LEVEL I – Beginner (new style for the dancer)
LEVEL II – Intermediate (solid training/consistency in the basics of the style & ready for intermediate skills)
LEVEL III – Advanced (years of extensive training/consistency with intermediate & some advanced skills in the style & ready to learn to train at the professional level)
Please note: These are general level distinctions. Each class level is ultimately determined by the needs of the students enrolled in the class.
Ballet is the foundation of technical dance training, and is the root of most dance styles studied today. Ballet develops strength and consistency through exercises that incorporate a meticulous level of detail (i.e. alignment/core control, turnout of the legs, clarity in the feet, grace of the arms, poise of the head and neck, etc.) Ballet trains the dancer’s body lines and control from head to toe. A strong foundation in ballet allows a dancer to successfully train in all other dance styles.
Jazz is a foundational dance style that emphasizes: rhythm, syncopation, grounded movement, isolations, body alignment, core strength, coordination and flexibility. Dancers are encouraged to infuse style and personality into their movement by executing set combinations as well as exploring freestyle movement.
Hip Hop is a grounded, street style form of dance usually performed to hip hop music, or music which emphasizes clear rhythms, beats and/or lyrics. Many aspects of hip hop technique are explored such as: isolations, pop/locking, animating, tutting, whacking, house, krumping, breakdancing, etc. Dancers are encouraged to infuse style and personality into their movement as they train, through executing set combinations and exploring freestyle.
Jazz Funk is a fusion of jazz and hip hop technique. The choreography is inherently grounded, rhythmic and energetic, typically using current music from pop culture. Dancers are encouraged to infuse style and personality into their movement as they train by executing set combinations as well as exploring freestyle movement.
Lyrical is a form of jazz dance that has evolved to incorporate the staples of ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques. There is much emphasis on interpreting the lyrics, mood or intent of the music, to depict specific emotions. Often there is a concept or story dancers are working with to find ways of expressing emotion through their bodies. Improvisation is used to help dancers explore their movement more deeply and personally.
Tap is a historical dance form that emphasizes rhythm, syncopation and musicality of the feet in tap shoes. Combinations can be performed to music with the feet following the beats provided, or without music (a cappella) where the feet generate the musicality on their own. Tap dancing highly trains a dancer’s musicality, coordination and stamina, and is widely used in many commercial and professional dance arenas.
Contemporary stems from modern, jazz and ballet dance techniques. This form often utilizes: modern dance’s emphasis on the torso and use of improvisation, jazz dance’s focus on grounded/rhythmic movements and ballet dance’s attention to controlled legwork and lines. The choreography can contain narrative or be abstract in nature, and will challenge dancers to move, think and explore outside of their comfort zone. Improvisation is used to help dancers explore their movement more deeply and personally.
Tumbling includes technical skills derived from acrobatics and gymnastics. We use tumbling class to increase the muscle strength/flexibility and agility of our dancers’ bodies, and we teach the skills in progression to ensure proper technique and safety. Skills taught may vary from beginning to advanced levels, and are determined based on the level of individuals as well as the class as a whole.
Street Jazz / Tumbling introduces boys and girls to the fundamentals of movement and timing. By using non-traditional approaches such as a mini-trampoline, basic tumbling & acrobatic skills, elements of hip hop/breakdancing, flexibility and conditioning exercises, students develop the coordination and rhythm to put together dance sequences.
Ballet / Tap / Tumbling (BTT) is a combo class we offer to dancers ranging in age from 2-6. This class focuses on exposing the student to (3) particular styles for a solid introduction to dance. Ballet will enhance awareness of body control /placement, flexibility, grace and poise. Tap emphasizes coordination, rhythm and musicality. Tumbling will develop muscle strength and flexibility, as well as coordination and agility. Our BTT classes are fun and challenging, and offer a great foundation to your little ones in their early dance training.
Flexibility & Extensions Dancers will master the flexibility of their legs, back, hips and feet & maximize extension, through our new cutting-edge class found only at Studio 10 Dance! This class is the perfect addition to a dancer’s technique classes and a great fit for dance team members looking to enhance flexibility and body lines.
Leaps & Turns is a jazz technique class which incorporates strengthening and conditioning exercises associated with increasing the clarity and consistency of the dancers’ leaping and turning abilities. Muscle development, alignment, stamina, balance and control are the key elements emphasized in the class through repetitious center and across-the-floor exercises.
Cardio Hip Hop – is an upbeat, hip hop style fitness class. No training in hip hop is necessary. Movements are repetitious and easy to follow, and are geared towards a high energy and super fun calorie burn. Come have fun and sweat!
Body Shaping – focuses on strength training and conditioning, breathing, alignment and flexibility. Working with 2-5 pound weights, students will find a dramatic increase in their muscular strength, agility, shape and tone. Body Shaping will provide students with an extremely effective workout and will increase mind-body awareness.
Zumba – is an “interval training” cardio fitness class that incorporates low-intensity and high intensity moves to Latin and World music. Zumba is geared towards a high calorie-burning and energy boosting workout, designed to make you sweat!
Vinyasa: (pronounced “vin-yah-sah”) is the Sanskrit word for “flow”, and vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers choreograph their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, and often play music to keep things lively. The intensity of the practice is similar to Ashtanga, but no two vinyasa classes are the same. If you hate routine and love to test your physical limits, vinyasa may be just your ticket.
Kundalini: Kundalini Yoga asana sequences are called kriyas. Each kriya is preset series of poses that is done with a specific breathing technique and engagement of the bandhas to intensify the effects of the pose. Each kriya is associated with a particular chakra. They may consist of rapid, repetitive movements coordinated with a designated breathing method or recitation of mantra. In other kriyas, poses are held for several minutes, again with the inclusion of pranayama and mantra. Often mudras are also an important part of each kriya.