Contemporary dance is an expressive style of dance that utilizes elements of different dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. It doesn’t have fixed or established movement patterns but it’s rather in a continuous search for new forms and dynamics.
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Acrobatics is for students who have taken gymnastics before and are comfortable with basic beginner level gymnastics skills. The class will include: cartwheels, round offs, handstands, adult somersaults forward and back, and bridges. Students must be comfortable working with other students in a partnering situation and or being lifted. This class is for grade 5 through high school. Emphasis is put on developing partnering skills, strength, conditioning, and balance. Safety is a priority in this class.
ACRO CLASSES REQUIRE AN AUDITION.
Ballet provides the fundamentals of technique for all dance forms. Proper form is developed through developing the core strength needed to maintain good posture. Through one on one guidance, students develop a greater awareness of their bodies and their movement potential. Through choreographed floor work, students experience the musicality and grace of the classical ballet.
Ballet/Pointe classes can be taken in ballet slippers or on pointe.
Company Rehearsal Audition required for this class. Teachers choreograph during this time slot. Dancers in Company compete.
Conditioning focuses on exercises that develop muscular strength in the upper body, core, legs, and feet. Stamina and flexibility are also developed. Gymnastic skills are incorporated into the class such as forward and backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and front and back walkovers.
Dance Technique classes teach the technical principles of dance such as alignment, isolation, contraction, and extensions. This class will focus on increasing the strength and flexibility necessary to attain dance turns, leaps, and tricks. Dance combinations in different styles of dance may be taught to develop an understanding of each style’s aesthetic and performance quality.
Hip Hop dancing is an urban dance style where the dancer’s movements express the beats and rhythms of hip-hop music. Hip Hop creates body expression and freedom in dance that comes from the individual. Hip Hop dancing is a great form of exercise for anyone who loves to move to music and gives everyone the opportunity to learn to dance.
Jazz reflects the energy in jazz and popular music where movements can be sharp or smooth, quick or slow, subtle or strongly angular. Jazz Dance trains the body to move one part of the body while the rest of the body stays still. Isolation’s become a wonderful visualization of the syncopations of jazz music. Jazz dance training today also incorporates the techniques of modern and ballet.
Jazz Funk mixes the styles of jazz and hip hop dance. Much like hip hop, jazz-funk has hard-hitting, often fast-paced gestures and quick grounded leg movements. Utilizing the rhythmic body movements and isolations of hip hop, jazz-funk adds the technical elements of jazz such as turns, kicks, and leaps.
Modern is a dance form that’s source is the unique movement style of the teacher. Classes introduce students to the modern concepts of contract/release, fall/recovery, and isolations. All classes encourage students to develop their unique style of movement through improvisation.
Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance to tell a story. Students enrolled in this class will be taught singing, acting, and dancing skills used in the musical theatre genre. Original choreography and direction is created for the performances.
Students interested in pointe work will be formally evaluated in their ballet class to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe. Students in pointe classes must have correct body position and alignment; sufficient turnout, strength and balance; and mastery of basic ballet techniques. Training begins with pre-pointe classes emphasizing strength and flexibility of the feet and progresses from the barre to the center to classical pointe variations and contemporary pointe choreography.
Tap is an art form where the dancer’s feet become the musical instrument. Tap is a uniquely American art form with a rich history of improvisation among masterful tappers creating new steps. Studying tap develops musicality, balance, and coordination.
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San Diego Danceworks has been inspiring students to dance since 1990. In 1993, Barbara Rinaldo took over as Director and moved the studio to its present location in the Mt. Soledad Business Park in North Clairemont. The two dance studios have sprung floors for the safety of our dancer’s bodies.
Danceworks’ is a studio that welcomes families. We have a viewing area for our children’s classes where siblings are welcome to come and play.
We perform throughout the year at community events such as Craft Fairs and Fall Festivals at area public schools. San Diego Danceworks in collaboration with Creative Stages of San Diego performs The Nutcracker annually in December. Our year culminates in a performance at the San Diego County Fair and in an Annual Recital at the Creative Media Performing Arts Center.
We believe that dance as an art form develops the whole person. Our teachers are compassionate and knowledgeable, respecting individual body types and developmental needs. We encourage creativity and expression of feelings, giving students a confidence in their ability to think for themselves and bring their ideas into actions.
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