Lyrical is a style of dance that uses the emotion and mood of the music to elicit movements from the dancers. Students have a warm up focusing in core strength, flexibility, and movement of the back. The class includes floor work, progressions, and center combinations.
Modern- combines stretching and strengthening to lengthen a dancer’s muscles and body. Extensive center warm-up and cross floor material are taught. Core strength is developed to facilitate execution of skills and follows the style of Horton, Dunham and Limon.
Leaps & Turns-This class is a technique class that is dedicating to learning, improving, and perfecting technique in jumps, kicks, turns, etc. Stretch and strengthening is also combined to improve dancers’ power.
All Students ATTIRE
- Must wear hair out of face.
- Have an over-all clean and neat appearance. Photos are taken of the students.
- Do not wear any jewelry - this is for your safety.
Ballet/Modern/Contemporary students wear:
- A Leotard is to be worn to every class.
- Tights must be worn - clean with no tears - in a light “ballet pink” color. Contemporary/Modern students can wear black tights.
- We will be having a parent meeting on skin tone selection when choosing tights for a nude look, as all of our students are made beautifully and shaded differently!
- Hair is to be pulled back into a tight, neat bun. Secure bangs & other hairs with hair product or hair pins/clips - preferably those that match your hair color versus distracting colors/sparkles etc.
- Ballet pink shoes (check with teacher on specific style, especially if you need both soft and pointe shoes)
Modern/Contemporary may require nude “dance paws” or half soles, please check with teacher.
- A Gail Grant Ballet dictionary, thera bands, ankle weights and a ballet band are required. These items can be ordered online or at a discounted rate at the STUDIO.
Jazz/Tap students should wear:
- Please wear solid color leotard.
- Bottoms are optional- should be black jazz pants, leggings/tights and or shorts.
- Black or Tan Jazz shoes (depending on what teacher specifies for class or recital)
- Hair should be worn up & out of face - can be a bun, pony tail etc. As long as secured tightly.
Hip-hop/ Break Dance students:
- Please wear Comfortable clothes that will allow free movement such as Tshirt, tank, shorts, or sweat pants. Although a baggier look is a normal style in hip-hop, please make sure that your shape is still obvious. You do not want to wear anything that is so loose fitting that it can easily fall down or off or cause you to trip.
- “chuck taylor” style black canvas sneakers with white soles (these can be found at inexpensive prices at places like payless, target, walmart etc.) Please do not wear shoes that blink or light-up in class, it is very distracting.
- May benefit from purchasing using knee pads - check with teacher if needed.
- SDP Tee REQUIRED
- Biketard required.
- Hair should be out of face, such as a pony tail.
- Barefoot for Acro.
When taking multiple classes it is important that each dancer be responsible & prepared so they can enter each class in a timely manner.
ACTING & Vocal for dancers: students may wear their dance clothing or street clothing. No shoes will be worn for this class. A notebook is required (provided by families) an SDP sticker is REQUIRED.
LEAPS & TURNS
- Ballet Band
Available for order in the "En Avant", SDP store. Check with our office for pricing. (Can be purchased independently)
(Can be ordered through En Avant at SDP or independently)
Ballet- Classes emphasize the development of classical ballet skills with a focus on proper placement and alignment. Students will learn ballet vocabulary through barre and center work while building strength and flexibility. Ballet class will be centered on more intermediate dance technique. Students will move through barre, center work, and progressions that include basic turns, jumps, and leaps. (Highly Recommended/Acro Recommended)
Jazz/Jazz Funk-Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. (Ballet & Acro Recommended)
Tap-The class includes added emphasis on technique, body placement, terminology, history and further development of simple rhythms.Focus is on clarity of sounds and increasing speed. Class is devoted to tap technique, teaching simple rhythms, dancing to the beat of the music and staying together as a group. (Ballet Recommended/Musical Theater Recommended) Ask about our intensive for all ages!
Contemporary-Contemporary dance is the exploration of the total movement potential of the body. Unlike other forms of dance, it is not bound by set standards or defined styles. Instead, it seeks to express a personalized vision, often through experimentation and collaboration, in exploring new choreographic possibilities. Students will actively practice conditioning and performance techniques. (Ballet & Acro Recommended)
Hip Hop-Hip Hop class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment, and offers a new set of combinations and routines every class. From R&B and House to Club and Pop, Hip Hop classes utilize upbeat music from various genres, in addition to the latest Hip Hop hits. The resulting outcome is an energetic class that not only teaches you Hip Hop movements and technique, but also instills rhythm and precision in your muscle memory. As for the workout, a one-hour Hip Hop class can burn anywhere from 250 to 650 calories. (One technique class recommended) (All ages)
STEP-Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Though stepping may be performed by an individual, it is generally performed by groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations. Stepping may also draw from elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, or African and Caribbean dance, or include semi-dangerous stunts as a part of individual routines. The speed of the step depends on the beat and rhythm the performer wants it to sound. Some forms of stepping include the use of props, such as canes, rhythm sticks etc. (Hip hop recommended/one technique class recommended)
Acrobatics-Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength. (Ballet highly recommended /contemporary highly recommended)
Acting-Provides an orientation to theater as an art form, with an emphasis on reading and reviewing dramatic plays. This class teaches students about expressive representation and prepares students well for art school auditions by practicing the same techniques presented to them in auditions. Reading classes available upon request. (Musical theater recommended)
Musical Theater-Is it your dream to be a triple threat on Broadway? SDP offers talented young dancers the opportunity to deepen their skills and challenge their abilities as they traing in ballet, jazz, tap and theater dance. The dance program is complemented with classes in voice and acting to build triple threat performers.Students will emerge from this class with increased technical abilities in ballet, jazz, tap and theater dance, improved skills in choral ensemble work, and greater confidence in and understanding of acting skills and how they apply to "acting the song." (tap, jazz, ballet, acting recommended)