Tap, Jazz, Modern, & Hip Hop 
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DANCE ELECTIVES

JAZZ CLASSES

Ages 7 & Up
 

Beginning Tap & Jazz

Ages 7-11

In this class, students learn basic Tap and Jazz technique. The tap portion of this class will focus using different parts of the tap shoe to make specific sounds, while learning basic tap steps and vocabulary. In the jazz portion of class, students will learn correct alignment, posture, and vocabulary while having fun with jazz steps and combos. Students may take this class for multiple years to prepare for Tap 1 and Jazz 1.

***This upbeat class pairs wonderfully with Beginning Ballet or Musical Theatre 1/Intro to Musical Theatre, but can also be taken as a stand-alone class.

These classes perform in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Intermediate Tap & Jazz
Ages 12+

In this class, students learn basic Tap and Jazz technique. The tap portion of this class will focus using different parts of the tap shoe to make specific sounds, while learning basic tap steps and vocabulary. In the jazz portion of class, students will learn correct alignment, posture, and vocabulary while having fun with jazz steps and combos. Students may take this class for multiple years to prepare for Tap 1 and Jazz 1.

***This upbeat class pairs wonderfully with Ballet or Musical Theatre 2, but can also be taken as a stand-alone class.

These classes perform in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

Jazz 1

In this class, students will learn basic jazz techniques that are most commonly used in musical theater productions. The primary focus will be on Broadway and Fosse jazz styles, with some some minor emphasis on Latin and Lyrical jazz near the end of the semester. Students will study the correct alignment, posture, and vocabulary affiliated with each unique style and learn how to apply what they have learned to other classes they are taking (musical theater, ballet, etc.).

 

PREREQUISITE: Beginning Tap & Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, or by special permission. 

This class performs in the all school recital, Finale, in June.

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Jazz 2

In this class, students will learn advanced styles of Traditional, Fosse, Broadway, Contemporary, and Lyrical jazz techniques. The similarities and differences of these styles will be explored through the techniques themselves as well as through the music that accompanies them. Students will be able to identify each style and discuss how to incorporate what they've learned into their other classes (musical theater, ballet, etc.).

 

PREREQUISITE: Jazz 1 or by special permission.

This class performs in the all school recital, Finale, in June.

Hip Hop

An overview of different Hip Hop styles will introduce students to foundational skills including isolations, popping and locking, and incorporating these skills into combinations. Students will also learn about the history and cultural significance of Hip Hop. This fun, upbeat class pairs wonderfully with Contemporary 1, Ballet 1 or 2, or Musical Theatre, or can be taken as a stand-alone class.

This class is taught through a partnership with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company. CKDC is a 501c3 nonprofit professional dance company and community education center. In addition to our annual concert performances, we offer a wide variety of dance classes to the public for every age and every technical level. It's never too late or too early to learn how to dance. Movement is fundamental to the development of personal well-being and serves as an authentic outlet for creativity and expression. We commit ourselves to providing accessible outlets for our community to engage in movement arts, and to maintain a diverse environment that honors equality, equity and compassion. Our mission is to make dance accessible to all and expose the healing art of movement to our communities. ​

This class performs in the all school recital, Finale, in June.

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

TAP CLASSES

Ages 7 & Up
 

Beginning Tap & Jazz

Ages 7-11

In this class, students learn basic Tap and Jazz technique. The tap portion of this class will focus using different parts of the tap shoe to make specific sounds, while learning basic tap steps and vocabulary. In the jazz portion of class, students will learn correct alignment, posture, and vocabulary while having fun with jazz steps and combos. Students may take this class for multiple years to prepare for Tap 1 and Jazz 1.

***This upbeat class pairs wonderfully with Beginning Ballet or Musical Theatre 1/Intro to Musical Theatre, but can also be taken as a stand-alone class.

These classes perform in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Tap 1

At this level, most of the basic tap vocabulary will be introduced/ reviewed. An emphasis on clarity and rhythmic consistency will be enforced as students progress. Throughout the term, exercises will improve integration and fluidity in linking steps together as well as introducing more complex combinations and rhythms.

PREREQUISITE: Beginning Tap & Jazz or by special permission.

This class performs in an all school recital, Finale, in June.

Tap 2/3

This class includes advanced tap techniques and styles including rhythm and Copasetic Canon Repertory. Students will learn the skills necessary to perform advanced tap routines and improvisation with a focus on rhythm variations and dynamics.

PREREQUISITE: Tap 1 or by special permission.

Parents are invited to observe class during our special Observation Week in the Spring.  

This class performs in an all school recital, Finale, in June.

CONTEMPORARY MODERN CLASSES

Ages 7 & Up
 

Beginning Contemporary Modern Dance

Ages 7-9

An introduction to common styles and basic principles of contemporary and modern dance. Students will build awareness of correct physical alignment, gain strength, and increase coordination through movement. Activities will encourage creativity and self-expression. This class is a perfect companion to Beginning Ballet or Ballet 1, or can be taken alone by students ages 7-9, who have little or no dance experience.

These classes perform in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Contemporary Modern 1

This class serves as an accelerated introduction to common styles of contemporary and modern dance. Students will increase awareness of correct physical alignment, gain strength, and improve coordination through movement. Creativity and self-expression is encouraged. This class is a perfect companion to Ballet 1 and 2.

Prerequisite: Beginning Contemporary Modern, Ballet 1, or by special permission.

This class performs in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

 

The Friday class is as part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Contemporary Modern 1/2

Modern dance encompasses a vast scope of movement styles and can often be synonymous with Contemporary Dance. This class is a foundational introduction to some of the leading techniques: Graham, Horton, and Contact-Release.  Exposure to modern dance is essential for the versatile dancer. It increases freedom of expression through improvisational techniques. Dancers will build strength, fluidity, and body awareness, as they learn proper weight placement, alignment, and where to initiate different movement. 

Prerequisite: Beginning Contemporary Modern, Ballet 3, Musical Theatre Dance, or by special permission.  

This class performs in an all school recital, Finale, in June.