To dance “en pointe” is the culmination of years of hard work and strengthening that begins in ballet. The Pointe dancer must have strong ankles, core, and legs in order to support standing on top of a special shoe made specifically for this purpose. The Pointe dancer can expect a challenging class that begins with stretching & strengthening exercises, moves to the barre, and finishes with combination work across the floor and in the center. Students must be recommended for Pointe and evaluated by the Pointe instructor for entrance into this class. We also follow New York City Ballet’s recommendation that a student must be 11 years of age before being evaluated for Pointe work.
Psalm 149:3 declares, “Let them praise His name in the dance...” God delights in our gifts of praise as we use our bodies as instruments for His purposes. In this class, students will learn the background of liturgical dance, God’s purpose for it, the different types of liturgical dance, and the power it has in the spiritual realm. Students will also learn how to adapt to different spaces and audiences, develop discernment in creating Christ-honoring choreography and costumes, and learn to hear and obey the Holy Spirit calling them to dance spontaneously. Liturgical uses different types of dance (modern, ballet, contemporary, jazz, mime, sign language, etc.) as well as props (fabric, flags, streamers, etc.) to communicate our praise. Different styles and props will be explored throughout the year. A ballet technique class is strongly encouraged as a foundation to this class.
Modern dance classes are focused on presenting a visual message of God’s love through movement. In modern dance, the student will learn challenging leaps, turns, body formations, and technique that often contrast and challenge the traditional ballet technique, pushing the student to be a more well-rounded dancer. Students will also develop confidence in their own movement through exercises of personal improv and contact improv, which are the stepping stones to choreography. A ballet technique class is strongly encouraged as a foundation to this class.
Energy. Stamina. Charisma. All of these are a vital part of our jazz classes, along with proper technique and good flexibility. In contrast to ballet, jazz is characterized by sharp, technical movements, and dynamic changes in rhythms and patterns. Dancers will begin class with stretching and isolation exercises, progressing to dance combinations across and in the center of the floor. Students will have a lot of fun in this upbeat class.
What better way to make a joyful noise unto the Lord than with our tapping feet? In our tap classes, students are taught basic steps, along with more advanced tap steps, combinations, and terminology. Tap dance is wonderful for developing rhythm, coordination, and balance, all for the glory of God.