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Class Descriptions


Ballet is a traditional style of dance that has developed over hundreds of years.  At DRD we teach a blend of the Vaganova, French and RAB styles.  With its attention to technique, lines, musicality and artistry, Ballet is a style that will benefit every dancer.  Our ballet students will learn technique and terminology to create a well rounded dance education.  Dancers must have instructor approval to be placed in a pointe class.


Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe.  There are many styles of tap (Classical, Broadway, Rhythm and Modern or Hoofing.)  Our tap students will primarily learn the Classical and Broadway styles of tap, with a touch of Hoofing added in for good measure.


Jazz dance is a performance dance technique and style that first emerged in the United States in the early twentieth century. Jazz dance may refer to vernacular jazz or to Broadway or theatrical jazz. Both genres build on African American vernacular styles of dancing that emerged with jazz music. Jazz is characterized by its fast paced leaps, kicks and turns.


Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world; a blend of the traditional technique and story telling of ballet with the lines and abstract movement of modern dance.


Lyrical dance embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz and acrobatics.  An expressive, story-telling style of dance, lyrical places an emphasis on smooth, graceful movement, while displaying emotional moods, and often illustration of song lyrics. 


Musical Theatre combines the styles of jazz and tap with character integration to create production type dances that you would expect to see on stage in Broadway musicals.  A fun, fast paced class where students will take the technique from their other classes and learn choreography on a weekly basis.


Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles including breaking, popping, locking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.


Modern is a broad genre of western dance which included dance styles such as ballet, folk, ethnic, religious, and social dancing. It was considered to have been developed as a rejection of, or rebellion against classical ballet, and also a way to express social concerns like socioeconomic and cultural factors.


Praise & Worship utilizes modest costumes and movement in the style of Ballet, Lyrical or Contemporary dance.  Setting its steps to Christian music, Praise & Worship is an expression of Christian faith through movement.


Turns & Leaps is a technique class that focuses on strength training and proper body placement to improve the skills dancers apply in all forms of dance. Dancers will receive instruction on specific exercises to improve strength, balance, alignment, rotation and lift.


Pom is a fast paced, precision style of jazz dance often performed by school-based dance teams.  It incorporates the leaps, turns and style of jazz dance with the sharp movement, visual effects, and choreographic style of cheer or competitive dance teams.  

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