Thrive Dance Center * 3623 Old Conejo Road Suite 100 * Newbury Park * CA 91320 * (805) 375-9988

Ballet

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet technique. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries. Ballet uses music and dance to tell stories.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Black leotards pink tights.

Girls Shoes: Pink leather split sole ballet shoes. Straps criss crossed.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Black shorts, Plain White T-Shirt or Tank top.

Boys Shoes: Black Ballet Shoes

Boys Hair: Worn out of face

Ballet/Tap/Tumbling

This is the most common class for a young dancer ages 3-6. This class combines the Ballet and Tap dance styles (see individual descriptions) into one class session. Ballet/Tap/Tumbling class includes basic dance and tumbling skills to make young dancers aware of their timing, rhythm and balance. They will also learn their basic ballet positions . This class is the introductory class for young dancers to learn “how to take a dance class” and this is the class where most dancers begin their dance training.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Pink Leotards Pink Tights

Girls Shoes: Pink Leather Ballet Shoes & Black leather lace up tap shoes

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Black Shorts, Plain White T-Shirt or Tank Top

Boys Shoes: Black Ballet Shoes & Black leather lace up tap shoes

Boys Hair: Worn out of face

Break Dancing

The term break dancing refers to a style of hip-hop dancing that first appeared in the 1970s. Sometimes know as b-boying, b-girling, or breaking, breakdancing was made popular by African American and Latin America teens who used the activity to provide a more constructive alternative to the dangerous influences of street gangs. Coordination, style, flexibility, and rhythm are the keys to successful breakdancing. Beakdancing is one of the most improvisational dance styles, allowing for each dancer to customize his or her routine with athleticism and imagination. Current break dancing borrows moves from gymnastics and martial arts and upper body strength is often considered a necessity.

 

DRESS CODE

Boys & Girls: Loose fitting, clothing, sweatpants or shorts and any top.

Shoes: Tennis shoes. High tops are suggested but not required.

 

Contemporary

The term “contemporary dance” is sometimes used to describe dance that is not classical jazz or traditional folk/cultural dance. The hallmark of contemporary dance is an awareness of the limitations of form. Often referred to as non-dance, conceptual dance and pedestrian contemporary. Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography, to guide unchoreographed movement. It uses dance technique and methods found in ballet, modern dance and post modern dance and it also draws from other philosophies of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

Contemporary/Lyrical

Contemporary/Lyrical is a class where the instructor can choose to teach either contemporary dance OR lyrical dance OR a combination where both styles are incorporated.  (See Contemporary and Lyrical descriptions for more information on the individual dance styles)

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a dance style usually danced to hip-hop music, that evolved from hip-hop culture. Hip-hop traditionally includes breaking, popping, locking  as the foundation. However, in current day hip hop, you will find traditional hip hop dancers in addition to hip hop dancers that incorporate additional dance styles such as krumping, clowning, housing and even lyrical! Improvisation and interpretation are essential to hip hop dancing. In the dance studio environment hip hop and Adult hip hop classes will focus on learning short combinations of non technical movement put to popular music.

 

DRESS CODE

Boys & Girls: Loose fitting, clothing, sweatpants or shorts and any top.

Shoes: Tennis shoes. High tops are suggested but not required.

Jazz

Jazz dance often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions. Jazz choreography relies heavily on the originality of each instructor and includes many elements of ballet technique. 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

Jazz Funk


Jazz Funk is a unique style of fusion movement, mixing traditional jazz technique and hip hop with popular dance styles and music of today. This style of dance is often seen in music videos, commercials and movies and is considered a “west coast” style of dance.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance bras. Leggings, Sweatpants or T-Shirts

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or comfortable sweatpants and T shirt.

Shoes: Athletic shoes, Tennis Shoes, Hi Tops or Jazz Shoes

Jazz/Hip Hop

This class is a common combination class for young children ages 4-9.  This class is considered a “fun” addition to the traditional Ballet/Tap combination class. Many young dancers enjoy this dance style because of the up beat movement and music. This class combines the Jazz and Hip Hop techniques into one class giving young dancers a taste of both styles within the same class. Once a dancer turns 9 years old they are usually enrolled in a full class of each dance style. 

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice. Tennis shoes of your choice (designated for the dance classroom).

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a combination of free flowing movements that reinforce the emotions in the lyrics or the chosen music.  Lyrical styles can be diverse from instructor to instructor but they are always similar in the root in jazz and ballet technique as well as the desire to exude emotion through the movement.  

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

Modern

Modern dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing in stead on expression of inner feelings. Modern dance was created as a rebellion against classical ballet, emphasizing creativity in choreography and performance. This style of dance centers on a dancer’s own interpretation instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

Tap

In tap dancing, dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Special shoes are worn in tap with metal taps on the feet to create the rhythms and patterns.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Any dance apparel form fitting or baggy (NO STREET CLOTHES)

Girls Hair: Ponytail or Bun

Boys: Any dance apparel form fitting or baggy (NO STREET CLOTHES)

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Black Leather Lace Up Tap Shoes

Turns & Leaps

Turns & Leaps is a class designed for dancers Levels 3-5 that helps dancers to focus on their core strength, power and technical skills associated with several standard ballet and jazz turns and leaps. A turn is a controlled rotation on one or both feet and requires knowledge of ballet and jazz technique to understand. The portion of the class that focuses on Turns will surely allow dancers to improve and become more confident in the consistency of their balance and number of rotations in their turns. The leaps portion of this class will emphasize flexibility, extension and power and with consistant attendance dancers will definitely see a huge improvement in their leap technique.

 

DRESS CODE

Girls: Form fitting spandex shorts and tank tops or dance tops.

Girls Hair: Bun

Boys: Shorts and Tank top or T Shirt

Boys Hair: Out of face

Shoes: Tan slip on split sole jazz shoes any brand of your choice.

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