At ASADC, we offer a variety of styles of dance so there is something for everyone! Dance is such a great activity for everyone, whether you’re doing it for fun or for more serious study. Want to be a ballerina? Love to make noise? Love to sing? Love to get funky? You’ve come to the right place.
Ballet is a classical dance form with its own terminology, technique, and choreography. Dancers get so many benefits from studying Ballet including discipline of body and mind, coordination, grace and poise, muscle toning and strength, alignment and posture, understanding team concepts, learning to be a good audience member, exposure to classical music, and the love of dance. Ballet classes usually include barre work, center floor work, adage, allegro, and reverence. ASADC offers ballet classes in a structured, yet fun and challenging atmosphere.
Hip Hop is a style of jazz dance that has been influenced by hip hop and rap music. It uses sharp, energetic, multi-layered isolations and makes use of a wide range of dynamics. There are different styles of hip hop including breakdance, funk, and free-style. Students in this class gain strength and flexibility as well as learning short progressive movements and choreography.
Tap is a style of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Tap not only increases ankle dexterity and strength, but is good for dancers’ musicality and rhythm. It is considered the most American of all dance forms. Our tap dancers work on learning basics, along with more complex, compound steps and choreography.
Musical Theatre Dance
These classes give students a chance to experience dancing within a character as in musicals on Broadway and in film. Dancers participate in acting exercises designed to increase their range of expression and also learn to sing while dancing. This is also a great opportunity for dancers to learn about various musicals.
Jazz is a style of dance that is a blend of traditions. It is uniquely American and has been influenced by music trends over the years such as jive, disco, and latin. Classical jazz relies heavily on ballet technique for alignment and elevation. Jazz is typically highly energetic. Jazz classes help develop coordination, enhance rhythm and musicality, improve movement memory, increase flexibility, strength and endurance, and inspire the creative process. Students work on flexibility and strength, as well as turning and leaping. Dancers also learn various styles of jazz choreography.
Modern is a free, expressive style of dancing started in the early 20th century as a rebellion against the formality and structure of ballet. It focuses on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. There is more dependence and use of gravity and a fall and swing feeling that gives modern a very fluid feeling.
Pointe is a type of ballet where dancers wear special shoes and dance on the tips of their toes. Pointe is not right for everyone. Pointe dancers require more strength, flexibility, and durability than ballet dancers. Pointe students must have a solid ballet foundation and be recommended to go on pointe. Students should begin by taking Prepointe which helps them to achieve additional foot and ankle strength, as well as gaining an understanding of how pointe differs. To go on pointe, dancers must be at least 12 years old (to ensure bones are formed enough), must have at least 3 years of consistent study and practice of ballet, must have at least 1 year of prepointe, must be recommended, and must continue to take at least 2 regular ballet classes in addition to their pointe class. Requirements are for the safety of the dancers.
Lyrical / Contemporary
Lyrical and Contemporary are both styles of dance derived from combining other dance forms. Lyrical dance uses a combination of ballet and jazz techniques to tell the story of the lyrics through movement. Contemporary dance uses a combination of ballet, jazz, and modern. Because of the modern influence, there are more gravity based movements and floor work.
Every child should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance. This 45-minute program provides a chance for children with special needs to explore movement through basic ballet and jazz concepts. The class is tailed to the needs of the students in order for all students to participate and feel successful.
Zumba Fitness is a high energy fitness program with a Latin flare! It is designed to give a “feel good” cardiovascular workout while having fun. Zumba uses a fusion of Latin and International music with fast and slow rhythms to tone and strengthen the body and mind. This program features fitness interval training, resistance training, and easy to follow dance steps.