Class Styles Offered

BALLET ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ballet originated from court dances of the 15th century.  Through years of adaptations, it has become the concert dance of codified steps we know today and serves as a good backbone for many other forms of dance. It promotes and requires strong discipline, precise technique, posture and control. It is highly recommended for all IDA students. Dancers typically begin class at the barre to work on stability and control then work their way to the center of the floor.  Amongst the major ballet techniques, the IDA uses RAD and Vaganova styles into its lesson plans, but is mainly influenced by the Cecchetti Method.


MODERN -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Modern sprung out of the late 1800s in the US and Germany as a response to the formal movements of ballet.  While modern relies heavily on ballet, it allows for the articulation of the spine and head in all directions and for movement performed not only in rotation but also in parallel and inverted positions.  It is based in improvisation, partner work, floor work, momentum, and the principles of fall and recovery. It draws from all other forms of dance. All college dance major programs require modern together with ballet. It is also strongly encouraged for all IDA dancers. They'll learn to use their breath and core muscles to initiate movement while exploring how to express themselves through dance.


CONTEMPORARY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Contemporary is a dynamic style of dance that incorporates elements from ballet, modern, and jazz, as well as other non-Western styles. It emerged in the mid-twentieth century and was pioneered by choreographer Merce Cunningham. It has become a very popular genre in the US and Europe and is now a main genre among professional dancers and companies. 

TAP ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tap is a form of dance where the dancer’s feet become an instrument.  Tap dance grew out of a mixture of Irish step dancing, Clog dancing, and Juba dance.  It moved from minstrel shows in the mid 1800s to the Vaudeville stage later in the century.  As the dancer’s feet act as instruments in tap, dancers of this style work on mastering rhythm, syncopation, and improvisation.  Any student who is looking to improve their musicality is strongly recommended to enroll in tap.

JAZZ and MUSICAL THEATRE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jazz has its roots in African dance and arose in America in the early 1900s in its first form as African American social dances.  While there are many styles--from afro, to classic, to commercial--there are several cornerstones of the technique. They include an articulated torso, groundedness, broken lines, rhythmicality and the "aesthetic of the cool." Musical Theatre is a form of dance that combines the songs of Broadway with the movement of classic jazz. This high-energy class will prepare dancers for the stage!


HIP-HOP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hip-hop dance emerged in urban culture as a natural accompaniment to hip-hop music.  Hip-hop has its basis in street performance and jazz dance but has its own distinct and ever-evolving form that includes free-style, locking, popping, and breaking.  Confidence, physical strength, and musicality are benefits seen in those who participate in hip-hop.


PRE-PRIMARY -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

These classes are for our younger students ages 3-4 who aren’t quite ready for the structure or length of a regular dance class.  Students explore movement in a fun and imaginative environment together with the use of music and props. Students learn the basic movements of formal dance while working on developing their gross motor skills.

STRETCH & STRENGTHENING -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Stretch and Strengthening is an IDA original, a time of stretching and strengthening  that is built around the idea that movement and exercise can be restful. Using mat and floor work similar to but not exactly what you'd find in a pilates or yoga class, students do gentle conditioning to help build and maintain a sense of strength and use existing flexibility to increase mobility throughout the body.

TODDLER & ME  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Toddlers and their caregivers will learn fun ways to get moving together. Action rhymes, props, and a bit of sign language keep it fun while also encouraging language and motor development in young children.  Students will practice skills such as kicking, marching, and moving fast and slow. Classes will follow a reliable routine that toddlers will quickly grow to love. These classes are an excellent foundation for future dance classes, or even preschool.