New Jersey Dance Class Descriptions.

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 intermediate levels for ages 7 & up. Acro dancers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in May.

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 May.

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 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 May.

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 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 4 & up as well as boys-only Hip Hop classes. Hip hop dancers will perform a routine in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in May

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 performance team). 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 May

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 in Feb and they will also perform in our year-end Broadway-style recital in May.

Next Step Broadway created a performance group so that aspiring dancers have a path to follow to reach their full potential. Young dancers and performers need opportunities to experience different disciplines and performance opportunities so they can hone their skills. Our team dancers will have the opportunity of unlimited classes and will be required to take ballet, jazz, and the team rehearsal class. This class will work at an accelerated rate on technique and choreography. The performance team will participate in a dance competition, a convention, and multiple community performances throughout the dance year. For more information, please join us at our Prospective Team Meeting above. We can’t wait to meet you and your star of your life!

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 6 & up. Tappers will perform in the year-end, Broadway-style recital in May.