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Our youth program is a non competitive program that focuses on teaching youth ages 3 through 18 the joys of performance dance. Our classes are structured in a 3-5 part lesson plan that will warm-up their muscles, teach them technique in their style of dance, and allow them to explore and develop their own creativity through dance. A variety of dance styles are available for both girls and boys to participate in. We value the safety and growth of our students as dancers so we offer levels instead of age groups allowing your student to progress at their own rate.
Hip Hop is a style of dance that utilizes the isolation of body parts in coordination to popular music with a solid beat. We take pride in closely monitoring the movements and music during class so that everything is age appropriate. Students taking Hip Hop will gain control over their muscular actions, core and upper body strengthening, musicality, and the understanding of different energies that are needed to create these movements. Their character will develop patience, perseverance, and camaraderie amongst the other dancers.
Our studio offers boys and girls to learn hip hop in their own classes so that everyone feels comfortable learning this style of dance. It also allows us the chance to stylize movements and routines to a theme that is appropriate for their age, skills, and gender. Boys hip hop will focus more on the strengthening of muscles that are required for tricks such as head stands, spins, and jumps. It also utilizes influence from boxing and martial arts forms of movement that the boys love to perform. Girls hip hop will focus more on the isolation of body parts, particularly in the torso, hips, and shoulders, which come easily to them. It will also have more of a jazz influence giving the movements a more subtle quality.
Creative Movement is a class for aspiring dancers! Or 2.5 - 4 year olds with energy to be used up. In this class your student will learn basic dance and movement skills with adapted terminology that they can understand. Students will also be given a chance to work on social skills and basic learning skills.
Movement skills such as balance, upper & lower body coordination, and coordination across the body are taught first by traditional methods then reenforced in a creative way with props or dance games that retain their attention. Students will learn the importance of taking turns, working with a partner or small group, and polite behavior towards other students and their teachers. We will also work on skills such as directions, Left & Right sides, opposites, and more, which are all needed when dancing at any age.
Jazz is an energetic form of dance that utilizes theatrical elements, stylized technique, a variety of jumps and turns. It is a versatile style of dance that can be danced to large selection of musical choices from smooth jazz, to broadway musicals, to the most recent top twenty pop list. Students build muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and self confidence through the mastery of jazz technique.
Our classes build upon each other starting with coordination and placement of hands, feet, and head. Students gradually build up the flexibility needed for impressive kicks, splits, and straddles, while learning about correct execution of technique for injury prevention. As time progresses and their foundational technique, strength, and flexibility becomes mastered we learn turns, jumps and movement progressions that continually get more challenging. Musicality plays an important role in jazz dance and we will learn musical awareness and how to accent it with our movements or pauses in movements.
We look at Ballet as a foundational building block in any dance style. The technique learned in it carries over to every other style of dance that we teach. Skills learned in this style of dance also translate into daily living and sports.
Ballet develops many elegant qualities in an individual such as grace, poise, carriage, and balance. It will also improve a students strength in their feet, arms, calves, and core muscles over time. Patience, control, and perseverance are also aspects of a student's character that can be formed through ballet. We teach students classical terms and techniques in intriguing ways encouraging them to remember and perfect them. Helping them become the best ballerinas they can be.
Tap is a style of dance for students fascinated with rhythms, sounds, and the challenge of intricate footwork. Special shoes with metal taps on the toes and heels are required to learn this dance style. This style of dance will teach students musical concepts such as beats, rhythms, and counting; balance, lower body coordination, and creative thinking will also be taught. An emphasis of team work to create a unified sound or complimenting rhythms will be developed over time. Character development will focus on patience, listening, taking turns, and practice for precision.
Our students will begin learning the most basic steps and rhythms. Building into more complex rhythmic patterns, complex steps, and tricks as they progress through the levels. In tap technique the steps and sounds build onto the one before it so precision and complete understanding is required before progressing higher. The technique we teach follows along the class act and rhythmic tap styles of tap dance.
In the dance world Contemporary dance is a catch all term for choreography that is a combination of dance styles. At the Dance Loft Plus we use this term to combine our modern dance and lyrical dance styles. Both of these styles have a foundation in ballet dance but at the same time they rebel the structure and technique in order to explore more freely a student's complete range of motion and creativity. We offer both modern and lyrical dance which help build a student's flexibility, strength, and challenge their limits. This style provides students with more avenues to develop their own choreographic skills, musical timing and emphasis, as well as learn about their bodies, limits, and personal style of dance.
The recital dance style is determined by the song selection and skills of the dancers of that year. No matter the form of contemporary dance, students develop a larger understanding of dance, improve their skills, and learn to challenge themselves to new limits.