Arabesque

dance academy

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Styles

For Preschoolers:

Tiny Dancers & Creative & Pre-Ballet

These classes introduce rudimentary ballet as well as freer forms of movement. The classes are devoted to developing their bodies, their imaginations and their musicality. By learning dance exercises and using dance games, they develop a dance vocabulary and technique that feels natural to them. Their introduction into the world of dance is a happy and rewarding experience that enhances the child’s self-confidence.

Combination Classes:

Ballet & Tap and Jazz & Tap

Classes in tap are given in combination with ballet or jazz. They develop the ease of movement and variety inherent in these dance forms. Children thrill at their own ability to both copy and to create rhythms.

Ballet & Pointe:

The ballet classes are graded technique classes developed to increase strength, flexibility, musicality, and athleticism. Beginning with progressive barre work, students prepare to execute combinations center floor with skill, grace and precision. It is a great challenge, both physically and mentally. Pointe classes will be offered to those who are ready for the vigorous demands of pointe work (to be determined by the teacher).

The description for ballet classes for children between the ages of 3 and 6 may be found on the Preschoolers page and Combination page.

NOTE: Intermediate students take at least two classes weekly. Students in pointe preparation must take at least three ballet classes weekly.

Jazz:

This dance form, popular on Broadway and television, is taught in varying styles (Theater, Lyrical, Latin, etc.) Classes begin with isolation techniques and stretch exercises, building flexibility and strength in preparation for center floor combinations.

It is recommended that jazz students take a ballet class weekly to supplement training.

Tap:

In this truly American dance form, classes consist of basic technique using footwork to create combinations of movement and sound. Students use their feet as the instrument to create music and rhythm.

Hip Hop / Street Styles:

Our urban-based dance forms teach students a more grounded movement style. Hip Hop culture, with its origin in our very own NYC, began on the streets of the Bronx and flourished to become an addition to dance studios all over the world. Street Jazz has its roots in Hip Hop dance, and borrows some of the stylistic and technical elements presented in Jazz.

Contemporary:

With a foundationrooted in classic technical forms such as Ballet, Modern and Jazz. Contemporary dance brings a conceptual approach to movement. Dancers in these classes will utilize all their technical training to develop as artists. It is recommended that those taking Contemporary register in at least one of the technique classes listed above.

Open Adult Classes:

In addition to Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop classes, the following open classes are also available for Teens & Adults.

Salsa

NY Club Style Salsa on Two- If your interested in attending Salsa clubs and Socials This is the class for you.

You will learn the intricate footwork, timing and partner work needed to master this style of Salsa. Our instructor will teach you the history behind the music as well as the The Artists that created these sounds. Couples are welcome, but you DO NOT need a partner in order to take this class.

Latin Fusion

A fiery blend of latin styles; Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Samba & Rumba, come alive each week with an exciting dance combination led by our amazing Latin Teacher Extraordinaire Leonel Linares.

Learn a different dance each week. Beginners  & experts all welcome!

Stretch & Strengthen

This low impact class will focus on stretching, strengthening and toning different muscle groups.  Stretching, helps prevent injuries, helps improve balance and coordination & adds flexibility, while strengthening your core.
This class is open to all levels.

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