All Classes, Ages 8-10



Class Descriptions

Ballet Level III is the first time dancers are required to attend twice a week.  This level creates a bridge to assist a student’s transition from the recreational combo classes into a more structured class environment. They are introduced to an increased level of formal training consisting of barre and centre work. The posture, placement and comportment of classical ballet will be emphasized. The practice exercises introduced at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination will develop a strong foundation of physical and cognitive understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training. This class will automatically perform in DDC’s annual holiday production, “A Gift for Emma,” as well as the year end Recital Showcase.

Jazz classes explore traditional, Broadway, lyrical, and contemporary styles in a fun, energetic atmosphere to age appropriate music. Classes begin with a warm-up that stresses technique, flexibility, coordination and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations.  Beginner students (Levels I thru III) learn fundamental jazz steps and basic vocabulary through across the floor exercises and simple combinations.

Tap classes are offered to students ages 4 and up and focus on rhythm, musicality and timing. All classes begin with an energetic warm-up, across the floor exercises and combinations. Our beginner students (Levels I thru III) explore the fundamental steps of tap dance, learn tap terminology and develop the ability to maintain correct body placement.

Contemporary dance classes at DDC are a combined curriculum of modern and lyrical, often utilizing improvisation, floor-work, partnering and performing in bare feet.  Contemporary as a dance style in itself is defined, in part, as a fusion of ballet and jazz, demanding technical skill, musicality and an expression of emotion. A solid, ballet-based technique, proper placement and bodily alignment are essential components. At least one year of ballet training is required.  These classes will automatically perform in DDC’s annual holiday production, “A Gift for Emma,” as well as the year end Recital Showcase.

Hip Hop focuses on rhythm, syncopation and stage presence.   Derived from a combination of jazz funk and street jazz, this style of dance requires high energy, attention to detail and an understanding of complex rhythms.  Isolations, popping, & free-style movement will all be a focus of this athletic and energetic dance style.  Dancers will practice and perform to age appropriate music, wearing age appropriate costumes.  These classes will perform in the end of the year Recital Showcase.

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