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Pre-Dance

Classes are designed to introduce toddlers, pre-school, and kindergarten children to the world of dance. Instructors use age-appropriate coursework to nurture the young dancer’s physical, emotional, and social skills. Each class develops the basic elements of creative movement, basic skills, as well as vocabulary, and music. Primary objectives are geared toward inspiration, self-expression, creativity, and imagination. Young children experience the love of learning through dance and music.

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Acro

This dance style combines simple gymnastics/acrobatics with jazz-dancing for a fast-moving, sportive class for students ages 7+. It teaches flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination. Students will begin with basic stunts such as forward rolls, cartwheels, and beginner balances. More advanced students will continue to add to their repertoire with more advanced tumbling, balances, and partner lifts/stunts.
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Ballet

For ages 5 and up, Ballet started in ballrooms during the Renaissance where social dance had intricate floor-plans. Today, the classic dance form of ballet teaches strength, poise, and balance using specific terminology, technique, and choreography. Dancers are trained at the barre in order to develop correct posture and to prepare the body for the demands of classical dance.

Benefits of Ballet: Ballet technique is used in all styles of dance. In their Ballet class, dancers will improve their posture, turnout, flexibility, strength and more!

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Contemporary

Similar to the fluidity of lyrical but with less emphasis on ballet-based technique. Dancers are taught to express themselves through movement by interpreting the words, music, and emotion of a song. This class is available to students ages 10+.
Hip Hop I/II

Hip Hop

This class requires stamina, hard work, and a strong core.  Students should be prepared for a challenging and rewarding class.

Benefits of Hip Hop: Dancers will improve their musicality, strength, stamina, and more!

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Jazz

The roots of jazz dance borrow from a melting pot. As we know it today, jazz is a blend of two main movements – folk dance and theatre dance. It teaches strength, power and flexibility and is performed to contemporary music. Jazz dance is lively, fun, and full of rhythm for all ages.

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Lyrical

Lyrical dance uses the lyrics in music to tell a story. This style incorporates technique used in both ballet and jazz to create elegant and fluid movements.

Modern

Modern

Often performed barefoot, Modern, is now more than 100 years old. Although similar to ballet in many ways, it uses movements that are freer and a more natural form of expressive dance. Dancers will explore a dynamic range of movement qualities, varying rhythm and timing while making artistic choices in the development of performance quality. Students will be encouraged to incorporate individual expression in their approach to movement theory and composition. Floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation are key elements to a Modern class. This is a great class for students age 10 and up.

Musical Theatre II/III

Musical Theatre

A fun and expressive class covering the variety of styles used in Broadway theater choreography. Dancers ages 7 and up will work on developing a combination of jazz dance and theatre performance technique using music, props, narrative, and facial expression. A basic jazz background is recommended. A great class for those who just love to put on a show!

For dancers ages 10+, Musical Theatre II/III is now offered in two styles:

Musical Theatre II/III Chorus – Following the same guidelines as a Musical Theatre II/III class, it puts a heavier emphasis on on dancing. Dancer’s will learn to master highly technical movements, while learning new aspects on performing.

Musical Theatre II/III Character – Following the same guidelines as a Musical Theatre II/III class, it puts a heavier emphasis on acting. Dancers will focus on becoming a character and performing, while learning new technique and jazz-based movement.

Pointe

Pre-Pointe & Pointe

Pre-Pointe: Dancers must be at least 12 years of age and have completed extensive work in ballet to enroll in this class. Students who desire to one day go up on pointe will work on increasing coordination and posture, and strengthening their core, ankles, and feet.

Pointe: Pointe is ballet performed in pointe shoes. Dancers must be at least 12 years of age and have completed extensive work in ballet and pre-pointe to enroll in this class. Students are admitted to go up on pointe when recommended by the pointe teacher. Students are evaluated on coordination, posture, strength, and feet. There is an inherent risk going up on pointe, therefore, we will only recommend those students who are developmentally ready to begin pointe work.

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Tap

Tap dancing is an American art form. It is a step dance tapped out audibly with hard soled shoes. It was born in the 1800?s meshing a wide spectrum of percussive dance styles – African, English, Irish and Scottish. It teaches tempo and rhythm whether you like soft shoe or flash tap, whether you are 3 or 63!

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Theatre Jazz & Tap

This one hour class will include theatre jazz technique, Broadway-style tap dance, and jazz/tap history. No dance experience is necessary – it’s the perfect class for people involved in theater and looking to improve their dance technique and dancers with jazz/tap experience looking to better their technique! Classes will include across-the-floor combinations in tap and jazz, history lessons on famous jazz/tap dancers, as well as learning well-known routines (i.e. The Shim Sham) and famous routines from musicals (i.e. 42nd Street)!

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Team

Dancers must audition to be accepted into the Team DIDC Program. Participation in the program is restricted to dancers who are ready to make achieving their personal best a priority. It is our goal to instill in our students a passion for performing rather than merely the desire to win awards. Toward that end, Team DIDC dancers are invited to perform locally at fairs, nursing homes, and more, in addition to participating in two regional dance competitions annually.

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