At IDT, Jazz is a dynamic American art form encompassing various styles like Broadway, Latin, classical jazz, funk, Bollywood, and more! Our classes focus on body isolations (head, shoulders, rib cage, feet, and arms), fostering individual expression and personal style development. We incorporate turns, leaps, and progressions in our extended class durations, ensuring safety and skill-appropriateness.
Jazz features theatrical, sharp movements with a spirited and sassy attitude. Teachers may request black or tan Jazz shoes for performance pieces.
Jazz I: Ages 7-8
Jazz II/III: Placement required
Jazz IV, V: Placement by level
Classes can be tailored to theater, classic jazz, or a fusion of styles, including progressions, turns, and leaps. Theater jazz classes also offer the exciting skill of dancing in heels, essential for auditions, and included in our curriculum.
For all jazz classes: Black or tan Jazz shoes may be requested by teachers for performance pieces.
IDT offers contemporary dance classes that combine modern, postmodern, and lyrical styles, emphasizing improvisation, floorwork, partnering, and dancing barefoot. Lyrical dance, a fusion of ballet and jazz, requires technical skill, musicality, and emotional expression. Solid ballet-based technique, proper placement, and alignment are crucial.
Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in Ballet classes at their required level. Advanced drop-ins are allowed with director approval.
For young dancers who love leaping, twirling, and dancing to modern music, Contemporary is the perfect class. It blends Ballet and Modern techniques, allowing students to express themselves through lyrical songs while honing their technique. Concurrent enrollment in Ballet classes is essential to build strong technique and muscle memory.
Contemporary I: Ages 7-8
Contemporary II: Placement by Level
Contemporary III: Placement by Level (Intermediate)
Contemporary IV: Placement by Level (Advanced)
Contemporary V: Placement by Level (Advanced/Pre-Professional)
Acro for dance
Join our Acro classes, led by an experienced gymnastics coach, where students learn skills and safety techniques directly applicable to dance choreography. Acro covers tumbling, contortion, and acrobatic skills like aerials, head springs, back tucks, and more.
Acro often integrates seamlessly into Contemporary Dance choreography, making it a valuable skill for dancers.
Hair pulled up and away from the face
Attire for Girls and Boys:
Tight-fitting top (sports tank or fitted shirt with a sports bra for girls) or leotard
Spandex shorts or fitted leggings
Avoid loose or baggy clothing
Our dress code prioritizes your safety and that of others. Please arrive dressed appropriately and on time for class.
In our Hip Hop classes, students develop a strong understanding of musical elements and master intricate, grounded choreography. Hip hop cultivates self-discipline and adaptability at a whole new level.
Students will acquire body isolations, choreography skills, and that signature Hip Hop swag through combinations and dance games set to age-appropriate music.
Hip Hop I: Ages 7-8
Hip Hop II/III/IV/V: Placement required
For all Hip Hop classes, please wear clean tennis shoes and comfortable, movable clothing.
Our Tap classes blend essential elements of both "Rhythm" and "Broadway" styles, fostering versatility in students' performance skills. Choreography seamlessly integrates various dance styles, encouraging students to explore through student choreography opportunities and improvisation. While we include entertaining trick steps, our primary focus is on intricate and subtle steps that challenge fine motor skills.
**Please note that we do not have any tap classes scheduled for the 2023/24 Season at this time.
Beginning Tap: Ages 7+
Intermediate Tap: Ages 10+
For all tap classes, teachers may request black or tan tap shoes for performance pieces.