Class Descriptions

BALLET 

A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement. Ballet is considered the foundation of all dance. All of ATJ’s Ballet classes are taught by teachers who hold their certification with the Cecchetti Council of America. Please visit www.cecchetti.org for more info

POINTE

Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from the director is required before students begin taking pointe classes. Prerequisite: Passing of Grade 2 Cecchetti Ballet Exam or special permission

TAP

The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT for the young child

Foster a love of movement in your child with this fun and energetic dance form. Lessons consider students’ attention spans and keeps them happily engaged while learning to translate music to movement. 

HIP HOP

Hip-hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip-hop music, that evolved from the hip-hop culture. Hip-hop includes various moves such as breaking, popping, locking and krumping, and even house dance. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to hip-hop dancing. Often hip hop is referred to as a “street” style of dance based on music videos. It is a less technical and high energy style of dance that is often done in street clothes and sneakers. 

JAZZ

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. 

MUSICAL THEATRE 

Acting, vocals and broadway jazz movement techniques are brought together and performed to songs from popular musicals. 

LYRICAL

A slow, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet technique. This dance style’s main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement. 

CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

Modern and contemporary dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings. Modern and contemporary dance was created as a rebellion against classical ballet, emphasizing creativity in choreography and performance.

HIP HOP & TRICKS (A.K.A. BREAKDANCE)

A hip hop class with more of a focus on breakdance moves and tricks. 

ACRO 

A dance form that combines acrobatics/gymnastics with dance. 

AERIAL ACRO

A dance form that combines acrobatics with dance and includes a prop higher than the waist that spins or rotates in any direction. Examples: aerial hoop, silks, spinning hoop