Dance Class Descriptions

Jazz: Sharp and fluid movements are used to create a visually technical dance and style. It is usually done to popular music. Body isolations, stretching, turning, leaping and technical steps are taught in this class.

Lyrical: A fluid form of dance done to popular ballads and slower contemporary music. The dancer is taught to interpret his or her movement with feeling, motion and style. Dancers will learn to tell a story or create a picture of the song. This style combines the fluid beauty of Ballet with the more sharp moves of Jazz. A Ballet or Jazz class is recommended along with Lyrical to build technique.

Modern: This style teaches the body to move as an expressive tool; body/spatial/sensory awareness, structures and alignment, stage presence and gesture.

Tap: Tap dancing is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. The sound is made by shoes with a metal “tap” on the heel and toe.

Ballet: Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures.

Pointe: The part of classical Ballet technique that concerns Pointe work, in which a Ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer’s body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended foot is said to be en pointe when touching the floor, even when not bearing weight. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes.

Pre-Pointe: A class to prepare dancers for Pointe. Dancers will do strengthening and conditioning exercises.

Hip-Hop: Hip-Hop is designed to help the dancer loosen up, gain rhythm, and have fun in an aerobic workout. Moves from MTV and other videos on TV from popular artists will be taught. This is a great way to get a good workout, have fun and gain confidence.

Disney Hip-Hop: Little dancers will learn cool hip hop moves to all Disney Music. Class will focus on creative movement, hip-hop technique, basic acro and learning a new routine! Dancers need tennis shoes/bare feet and dance attire or comfortable clothing to move in.

Ballet Barre: Ballet Barre is a combination of Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates. Ballet Barre focuses on our lower and upper body areas: thighs, hips, seat, abdominals, and arms. These muscle groups are strengthened through slow controlled movements, and then are stretched out. An hour-long class, this workout has been designed with a strong emphasis on posture, core strength, back strength, and ballet technique. Students utilize a Ballet Barre using their own body for resistance and perform various leg, hip and seat exercises. Light hand weights are used at the end of class to do high reps that focus on arms, back and shoulders.

Creative Movement: This class is geared for dancers 2-7 years old. For the beginner student, our creative movement class explores dance movement while incorporating props and creative thinking. Dancers will learn basic Ballet technique, stretching and coordination skills.

Combo Classes: Prana’s Combo classes will introduce students to multiple styles of dance. These styles will usually include basic Tap, Ballet, and Acro. During the Acrobatics portion of the class each student will learn a variety of beginner Acro moves such as: somersault, hand stand, tripod, back bend, splits, etc.

Prana Competition Team: Geared toward the dancers interested in taking dance to the next level. Dancers are required to take more technique classes and will compete at 2-3 competitions per year.

Prana Recreational Team: Set up for the dancer who would like to try competitive dancing without a large commitment. Our rec dancers compete in one routine at all our competitions.