Dance Classes

Ballet / Tap

This class combines ballet and tap dance styles. The students will learn dances in both styles to help them prepare for all styles of dances as they grow and get older.

*Ballet teaches the basic ballet skills using methods designed for young imaginative minds and bodies. Students are given the opportunity to move, stretch, and improve self-confidence while being introduced to basic ballet concepts, body alignment, posture, locomotive skills, as well as develop self-expression through creative movement. Even at young ages, the dancers will learn proper ballet terminology such as “plie” and “releve” as well as proper dance positions.

*Tap dance is performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps. The dancers will learn how to rhythmically tap their toes and heels to create musical sounds. Tap dance teaches the dancers how to use the taps on their shoes to create sounds with syncopation and improvisation.

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop dance is a very popular form of dance that incorporates street style dance with choreographed expressions and is primarily performed to hip-hop music. Because of how it was formed and how it’s practiced, Hip-Hop is considered a street dance, which means it can be done with or without a formal dance background.

Whether or not you have had the resources to be technically trained in dance, you can master this style! Today, many classes practice elements of various Hip-Hop dances, often mixing them with more structured dance styles such as Jazz and various tumbling skills.

Since Hip-Hop is such a broad genre, it gives students room to interpret movements in various ways. Although Hip-Hop classes are fast-paced and challenging, it allows each dancer to emphasize their creative rhythmic talents.

Hip-Hop choreography at Backstage Dance Connection is kept to a policy standard that assures conservative movement that is appropriate to all audiences.

All movement will be modest and age appropriate and all music will be free of questionable lyrics. Hip-Hop is a fast-paced class focused on body isolations, popping, locking, break dance style floor work. Self-confidence, swag/attitude, and musicality are a main focus.

Jazz

A high energy style of dance that focuses on technique and musicality. Jazz is a versatile dance genre that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Jazz is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, intricate footwork, leaps and quick turns.

Mommy and Me

Beginning at age 12 months to 2 years old, Mommy and Me is a developmental class focusing on Parent/Guardian and Child participation. The Parent / Guardian plays an integral part in class by providing comfort and modeling participation.

The adult and child will follow along with the instructor of the class learning dances and various skills. This class offers an introduction of valuable lessons and skills such as listening, taking turns, standing in line, following directions and sequential order.

This class offers an environment for children to developmentally grow, both individually and socially in a dance class setting. Additionally, activities will explore gross motor skill development and rhythm activities.

Tumble Tots

The child’s parent/guardian is able to participate in the class to help the children become comfortable with the class setting.

This class offers an environment for children to developmentally grow, both individually and socially in a class setting. Additionally, activities will explore gross motor skill development and learning activities.

This class is a pre-introduction to tumbling and is a great class to help transition your children into a tumbling class on their own.

Tumble Level 1

This class will teach many skills to introduce tumbling basics. Beginner trampoline skills will also be taught at this level.

Tumble Level 2

This class is for students with minimal tumbling experience that have mastered all or most of the skills from Level 1.

Tumble Level 3

This class is for students who have mastered a standing back handspring and a round-off back handspring.

Tumble Levels 4 & 5

This class is for the elite tumbler who has mastered all or most skills from levels 1-3.

Turns, Leaps, and Stretch

This class is for the dancer who is serious about giving extra attention to improving their dance skills. This class is a combination of deep stretching and body conditioning. It is heavy in cardio to increase endurance for the dancer.

The class includes several arms, abdominal, and leg exercises to strengthen the entire body. Strong and healthy muscles are vital for protecting the body and of course improving dance skills.

Technique is the foundation for all dance movement! A strong technical foundation and core enables a dancer to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of dance. Technique and posture is essential for jumps and turns, and to properly execute such moves.

Students who are enrolled in Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary classes will find the turns, leaps, and stretch class very beneficial. This class will also help the dancers achieve better and higher leaps and well as improve turn series.

This class is a pre-introduction to tumbling and is a great class to help transition your children into a tumbling class on their own.

Clogging

Clogging is a fun, high-energy, percussion dance, that is derived from Irish Hard Shoes, Dutch Cloggers and a hint of Tap. Clogging is performed wearing shoes fitted with metal “jingle taps”.

The dancers will learn how to rhythmically move their toes and heels to create musical sounds.

If you are thinking country line dancers in white tap shoes and big can-can skirts, those days are over! Clogging can be done to Hip-Hop and popular music and boy is it fun!

Poms

Poms is a movement based class that focuses on sharp arm movements, execution of choreographic visuals and dance/cheer skills. Dancers will learn fundamentals of Pom positions, performance skills, stunting, and tumbling skills. Poms and pushes dancers to expand on their high energy and entertainment skills. This class is the perfect stepping stone for anyone that wants to expand their dance careers into either cheer or dance, as this class will work on all aspects of both. They will not only learn proper pom placement, but they will learn the importance of sharp arm movements, learn the fundamentals of stunting, jumps, and tumbling skills while learning a choreographed routine.