Jazz and Tap (5 and up) — Hip Hop & Contemporary In Jazz Classes
Jazz and tap classes are open to students 6 years of age and up. Students with two years of preschool movement may be considered at the age of 5.
Pre-school movement or ballet is highly recommended for the younger students as a prerequisite due to the understanding of correct body alignment/ placement and the development of large motor, rhythm and social skills necessary for further study. Students of jazz and tap are instructed in current principles in their respective disciplines. The use of contemporary, upbeat music is a big “plus” for many students. The warm-up involves a center floor barre, aerobic exercises, and stretching.
Jazz and tap students build on their ballet or basic movement techniques. They will further their rhythm skills, body alignment, placement of weight, knowledge of classroom and stage directions, and their command of basic terminology. The student with a ballet foundation typically has greater success progressing by refining their movements rather than looking simply for the grandiose.
Hip Hop has a prerequisite of 2 years of jazz. Hip hop is set as an extension of jazz class in the younger levels and a separate class in advanced levels; it is highly stylized and requires a great knowledge of the body’s mechanics – how it moves, and its boundaries.
Students should be in good physical condition before considering hip hop as a stand-alone class. Our instructors will communicate with students and parents if, for a students safety, additional training is needed before beginning hip hop.