The Youth Dance Program at Movement Works offers something for everyone. Our program supports the recreational dancer interested in taking one or more classes a week. Technique Classes (jazz, modern, tap, ballet) are curriculum-based classes geared toward strengthening the dancer’s technique and developing artistic skills. Students become familiar with correct structural and muscular placement, and learn the vocabulary specific to the discipline. Students begin a concentrated focus in the disciplines of their choice. There are no prerequisite classes or minimum class requirements; however, students are placed according to both age and ability. All classes are 60 minutes long in duration for ages 6+.
The ballet program is uniquely designed to serve as the foundation and basis of all dance techniques. The class will focus on posture, balance, self-discipline, grace, self-confidence, fitness, and individual expression.
Combining a variety of dance styles – African dance, Musical Theatre, Modern and Social Dances, jazz dance has a firm technique and strength base, allowing for individualized movement. Jazz is a great form of dance for any age that develops strength and flexibility. Through learning combinations and choreography, including jumps, turns and various energetic leaps, students explore various musicality and syncopation skills. Students of jazz are strongly encouraged to study ballet simultaneously for the best possible jazz dance experience.
Classes integrate various traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations such as Graham, Horton, Ailey & Limon, with current contemporary styles. Modern dance develops strong, creative dancers through the study of technique, improvisation and composition with a focus on musicality, dynamics and artistic expression.
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.