Competitive Dance (ages 6+)

 

The Pre-Comp Team

(audition required for placement) 

The Beat School of Dance provides students with a technical foundation in all styles of dance. Pre-Competition dancers will train in Ballet, Jazz, Leaps and Turns, and Strength and Flexibility, and are encouraged to also train in Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling. They will attend one dance competition as well as performing in the annual recital and our holiday Christmas shows.

**For more information regarding The Beat's competition teams, inquire to Ashley or Jessie to see if this is the right decision for you.

The Competition Team (ages 6+)

(audition required for placement) 

The Beat School of Dance provides students with a technical foundation in all styles of dance. Competition dancers will train in Ballet, Jazz, Leaps, Turns, Strength and Flexibility, and Comp Class, and are encouraged to also train in Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling/Acro. Competitive dancers have the opportunity to perform multiple times a year at various competitions, dance conventions, basketball games, the annual recital, and our holiday Christmas shows. 

**For more information regarding The Beat's competition teams, inquire to Ashley or Jessie to see if this is the right decision for you.

Ballet 

Ballet is an hour long class, and it meets once a week for Pre-comp dancers and twice a week for competitive dancers. Ballet provides the necessary fundamentals for all other styles of dance. In this class, students will learn Ballet terminology and learn to execute the proper technique of posture, body lines, and turnout. Ballet classes include a stretch, a ballet barre, and either a center floor adage, a petit allegro, a grand allegro, or an across the floor.

Jazz 

Jazz is an hour long class, and it meets once a week. Jazz dance incorporates Ballet techniques with faster-paced music for a very high energy class. Performance and individual personality are defining characteristics of jazz choreography. Typical Jazz classes will include a center floor warm-up, progressions across the floor, and short combinations utilizing the different jazz styles. 

 

**Students enrolled in Jazz must also be enrolled in Ballet, as Jazz dance training uses many Ballet techniques.

Tap 

Tap is an hour long class, and it meets once a week. Tap is dynamic and percussive and uses shoes with metal taps on the bottoms to create intricate rhythms and patterns. Tap is integral to learning musicality for all styles of dance.  

Hip Hop

Jazz Funk/Hip Hop is a 45 minute class, and it meets once a week. Hip Hop is a type of street dancing that incorporates swag and funk into the choreography. Hip hop is the type of dancing typical of music videos and backup dancers for pop artists. Dancers enrolled in Hip Hop will perform one dance for the annual recital; the recital rehearsals are incorporated into the weekly class. 

 

**Students enrolled in Hip Hop must also be enrolled in Ballet and Jazz, as these two classes are fundamental for all other dance styles.

Leaps and Turns

Leaps and Turns is an hour long class for Pre-Comp, and separate 45 minute long classes for Comp. These classes emphasize proper technique and execution and will provide a more specialized focus for dancers looking to improve their leaps and turns. In Leaps class, dancers will be taught to improve the height of the leap as well as the placement of the arms and legs. Turns class will focus on building turn techniques for pirouettes, leg turns, à la secondes, fouettés, piqués, and chaînés.

 

**Students enrolled in Leaps and Turns must also be enrolled in Ballet and Jazz, as these two classes are fundamental for all other dance styles.

Strength and Flexibility 

Strength and Flexibility is an hour long class, and it meets once a week. This class focuses on teaching the proper way to stretch and condition the body. Flexibility is necessary to perform many of the moves in a dancer’s vocabulary such as battements, leaps, and arabesques. However, flexibility alone is not sufficient if the dancer does not have the strength to back it up, so we will also focus on conditioning and strength training.

 

**Students enrolled in Strength and Flexibility must also be enrolled in Ballet and Jazz, as these two classes are fundamental for all other dance styles.

Contemporary

Contemporary is a 30 minute long class, and it meets once a week. It will focus on Lyrical or Contemporary dance styles, specifically in picking up dance choreography and improvisation skills.

 

**Students enrolled in Contemporary must also be enrolled in Ballet and Jazz, as these two classes are fundamental for all other dance styles.

Tumbling/Acro

Tumbling/Acro is an hour to an hour and 15 minute long class and meets once a week. Tumbling/Acro class will consist of a thorough warm-up, and then progress into floor tumbling. Tumbling starts with cartwheels and advances to back bends, limbers, walkovers, back handsprings, and aerials. Balancing tricks such as chin stands, headstands, and elbow stands will also be studied. Acro class will focus on improving technique and mastering advanced tumbling skills such as press handstands, front aerials, back tucks, gainer aerials, and other challenging variations of basic skills. Dancers enrolled in Tumbling or Acro who also take Ballet and Jazz have the option of performing an Acro dance in the recital.

Meet the Team!

 

Pre-Comp: Addi, Addy, Amelia, Aubree, Avery, Bella, and Gracyn

 

Comp: Abby B, Abby V, Aubrey, Bailey, Caillyn, CC, Ella, Evie, Falynn, Grace, Gracie, Heidi, Iana, Jayci, Jensen, Keeghan, Maliah, and Rylie

Not pictured: CC, Grace, and Jensen