Class for children who exhibit sufficient movement control and are capable of learning movements and terms to further prepare them for ballet training.
Classes emphasize the development of a more inclusive modern style of ballet, which incorporates other styles of dance, with a focus on proper placement, alignment and the more technical aspects and skills associated with ballet. The choreography will be to more popular music or world music or really strange music, and sometimes there is no music at all. Students will learn ballet vocabulary through barre and center work and adagio and allegro, while building strength, flexibility and creative expression. This range of style and movement will greater represent the wide range of emotions represented by each dancer.
Modern dance is a contemporary dance form that has its roots in ballet. Classes include floor and center work that incorporates the use of gravity and a sense of weightedness in the body in addition to technique work. The movement vocabulary and range of motion used is endless and creative and draws on each student s personal expression. Classes may include improvisation and creative exercises.
Students build a firm foundation of both basic ballet and tap footwork and terminology. Coordination and listening skills are developed, and it is a fun way for young students to be exposed to both areas of dance.
Class encourages free expression, while building on the basic elements of tap dance technique and terminology, while highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. It incorporates both technical work and creative dance sequences. The class involves and explores cross rhythms, syncopation and question and answer techniques. Tap routines are taught in a range of different styles including blues, rhythm tap, jazz tap and theatrical tap.
Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music. Students are exposed to many styles of jazz including theatrical and lyrical.
A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today's hottest video choreographers presented in an age appropriate manner. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style.
SWING, SWING, SWING!
A relaxed, fun filled dance class designed to help you try on the different styles and steps of the Swing. We will dance to the Big Band rhythms of the 40's, R-n-B of the 60's and try on a little Rockabilly for fun! No dance experience necessary. Singles welcome, but partners not guaranteed in class. Course fee is for single registrants. ( 2) (3) session.
WEDDING DANCE WORKSHOP
Wedding Dance Workshop Learn an easy, stress-free routine to get you through the reception's first dance. This workshop is tailored for the bride,groom and members of the wedding party. The instructor will offer help in choosing your music and dance style to fit the occasion. Wow your guests and have a great time at your own party. Wear your wedding shoes! Couples are recommended, partners are not guaranteed in class. 1 session.
Students will learn new movements each class, building coordination, grade, strength, and flexibility. Come discover the joy of this organic dance form and celebrate movement through an ancient, life-embracing art! Learn and practice basic techniques including proper stance and posture, arm carriage and patterns, fundamental shimmies, isolations, introductory undulations, and traveling steps. Choreography will be taught to incorporate new movements.
Advancement by recommendation of instructor only.
LEVEL I: Requires little to no previous class instruction in this dance form.
LEVEL II: Emphasizes further development and mastering of skills learned in Level I. Please consult class teacher for proper counseling on students progress, development and placement. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of one year of training at Level I in grade category and dance form. Please note, two years of Level I may be recommended prior to moving to Level II.
LEVEL III: Is geared for dancers with a sound knowledge of dance technique and terminology within the discipline and ability to execute movements with ease. Dancers are challenged with increasing complexity in movement and skills. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of one year of training at Level II in grade category and dance form or permission of instructor.
LEVEL IV: Is geared for the advanced level dancer and provide instruction on perfecting skills and performance technique. Classes emphasize complex combinations and mastery dance as an art form. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of two years of training at Level III in grade category and dance form or by permission of instructor.
- Hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail or bun.
- Parents are not permitted in the classroom unless invited on special occasions.
- Dress code will be enforced.
- No gum or candy is allowed in the classroom.
- No student may enter class if more than 10 minutes late.
- No child may enter a studio unless supervised by a teacher.
- DICF reserves the right to dismiss/expel any student for disciplinary reasons.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS (SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)
For your safety, classes will not be held when the Fairfax County public schools are closed due to bad weather (snow, ice, etc.). When schools begin late, we will hold classes as scheduled. In case of an unclear situation, please visit our web site for updates or call the studio for a recording. Please understand that emergency closings are for reasons beyond our control. Whenever possible, we will allow your child to makeup the missed class in a similar class. If necessary, additional classes may be scheduled at the end of the session.