This is the foundation for all dance forms. Proper body alignment, technique and balance will be addressed. The Ballet syllabus at CMSDC includes both the Cecchetti Method and the Royal Academy of Dance curriculums. Higher level Ballet classes will touch on the Vagonova Method. Every Ballet class will consist of barre work, stretching, center floor Adagio, center floor Allegro, and accross-the-floor Grande Allegro. Higher level classes will be prepared to study Variations (Actual choreography from famous Ballets), Pointe work and Pas De Deux (Partnering). Ballet is a very structured class and proper dance class etiquette will be taught. The proper Ballet Reverence at the end of each class will be observed by students to show respect and thanks to the Ballet Teacher. Ballet is highly recommended for all dancers, and is required for a few certain other genres. Black leotard, pink CONVERTIBLE tights, and pink ballet shoes are required. (Capezio Canvas split sole ballet shoes are recommended instead of leather.) Hair MUST be secured into a bun with bobby pins.
Tutus & Tumbling
This is our Creative Movement class for ages 3 & 4 years old. This is an energetic class incorporating Ballet, Stretching, and beginner Pre-school Tumbling. The use of games and imagination allow teachers to keep the interest of the students. The curriculum also covers directional differences (right and left), Musicality & Rhythm, and Following Directions. Activities include Slow Motion games, Freeze Dance, Parachute games, Ballerina Princess games, Animal games, Following the Leader, Forward and Backward Rolls, Hand Stands, and Cartwheels. The use of musical instruments and props may be incorporated in some classes. (Pom poms, Ribbons, Parachute, Hoops, Drums, Tambourines, Maracas, Rhythm Sticks, etc…) Pink or black leotard, pink CONVERTIBLE tights (will need bare feet for tumbling), pink ballet shoes. Hair must be secured into a bun with bobby pins.
Tap dancing develops rhythmic ability and coordination. Intricate footwork is learned by the basic fundamental steps taught as progressions. Speed and rhythm is developed as well as difficulty added with each progression. CMSDC utilizes the Al Gilbert Tap curriculum for proper techniques and sounds. Attire follows jazz with black split sole tap shoes. Ribbons should be replaced with elastic.
This is a stylized and upbeat dance utilizing some Ballet techniques. Although Jazz is usually performed in parallel and kept at a low center of gravity, more modern techniques have been known to use Ballet’s turned out techniques. Jazz dance uses every aspect of the music. Syncopation rhythm is an important characteristic in Jazz Musicality. Isolations of body movements are practiced to allow the dancer to move each part independently. The CMSDC curriculum studies famous Jazz choreographers such at Katherine Dunham, Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse. Across the floor techniques from Bob Rizzo and Cathy Roe are incorporated into class time. Tricks, turns, jumps, and leaps are fun lessons in this class. Black leotards, pink or tan CONVERTIBLE tights, and TAN leather split sole jazz shoes. (NO BLACK SOLED SHOES ALLOWED ON FLOOR PER FACILITY POLICIES) Hair must be secured away from face.
Lyrical Dance is a fusion of Ballet and Jazz. Lyrical dancing is just what it sounds like… Dancing to the lyrics of a song. Instead of using the beat (5-6-7-8), or melody of the music, Lyrical is performed to the flow of the words in the song. Usually very expressive and emotional choreography, Lyrical pulls from the topic or “story” in the song. Lyrical can be performed “turned out” like in Ballet or performed in parallel like in Jazz. Beware of classes that teach Lyrical the same as Contemporary or Modern styles. Attire follows ballet.
Modern Dance derived from Ballet technique and formed a more ‘free’ and expressive movement pattern showcasing the natural flow of the human body. Modern Dance evolved in the late 1800’s and techniques were created by the early 1900’s. Techniques studied at CMSDC include The Martha Graham Technique, The Lester Horton Technique, Jose Limon Technique, and the Merce Cunningham Technique. These techniques allow the body to move in a more fluid motion through space while expressing one’s creativity. Exercises practiced in class include “Fall and Recover”, “Rebounding”, “Breathing” and “Improvisation” to both the theme of the music and to the dictation of words from the Teacher. The partner work and fluidity of movement in Advanced Modern Dance can sometimes look similar to certain throws and tricks in Hapkido and Capoeira martial arts. Contemporary Dance is an evolved style of Modern derived from both Ballet and Modern Dance. Contemporary includes the telling of a story in the dance whereas Modern is usually abstract, animal-like or “picturesque”. Modern dance is usually performed bare foot so as not to restrict the feet. Black leotards, pink or tan CONVERTIBLE tights, bare feet or nude “foot undeez”. Hair must be secured into a bun with bobby pins.
