Ballet/Tap 11 +
Ballet is structured to provide dancers with a solid base from which they can grow in an informed technical environment. With a focus on understanding how ballet shapes and forms the body, as well as releases tension to allow dancers to move efficiently. Ballet study is a very disciplined art and requires students to be focused and attentive in the classroom environment. Much detail is placed on the body, as accurate placement is a necessity for this form of dance. Because of Ballet’s intensity in the areas of body placement (back, shoulders, arms, abdominal muscles, hips, legs, etc.), it is truly the foundation for all studies of dance. Strength is built differently by each student and occurs over a period of time. Dancers will not receive immediate gratification, but those who work diligently will achieve success over their course of study. It is a recommended class for all dancers and anyone wishing to become more graceful, more poised, and more coordinated. This is also an excellent class for athletes and/or gymnasts who wish to have an edge over the competition.
The Beginner Ballet classes at DDAC foster musicality, body awareness, and movement potential in a format that encourages individual artistry. The class explores the elements of dance; Body, Space, Force, and Time, through creative exercises that are movement-focused rather than story-focused. The knowledge gained in these classes prepares the student for the attention to detail required in the study of formal ballet training. Research shows that children who begin training with informed creative movement classes are more successful when placed in a traditional technique class.
As dancers progress to higher levels, the classes emphasize correct postural alignment, principles of turn-out, balance, control, and barre exercises. Barre work is then taken to center work and across the floor work to challenge balance and work on pirouettes, extensions, and leaps.
Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet and jazz techniques. It is performed to music with lyrics and uses emotion to tell a story relating to the lyrics of the song. Lyrical dance is free flowing and expressive. The term Lyrical Dance comes from the word “lyrical,” which means to have a poetic, expressive quality; expressing spontaneous feelings and deep personal emotions. Music used for Lyrical dance is usually emotionally charged and expressive and give dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. Lyrical movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. It is very passionate and can tell a story through movement to capture the audience.
Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Slippers, Solid Colored Leotard, Classical Ballet Bun. Dancers may choose to wear a ballet skirt. Boys should wear black fitted bottoms, a white or black T-shirt and black ballet shoes.
Tan or Pink Stirrup Tights with a Leotard. Dancers may choose to wear a ballet skirt. Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Boys should wear black bottoms and a white or black T-shirt. Dancers should wear half- sole Lyrical shoes.