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Dance Classes | Harahan, River Ridge, New Orleans, LA at the River Ridge School of Music and Dance




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.




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


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. Students in our Hip Hop classes come away above all with a solid sense of rhythm.


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.




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.


Wedding/Special Event Prep Classes


Preparing for the big day? Need a little help planning that spotlight moment where you and your new spouse dance for the first time? Let us ease your nerves and ease you on to the dance floor! Choose your special song and theme (Romantic, Upbeat, Parody, etc.) ~We will then design a dance that matches your personality and vision.


Zumba is an internationally recognized dance program that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness program. The music and movements are inspired by the Latin American dance culture.


Our teachers at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance are all certified Zumba instructors and additionally members of the Zumba Instructor Network which provides them with additional up-to-date training. Classes are offered weekly - a great way to learn some new moves while working out!

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