Ballet is the foundation behind most dance genres. It is an elegant yet very physically strenuous style of dance requiring strong technique, body placement, balance and flexibility. Ballet is the backbone to learning the fundamentals you need to succeed as a dancer. Usually performed to more classical music this style can be seen as graceful and poised. Peak Dance Company will be training in the Cecchetti Method. Click here for more info.
Lyrical dance pulls heavily from the technique of Ballet and Jazz, as well as aspects of modern. Lyrical focuses on the emphasis of a song's "lyrics" while performing a theme and/or a story the dance is set to portray. Contemporary dance training requires strong technical skills while using an open and creative mind, as a lot of improvisation is used in this style. Dancers must be well-conditioned and trained in order to prevent injury, as a lot of contemporary movement is about speed, control, and strength.
Jazz is a high-energy style of dance that focuses on the dancer's strength, flexibility and ballet technique. Jumps, turns, leg extensions and kicks are executed with power, control and rhythm. Jazz can be fast or slow, fluid or sharp, funky or serious, but is always energetic and fun!
Hip-Hop is a style of street dance commonly performed to Hip-Hop music. This style of dance focuses on rhythm, as well as freestyle and isolated movements. Whacking, Grooving, Locking and Popping are just a few of the many styles within Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop dances can range from being high energy and fast-paced, to slow and groovy. It has evolved into one of the most influential and popular styles of dance.
Bring out your dancing shoes and feel the beat! Tap shoes are special dance shoes with metal taps on the bottom used to create different sounds and rhythms. Tap dancers have a special ear for percussion instruments, and are able to follow a variety of music styles with tap techniques. This includes sounds made from toes, heels, brushing, stomping and more.
Musical Theatre is a theatrical style of dance rooted in Broadway Musicals. This class involves training in acting, lip-syncing and dancing to communicate the plot of the song in an entertaining way. This can be dance-heavy, incorporating many different styles, the main one being Jazz. Students will enhance their performance technique by learning the importance of storytelling and amplifying their stage presence.
Song & Dance
This theatrical, broadway inspired style portrays a story through singing and dancing. Students will focus on techniques in dancing, vocals and acting while learning the importance of balancing all three aspects. Elements that will be focussed on include, proper breathing/breath control, pitch, voice projection, stage presence, basic dance techniques and more. This style makes for a fun and entertaining performance!
Acrobatic Dance (Acro) is a fusion style of dance that combines classical dance movements and acrobatic skills. It is a very athletic style requiring strong techniques in flexibility, strength, acrobatics and dance skill. Some techniques students will learn include handstands, cartwheels, handsprings and aerials. Dancers also work in pairs and groups, learning group tricks and stunts.
Wee Move is a fun class to introduce young kids to dance. In Wee Move we will explore the basic steps of dance. This class will start with warm-ups and stretches, followed by some across the floor and choreography. Some interactive games will also be used to help students learn to move different parts of their bodies and explore full movement. Filled with fun songs, activities and dance, this class is always a winner and a great prerequisite for dance.
Mini Movers is the second phase of Wee Move building on the fundamentals of dance. This class will start with warm-ups and stretches, followed by some across the floor and choreography. Some interactive games will also be used to help students learn to move different parts of their bodies and explore full movement. Filled with fun songs, activities and dance, this class is always a winner and is a great prerequisite for the following years.
(Requires Parent/Guardian participation)
Baby Steps is a fun, interactive dance class for 1 & 2-year-olds. This upbeat and energetic class will introduce the basic foundations of dance and music. While dancing with your baby in your arms is a special, fun way to bond, it also helps your baby develop skills needed in life. As we go through each class, your baby will develop a good sense of rhythm, form, time and flow, hand-eye coordination, self-expression, as well as muscle tone. Exposing babies to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words as well as fine motor skills. And if all that's not enough, participating in a group setting sets them up with good social skills, listening skills and self-confidence!