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!
The class participates in the end of year showcase with an acrobatic routine!
Contortion (ages 8+)
Prerequisites: Enrolled in Ballet & have per-requisites for Acro II+
Flexibility, balance and technique are the main focus points of this class. Students will work on intermediate to advanced acrobatic skills such as needles, inverted balancing, floor work in and out of acrobatic skills, smooth transitions, rhythmical leaps across the floor and much more. This is an intense stretching and muscle building class.
Boy’s Ninja Training
This class will focus on agility, tumbling, and strength training. Participants will also explore body awareness, spatial awareness, and obstacle maneuvers.
Tot Tumble (ages 2-4)
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.
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!
Boys Hip Hop (ages 10+)
In this boys only class they get to express themselves through dance and their individual style. Top-rocks, down-rocks, power moves & freezes! You will learn it all here. Break-dance is a great way to keep fit & socialize while having fun and boosting confidence all at the same time.
Hip Hop (ages 5+)
Hip hop is a street dance style that evolved out of the hip hop movement. You can identify hip hop dancing in many artists’ music videos such as Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, etc.
Lil Peeps (ages 3-4)
Using props and fun music, this class enjoys getting groovy to the beat!
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.
Bringing NYC to Garner, NC. Dancers perform to classic songs from famous Broadway productions such as Hairspray, Mama Mia, Annie, Wicked, and Sweet Charity.
Musical Theatre (Acting/Singing) students will learn basic vocal, acting, and movement techniques used in contemporary and classical musical theatre. They will explore solo vocal audition skills and the historical period surrounding our showcase scene.
Songs & Monologues
This class for middle and high school musical theater performers, will focus solely on vocal skills, acting technique and audition preparation. Each student will leave with two one-minute monologues (1 comic and 1 dramatic) and a 16-bar cut of both a ballad and up-tempo solo suitable for school, community theatre, and or college program auditions. As this class will not include choreography, students are encouraged (but not required) to also take Musical Theatre Dance.
The name comes from the tapping sound made when metal plates on the dancer’s shoes hit the floor.
Beginner tap dancers learn the basic tap steps and their names, how to count the music and put together small steps to create larger ones. Many of these dancers have been in a tap combo class before turning 7. However, this is not required! Many new tap dancers will start their journey in this fun beginner class!
Intermediate tap dancers learn more complex combinations at a faster pace. Most all students in this level have had tap experience.
Advanced tap dancers learn syncopated rhythms to produce lively, more complex performances.