Balance, flexibility and basic tumble skills are the main focus points in this class. Students will learn forward rolls, log rolls, different jumps, across the floor movement, obstacles and more.
Acro I (ages 5+)
Balance, flexibility and basic tumble skills are still the main focus points in this class. Students will learn forward & backward rolls, various leaps & jumps, bridges, cartwheels and more.
Acro II (ages 5+)
Prerequisites: Must have cartwheel, forward roll & bridge mastered!
Balance, flexibility and basic tumble skills are still the main focus points in this class. Students will continue to practice skills from Acro I, while also working towards back bends, kick-overs, handstands & handstand forward rolls, one handed cartwheels and more.
Acro III (ages 8+)
Prerequisites: In addition to Acro III prerequisites, students must have one handed cartwheel on both sides, back bend kick-over, front limber and leaps & jumps mastered with proper technique!
Balance, flexibility and tumble skills are still the main focus points in this class. Students will continue to practice skills from Acro I & II, while also working towards back walkovers, front walkovers, handstand balancing, aerials, switch leaps and more.
Acro IV (ages 8+)
Prerequisites: In addition to Acro III prerequisites, students must have front & back walkovers, right & left splits and inverted balances with proper technique!
Ballet is identified by its graceful and flowing movements. Emphasis is put on building strength mostly in the lower body, particularly the legs, and the core. By strengthening the body, the dancer develops better posture and increases flexibility. Ballet is the foundation upon which all other dance forms are based, hence our recommendation of ballet to all of our students.
This class is designed for students 2 years old. Special attention is given to this age because it is such an impressionable group. The instruction will be age appropriate and ballet based. Students will be introduced to basic ballet terminology, the foundations of dance, and a “first love” of dance. This is accomplished by incorporating familiar songs, props, and imagination into the class. As a result, students build coordination and confidence, interact with peers, and have fun!
This class is offered to ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pre-pointe classes stress correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique. This class also allows the teacher to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.
Students are able to take pointe only after completing pre-pointe, and with teacher approval.
Clogging instruction is offered to ages 4 and up. Clogging is a traditional type of percussive folk dance. At DancExplosion, you will recognize the Appalachian style of clogging as well as the contemporary style. In contemporary clogging, movements are high-energy and precise.
Fun Fact: Clogging is the official state dance of North Carolina!
Contemporary & Jazz
Contemporary dance is a fusion of multiple dance techniques. The form challenges the dancer to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Ballet experience is strongly suggested.
Jazz dance is a form commonly used in Broadway shows and movies. It is a more contemporary dance as compared to ballet. To excel in jazz dancing, the dancer needs to develop ballet techniques. Movements are big in jazz and there is usually an attitude conveyed to the audience. Many of these dancers have been in a jazz combo class before turning 7. However, this is not required and many new jazz dancers start in this beginner class! Ballet class is highly encouraged for all jazz dancers!
Hip Hop (ages 4+)
Hip hop is a street dance style that stems from the roots of jazz, but evolved out of the hip hop movement. This style of dance incorporates modern urban movements and is performed to modern music.
Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz techniques, but more focus on smoother, soft movements. The form challenges the dancer to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Ballet experience is strongly suggested.
Musical Theater Jazz
Musical Theater mimics Broadway performances and is fun, energetic, showy and stylized. Focus is placed on connecting with the audience using facial expressions.
Tap develops a strong sense of rhythm, coordination and agility by creating sounds from metal taps on the dancer’s shoes.