Competitive Dance

 

The Pre-Comp Petite Team (4-7)

(nomination required for placement) 

Pre-Comp Petite dancers will train in Ballet, Jazz, Leaps and Turns, and Strength and Flexibility, and are encouraged to also train in Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling. They will attend one dance convention and two dance competitions as well as performing in the annual recital and our holiday Christmas shows.

The Pre-Comp Team

(audition required for placement) 

Pre-Competition dancers will train in Ballet, Jazz, Leaps and Turns, and Strength and Flexibility, and are encouraged to also train in Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling. They will attend one convention and two dance competitions as well as performing in the annual recital and our holiday Christmas shows.

The Competition Team

(audition required for placement) 

The Beat School of Dance Competition Team 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, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling/Acro. Competitive dancers have the opportunity to perform multiple times a year at various competitions, dance conventions, the annual recital, and our holiday Christmas shows. 

Ballet 

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 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 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

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.

Contemporary

Contemporary class will focus on shapes, quality of movement, and emotions when dancing. It will also work 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.

Acro

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.