Dance Styles

Contemporary

A style of dance that combines elements of several genres including modern, release, martial arts and urban styles, depending on the instructor and choreography. Often in terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, but is not confined to these techniques. Contemporary at DanceFusion also employs contact-release, lots of floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.

Contemporary Jazz

*Turns and Jumps are a prerequisite. 
Develop flexibility and strength alongside solid dance technique with across the floor skills and fun combos. Master your favorite jumps, turns, skills, and your own styles. The instructor will share her extensive training to hone the dancers’ alignment, extensions, and musicality.

Includes DanceFusion and FusionContemporary

DanceFusion

Slava weaves her experience with Contemporary, Ballet, Folkloric, Urban styles, and more into a rich class that explores a variety of movement styles. The classes vary from fluid lyrical movements to athletic leaps and jumps, classical technique, fancy footwork, and intricate hands and arm movements. She aims to create an adventurous dance experience that incorporates a down to earth aesthetic with an “urban contemporary” flavor.

FusionContemporary

This class combines the framework of contemporary dance with some more funky and urban street styles. Expect fluid lyrical movements, athletic leaps and jumps, some classical technique, fancy footwork, and lots of groove and funky elements. She aims to create an adventurous dance experience that incorporates a down to earth aesthetic with an “urban contemporary” flavor.

Ballet

Helps to build a strong base, clean technique, and proper alignment, all of which are essential for many kinds of dance. This is a foundation for a dancer. Barre exercises, combinations across the floor and Adagio are taught to develop musicality, strength, grace, precision, and focus.

Russian Style

The Vaganova method is a system of teaching classical ballet that was developed by Agrippina Vaganova. This method fused the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school. Early training focuses on epaulement, or the stylized turning of the shoulders and body to produce harmonious coordination of the body and continuity of movement. This core of strength enables consistently precise, easy movement of the body; the training in epaulement, in turn, instills in the dancer an intuitive anticipation of how best to use every part of his or her body to evoke breathtaking results, right down to the hands and eyes.

Hip-hop

Hip-hop dance incorporates street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music. It includes a wide range of styles primarily locking, popping, breaking and more.  Often the instructor will integrate floor and footwork as well isolations, strength and flexibility and more.

Intro to HipHop

An all levels class to learn musicality and rhythm, with a focus on grooving, which is the basis of HipHop. Using games and dance exercises, students will listen to upbeat fun music and learn combinations, floor work, stretch and strengthen and also work on freestyling.

Acro Dance

Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, discipline, and concentration. A dancer will gain more flexibility and strength no matter their level. Dancers will learn through games and technical exercises  to develop their skills. Acrobatic movements can include lifts with partners, handstands, somersaults, walk-overs, headstands, handsprings, aerials, elbow stands, and cartwheel variations! The goal is to place Acro skills into a dance routine, therefore blending artistry with athleticism. DanceFusion is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Studio.

Jazz

Contemporary Jazz

*Turns and Jumps are a prerequisite. 
Develop flexibility and strength alongside solid dance technique with across the floor skills and fun combos. Master your favorite jumps, turns, skills, and your own flavour. The instructor will share her extensive training to hone the dancers’ alignment, extensions, and musicality.

Lyrical Jazz

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges choreographers and dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical dancer’s movements attempt to show the meaning/mood of the music.

Jazz Funk

Jazz Funk borrows a lot of movement from other dance styles. From modern-hip hop- to lyrical, Jazz Funk incorporates little bits and pieces of other dance genres and wraps into a funky style that is both fun and expressive!

Turns and Jumps

 * Pre-requisite for Contemporary Jazz, but may be taken independently as well.
Sharpen your skills with jazz technique!  The class includes a dance warm-up that conditions and stretches you. Then students drill across-the-floor exercises, for example: Pirouettes, Chaines, Piques, Battements, Jettes, Switch Splits, Stag jumps, Attitude Turns and more.

Musical Theatre

A fun and energetic class that uses the fundamentals of Jazz dance along with acting and singing. This class will develop skills through games as well as through dance and acting technique, dancers will learn to express a story through movements. Build confidence in performance composure.  Open to a wide variety of ages/abilities as there will be different roles.

Wee Ones

Creative Dance

A form of dance that provides the potential for personal expression. One of the goals of creative dance is to communicate through movement and the dancer draws on their own inner resources to create and express through their own unique movement. This class also uses traditional exercises to familiarize students with dance vocabulary, musicality, and choreography. Students will explore several styles of dance as well including Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Acro Dance

Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, concentration and CREATIVITY and expression to music.  At this tender age, we gain experience with pike position, skipping, marching, pre cartwheel, plié, tendu, acrobatic movements can include handstands, hand balances, flips, handsprings, and cartwheels as students get older.  DanceFusion is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Studio.