Recreational Classes

Focused on age appropriate terminology and technique for each dance style.

Acting

Musical Theater Dance

 Musical Theater brings NYC to Garner, NC. Dancers perform to classic songs from famous Broadway productions such as Hairspray, Mama Mia, Annie, Wicked, and Sweet Charity.

Theater

Students are trained in voice and stage movement during this class, along with being educated in various musicals.

Acrobatics

Tot Tumble

Ages 2-3

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.

Preschool Tumble

Ages 3-4

Balance, flexibility and basic tumble skills are still the main focus points in this class. Students will learn forward rolls, log rolls, leaps & different jumps and so much 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

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

Prerequisites: Must have one handed cartwheel, back bend, kick-overs, 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.

Contortion

Prerequisites: Enrolled in Ballet & 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 over splits, back bends, handstand & elbow balancing, needles, rhythmical leaps across the floor and much more.

Power Tumble

*Coming Soon*

Prerequisites: Acro III or currently enrolled in Acro III.

This class is geared towards advanced acrobatic students! Power in strength and skill execution are the main focus points of this class. Students will work on tumble skills and partner stunts such as round-offs, aerials, back handsprings, flips, tumble sequences, partner lifts and more.

Ballet

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.

Creative Movement

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!

Pre-Ballet

Ballet is the foundation upon which all other dance forms are based, hence our recommendation of ballet to all of our students.

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation upon which all other dance forms are based, hence our recommendation of ballet to all of our students.

Pre-Pointe

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.

Pre-pointe classes also allow teachers to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.

Pointe

Students are able to take pointe only after completing pre-pointe, and with teacher approval.

Clogging

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.

Beginner Clogging

Ages 5 to 8 years old!

Intermediate Clogging

See instructor for placement!

Advanced Clogging

See instructor for placement!

Fun Fact: Clogging is the official state dance of North Carolina!

Contemporary

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.

Hip Hop

Boys Hip-Hop/Breakdance

This hip hop class is open to boys ages 5 and up!

In this boyz only class they get to express themselves through dance and their individual style. Toprocks, downrocks, power moves & freezes! You will learn it all here.  Breakdance is a great way to keep fit & socialize while having fun and boosting confidence all at the same time.

Lil’ Peeps

Ages 3-4 can hip hop too!

Using props and fun music, this class enjoys getting groovy to the beat!

Beginner Hip Hop

Intermediate Hip Hop

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.

Pom

Pom dance is at most athletic games, events in the community and is a great class to gain background knowledge for those who are interested in auditioning for a dance team one day! Students learn pom-dance terminology, technique, how to dance with their poms and so much more in this fast pace class!

Tap

The name comes from the tapping sound made when metal plates on the dancer’s shoes hit the floor.

Beginner Tap

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

Intermediate tap dancers learn more complex combinations at a faster pace. Most all students in this level have had tap experience.

Advanced Tap

Advanced tap dancers learn syncopated rhythms to produce lively, more complex performances.

Jazz

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.

Beginner Jazz

Ages 7 to 9 years old!

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!

Intermediate Jazz

Ages 10 to 12 years old!

Ballet class is highly encouraged for all jazz dancers!

Advanced Jazz

Ages 13+ years old!

Ballet class is highly encouraged for all jazz dancers.

Leaps & Turns

Leaps & turns is offered a few different times on our schedule and dancers are placed by age. These classes are to solely work on dance skills and technique through various leap and turn progressions. This class is highly recommended to those in any jazz, contemporary or lyrical class. It is required for dancers in Junior, Teen or Senior Company.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz techniques, but more focused on smoother, soft movements. The form challenges the dancer to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Ballet experience is strongly suggested.

Nutcracker

*Auditioned class!

Worship Dance

CDE is excited to offer worship dance this year!

Adult Classes

CDE currently offers adult classes from beginner to professional level. If there is another style you are interested in, please let us know!

Adult Jazz Funk

Adult Tap

Adult Beginner Clogging

Adult Advanced Clogging

Adult Yoga

Graduated Dancer Class

For the experienced, out of high school, dancer looking to take class in jazz, contemporary & lyrical.

This class normally starts out with a warmup and stretch, moving into technique across the floor, and ending with new choreography that is a new style about every 2 classes.

This class is a great class to prepare for any dance team auditions, reaching professional dance goals or just simply for the love of dancing!