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 is the backbone for most forms of dance.  It promotes and requires strong discipline, precise technique, posture and control and is highly recommended for all students of the IDA. Dancers typically begin the class at the barre to work on stability and control and then work their way to the center of the floor.  Amongst the major techniques of ballet, the IDA incorporates Cecchetti, RAD and Vaganova styles into its lesson plans, but is mainly influenced by the Cecchetti Method of Ballet.

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.


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

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

JAZZ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jazz dance has its roots in African dance and arose in America in the early twentieth century in its first form as African American social dances.  While there are many styles of jazz dance, from afro-jazz, to classic jazz, to commercial jazz, there are several cornerstones of the technique. These pillars include its articulated torso, groundedness, broken lines, rhythmicality and maintaining the "aesthetic of the cool."

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

Modern dance sprung out of the late 19th century in the United States and Germany as a direct response to the formal movements of ballet.  While modern dance 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, use of momentum, the principles of fall and recovery, and draws from all other forms of dance. All college dance major programs require modern dance together with ballet and modern dance is also strongly encouraged for all dancers of the IDA.  Students in modern class learn to use their breath and core muscles to initiate movement while exploring how to express themselves through dance.


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.


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.