Dance Classes Offered
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Mommy & Me & Pre-School Dance Program
Please see our Little Stars page for Children’s classes for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia.
It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. Ballet is considered the foundation for all forms of dance.
Lyrical / Contemporary / Modern
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques and is a "cousin" to those styles. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.
Contemporary is a dance performance genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance.
Hip-hop / Street
Hip hop dancing is thought to have officially begun in New York City during the late 1960s and early 70s. During this time, individuals without professional dance training but with a natural instinct for movement brought dancing to the streets. Hip hop moves were inspired by complex rhythms and the down-to-earth movement style of African dancing.
Music and movement came together to form a new art. While vestiges of modern, tap, swing, and African dancing can all be found in hip hop, this dance style is really in a class of its own when it comes to improvisation and an edge of competition.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
Jazz dance is a stylized, syncopated movement where body isolations are sharper than other styles of dance. Music is typically upbeat and faster paced. The history of jazz dance originates from African American vernacular dance.
Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz music until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. Modern jazz was developed by choreography greats such as Bob Fosse, whose work is emulated in the ultimate of jazz dance shows such as Chicago and Cabaret.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.
Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition.
At ADC we also offer classes that focus on improving overall technique.
ADC Level System
|INTRO- BEGINNING LEVEL I||0-1 Years Training (Ages 5-6)|
|BEGINNING LEVEL I-II||1-2 Years Training (Ages 6-10)|
|INTERMEDIATE LEVEL II-III||2-3 Years Training (Ages 8-13)|
|INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED LEVEL III-IV||3-4 Years Training (Ages 9-14)|
|ADVANCED LEVEL IV-V||4+ Years Training (Ages 12+)|
The Level System is subject to instructor’s discretion or placement by style of dance. Dancer must be able to execute proper technique required for each level/style dance.
We offer private instruction for both dance technique and choreography.
Private instruction is offered in half hour or hour long increments, days/times will vary by availability. Private technique instruction may be shared with up to three students.
Costs will vary be instructor, instructors are paid directly. Additional fees for choreography privates may also apply and pricing will be determined the choreographer.