This is a fun class that utilizes a “classical” or “Broadway” style of Jazz dancing and incorporates it with acting and singing. Dancers will learn to lip sync with the songs and act out specific parts being played. Actual Broadway choreography from many musicals will be studied as well as new choreography. Styles include dances from classic musicals such as “Singing in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and newer musicals such as Disney related musicals and movies. The use of different props will most likely be used depending on the chosen song. Any solid color leotard or tank, black capris leggings, tan split sole jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.
Hip hop refers to different street dance styles primarily performed to Hip Hop music. Styles range from breaking, locking, and popping, as well as krumping. Jazz influenced style called “Jazz-funk” is also studied. Hip hop is generally the style of dance you see in music videos, TV or with back up dancers. Hip hop can be both choreographed or “freestyle” where the movements are based on improvisation. Class curriculum will study both. Any solid color leotard or tank, black capris leggings, tan split sole jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.
Acro dance is a style of dance that uses acrobatics and contortion along with Lyrical, Jazz or Ballet techniques to connect each “trick”. This style showcases extreme flexibility along with the gracefulness of dance. Although Acro incorporates gymnastic tumbling, it is not considered gymnastics. Smooth transitions from tumbling into dance into contortions make the performance seemless, unlike floor routines in gymnastics. Acro is seen in circus performances such as Cirque Du Soleil. Techniques studied in this class will be acrobatics, stunts, flexibility, tumbling and contortions as well as some Lyrical dance styles. We hope to incorporate the use of props such as silks in future classes. Any solid color leotard or tank, black capris leggings, bare feet. Hair must be secured away from the face.
Dance/Drill Team Prep
This class is for every dancer that wishes to audition for a high school, college or professional dance team. The two main styles of dance incorporate Pom Dance and Kickline. A great kickline requires extreme strength, power, endurance and flexibility; yet it is one of the most fun genres of dance. The most recognizable kickline troupe is the Radio City Rockettes. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders among other NFL Cheerleaders also utilize the kickline in their routines. Texas Drill Teams are often some of the highest kicklines in the country. The Kilgore Rangerettes are known for their extremely high kicks and extreme precision in their lines, formations and timing. Director, Christal Shurley, has had the privilege of working with and along side all three of these groups. This class will teach techniques based on different hook ups, kick styles, formation changes, precision and timing (dancers all hitting the count together as one), and of course kick height. Pom Dance is generally Jazz or Hip Hop dance with the use of pom poms as props. The typical “Precision Pom Squad” derives from the traditional Texas Drill Teams. The Kilgore College Rangerettes were the first college precision drill team created in 1939. They remain the leaders in precision formation changes, Poms dancing and Kickline. This style of dancing is also seen with NFL Cheerleaders such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as NBA Cheerleaders. Focus is placed on strict formation lines, precision timing, and power. Ripples and visual effects are used with the poms. This is an energetic class that uses stunts and jumps to add to the visual effects. (Such as toe touches and kickline). Any solid color leotard or tank, black capris leggings, tan split sole jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.
Technique / Dance Athletics
This class is recommended for all dancers and athletes. Flexibility is necessary in order to achieve your highest potential. Over-worked muscles are in need of stretching consistently and this class will show you how to properly stretch while reducing the risk of injury. Body alignment, posture, core strength, balance, and jump power are studied in this class as well. Techniques taught in this class for flexibility will consist of Static and Active Isolated Stretching. The use of PNF, Dynamic Stretching and Myofacial Release (foam rolling), will be incorporated by a certified teacher. Other techniques used in class include “Progressing Ballet Technique”, National Academy of Sports Medicine Functional Training, and National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Training. We utilize the Ballet barre and incorporate the same exercises with the use of stability balls, resistance bands, weighted balls, turning boards and balance equipment. Any solid color leotard or tank, black capris leggings, tan split sole jazz shoes. Hair must be secured away from the face.