Our “Twinkle Toes” program is 45 minutes long, specially designed for our youngest dancers at Modern Rhythms Dance Academy. This class provides children ages 21/2 to 3 an introduction to dance and movement. Our children explore very basic ballet steps, while also discovering music and rhythm, and how the body relates to its surrounding space. The class includes creative songs, props, and hands on crafts. Dancers get a fundamental dance education through various fun and imaginative ways. All students will perform one dance at the end of the year recital.
The “Funky 4’s” program is a more structured class, one hour long, designed for our four year old dancers. In this class they go deeper into the early fundamentals of dance. Basic tap steps, ballet positions, and very basic dance combinations are learned. Students start to develop coordination, musicality, balance, and self-esteem by dancing within their small class sized group. Only one form of dance will be performed at the recital.
Pre-Jazz/Hip Hop (ages 5 & 6)
This program is for our young students looking to merge their focus on an individual style. This hour long class concentrates on the basics of both jazz and hip hop styles while preparing them for a more serious dance education. Dance terminology is taught, while continually increasing technical skills. Dancers develop self-esteem and learn to be part of a group. Only one dance is performed in the recital.
Pre-Tap/Ballet (ages 5&6)
This program is for our young students looking to merge their focus on a combination of tap and ballet. This hour long class concentrates on the basics of both styles while preparing them for a more serious dance education. Dance terminology is taught, while continually increasing technical skills. Dancers develop self-esteem and learn to be part of a group. Only one dance is performed in the recital.
Ballet (ages 7 & up)
The most fundamental form of all dance styles, ballet is strongly encouraged for all students; especially the more serious students. Our ballet program enables the dancers to enhance their technical execution by working at both the barre and centre floor. Ballet terminology is taught throughout all levels, as well as proper body placement and dance technique. Dancers will develop poise, flexibility, and grace, while improving their progress in all other dance styles. Ballet is imperative to the proper dance education.
Tap (ages 7 & up)
America’s favorite style of dance, tap is offered to all levels and ages, including our adults! Tap enables our students to develop both musicality and coordination while focusing on rhythm and sound quality of the feet. Students learn how to incorporate the feet and the ear while producing music of their own. At a more advanced level, dancers will explore acapella tap and different methods of improvisation.
Jazz (ages 7 & up)
Upbeat music and fast, fun movement! Our jazz classes contain the perfect combination of both dance technique and modern style. Jazz focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and body control by using across the floor exercises and center warm-ups. Jumps and turns are incorporated with creative jazz combinations.
Hip Hop (ages 7 & up)
The newest, most energetic, form of dance, Hip Hop is fun for everyone. This class incorporates popular “street styles” of dancing to the trendy, music of today. Hip Hop dance is hard-hitting, involving both flexibility and isolations; it’s a more freeing, less-structured form of dance. Funky combinations are learned as well as across the floor and center warm ups.
Lyrical (ages 7 & up)
The most expressive form of a dance; lyrical focuses on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. Lyrical is a combination of both jazz and ballet technique, while extensions, jumps, turns, and flexibility, are all practiced. It is smooth and lucrative, the connectivity of the movement flows effortlessly from one move to the next. Lyrical enables the dancers to express themselves and to tell stories through their dancing.
The most versatile of all dance style; contemporary is a combination of both ballet and modern technique. Movements are limitless as they represent the dancer’s emotions and inner most expression. Contemporary enables the dancer to use the body’s natural lines and energy, which creates a more fluid, unconventional means of movement.
A jazz-based class filled with Broadway style dancing and music. Our musical theater students dance to the most popular Broadway and Television musical soundtracks and learn to imitate the exact style of movement which is performed. This form of dancing build’s the student’s self-confidence, while having a blast at the same time.