Tap is all about rhythm, footwork, and taking dance beyond the visual unlike any other style, using the feet as a percussive instrument making each student simultaneously a dancer and musician. The sounds are made by rhythmic tapping of metal cleats called “taps” fixed to the bottom of the shoe. Key elements in tap class are terminology, coordination, timing, musicality, rhythm, style and choreography. Got Rhythm tap classes incorporate various tap styles into our tap classes, including both Broadway and Rhythmic variations.
BALLET & TAP COMBO: FOR STUDENTS AGES 2 TO 4 – An introduction to Ballet and Tap focusing on fundamentals of technique, dance vocabulary, musicality and coordination. This class is the very beginning of a proper foundations of tap technique. Instructors use barre and center floor exercises in combination with creative movement to teach students vocabulary, foot placement and basic steps and patterns. Students will develop their motor skills, muscle control, agility, flexibility, grace and poise, as well as learn discipline, self-control, confidence, class etiquette and respect.
TAP 1: NO PREVIOUS TAP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students will focus on simple rhythms, dancing to the beat and in synchronization with classmates, as well as further development of vocabulary and body placement.
TAP 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR TAP EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – In this class, instruction emphasizes application of fundamentals within more complex patterns, as well as manipulation of rhythms and speed. Students should be confident in their knowledge of terminology and are encouraged to support this level of tap with either ballet or jazz.
TAP 3: A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS OF TAP EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – In Tap 3, longer combinations become increasingly intricate. Focus is placed on knowledge of vocabulary and the muscle memory needed to sharpen their skills in picking up and executing given combinations with speed and accuracy. Exercises emphasize coordination, flexibility and building strength in the knees and ankles. Students continue to develop proper tap technique, and their ability to produce clear tap sounds. Classes maintain a balance of serious and fun to keep students constantly engaged and excited to participate. In order to maximize the student’s success, a ballet or jazz class is required in addition to this class.
TAP 4: A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS TAP EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – At this level, emphasis is placed on speed, clarity, dynamics, phrasing and execution of extremely intricate rhythms and footwork, a cappelle performance, shading, back beats, improvisation and style. Students are required to support this level of tap with either a jazz or ballet class, and because of the advanced technical demands of this class, a second tap class is required in addition.
ADULT TAP 1/2: NO PREVIOUS TAP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Instruction places an emphasis on vocabulary and technique as well as cardiovascular exercise and memory skills. Students are taught rhythms and patterns in varying degrees of speed and complexity in order to constantly challenge the mind and body.
ADULT TAP 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR TAP EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – In this class, students continue to develop their flexibility, balance, strength, speed and accuracy of steps and combinations. Combinations are longer and more complex with emphasis placed on furthering the student’s ability to pick up combinations quickly and correctly.
DRESS CODE: All students must wear a leotard or tank top, tights, shorts or leggings and tap shoes without heels. Hair should be fastened securely off face.
Ballet classes at Got Rhythm are taught using the highly technical Balanchine Method, a 20th century style of ballet which implements traditional ballet vocabulary, is often done at extreme tempos, focuses on structure, and features more modern or complex spacing.
BALLET & TAP COMBO: FOR STUDENTS AGES 2 TO 4 – An introduction to Ballet and Tap focusing on fundamentals of technique, dance vocabulary, musicality and coordination. Students develop their motor skills, muscle control, agility, flexibility, grace and poise, as well as learn discipline, self-control, confidence, class etiquette and respect. Students learn positions and vocabulary incorporating floor, barre and center floor exercises with educational games. Classes maintain a balance of serious and fun to keep students constantly engaged and excited to participate.
BALLET 1: NO PREVIOUS BALLET EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students gain a fundamental understanding of proper posture, body placement and alignment. In addition, importance is placed on knowledge of ballet vocabulary and etiquette. Barre and center floor work focuses on positions and steps that will provide a foundation for a student’s advancement in ballet as well as in all other styles of dance.
BALLET 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR PREVIOUS BALLET EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – These are the preparation classes required for an intense ballet program. Barre work includes longer and more intricate combinations, and center floor work demands increased balance and coordination. In order to maximize their success, students are encouraged to supplement this class with an additional ballet or jazz class.
