Benefits of Dance
Dance is more than simply a performing art. For many, including students and staff at ASDC, it is a lifestyle, an outlet and a passion. Enrolling your child in dance classes is the most generous gift you can give them, because it offers them life skills and experiences both on and off the stage. Dance is a sport, requiring training, endurance, strength and discipline and it teaches its students focus and commitment
Dance enhances physical health by improving muscular strength, motor fitness, cardiovascular health and increasing flexibility, coordination and agility. However, dance not only improves physical health, it can also significantly improve mental health. For many, dance is used as an outlet for stress, sadness or anxiety and dance studios become a safe space for freedom and expression. Rhythmic movement is known to release endorphins in the brain, endorphins are chemicals which decrease pain perception and trigger a positive feeling in the body, also known as the happy hormone.
Dancers are trained to perform confidently and gracefully on stage, which translates into their everyday lives. Dance improves confidence in people of all ages, teaching dancers to live their lives outside the studio, with self-assurance and gusto. Along with improving personal skills, dance also improves interpersonal skills. Dancers learn to communicate with their peers and become members of a team. Dance classes foster healthy environments to build long-lasting friendships, while also encouraging individuality and self-expression.
Setting Up Children for success with excellence in dance education and professional training for Dancers of all ages and abilities.
Baby BoogieAges 2 – 3.5
Baby Boogie is a program for toddlers, designed to introduce them to movement, music and the basics of dance. Children are given the opportunity to be expressive and imaginative in a fun-filled environment, all under the direction of a professional instructor with over 20 years of dance teaching experience. These tiny dancers will have the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends, at the end of the year in their class show.
Pre-Dance, for ages 3-5 is an early introduction to the basics of Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. In each 45-minute class, students will focus on flexibility, coordination, musicality and strength. As well as developing discipline, learning teamwork skills, building self-confidence, and creativity, which will ultimately set them up for their dance journey. Pre-dance classes will perform on stage in the EVOLUTION showcase at the end of the year.
BalletAges 4 – 5 | 6 – 8 | 9+
Ballet is the foundation of dance. Classes are divided by age in order to set students up for successful training. Classes include traditional barre and center work, designed to teach posture, poise, grace and ultimately strong ballet technique.
TapAges 4 – 5 | 6 – 8 | 9+
Tap is mainly based on rhythm, sound and overall musicality. It challenges both the mind and body and teaches coordination, timing and expression. In tap class, students learn and explore different rhythms, sound, technique, terminology and style.
JazzAges 4 – 5 | 6 – 8 | 9+
Dancers are introduced to the fundamentals of technique and vocabulary in jazz foundation, with a focus on flexibility, strength and technique. Classes include full-body conditioning, progressions, center work, style and choreography specific to each age division.
AcroAges 4 – 5 | 6 – 8 | 9+
Divided by age, acro classes are designed to develop strength, flexibility, control and balance of the body. Students are taught how to combine acro moves with different dance styles, in a supportive and safe environment. Classes are hands-on, and students are spotted by trained instructors, so they can safely develop their skills.
Hip HopAges 4 – 5 | 6 – 8 | 9+
Hip Hop classes are designed to encourage movement, coordination and musicality. Students are introduced to different styles of hip hop in a high energy environment. Funky, smooth, hard-hitting, crazy, and just about anything. This is where we let loose and have fun!
Contemporary dance is an expressive style of dance that abandons the rigid, centered aspect of classical forms of dance, and utilizes unconventional movements from styles around the world. It incorporates certain elements of ballet, modern dance, and jazz.
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