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Parent and Tot (ages walking-2)


This fun class is for children (walking-age 2) along with Mom or Dad. This is a great introduction to dancing for children just developing their coordination. The teacher guides the parent/tot team in a way that makes discovering movement, balance, and listening skills easy and fun. This class is an excellent first group activity. Classes meet for 45 minutes each week.


Creative Movement - Intro to Dance (ages 3-4)


An introduction to dance for children ages 3-4. The primary goal of the class is to foster a love of movement and provide students with early training through an age appropriate introduction to Ballet, the foundation of dance forms. The creative component is quite large. Several fun or special activities happen in each class. For example, a scarf or flag dance at the end can facilitate the dancer's own physical expression. Taking part in dancing out a narrative helps children to understand the expressive nature of dance. It is a means of communicating feelings and actions. The vocabulary covered in Creative Movement I is all tailored to 3-4 year olds and further builds their self-confidence. Classes meet for 45 minutes each week.


Creative Movement - Intro to Dance (ages 4-5)


Ages 4-5 covers a basis of movement found in all dance forms once again with age appropriate Ballet techniques as the foundation. The goals of Creative Movement are to foster creativity, freedom and expression in movement, and a love for dance. The class includes concepts that are found in an older child's dance class. The concepts will prepare the students for our standard Ballet, Jazz, or Tap classes. By the end of the class, students are able to perform set work without the teacher and memorize simple steps and sequences. Classes meet for 45 minutes each week.


Ballet (ages 6-17)


Ballet is the foundation of all dance genres. Students are introduced to and trained in key techniques which ultimately build strength and body tone allowing movement with precision and grace.


Jazz (ages 6-17)


The Jazz dance style draws upon the technical structure of Ballet but focuses on highly energetic and upbeat music from Broadway showtunes to Hip-Hop. Improvisation plays a large role in Jazz dance as every jazz dancer is encouraged to execute moves in their own way. Topics additionally include isolation and suspension techniques.


Hip Hop (ages 6-17)


The Hip Hop style of dance is a more technically free, funkier derivative of jazz. Hip Hop steps are closely tied with those seen in current television music videos and "pop culture". Like Jazz, the music is highly energetic and much freedom of movement is incorporated. Only music with appropriate lyrics will be used in the classes. Students in our Hip Hop classes come away above all with a solid sense of rhythm.


Musical Theatre (ages 7-12)


Here at RRSMD our Musical Theatre/ Acting class will focus on the development of songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and traditional Jazz/Fosse Dance technique. Students will learn classic story telling through emotional content of plays, skits, dance, games, character development, and musical introduction. Taking this class will enrich students understanding of stage readiness, performing arts participation, and the combination of vocal and bodily awareness.

The Difference between the Jazz and Hip Hop Styles


The Jazz style of dance is what is seen in many Broadway shows such as "Cats". It is a more structured, theatrical/stage style of dance. Hip Hop is a fast paced, "street" style dance form commonplace in music videos and commericals. Justin Timberlake and J Lo would be typical examples of Hip Hop artists.


Tap (ages 6-17)


The tap style of dancing focuses on using the feet as percussive instruments creating a variety of rhythmic patterns and beats. Tap dancers wear special shoes with metal plates at the ball and heel of shoe allowing them to create the "tap" upon hitting the hardwood floor.

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