Ballet classes are offered to students from intermediate to advanced levels. Serious ballet study (forty-five minutes or more of ballet only) is not appropriate until around age nine, when a student is capable of the necessary focus and concentration. Danceworks offers ballet technique classes and pointe classes for qualified students.
The study of rhythm patterns and articulation of the feet is stressed in tap-only classes. Students will learn a vast vocabulary of tap steps and become proficient in putting these movements together to form combinations and routines.
Jazz dance is a popular addition to the well rounded dancer’s education. Classical jazz dance has been called the embodiment of the American spirit. It incorporates influences from many different vernacular styles of the past and present. Jazz dance is a constantly changing art form that takes its cues from popular culture. Students at Danceworks can attend classes in many styles of jazz including classical jazz, theater jazz, hip hop, and lyrical.
Hip hop fever has taken over the dance scene in the past several years. This trendy jazz style incorporates many elements of street dancing and can be seen just about everywhere from tv to movies and music videos. Danceworks students ages 9 and up can enjoy hip hop class, provided they are taking classical jazz or ballet technique class concurrently.
Lyrical dance has been described as a mix of ballet and jazz techniques. The goal of a lyrical dancer is to convey emotion through movement. Generally, the dancer is expressing the lyrics of a piece and therefore, lyrical is usually performed to ballads that can range from top forty hits to old standards. Students at Danceworks ages 9 and up can participate in lyrical class provided they are taking ballet technique class concurrently.
Modern dance is a reactionary style that was created in response to the formal structure of ballet technique. Students of modern dance will learn to use their bodies in new ways and experiment with rising and falling, initiating movement from different parts of the body, and exploring the ways in which the body moves everyday. Students will learn the specific techniques of several different modern masters. This experimental dance form can be enjoyed by students ages 9 and up, provided they are taking ballet technique classes concurrently.
Dancers in first through fourth grade can take jazz-hop class, which provides an introduction to both jazz and hip hop.
Our dance instructors teach students from the Denville, NJ area, Rockaway, Parsippany, Morris Plains, Mountain Lakes, Boonton, Dover, Morris County, and most of North Jersey. We are conveniently located in Denville, just minutes from Route 46, Route 80 and Route 10.
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