Forms of Dance
~ What We Teach ~
Select a Genre Below
Students focus on the use of balance, flexibility, controlled counterbalance, rhythm & timing with music. Students need to be in a Ballet or Jazz technique class.
Adults are welcome at DWHS. Sometimes adults can join teen classes. Zumba, Yoga, Adult Jazz, or Adult Tap are also options. These classes will be available based on interest.
Ballet is the basic technique for all dance disciplines. It is taught slowly and carefully to develop core strength, flexibility and coordination. Ballet class helps students develop mental and physical discipline. Children usually begin graded ballet classes at age 5 or 6.
Lessons are available to couples who wish to learn social dance. Wedding parties sometimes enjoy a theme dance (Ballroom, Hip Hop, Thriller, etc.)
For children ages 3-4 that are able to be in a class without an adult. Children are introduced to dance movement with songs, exciting music, games and props. Basic elements of ballet and acrobatics are introduced.
This dance, related to Hip Hop music, includes break dancing, locking, popping, and more. It is one of the hardest dance forms to master. It appears easy but requires a strong, quick, technically trained body. Students can start this discipline as early as age 8.
Authentic Irish steps are combined with Ballet and Tap to produce our soft shoe and hard shoe dances. Irish students should be in technical ballet and/or tap to enhance strength and technique.
Jazz is a form of dancing born in America. Styles include Swing, Boogie-Woogie, African, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Funk, Disco and more. Jazz classes include technique and expressive dance movement.
A type of dance movement sometimes incorporated into liturgies or worship services as an expression of worship. All religions and beliefs are welcome.
A fusion of ballet and Jazz which expresses dance through the lyrics of a song. Previous and ongoing ballet and/or Jazz technique class is required.
Modern is a dance form that refuses the ideals of classical Ballet technique and codification and instead focuses on concepts of torso contract and release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. It is often performed barefoot and with non-traditional costuming. Encompassed within Modern is Contemporary, a blend of Modern and Jazz.
This class involves dancing, acting and singing. Stage presence and personality are stressed. Students need to be in a ballet or Jazz technique class.
Offers students rhythm skills and body movement while making sounds with the feet. Tap classes tend to be quick moving. Students can start this discipline as early as age 5.
Intro to dance for children 2-3 who are not ready for a class by themselves. A guardian or caregiver must stay in the studio with the child. Children are introduced to dance movement through fun, games, and music.
Zumba is an aerobic fitness class highly based on Latin dance movements and rhythms, but use many styles from around the world. The music is invigorating and movements are adaptable to any fitness level.