Jazz dance is deeply rooted in American history and American Dance. As with many genres, Jazz has evolved over the years, but always has a concentration in rhythm and energy. We teach a broad range of styles in our jazz classes and incorporate classic techniques such as Fosse and Jerome Robbins. These classes are high energy and exposes our dancers to the many styles of movement. Jazz classes begin at age five and are offered through our most advanced levels, including adult classes.
Class emphasize is on the development of classical ballet skills with a focus on proper placement and alignment. Students learn ballet vocabulary through both barre and center floor work, while building strength and flexibility. Dancers will acquire grace, poise, and flexibility while learning ballet theory.
Dance fusion of ballet and jazz technique expression from inner emotion is a primary factor in choreography and interpreting this art form.
Musical Theatre is a theatrical dance style that includes dance technique and acting to songs from Broadway musicals and shows. Dance numbers generally consist of a story being told or portray character expression.
Pointe dancers learn specific exercises to strengthen the ankle and the foot, as well as strengthen and improve the Core to sustain the demand of Pointe. The minimum age for Pointe is 11 1/2 years of age. Dancers are recommended for Pointe upon the approval and recommendation of both the dance instructor and the child’s pediatrician. A prerequisite of a minimum of three years of Ballet must be taken prior to enrolling in Pointe. Dancers taking Pointe classes are required to be enrolled in Ballet.
COMPANY / COMPETITION
The Footloose Dance Company consists of dancers that have met all the requirements and have been selected by a panel of judges. Dancers are judged in Lyrical, Tap, Jazz and Voice (Musical Theatre). Auditions are held in October for the current dance season. Competition Teams (groups, trios, duets, and solos) are evaluated during Dance Company Auditions. FSD Company Members are students who have discovered dance as their passion, have the desire to take their dancing to the next level, and are looking for more performance opportunities.
Acrobatic Arts is a program based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of Acrobatics: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.
We are proud to offer this comprehensive program whose simple, thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!
Students will be encouraged to engage in structured physical play, developing their climbing, balance, agility and coordination. This class is designed to challenge each child’s individual and specific capabilities through music and an early introduction to acrobatics. Students are introduced to the very basics of Ballet, Tap, and Acro/Gym.
Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique, musicality and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet, essentially making tappers both dancers and musicians. This genre is great for all ages!
Contemporary dance is a modern type of dance style of expressive dance that has been able to combine features of several genres such as modern, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and classic ballet. The dance in itself is all about flexibility and connection of both body and mind through fluid movements. It is able as well to put emphasis on improvisation and versatility.
A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B, and pop music. Hip-hop encompasses movement that has elements of isolations, popping, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip-hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing – and it’s very popular! We promise clean music.
African dance technique is rooted in both traditional and contemporary styles. Students will learn steps from numerous African dances that reflect cultural lifestyles of people of Africa and the African diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on style and increased sensitivity to music through intensive work. Our goal is to increase versatility; to increase listening skills; to increase cardiovascular conditioning; and to increase cultural awareness and familiarity with specific non-western dance styles.
Praise dancing is a liturgical or spiritual dance that incorporates music and movement as a form of worship rather than as an expression of art or as entertainment. Praise dancers use their bodies to express the word and spirit of God.