Ballet Technique classes are the foundation for training at LCA Performing Arts and focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body, and use of arms. LCA Performing Arts’s unique syllabus exposes students to aspects of traditional Vaganova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian), and American techniques. Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in a grand allegro combination or variation. Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment.
Pre-ballet prepares the children to the future dance programs. It is designed to give your child confidence and coordination through comprehensive dance training, developing skills that will be critical in the future learning of the proper techniques.
Pointe work is essential in preparing a young dancer for advanced ballet training. Only Academy Artistic Directors and Faculty can determine when a student is ready to begin this aspect of classical training. Strong feet, ankles, legs, and body control are the keys to physical readiness. Comprehension of classical ballet technique is an essential component for recommendation for pointe work. It is mandatory that students of any age take two ballet technique classes per week plus Progressive Ballet Technique if they would like to take classes on pointe.
PROGRESSIVE BALLET TECHNIQUE (PBT)
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focusing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train skill acquisition in a graded and progressive manner from junior through to advanced levels. PBT helps teachers around the world prepare their students to receive the strength they need to achieve their personal best.
Contemporary is a fusion of jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and many modern dance styles, encouraging pedestrian-like movement. Contemporary is quickly becoming a mainstream form of dance that focuses on a natural way of moving while still incorporating the technical aspects of dance. Combined with the soulful expression of Lyrical this is a class that encompasses mind, body and spirit. Choreography is often emotional, gripping, and exquisitely delicate, all at the same time. Previous ballet training is required as well as current enrollment in a ballet class is required.
In addition to being a lot of fun, Hip Hop helps dancers develop body coordination, self expression, and cardiovascular health. Drawing from popular urban culture and music, Hip Hop is a great class for both beginner and experienced dancers. No prior experience required. Sneakers are required. Please do not wear street shoes into class.
Jazz is a dance form that appeals to everyone because of its energy, variety, and vitality. Jazz Dance classes explore contemporary and classic jazz dance, rooted in the vernacular (social dance) forms, that draws inspiration from a wide range of music including jazz, swing, blues, pop, soul and funk. The movement explores a range of styles in both lyrical and percussive disciplines with a focus on jazz elements such as isolations, swing, and rhythm. The goal is to develop dancers who are expressive, dynamic, musical and passionate.
Tap Dance is a timeless art that combines dance and percussion. Tap dancers in musicals, movies, television, commercials, and concerts inspire us with their infectious rhythms. Tap Dance classes explore the two traditions of rhythm tap (hoofing) and Broadway tap. Class begins with warm up exercises in the center that increase control, coordination, and rhythm, followed by across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, shading, phrasing, and musicality, concluding with extended rhythmic phrases and improvisation exercises. The goal is to develop tap dancers that are equally strong musicians, dancers, and performers
Acro Dance is an exciting discipline that incorporates balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. The types of exercises may include lots of jumping, somersaults, handstands and flips. Our students excel really fast through positive encouragement, effective training, and self discipline.
Breakdancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance from the United States. It became the last sport to be added to the Olympics. This popular, energetic form of dancing includes everything from spinning on your hands or head to using stylized footwork. Not only does breakdancing involve moves that are more complex and acrobatic than many other forms of dance, but it also has its own unique culture, lingo, and history.
In the combo program, children ages 4 to 6 learn ballet, jazz, acro, and tap. They explore each style for 30 minutes developing skills that will help in the classes when they get older.