Creative Movement (3-5 year olds)
Students will start to lay the foundation of creative dance, and ballet while experiencing the fun, and excitement. Our tiniest ballerinas may not know it but they are learning fundamentals as they have fun with creative imagery. Singing, props, routines, short stories and steps that will help coordination development, social skills and learning to follow directions.
Classical Detroit style ballroom
Urban ballroom dancing, as defined by "The Gentlemen of ballroom." Urban ballroom dancing is a smooth, elegant, graceful dance which combines slow dancing, hand dancing, and cha-cha-cha all in one dance. It is danced on the beat of most urban music, some jazz, R&B, and soul.
The dance is a partner facing and embracing one another. The male leads his partner in a series of steps or moves consisting of spins, turns and half turns, all the time maintaining the cha-cha-cha beat to the music. All times, urban ballroom also incorporates other dances, such as salsa, foxtrot, rumba and tango steps. The man's job is to show the lady off as he gracefully executes one move to another across the dance floor.
Tap ( Ages 6-9 years olds)
Tap class will provide students with a strong understanding of basic tap foundation, terminology, timing and rhythm. An emphasis will be placed on explanation of terminology, execution of basic steps through more challenging rhythms, precise tap sounds, improvisational techniques, coordination, syncopation and technical execution.
Pre Ballet (6-9 year olds)
This class incorporates the fundamentals of ballet movement for the dancer. Individualized attention is given to learn beginning terminology & steps. While enjoying dance class, students are learning to work on basic motor skills including running, skipping, hopping, leaping & jumping. This class develops not only movement, flexibility and balance, but the foundation of ballet.
Ballet-All Levels (Ages-10-Adult Classes)
At Art of Motion, our ballet program is extremely noted for producing clean technical ballet dancers. We follow the Russian syllabus of ballet training.We stress proper placement of torso, hips, and legs without exceeding anatomical limitations and thus protecting the body from injury. For our beginning students, emphasis is on the coordination of arms and head begin to develop with a concentration on smooth transitions throughout the exercises. Training at this level is designed to establish a basic foundation in ballet. Students develop practical skills, muscular self control and basic coordination and expression. More advanced ballet students will aim to develop strength and stability in the demonstration of the pirouettes, balance, control, extension. The ongoing development of performance skills is stressed in all levels of ballet class.
Hip Hop (Ages 6-18 years olds)
This form of contemporary dance is seen in music videos. Hip Hop evolved out of street and break dancing and is characterized by its athletic and bouncy style. Hip Hop is set to a strong, contemporary beat, builds stamina, and emphasizes body isolations, attitude, coordination, free style movement, and rhythm.
This course teaches you how to blend body sculpting techniques and specific Zumba moves into one calorie burning, strength training class. You’ll learn how to use weighted, maraca like Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm, build strength and tone all the target zones.
The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program that will blow you away. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba class! This class is perfect for beginners and advanced participants alike. A great workout and a fun time are guaranteed.
Senior Fitness Zumba Gold Toning
The Zumba Gold Toning program combines the enticing international rhythms of the Zumba Gold® program with the strength training techniques of the Zumba Toning program, creating an easy to follow, health boosting dance fitness program for the active older adult as well as beginners.
:American Smooth & Rhythm Ballroom Dance:
Known for its sensual hip action
Gaining popularity on dance floors everywhere. These are dance favorites among dancers and non dancers alike. Besides being a staple in the ballroom, Learning Latin dances is fairly easy, as most of the dances are made up of the same basic foot steps. Latin American is a dance that teaches how to give you chemistry on the dance floor with your partner. It makes a couples dance come together to dance as one person.
Latin American Dances offered in studio include:
Rumba was originally a marriage dance. Many of its movements and actions which seem to have an erotic meaning are merely depictions of simple farm tasks. It was done for amusement on the farms by the African American population of Cuba. It became a popular ballroom dance and was introduced in the United States about 1933.The dance partners are typically a man woman combination .Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance. The fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions make the Rumba one of the most popular ballroom dances.
Salsa is a Latin dance of Cuban origin that was developed during the 1930s through the 1950s. It is a close relative to Mambo. Salsa dancing became popular over time in social dancing circles. An energetic, fast paced dance that can be complex, it requires a strong male lead dancer. Typically the salsa can be danced in any social dance setting. Salsa moves traditionally from side to side and features a lot of spins. The salsa danced today has expanded to include features of a wide variety of dances.
A ballroom dance of Latin American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses .The Tango is dramatically passionate it gives the dancers drama and power. The Tango gained popularity in the US after the First World War, as America's first Latin dance.
Its passionate, melancholic and joyful roots is identifiably. New steps have been invented since the underground days making this Latin dance even more exciting and sensual. Tango once again is living, it is complex like its origins yet simple like an intuition. Something that yearns to be experienced... not taught.
Bolero is an American Style Dance, which was introduced to United States in the mid 1930's. At that time, it was danced in its classical form, which was performed, to a constant beat of drums. Bolero coupled with the pivot and slow music gives Bolero a very slow, smooth, powerful, romantic look and feeling. The foot patterns are similar to Rumba but have a very different feeling. The Bolero is often called the Cuban "Dance of Love", because of its slow and dreamy tempo, and it's beautiful melodies.
There are a few things that are very unique about Cha Cha. First the hip movement and footwork. It is very Latin, and sensual. Its unique rhythm and sound is considered very infectious and upbeatalthough it can also sound very nice slowed down. It is a really fun dance and it can really distinguish you on the dance floor.
Line Dance --Urban Line Dancing
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows. All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Although there are usually several lines of dancers, small groups may only form one line. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as the steps are performed by everyone at the same time.
Country Line Dance
Country line dance is a popular style of dance in which a group of people performs a sequence of steps in unison while facing each other in rows. Line dancers usually form a series of rows in the middle of the dance floor. Country line dance incorporates many common dance moves into several different combinations. Many of the combinations used in one dance are used in others, so once you learn a particular line dance, others may be easier to learn. Although most of the moves of a line dance are performed with the feet, hand gestures are sometimes incorporated as well. While the feet are doing most of the work, dancers typically hold the body in an upright, relaxed position. Women tend to line dance while holding their hands in fists at waist level, while men often prefer to line dance with their hands in their pockets or resting in their belts.
Many people enjoy the relaxed nature of country line dance. Because dancers move independently to the music, the sometimes stressful act of finding a partner does not exist. Line dancers are able to relax and enjoy themselves, along with a selection of fun, upbeat music.