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BALLET

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Ballet classes are designed to expose each student to the grace and beauty of classical dance. Each class will start with a warm up and stretch at the barre before progressing to center floor work. Emphasis will be on the basic positions of the feet and arms as they relate to proper body alignment and balance. Ballet training gives a dancer the strength and control to execute any style of dance well. Classes are one hour unless otherwise noted.

  • Ballet for Ages 5-7 Years - This class is designed for the beginning student interested in learning ballet technique.
  • Level I- This class is for the beginning student with little or no experience.
  • Level II- Students must have at least 2 years of previous ballet training or have completed Level I.
  • Level III- This class is designed for the experienced dancer who is able to properly execute intermediate level technique and combinations.
  • Ballet IV/Pointe- This class is for the intermediate/advanced dancer. The primary focus in this class is expanding ballet vocabulary, executing advanced ballet steps and perfecting pointe technique. Students will gain strength, balance, flexibility and confidence.  This class focuses on ballet barre technique, dancing across the floor and centre exercises. This class is one hour and 30 minutes. **Students must be taking a minimum of two ballet classes and have the approval of the teacher before beginning pointe work.

What to Wear

Girls should wear a leotard with tights, ballet shoes and hair pulled back in a bun. Boys may wear gym shorts or pants, a white t-shirt, and ballet shoes.

BALLET COMBO CLASSES FOR YOUNG DANCERS (Ages 3-4 and 5-6)

Combo Ballet/Tap for Ages 3-4

This 45 minute combination class introduces little dancers to the best of both worlds! Both ballet and tap terminology and movements will be taught, strengthening each student’s motor skills, ballet movement and step knowledge, and rhythm and tap sounds. The emphasis is on the joy of movement and dance in a supportive and fun atmosphere with other little dancers.

What to Wear

Girls may wear dance clothing such as leotards, ballet skirts and tights as well as ballet and black tap shoes. Boys may wear gym shorts or pants, a t-shirt, socks or black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

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Combo Ballet/Tap for Ages 5-6

In this one hour class dancers will further develop their general motor skills and ballet and tap terminology. Student’s will be exposed to the ballet barre, more steps and will begin to put those steps into short combinations to help develop their memory skills. Creative movement and games will be used to help develop each student’s own individual movements and self-expression promoting self confidence.

What to Wear

Girls may wear dance clothing such as leotards, ballet skirts and tights as well as ballet and black tap shoes. Boys may wear gym shorts or pants, a t-shirt, socks or black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

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Combo Ballet/Jazz for Ages 3-4

This 45 minute combination class introduces little dancers to both ballet and jazz terminology and movements. Students learn the basic elements of music and dance, as an individual and in groups, musical rhythm, beat and time, opposites and directions, and elementary dance steps. Emphasis is placed on gaining skill and coordination in dance movements and steps.

What to Wear

Girls may wear dance clothing such as leotards, ballet skirts and tights as well as ballet shoes. Boys may wear gym shorts or pants, a t-shirt, socks or black ballet shoes.

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Combo Ballet/Jazz for Ages 5-6

In this one hour class dancers will further develop their general motor skills and ballet and jazz terminology. Student’s will be exposed to the ballet barre, more steps and will begin to put those steps into short combinations to help develop their memory skills. Creative movement and games will be used to help develop each student’s own individual movements and self-expression promoting self confidence.

What to Wear

Girls may wear dance clothing such as leotards, ballet skirts and tights as well as ballet shoes. Boys may wear gym shorts or pants, a t-shirt, socks or black ballet shoes.

BREAK DANCE

Break Dance is an athletic dance form which uses a great deal of floor work. The movements and weight changes are often supported by the arms. Strength and stamina will be developed during the course of this class.

What to Wear

Dress so you can move!  For girls, yoga or jazz pants and a t-shirt (tight fitting) or tank top with jazz sneakers or clean street sneakers are appropriate. For boys, gym shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt with clean street shoes or jazz sneakers.

CONTEMPORARY

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This class begins with a full body warm up using breath and concentrating on releasing tension and gaining mobility. Students will be given a series of exercises that focus on strong placement and ballet technique that supports a contemporary style balancing lyricism, fluidity, and athleticism. The class culminates in longer across the floor phrases, floor work and combinations that utilize the strength, body awareness, and the stylistic sensibility built up throughout the class.

  • Level I- This class is designed for beginners with little or no experience.
  • Level II- This class is for the intermediate/advanced dancer with over 2 years of ballet technique.

What to Wear

A dancer's body lines need to be visible for proper correction. Tops usually worn include form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts or leotards with jazz pants or capri’s. Students should wear nude dance paws or dance in bare feet.

HIP HOP

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Hip Hop combines jazz and street dance styles in a high energy dance class. Hip hop classes also develop technique, self confidence and stage performance. Students will learn rhythm, musicality, and coordination with age-appropriate hip hop choreography with no suggestive music/movement.  This is an excellent class for high-energy kids who want to take a fast and fun dance class.

