “breaking”, which appeared in New York City during the early 1970s and truly became a cornerstone (or “element”) of Hip Hop as a culture. Funk styles, such as popping and locking, evolved separately in California in the 1960s to 1970s, but were also integrated into Hip Hop when the culture reached the West Coast of the United States.

Though breaking and the original funk styles look quite different stylistically, they share many surrounding elements, such as their improvisational nature, the music they’re danced to and the way they originated from the streets, mainly within black and Hispanic communities. These similarities helped bring them, and other street dance styles, together under the same sub-culture, and help to keep them alive and evolving today. Yet, this has not been without problems, often involving the media, such as when the movie Breakin’ put all various styles under the label “break dance”, causing a great naming confusion that spawned many heated debates. In the late 1980s, as Hip Hop music took new forms and the hip hop subculture established further, new dance styles began appearing. Most of them were danced in an upright manner in contrast to breaking with its many ground moves, and were in the beginning light-footed with lots of jumping. Some moves hit the mainstream and became fad dances, such as The Running Man, but overall they contributed a lot to later Hip Hop styles, and heavily influenced the development of house dancing.

During the 1990s and 2000s, parallel with the evolution of Hip Hop music, Hip Hop dancing evolved into heavier and more aggressive forms. While breaking continued to be popular on its own, these newer styles were danced upright, and draw much inspiration from earlier upright styles. Classifying these newer hip hop styles as a unique dance style of its own has grown common with larger street dance competitions such as Juste Debout, which includes Hip Hop new style as a separate category for people to compete in. Today, we see many specific styles that first appeared on their own, such as krumping and clown walking, now being danced and accepted within Hip Hop new style contexts.

All Hip Hop styles from the 1980s and beyond are sometimes collectively called new school while the distinct styles from the 1960s to 1970s, such as breaking, uprocking, locking and popping, are considered old school. However, this classification is controversial, and often old school Hip Hop (or, in some areas, hype) is used solely for the late 1980s upright and jumpy Hip Hop styles, excluding locking, popping and breaking, and new style Hip Hop for the heavier styles of today.

Hip Hop and Break Dancing classes are available for all ages and levels in both recreational and competitive dance.

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance evolved in the early 1900s as a revolution against structured dance (ballet). The “Mother of Contemporary Dance”, Isadora Duncan, wanted to break the boundaries of constricted ballet movement, thus Contemporary was born. This realm of dance is a very important and crucial form of technique for a dancer’s training. Although the technique is ballet-based it allows the dancer to work with other elements of their body such as free movement.

Currently, Contemporary classes are only offered in our more advanced and competitive levels of dance training.

ACRO, TUMBLING AND CONTORTION

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. This is in contrast to rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, which are sports that employ dance elements in a gymnastics context, with each being regulated by a governing gymnastics organization and Code of Points. Acro dance is known by various other names including acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance, though it is most commonly referred to simply as acro by dancers and dance professionals.

Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills. Acro dancers must be in excellent physical condition as well, because acro is a physically demanding activity.

Currently, Acro classes are available for all ages and levels in both recreational and competitive.  In order to create more versatility and strength within our dancers, we also offer Contortion and Tumbling classes.

ZUMBA

Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates Hip Hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.

Zumba sessions are typically about an hour long and are taught by licensed instructors. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip hop music, axé music and tango. Because the Zumba program is low-impact, it is safe for all ages. A typical Zumba session burns between 500 and 1000 calories.