Class Techniques Available
Preschool Ballet and Tap
Our Preschool class is a 30-minute combination class introducing ballet and tap. Dancers learn creative movement and motor skills developed in both techniques. It is designed to build coordination, rhythm, to be able to follow a series of directions, and most of all for enjoyment. We do wear ballet slippers and learn barre exercises and ballet terminology. We wear tap shoes as a rhythmic tool. With ballet slippers on you really cant hear the difference between a march and a skip. Now with the tap shoes on you can hear straight 4/4 time and the difference in the skip of syncopated timing. All while incorporating obstacle courses, sequined arches, flags and more. All classes begin work on this piece the 2nd semester.
Our Kindergarten classes offer 2 different combination classes. Ballet and tap classes do a ballet barre, across the floor combinations and a center floor routine in each class. Tap classes focus on simple tap steps and also use the shoes as a percussion instrument for rhythmic purposes. The jazz portion is fun music with simple progressive jazz combinations. The class will need correct shoes and will do just one routine for the recital. We won't know the technique they will be doing until the 2nd semester.
Studying ballet will help set a strong technical foundation for all dance styles and increase consciousness of the whole body. Ballet classes help dancers develop discipline, focus, and etiquette - whether in the classroom or outside the studio. For all ages and levels, our ballet classes are instructed to classical music and begin with barre exercises, followed by across the floor combinations.
Jazz dance is known for its fun energy and rhythm. Our classes are based on a classical jazz technique emphasizing style and musicality. Jazz classes begin with a thorough warm up followed with across the floor leaps and turns. The second part of the class allows dancers to develop their jazz vocabulary while learning different combinations each week.
For all ages tap is producing rhythmic sounds with your feet. As the levels progress the sounds get more intricate and cleaner. Following the technique class format of barre – across the floor and center floor routine.
Adding lyrical to a dancer's repertoire helps cultivate a larger range of artistry and musicality. The style originated from a blend of ballet, jazz, and modern technique. It emphasizes fluidity and emotional expression. In a lyrical piece, dancers will explore strong emotions and interpret the music through motion.
Street style choreographed dance with today's hot trends and music. Quality of music and movement is something National Dance Academy takes very seriously. This class follows the technique class format of warm up – across the floor combination and finishing with a center floor routine.
We are excited about personally creating this new class. It is not gymnastics. It is not tumbling or acrobatics. It is a combination of all; without allowing the technique and muscle memory of ballet to get away. All dancers need to strengthen and gain flexibility in their backs, legs and arms, without the fear of losing dance technique.
Flexibility and contortion classes at National Dance Academy focus on in increasing flexibility, improving control and balance, and learning contortion moves such as oversplits, front and back bends and more. You do not need to be a contortionist to attend this class. However; previous experience in stretching will be very helpful.
Poms and Dance Team
Dance teams are also popular in performance dance, especially at sporting events, most commonly performing during the pre-game and halftime periods (and, in a number of cases, on the sidelines) of football and basketball games. This class will help our dancers be better equipped for High School and Junior High Dance Teams within their schools by focusing on jumps, turns, jazzy hip hop moves as well as working with pom poms.
Boys Club is such an exiting class at National Dance Academy! This class is for boys only and focuses on Hip Hop routines as well as stretching, motor skills and rhythm. This class is team taught by Ashlynd Kohli and Calvin Windschitl. Calvin in currently a dance major at the University of Iowa and is a great role model for male dancers!