M&S STUDIO OFFERS ALL OF THE MOST POPULAR DANCE STYLES
Which popular dance style is right for you?
From classical ballet to today's hottest hip-hop, there are wide range of dance styles that dancers of all skill level and interest can enjoy. Some of the most popular dance styles include classic ballet, tap and jazz, as well as modern styles like hip-hop, acro, lyrical and contemporary. We start as young as age 2 to introduce children to the world of dance.
Intro classes for the young dancers:
Creative Dance (Ages 2-3)
The primary goal is to foster a love of movement. Children develop their gross loco motor skills, spacing awareness and social skills while learning to do activities on their own for a short period of time. The creative component is quite large.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-4)
Is a fun and interactive class in which the children get introduced to dance techniques for ballet and other dance styles. Through dance games and exercises they continue to work on their gross loco motor skills, they learn to follow directions and they are being taught simple dances that they present during our annual performances.
Fairy Dancing (Ages 5-7 and 8-10)
Children love to pretend and dress up. In this class they will put on their fairy wings and fly away into a magical dance forest. Each month we will explore a new kind of fairy, while learning ballet steps and new dance moves.
Ballet is a highly technical form of dance that dates back to the 15th century, with roots in Italy, France and Russia. Classically performed en pointe (in pointe shoes), modern ballet has adapted movements to dancers wearing soft-sole ballet slippers as well. In both cases, ballet dancing is a precise choreographed set of fluid and graceful movements.
Contemporary Ballet is a genre of dance that incorporates elements of classical ballet and modern dance. George Balanchine is often considered to have been the first pioneer of contemporary ballet. The style of dance he developed, which lies between classical ballet and today's contemporary ballet, is known as neoclassical ballet. . He used flexed hands (and occasionally feet), turned-in legs, off-centered positions and non-traditional costumes, such as leotards, tunics and "powder puff" tutus instead of "pancake" tutus, to distance his work from the classical and romantic ballet traditions.
Who is Ballet for? Ballet takes discipline and control combined with strength and flexibility. Starting at a young age is recommended.
Jazz is fun and energetic, with big moves, high leaps, and quick turns, and more freedom for interpretation over classic ballet. Jazz dance means different things to different people, and it can encompass many styles of dance, resulting in choreography that ranges from casual to precise.
Who is Jazz for? Many jazz moves require strength and flexibility, so starting young helps develop the muscles needed to pursue jazz.
What is Stepping? Stepping is a rising art form and an important part of America's artistic and cultural heritage. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. Stepping has been highlighted in motion pictures such as Stomp, School Daze, Drumline, and How She Move.
Tap dancing is characterized by the rhythmic striking of specialty shoes on a hard floor. Tap shoes are fitted with a metal plate on the heel and ball of foot, and the dancer learns sequences of brushes, shuffles, taps and stomps to create percussion. Tap dancing can take on many styles, such as Broadway tap that often times features high-heel tap shoes, mile-long kicks and strong, flexible bodies; to more casual rhythm, or jazz, tap, that uses flat tap shoes and combines modern jazz moves with fancy footwork.
Who is Tap for? Anyone! Dancers with training in classic ballet may find Broadway tap a better fit, where dancers of any skill level can begin with jazz tap.
MODERN DANCE STYLES
Out of the most popular dance styles have evolved specialized styles like acro, hip-hop and contemporary. What characterizes these styles, and which one is right for?
A style of dance that combines ballet and jazz with technical acrobatic moves, acro requires strength and flexibility, and is best suited to experienced dancers.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of different dance genres, including modern, jazz, lyrical, classical ballet and acro. Less about choreography and more about self-expression, contemporary combines several styles of dance to create unique movements. Contemporary dance is suitable to anyone, and as training progresses so can the complexity of the moves.
Hip-hop evolved from street dance styles made popular in the 70s, including breaking, popping and locking. This fun, upbeat style requires coordination, stamina and strength if you want to go far, but even beginners will enjoy hip-hop classes.
Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. The lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for the dancers' movements and expressions. Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible. Leaps are exceptionally high and soaring, and turns are fluid and continuous. It portrays certain emotions such as love, and tells a story through every movement made.
Musical theater is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. In this class students will work on musical theater materials which includes singing, acting and dance. It is a fun class in which each individual can express their creativity. Since this class focuses on blocking scenes with dialogue, song and dance, students are encouraged to learn the techniques in classes like Jazz, Tap, acting and voice.
Musical theater dance uses musical numbers from stage and movie musicals. It is a form of dance in which the students can express their love for musical theater.
Hip Hop Dress Code
Any color Leotard, T-Shirt, Black Shorts or Sweat Pants, Black Hip Hop Shoes
Pre-School Dance Dress Code
Girls: Pre-Ballet: Pink leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Creative Dance and Todd's Gym: Leggings or shorts and T-Shirt. barefoot (ballet shoes are optional)
Boys: black shorts or sweatpants, white T-shirt, black jazz or ballet shoes
Ballet Dress Code
Primary Ballet: Light Blue Leotard, White Tights, Pink Ballet Slippers
Level 1: Royal Blue Leotard, Prima Soft European pink Seamed Convertible Tights, Split Sole Ballet Slipper
Level 2 and Pre-Pointe: Black Leotard, Prima Soft European pink Seamed Convertible Tights, Split Sole Ballet Slipper
Boys: White T-Shirt, Black Tights, Black Dance Belt, Black Ballet Shoes
Teen and Adult: Black Leotard, Ballet Pink Tights, and Pink Ballet Shoes. Optional: Ballet Skirt.(Students enrolled in Level 2, but also taking Teen Ballet can wear either black or hunter green)
Jazz Dress Code
Girls: Black Leotard, Black or Tan Tights. (Dance Shorts or Jazz Pants Black Optional) Jazz Shoes.
Boys: Black T-Shirt, Black Jazz Pants , Black Jazz Shoes
Acro for Dancers Dress Code
Leotard, Tan Footless Tights
Tap Dress Code
Girls: Black Leotard, Black Tights and Black Dance Shorts or Black Jazz Pants, Black Tap Shoes
Boys: Black T-Shirt, Black Jazz Pants, Black Tap Shoes
Contemporary Dress Code
Girls: Black Leotard, Black Tights and Black Dance Shorts or Jazz Pants, Dance Paws
Boys: Black T-Shirt, Black Jazz Shoes or Dance Paws
Level 1: Royal Blue Leotard, Tan Conversion Tights, Dance Paws
Level 2: Hunter Green Leotard, Tan Conversion Tights, Dance Paws