Michigan Dance Class Descriptions.

ACRO: Acrobatics dancers will learn the basics of tumbling, gymnastics elements and dance. Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. We offer Acro classes from beginner to advanced levels for ages 7 & up. Acro dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

ACTING: Upstage, downstage, “line please.” Learning the how to’s of the theatre plus acting games, improvisation, audition prep and playwriting will be sure to inspire any young thespian. We offer acting classes for ages 7 & up. Actors and Actresses will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

BALLET: Ballet instills grace, coordination, poise, and confidence while requiring much discipline and focus. We bring the dancer through a progression of terminology, technique, and artistry. We offer beginning to advanced levels for ages 7 & up and ballet dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

COMBO CLASSES: Combination classes are designed to give the young dancer an opportunity to discover and explore different types of dance in one class. They typically incorporate movement and basic ballet. Depending on the class, combination classes may combine ballet & tap, ballet & jazz, jazz & tap, hip hop & tumble, or tap & hip hop. All combo classes are introductory levels for ages 3-7 years old and combo dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

CONTEMPORARY: Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary is only offered to our advanced dancers because prior, current & proficient ballet and jazz training is necessary for dancers to be successful in this class. Contemporary dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: Students explore movement, rhythm, and creativity through exercises created to build expressive minds and motor skills while instilling a love for dance. For ages 2-3. Must be 2 by September. This is a non-recital class.

HIP HOP: Hip Hop is a street dance style that has evolved as a part of the Hip Hop culture and is primarily danced to Hip Hop music. Can include a wide array of styles such as Breaking, Popping, Locking, Krumping and House dance and includes fresh, innovative choreography influenced by the latest street dance trends. We offer Hip Hop classes for beginner through advanced levels for ages 5 & up as well as boys-only Hip Hop classes. Hip hop dancers will perform a routine in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

JAZZ: Jazz uses ballet technique for its base therefore we strongly recommend studying these techniques simultaneously, but not required (only if your performer is part of our team program). Jazz dance combines stylistic movement with intricate rhythms and body isolations. It also includes leaps and turns as well as upbeat combinations of movement. Jazz technique is designed to increase body control and coordination. Jazz dance has continued to evolve with various ethnic and cultural influences since it’s origin. We will introduce several styles ranging from blues to pop for dancers of all abilities for ages 7 & up. Jazz dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE: This class is open to all levels and performers ages ages 8 and up. Musical Theatre Dance is Broadway style jazz dance with a theatrical approach to it. Performers will do fun improv technique as well as jazz technique. Taking acting and jazz classes are highly recommended but not required.

Students will perform a dance routine in the end-of-year, Broadway-style recital in June.

MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION: Twice a week Musical Theatre Production Class. Musical Theatre incorporates elements of dance, acting, and voice. Performers learn what it takes to make it on Broadway while exploring their entire creative self. They learn about stage presence, projecting their voice, character development and how to work with other actors while engaging a captive audience. Open to all levels of performers ages 7 & up. In the Spring, performers will put on a musical theatre production showcase in which all members will enjoy the spotlight. The Musical Theatre Production Showcase is separate from our year-end recital.

NEXT STEP TRIPLE THREAT REHEARSAL: This rehearsal class is exclusively for Next Step Triple Threat team members where they will work at an accelerated rate on technique and choreography. For ages 7 & up. NSTT members will perform throughout the year, throughout the community, and at the Pistons games. They will also be featured in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

OPEN TECHNIQUE: This class will focus on Jazz and Ballet technique. Students will go in depth with the technical aspects of Jazz and Ballet including foundation, specific skills, and dynamics. Open to all levels of dancers ages 7 & up. This is a non-recital class.

TAP: The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard surface. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician. Tap is a style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. Become a musician with your feet in our fun and energetic class. Broadway & Rhythm techniques taught. We offer beginner through advanced levels of tap classes for ages 7 & up. Tappers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.

VOICE: This group Voice class will help develop the basics of singing including breathing, articulation, and expression. Choosing songs for auditions and learning some fundamentals of music will also be part of our fun together. We offer voice classes for ages 5 and up. Singers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in June.