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We are exited to announce our New Acrobatic Arts Syllabus!
Tumble focuses on the floor aspect of gymnastics. In this the students learn the basics such as rolls and kart wheels to front and back handsprings. This class requires the students to remain very focused at all times due to the level of risk. Tumblers are conditioned throughout each class to build up their upper and lower body strength and flexibility. This allows them to control their movement better and hold themselves in the difficult tricks. This class often moves very slow allowing each student to progress and his/her own pace so that saftey comes first! Ages 3 and up.
Dancers can begin ballet at the age of 3 but with limitations as to what they can do. Ballet emphasizes proper alignment of the body focusing on turnout, center and fluid movement of the entire body at the same time. Ballet is the most regimen and focused form of dance demanding a lot of time and years to perfect. Class consists of barre warm up, center work, progressions across the floor and weekly combinations.
This is an advanced form of ballet and is what all serious ballet dancers strive to achieve and perfect. Pointe shoes or Toe shoes, as they are often referred to, are a blocked ballet slipper that allows the dancer to stand tall on her toes. We at XDA do not allow dancers to progress to this level until they are 12 years of age and have had several years of formal training in Ballet. Class for Pointe consists of an advanced level of warm up and center work.
Clogging is performed in shoes that have a double tap attached to the bottom. This gives the shoe a unique sound unlike a tap sound. Cloggers are at a fast pace rhythem constantly. With arm motions to match this form of dance is very aerobic. Where tap dancers always begin a motion on their right foot, cloggers begin on the left. The original forms of clogging were performed to country western music and line formations. Cloggers of a new generation have tranformed this art form to match todays time, with todays music and the latest hip hop grooves. Ages 4-up
This New Break Out form of dance focuses on such techniques as pop and lock and freestyle. This urban dance form stepped onto the dance scene in the 70’s and 80’s and was known as break dancing. Since then it has progressed into something that today is the widest dance form used. At times the dancers seem as though they very sharp (pop & lock) and at other times within the same dance they are so fluid their body seems to mesh and melt together. This dance form is often seen in music videos for pop music and rap and is very commercialized on TV today because it is SOOOO HOOOT!!! Age 4 to begin with/without experience.
Jazz dance is linked to many forms of dance and requires great strength and agility. Its focus is purely performance driven and is often seen in most Broadway shows. Jazz requires the dancer to put emphasis on certain parts of the body called isolations. We also focus on a lot of amazing tricks, turns, leaps and jumps as well as flexibility. Your main goal is to bring the audience into your world and make them sit on the edge of their seat! Music styles for this dance form are a wider range, from oldies to rock and show tunes. Class begins with a warm up, progressions across the floor, center work that is focused on learning tricks and combinations. Ages 5 and up.
Lyrical and Modern are very interchangeable dance forms and often coincide with one another. They both focus on telling a story through dance and movement of the body. Both tend to emphasize the lyrics and the music that they are being performed to. They also focus on such techniques as Fall and Recover, Contract and Release and the movement of your body through your breath. Class begins with a center warm up and is followed by progressions across the floor, center work, and combinations. Age 6-7 years with at least one year of jazz or ballet.
Tap dancing focuses on the exact counts of the music and is performed with shoes that come with or have metal taps added to the toes and heel. Tap class consists of learning to feel the music and the rhythm as well as speed and agility with the different steps in tap. Tap greats such as Gregory Hines pushed this art form to the next level putting it at the forefront of dance along with Ballet! Age 3 and up.
Mommy & Me
New Mommy & Me Class avaiable for all stay at home moms! Get moving with your little one through our movement based class that incorperates dance, tumble and creative movement. Through movement your child will benefit by gaining control of their little bodies, learning to participate in a group setting and using their imaginations!
6 Week Sessions: