Dance Classes

2019-2020 Season

Classes by Age

Class Descriptions

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

Acrobatics

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

(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 6+)

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

Prerequisites: In addition to Acro III prerequisites, students must have front & back walkovers, right & left splits and inverted balances with proper technique!

Contortion

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.

Ballet

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

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!

Cheer & Pom

Cheer

Our Cheer Class is perfect for the child just beginning a cheer program. Students will learn the foundations and fundamentals in basic jumps, motions, stunts and tumbling. They will also become familiar with basic cheer terminology and safety.

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!

Clogging

Clogging

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

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.

Contemporary

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

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.

Lil’ Peeps Hip Hop

Ages 3-4 can hip hop too!

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

Boyz Hip Hop

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

In this boyz 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.

Jazz

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.

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!

Leaps & Turns

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

Lyrical

Lyrical

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.

Modern

Modern

This class works on the body’s range of motion and filling the space around them.

This dance technique is taught mainly based on Martha Graham and Horton technique.

Musical Theater

Musical Theater

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.

Musical Theater Dance

Musical Theater Dance

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 Songs & Monologues

Musical Theatre 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.

Pointe & Pre-Pointe

Pointe

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

Pre-Point

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.

Tap

Tap

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.

Classes by Dance Style

Acro Classes


Adult Classes (all levels & styles)

Ballet Classes


Boys Only Classes

Cheer/Tumble

Combo Classes

Ballet/Tap Combo Classes


Jazz/Tap & Jazz/Acro Combo Classes


Contemporary & Lyrical Classes


Clogging Classes


Hip Hop Classes


Jazz Classes


Musical Theater

Tap Classes

Classes by Day of The Week