By studying Ballet, students receive the framework for all styles of dance. Through classical technique a dancer will acquire strength, flexibility, agility and improve muscle memory, alignment and balance. As a young student, ballet is introduced in combination classes through positions and steps. As a student enters Junior High, a formal Ballet class is offered which can progress into pointe work after completing evaluations.
Jazz dance is a classification used in a broad range of dance styles. Ranging from social dances like Swing, to Broadway , Musical Theater, music video and competitive dance. Our combination classes touch on a wide variety of these styles with a fun, uptempo challenge that students find stimulating and rewarding.
At JDC we combine ballet, jazz and modern styles to form a Contemporary style that places an emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances that push against traditional boundaries. Contemporary involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.
Irish Step dancing combines artistry, grace, and physical ability. Irish soft shoe focuses on footwork and staying high up on your toes with lots of movement across the stage. It is believed Irish step dance evolved from the Druids, who danced in religious rituals honoring the oak tree and the sun. Traces of their circular dances survive in the ring dances of today. Irish dancing gained its popularity in the late 17th Century as dance and music were the main forms of entertainment.
Dancers use their feet as an instrument to make rhythmic and percussive sounds to accompany the music. A unique aspect of clogging is its sound. Where tap shoes have a single tap – clogging shoes have 2 taps (or double taps) that are riveted together on both the toe and heel giving the dance a louder and unique “jingle” sound. There are also different styles of clogging which include Appalachian, Buck, and Canadian. JDC offers both Appalachian and Buck clogging.
JDC offers tumbling to our students ages 5 years and up during our regular dance season as well as in our summer sessions. Tumbling class is designed to develop floor tumbling skills in a progressive manner. Each student will be grouped with their skill level and progress as individuals.