  • Level I- This class is for the beginning dancer with little or no experience.
  • Level II/III- This class is designed for the intermediate/advanced dancer that has had previous experience in the hip hop genre.

What to Wear

Dress so you can move!  For girls, yoga or jazz pants and a t-shirt (tight fitting) or tank top with jazz sneakers or clean street sneakers are appropriate. For boys, gym shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt with jazz sneakers or clean street shoes.

JAZZ

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Jazz dance has several styles and methods, most of which are taught in this class to popular music. Jazz/Hip Hop concentrates on Classical Jazz, Hip Hop and a touch of Lyrical. Classical Jazz is medium paced and is based on style, utilizing both full body flexibility and isolated moves. Hip Hop or Funk is high energy, high intensity, fun filled dancing to the latest pop music, hip hop and show tunes. Lyrical is slow moving focusing on turns, releases and personal expression. All styles enhance flexibility, toning of the muscles and endurance. The class begins with a center warm up focused on classical principles, strength, range of motion and flexibility. Dancers are given simple to complex exercises that challenge these principles depending on their age and class level. Dancers are given center combinations of choreography that encourage individual expression and the development of personal style.

  • Level I- This class is for the beginning student with little or no experience.
  • Level II- This class is designed to expand the student’s vocabulary, memorization and performance skills.
  • Level III- This class is designed for the intermediate student. Students must have mastered a double pirouette, front and side leap and proper execution of jazz movement combinations.
  • Level IV- This class is for the advanced dancer with an understanding of ballet terminology and proper body placement. Dancers must be able to perform and memorize advanced level combinations.
  • Jazz Technique for Poms- This class was created for students interested in joining their school poms squads to further develop their dancing, leaps, kicks, turns and memorization skills.

What to Wear

A dancer's body lines need to be visible for proper correction. Tops usually worn for jazz include form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts or leotards with jazz or dance pants. Jazz pants are usually boot-cut or flared styles, as tight bottoms would restrict ankle movement. Black jazz shoes or black jazz sneakers are the required shoe.

TAP

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This class teaches rhythm, coordination, and basic tap fundamentals, terminology, and choreography. It combines both rhythm and show tap to music ranging from show tunes to pop to hip hop.

  • Level I - This class is designed for the beginner with little or no dance experience.
  • Level II - This class is designed to refine tap skills, while moving beyond the fundamentals of tap.  Students will put the fundamentals to work by learning new steps, rhythms, patterns, and combinations.  

What to Wear

A dancer's body lines need to be visible for proper correction. Students should wear form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts or leotards with jazz or dance pants and well-fitted tap shoes.

TECHNIQUE CLASSES

Poms Training

If you are thinking about trying out for your Poms team, you'll need technique as well as stage presence. We strongly suggest taking Jazz, Turns & Leaps, Hip-Hop & Poms. Students should start 2 years prior to auditioning. Competition is fierce, we know, we have trained many of the MCPS coaches, some are currently on our faculty.

TURNS & LEAPS

Concentrates on the technical aspects of leaping, jumping and turning by teaching a series of jumps, leaps and turns, weight and direction changes. The students will develop balance, strength, elevation and body alignment.

  • Level I - This class is designed for beginning students with at least one year of dance experience.
  • Level II - This class is for intermediate and advanced students seeking more complex turn and leap combinations.

 

What to Wear

A dancer's body lines need to be visible for proper correction. Students should wear form-fitting tank tops, t-shirts or leotards with jazz or dance pants.  Jazz shoes or jazz sneakers are the required shoe.

TUMBLING & ACRO FOR DANCERS

Tumbling offers boys and girls a chance to explore moving through the discipline of gymnastics. This class improves children’s flexibility, strength and body awareness. Rolling skills, bridging skills, and upright balance and locomotion are introduced with safety being the first priority. More experienced skills are developed as students build on these basic movement fundamentals.

  • Level I - This class is designed for the beginner with little or no experience.
  • Level II - In this class, intermediate students will learn how to perform more complex exercises such as walk-overs, round-offs, and back hand springs.

 

What to Wear

Dress so you can move!  For girls, yoga or jazz pants and a t-shirt (tight fitting) or tank top with jazz sneakers or clean street sneakers are appropriate. For boys, gym shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt with clean street shoes or bare feet.

ADULT DANCE

Dancing can be an incredible way to get in shape. Not only is it very fun, but it also comes with benefits.

Available styles @ Commotion

 

Ballroom Dance for Adults

Are you a fan of "Dancing with the Stars?"

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Do you want to be a part of the exciting DC social dancing scene? Looking for a fun excuse to get out of the house? Then Beginner Ballroom Group Class is for you! This group class will teach you the basics of dances like salsa, cha-cha, merengue, swing, tango, rumba and more! New dance every 4 weeks!

Drop-ins are welcome and no partner needed!

What to Wear

Comfortable heels or smooth soled shoes and comfortable clothing.

Join Anastasiya and Cobey
Sundays at 10:30 AM at the Fitness Studio
Mondays at 7:15 PM at the Dance Studio
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM at the Dance Studio