Class Descriptions

COMBINATION CLASSES (3-4yr, 5-6yr, 7-8yr) - Our 3-4yr class is comprised of 30 minutes of Ballet and 30 minutes of Tap or Acro. We add Jazz dance in the 5-6yr classes, totaling approximately 20 minutes of instruction in each genre, or 30 minutes of Ballet and 30 minutes of Acro. Students need ballet & tap shoes only to participate. In the 7-8yr classes, we divide each style up in 30 minute classes and all 3 styles of shoes are required. 

BALLET - The basic foundation of all dance forms. Ballet is a theatrical representation of a story by means of dance or pantimimic action accompanied by music. It teaches proper carriage, placement, grace, & poise. Ballet is highly recommended as a compliment to all other styles of dance because the terminology and placement learned in Ballet quickens advancement in other classes.

JAZZ - An American dance form which evolves and changes with the latest popular styles. It is characterized by the use of improvisation and is influenced by rhythms & techniques of jazz music. Students in this class are strongly encouraged to study Ballet as well.

TAP - Your feet & the floor become a percussive instrument! This class will emphasize rhythm, timing, and the execution of proper tap technique through the use of special shoes with metal plates on the ball and heel of the foot. Challenging tempos and syncopation will be included at more advanced levels. Tap builds aerobic fitness as well as muscle control! 

LYRICAL/MODERN - Lyrical dance is an emotional dance style that combines ballet & jazz dance techniques. Dancers learn to connect movements with smooth transitions and interpret the lyrics & meaning of a song. Modern is a dance form developed in the early 20th century based on the expression of art, music, & human emotion. It is a more relaxed, free style of dancing, with a deliberate use of gravity to enhance movement. Students will learn a blend of Horton, Graham, Cunningham, and Limon techniques. Dancers should also be taking a ballet and jazz class to learn terminology that will be used in modern dance.

MUSICAL THEATRE - In this exciting class, students will learn combinations from musicals, old & new! Using props, characterization, and unique staging, dancers will get the opportunity to recreate the "Best of Broadway."

HIP HOP- Authentic dance expression which combines high energy street movements with funk and jazz technique. This style of dance has evolved from hip hop culture and is often improvisational, or freestyle in nature. Similar to what is seen in music videos, it is a very energetic form of dancing, allowing students the freedom of movement, and the ability to add in their own unique personalities. This class is a favorite among the students! 

FLEX/TECH - For ages 7+. This class is for the dancer looking for extra ways to enhance their technique! We will focus on strengthening, flexibility and control throughout all skills, and also incorporate cardiovascular fitness to improve dancers' stamina.  These classes do not participate in our Spring Dance Recital. 

DANCE TEAM TECHNIQUE - This class is open to any Dance Team dancer, either on a Team or wanting to tryout for a Team. Technique & styles used on Dance Teams will be covered including Pom, Jazz, Kick & Hip Hop. These classes do not participate in our Spring Dance Recital. 

ACRO - Combining classical dance techniques with precision acrobatic elements, this class will increase a dancer's strength & flexibility. Students will learn smooth, graceful transitions between dance & acrobatic movements.

*If you have a question regarding which class to place your child in, please first email the Director Cassidy Moss, at cassidy@unitedtalentdance.com


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