Artistic Dance Center offers an array of different dance classes. Our specialty and forté, however, is classical Ballet. ADC is known for it’s strong and rigorous Ballet training, but we also offer Flamenco, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Tap and Aerial in order to create a more diversified dancer. With the technical and strong Ballet base we offer, dancers find it easy to incorporate other forms of dance as they advance through the levels and grow older. We recommend Ballet to all of our students since we feel that with a strong ballet base, all other forms of dance will look more polished and stronger. Many of our students take advantage of our full dance program and those with a strong aptitude in Classical and Contemporary Ballet, participate in our Intensive Ballet Program.

Ballet

The class begins with slow, controlled classical exercises at the barre and gradually builds up to faster movements which need more energy. Starting with slow movements means that the dancer’s body is properly warmed up, which helps to prevent injuries. Our ballet begins at the pre ballet level and goes all the way up through advanced pre professional.

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Hip Hop

Hip hop dance refers to dance styles primarily danced to hip hop music or that have evolved as a part of the hip hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles such as breaking, popping, locking, and krumping. Hip hop requires coordination and strength and is recommended for dancers over eight years old..

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Tap

A dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps.

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Pointe

Pointe is a form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized shoes. There are different varieties of ballet en pointe, but for the most part they focus on grace and specific technique. Dancers must have sufficient strength and technique before beginning pointe work, the development of which can take anywhere from six months to three years or more.

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Flamenco

Flamenco dancing is an incredibly emotive dance style, with the dancer always striving to express his or her emotions through movement. Sharp movements and facial expressions play a greater role in flamenco dancing than in many other style of dance, reflecting this desire to convey the deepest feelings one is experiencing. The dancer may learn to clap their hands, kick their feet, snap castanets or move their body abruptly to demonstrate an emotion.

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Jazz

Jazz dance is a form of modern dance which is heavily influenced by the sounds, rhythms, and techniques of jazz music. Most jazz dancers start out in the field of ballet. There, they learn control, skill, and grace, and they tone and condition their bodies for dancing. Some jazz dance is heavily structured and choreographed, while other performances build in room for improvisation. Jazz should be combined with a strong ballet technique class.

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Stretch

Stretch class will be devoted to stretching, which is crucial to a dancer. An important factor in gaining flexibility is time. As a muscle is stretched, the muscles first reaction is to contract or to resist the change in muscle length. The muscle must be held in that stretch position for a prolonged period of time, this will cause the muscle to become accustomed to the new length.

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Tumbling

This is a class where students will learn basic gymnastics moves such as forward roll, cartwheel, roundoff, front walkover, back walkover, aerial and back handspring.

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Aerial

Aerial silk training is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerialbatic acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. They climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines, and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety. They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. Aerial silks may be used to fly through the air, strike poses and figures while flying.

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Intensive Program

Artistic Dance Center has an intensive ballet training program designed for students 12 years and older who wish to pursue dance at a more serious level. This program offers members the opportunity to perform and compete throughout the year. By audition only.

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