Classical Ballet: A technique based in precision, strength and elegance with a rich tradition in the history of the arts. Maybe you want to become a professional dancer, or maybe you want to learn an art form while nurturing your body. No matter, how old or young you are, ballet will always be fun. Coming from a very rich history, ballet uses a series of formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create a beautiful expressive composition through movement. Ballet is the basis of all dancing and improves strength, posture, balance and flexibility, and now even studies have proven in can improve your mind. Woman in the intermediate levels the opportunity to learn pointe work and gentlemen in the intermediate level learn jumps and lifts that require virtuosity and great strength. Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless, therefore men do not participate. Dancers must be technically strong, at least 12 years old (11 years old only in unique situations) and have special permission from a teacher.
Contemporary/Modern dance incorporates elements from many movement styles and techniques. This style utilizes both the strong and controlled leg work associated with ballet combined with modern dance’s stress on the torso. As well, it employs contact-release, floor work, fall & recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance, along with unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction. Are teachers are mostly Horton based in their technical style, which puts a great deal of focus on lateral movement and balance. If your looking for a dance style that incorporates technique and creativity, contemporary, or modern, is the ideal choice.
Ukrainian Dance is an incredibly fun, energetic and exciting style. A style rooted in both traditional folk styles of the Ukraine combined with the freedom fighting military training for the Cossack that the Ukrainian people concealed through dance from their oppressors. Because off this unique history this style of dance is colorful, stunning and it’s characteristic virtuosity has made it a favorite style around the world. Both the ladies and gentlemen of this dance form are known for their speed, turns and intricate formations. More on the history: http://southvalleydance.com/ukrainian/
Musical Theater Styles is a style of dance and is not a technique or method like ballet, but like jazz dance and pop dance it is a style. Our Musical Theater Class incorporates the styles of pop and theater dance, including jazz, tap, ballroom, hip-hop and lyrical. Since these are styles, and not a form of conditioning, the dancer is taught through movement and memorization of steps. Young students, as well as teens and adults, learn choreography from selected musicals such as Newsies, Sound of Music, Annie, Mary Poppins and Mama Mia. Keeping in mind that these styles were meant for certain age groups we are very careful to select age appropriate dances and repertoire for each class. Fundamentals and technique from tap, jazz and ballet are all part of this unique and fun class.
Hip-Hop Dance The Dance Hall, next to South Valley Dance Arts on 4th street, has an award winning Hip Hop Dance Team, called Hip Hop Craze and non-profit dance outreach program called Inspire 1. Classes and info can be found at http://www.thedancehallmorganhill.com/contact-us.html