A 30 minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little guys inspired to dance. The use of props such as Twinkle bears and hula hoops, enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!
An age specific 45-60 minute class containing ballet, tap and kinder acrodance. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as hula hoops for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!
Placement Notes: Twinkle StarsTM Dance 3-4 students must be 3 by September 1st.
Ballet at Illusion Dance Center is structured to provide dancers with a solid foundation from which they can grow in an informed technical environment. With a focus on understanding how ballet shapes and forms the body, as well as releases tension to allow dancers to move efficiently, dancers are prepared to approach the varying range of dance styles offered at Illusion and beyond. The ballet faculty draws from the Ceccetti and Russian Ballet traditions as well as knowledge gained from years of study in the American dance world where these traditions are blended to produce dancers who are unaffected by a particular style.
Hip Hop class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment.
About Hip Hop
The term “Hip Hop” greatly limits the scope of a typical Hip Hop class.
From R&B and House to Club and Pop, Hip Hop classes utilize upbeat music from various genres, in addition to the latest Hip Hop hits.
The resulting outcome is an energetic class that not only teaches you Hip Hop movements and technique, but also instills rhythm and precision in your muscle memory.
Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance, to ballet. Rhythm, upon which all dance forms depend, is particularly integral to jazz dance. The first half of class consists of exercises which stretch and tone muscles, developing support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure, and helping to prevent injury. These classes also include work on jazz technique, turns, leaps, and jumps in center and across the floor. Dancers will learn fun, upbeat combinations and dances that both challenge and push our them, as well as introduce different styles of jazz. These classes are some of our most popular for all ages, and are especially great for dancers either on a dance team, or preparing to try-out for a dance team. We always encourage that this class be paired with a ballet class to help our dancers work to reach their full potential.
Tap is an exciting, rhythmic exercise and dance form which is enjoyable to both kids and adults. Usually an upbeat, high energy class, tap can also blend a variety of styles and techniques. Our beginner tap classes focus on the fundamentals of tap, and allow dancers to build into combinations which are great to watch and delightful to hear. Our more advanced classes help teach dancers to work on hearing different beats in the music, and help them understand the musicality of a piece.
Acro is a dance form that teaches tricks that are executed on a hard dance surface. Acro classes incorporate elements of tumbling, balance, strength, flexibility and cardio. When you incorporate all of these things into a good technical foundation, your child will learn how to do tricks like handstands, cartwheels, front and back walkovers, and later on advanced tricks, to use in their dance choreography. These classes are not included in our recitals, but we do offer AcroDance classes that perform a piece in our shows. AcroDance classes blend the skills that are learned in Acro classes with the movement and fluidity of dance.
Lyrical is a form of dance that combines slow, controlled, graceful movement from ballet with jazz technique for a fun, softer style of more contemporary dance. Our dancers will work on flexibility, jazz technique, and learning how to connect movements into soft, graceful dance pieces.
Contemporary, like Lyrical, combines ballet and jazz technique, but has a strong focus on modern dance. These classes give our dancers the opportunity to explore different movements to depict the emotion of the song or theme of the dance.
These classes are designed for students that are interested in working on learning and perfecting skills such as turns, leaps, and jumps. It also focuses on increasing flexibility and strength to help dancers reach their full potential. This class is not included in recital, and it can be done on a drop-in or registration basis. It is the perfect class for students on a dance team, thinking of auditioning for a dance team (middle school, high school, or college), or those that are just interested in improving their overall skill level and flexibility. Some elements we will work on in these classes include (but are not limited to) a variety of leaps, pirouettes, a la secondes, fouettes, jumps, and kicks.
Here at Illusion Dance Center, we offer a variety of camps, intensives, and master classes in all styles and for all ages. In summer, we offer our Royalty Dance Camps for ages 4-8 as well as our Technique Workshops and Acro Workshops.
Throughout the year we bring in special, guest master teachers and choreographers. This is a great opportunity for our dancers, and other dancers in our community, to possibly learn new style or push themselves to improve in a style they are already familiar with. We believe that it is crucial and important for all dancers to learn from instructors from various backgrounds and styles, with different teaching methods. This helps grow a well rounded dancer, prepared to further their dance career.