WHAT PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT FUSION DANCE PROJECT?
Ballet/Tap/Creative Movement (Ages 3-4): This is a forty-five minute introductory dance class for preschoolers containing ballet, tap, and creative movement. Students are introduced to basic ballet vocabulary, while exploring movement and music in a fun, creative way. Dancers in this class will improve flexibility and coordination through fun, age appropriate movement and exercises. Our instructors use imagination games, upbeat age-appropriate music and props like scarves, hula hoops, tambourines and maracas to inspire and excite students about dance. Students will also work on classroom skills such as following directions, listening and working with others. This class is a positive and fun first dance experience for all!
Tap/Ballet/Jazz (Ages 4-6): This is a combination class that is a great introduction to jazz for most little ones who have only taken ballet, tap, and creative movement up to this point. Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance to ballet. Our jazz classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and style with an emphasis on proper technique, alignment and movement quality.
Beginning Acro (Ages 6 and up): Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible Acro class! Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced Acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, aerials, all at each student’s individual level of experience. And it’s fun, too!
Tap/Jazz/Hip Hop (Ages 6-9): This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music. Tap, Jazz, & Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory. This style is upbeat and great for girls and boys who like to move and are excited about the fast pace of transitioning between multiple styles within one class.
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet (Ages 9-14): Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts and then gradually moves the students into the intermediate dancer. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. More complex combinations are given as students progress. This level of training is also designed for students who want to advance their studies and, for girls, prepares them for pointe. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized. Students who are more serious or interested in moving en pointe should take this class twice a week.
Jazz/Lyrical/Hip Hop (Ages 9-14): This high energy class teaches rhythm, coordination, and balance through age-appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music. Tap, Lyrical, & Hip Hop instills rhythm and helps dancers develop muscle memory. This class will focus equally on each genre and is fast paced. Jazz will combine many styles and technique, Hip Hop will focus on rhythm, style, and freestyle, and lyrical will explore a fusion of ballet and jazz, with expressive motions that tell a story. Students will learn lyrical technique along with how to express emotion through movement.
Technique and Flexibility (Ages 13 and up and/or with instructor approval): This class is designed with three primary intentions: First and foremost is the health and well being of the dancer, by developing full body strength and flexibility in congruence with proper biomechanics in relation to our anatomy and physics. Second is specific strength and conditioning exercises to improve and enhance dance training. And lastly, it is designed to build upon and increase dancer technique and properly align the body during dancing.
Advanced Ballet and Pointe (instructor approval) Students will have mastered the vocabulary of ballet and will have a solid technical foundation. Emphasis lies in artistry, stamina, pointe work and strength. Pointe class may be taken by students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age. The instructor will advise parents when a student has the necessary strength and maturity to go on pointe. Pointe class may be taken only with the permission of the instructor.
Modern (instructor approval): These classes blend elements of contemporary and modern dance, such as freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, balance and contraction/release. Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and postmodern movement into their classes. Modern and Contemporary Dance forms allow students to explore their individual dance style outside of the structure of traditional ballet and jazz classes.
Contemporary/Jazz/Hip Hop (Ages 13 and up and/or instructor approval): Hip Hop encompasses many different urban dance styles as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Contemporary incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary techniques and curriculum and requires a high level of proficiency in both Ballet and Lyrical/Contemporary dance forms, artistic expression and performance. This class is appropriate for dancers in Advanced Ballet, or serious students with extensive training in Lyrical/Contemporary dance. Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns.