Tap: Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps. The sounds of the metal taps, affixed to the heel and toe of the shoes, sound out audible beats by rhythmically striking the floor or any other hard surface. The shoes act as a form of percussion, similar to a musical instrument.
Jazz: Jazz dance is a diverse and energetic dance style, combining techniques of classical ballet and modern dance. Jazz has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles.
Ballet: Ballet is a classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement. Ballet is considered the foundation of all dance. Classical ballet emphasizes fluid, graceful movements and long lines, along with strict adherence to correct form and codified technique.
Lyrical: Lyrical dance is quite literally, any dance performed to a song with lyrics. This style is typically a slower, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet and jazz technique. The main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement.
Musical Theatre: Musical Theatre is a form of dance that focuses mainly on performance and acting aspects of dance. This style can include any genre of dance. Musical theater dancers are, first and foremost, actors and place a high focus on musical interpretation.
Contemporary: Contemporary dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings. Contemporary dance strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Hip-Hop: Hip-hop is a fusion dance genre that incorporates elements such as breaking, popping, locking and krumping, and even house dance. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to hip-hop dancing. Many forms of social dance we see today are based on hip-hop technique.
Technique: Technique classes focus on the execution of leaps, jumps, turns and tricks that are often found in every style of dance. Technique also involves a decent amount of stretching and conditioning to ensure flexibility and strength. Proper technique is important for presentation, as well as preventing injury.
Cross-Training: Cross-training is a training technique that involves several different types of exercise to work a variety of muscles. This works more muscle groups, improves agility, and makes it easier to participate in a variety of recreational sports.