Conditioning is a class that focuses on strength and flexibility through a series of exercises performed primarily on a mat. It is different from a regular exercise class because it concentrates on elongating, stretching and fine-tuning the muscles and body parts that are used specifically for dance.
Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with acrobatics. Unlike conventional gymnastics, no apparatus is used. The tricks performed in this class are typically taught on mats and eventually move to the floor. Students in this class will focus on improving their strength and flexibility so that they are able to safely execute the moves that are demonstrated in an Acro routine. This fun and dynamic class is a favourite of kids that like to be on the move and is offered in several levels to accommodate the various degrees of expertise and strength. Acro is well demonstrated in professional dance performances such as Cirque du Soleil.
Classical Ballet is the most elegant yet technical of all dance forms and also the foundation for all dance. Students in ballet class will work on their posture, grace, balance and muscle control through a series of traditional exercises performed at the barre and in the center. Ballet is a fun and expressive dance class that inspires an appreciation for movement and classical music. Most major cities worldwide are represented by a classical ballet company including Toronto’s National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Manitoba.
Creative Movement is a fast paced and interactive class that introduces pre-schoolers to the fundamentals of dance. This class allows beginners to express themselves through instinctual movement and musical interpretation. Basic ballet steps and exercises for strength and flexibility are combined with imaginative games to keep young dancers inspired and stimulated while having fun. A variety of age-appropriate music is played in this class ranging from classical symphony and piano tunes to Disney themes and Children’s traditional sing-along songs.
Hip Hop is an eclectic street style of dance that is performed in running shoes to current upbeat tempos. The dynamic moves taught in Hip Hop class are fast, stylish, funky and similar to those seen in music videos. This class is appropriate for high energy dancers that are driven by a beat. Similar to a Jazz class, Hip Hop is broken down into 3 parts – warm up, corner work/technique and choreography. Students in a Hip Hop class will work on their strength, co-ordination and musicality through intricate fun and free choreography. The routines in a Hip Hop class also provide a great cardio workout while exercising the mind and memory.
Jazz is a lively and expressive dance form that combines contemporary moves with ballet technique. This is a high energy, fun class that encourages rhythm, coordination, strength and flexibility. A jazz class is typically divided into 3 parts – warm up, corner work and choreography. The pace of a jazz class is much quicker than a classical ballet class and is conducive to high energy dancers that like to jump and move. The music played in this class ranges from top 40 current tunes that you might hear on the radio to classic rock, pop and jazz songs, usually with an upbeat tempo. Many of the entertaining moves taught in Jazz class are commonly seen in Broadway shows and musicals as well as music videos.
Lyrical/Contemporary dance combines elements from ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Lyrical is often set to pop music with vocals and the choreography tells a story to imitate the lyrics of the music where Contemporary may be performed to classical songs without words. Lyrical & Contemporary dance combine gestures, facial expressions, emotions and drama with technique that is less conventional than ballet. Since this class focuses primarily on choreography, it is recommended for more experienced dancers who have trained in traditional ballet and jazz first. Lyrical at Allegro is offered to dancers ages 8+ that are also enrolled in ballet or jazz.
Pointe is a form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized pointe shoes. Ballet en pointe focuses on grace, strength and technique. Dancers must have good ballet training and present sufficient body awareness and control in their core, legs, ankles and feet before beginning pointe work. Usually students will be at least 10-12 years of age before going en pointe. This is because bones and growth plates in the feet are often not yet fully developed prior to this age and can be injured by pointe work, despite the strength and skill that the student may have. Pointe at Allegro must also be coupled with a technical ballet class in soft shoes.
Tap dancing is a very musical form of dance that concentrates on precise footwork and rhythm. In this fun & lively class, dancers will learn to incorporate syncopated beats with the melody of the music. In a tap class, the emphasis is primarily on footwork and most of the choreography happens from the waist down. This class is extremely effective in fusing musicality with co-ordination and focuses on many of the same elements that would be introduced in a music class. Tap is a dance form that is constantly evolving, however many of the traditional steps taught in this class are similar to those performed in musical as well as classical tappers such as Fred Astaire or Gregory Hines.
Competitive Dance – Full-Time & Part-Time
Allegro School of Dance offers a Competitive Dance program for students ages 6+ that would like to devote more time to their training. Depending on their age, our Competitive Dancers are in the studio between 5-12 hours per week. There are required classes that all Competitive Dancers must take along with others that are optional. In most classes, a dance will be practiced and taken to competition. Dancers will be required to perform anywhere from 2-8 dances in front of a panel of judges where they will be scored alongside other competitive studios.
The Allegro Competitive Program is best suited for students that are eager to spend a lot of time at the studio and would like to take their dancing to the next level. As well as attending competitions, our dancers are encouraged to take master classes on their own time and audition when opportunities arise. In the past, our Competitive Dancers have maintained a wonderful balance between hard work, dedication and fun. They learn to grow together as a team and support one another in class and on stage while our instructors always strive to teach in an encouraging, motivating and rewarding learning environment.
The Competitive program at Allegro is by audition or invitation only. When evaluating a dancer for the Competitive Program, many factors are taken into consideration including focus, natural ability, co-ordination, flexibility and previous training. Please call the studio for more details about the Allegro Competitive Dance program.
PART TIME COMPETITIVE DANCE
Allegro also offers a Part-Time Competitive Program for Dancers that would like to perform more and take their training to the next level without the commitment of Full-Time hours. Two levels are offered between the ages of 10-16 years and enrollment is also through teacher recommendation or audition.