Students build on their first years of ballet and continue to learn Classical Ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. Dancers will continue to perfect their skills as they move through different experience levels of dance.
Tap, characterized by the use of shoes with metal plates attached, is both a style of dance and music. It is an art form that uses shoes as percussive instruments, tap creates rhythmic-based sound, while still visually appealing with choreographed movements.
This class will introduce students to the basic vocabulary and style of Hip Hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.
This is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip Hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore, class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a vigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.
Jazz dance reflects the energy in Jazz music, where movements can be sharp or smooth, quick or slow, subtle or strongly angular. It trains the body to isolate moving one part of the body while the rest of the body stays still. Isolations become a wonderful visualization of the syncopations of jazz music. Jazz dance training today also incorporates the techniques of modern and ballet.
Lyrical is designed to teach dancers to build on previous training in Ballet. Students will explore partnering and weight sharing exercises combined with basic techniques and skills from Ballet, Jazz and Modern. It emphasizes the interpretation of musical lyrics while telling a story with movement that can be either fluid or abstract. As students' progress through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Dancing on Pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from one of our instructors is required before students begin taking pointe classes.
All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet techniques while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
MRDE Dance Team competes at local competitions yearly.
Our Competition team is for dedicated students that have exceptional skill in a variety of dance styles.