BALLET 2/3 & BALLET 3: A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS PREVIOUS BALLET EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – Greater focus is placed on musicality, poise, style, and expressiveness as well as continuing to develop the appropriate placement, leg and core strength, and coordination to craft what they have learned so far into an art form. Extra emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, fluidly connecting steps and expanding the body’s movement capabilities. Additionally, students learn safe exercises for increasing their natural range of motion. Students are required to attend a minimum of two ballet classes per week.
BALLET 3/4: A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS PREVIOUS BALLET EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Classes emphasize refinement of advanced technique using very complex combinations, and focus is shifted to artistic expression and solo work. Classes are fast-paced and require the highest level of self-discipline and commitment as well as a thorough knowledge of vocabulary. Advancement to pointe work is also assessed. Students are expected to take a minimum of 3 ballet technique classes per week.
POINTE 1/2: Students receive pointe work instruction starting at the barre before safely advancing to center and across the floor exercises. Pointe students are required to take a minimum of three ballet technique classes per week not including this class. Students may advance to dancing En Pointe only with instructor approval.
DRESS CODE: Pink tights and a solid-colored leotard for ladies, and black dance tights or dance pants and solid-colored t-shirt or tank for men. Split-sole soft shoes should be worn by students in Beginning through Advanced level classes. Appropriateness of individual styles and brands of Pointe shoes may be determined by the specific needs and preferences of each dancer. Hair must be fastened securely off the face.
JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY
Jazz is a classical style of dance with Ballet roots, an ever evolving vocabulary and wide range of characteristics. Contemporary Jazz puts the most emphasis on musicality, emotion and aesthetics and storytelling. Jazz requires centering, strengthening the body, increasing flexibility, improving balance, proper placement, body alignment, fluidity and emotion. Classes include warm up exercises, across the floor combinations, improvisation and choreography.
JAZZ 1 & JAZZ 1/2: NO PREVIOUS JAZZ EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students are taught the fundamentals of body placement and class etiquette in addition to basis steps, combinations and vocabulary. The warm up will consist of stretching and strengthening exercises. Steps are taught in a progressive manner to give dancers the foundation they will need to advance.
JAZZ 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR PREVIOUS JAZZ EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – In Jazz 2, focus turns to musicality, poise, and expressiveness as well as continuing to develop the skills to successfully execute choreography with precision as well as style. To maximize their success, students are encourage to supplement this class with another jazz or ballet class.
JAZZ 3: A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS PREVIOUS JAZZ EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students refine advanced technical skills through very complex combinations, learn and master popular tricks, and focus is shifted to artistic expression as well as developing the ability to learn and perform choreography quickly and accurately. Students are expected to attend Ballet classes as well as a minimum of 2 Jazz classes per week.
JAZZ 4: A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS PREVIOUS JAZZ EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Classes are fast-paced and require the highest level of self-discipline and a thorough knowledge of vocabulary. Warm ups are increasingly intricate. Across the floor exercises require little to no explanation and choreography is taught quickly. Students are expected to maintain a commitment to technique through multiple weekly Jazz and Ballet classes.
CONTEMPORARY 1 & CONTEMPORARY 1/2: NO PREVIOUS CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – This class introduces Contemporary fundamentals through warm up exercises, free movement, guided improvisations, across the floor combinations and simple choreography.
CONTEMPORARY 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR PREVIOUS JAZZ OR CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students begin developing artistry and the ability to understand the nuances of rhythm and musicality. Choreography and staging become more complex. In addition to this class, students are required to attend a weekly Ballet or Jazz class.
CONTEMPORARY 3: A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS PREVIOUS JAZZ OR CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – This is a fast paced and challenging class for students with strong technique, employing demanding movements and compositional asymmetry to produce powerfully visual choreography. In order to support the demands of this class, students are expected to attend weekly Jazz and Ballet classes.
JAZZ DRESS CODE: All students must wear a leotard or tank top, tights, shorts or leggings and jazz shoes. Hair should be fastened securely off face. CONTEMPORARY DRESS CODE: Leotard or tank top, tights, shorts or leggings and bare feet, foot paws or pirouettes. Hair should be fastened securely off face.
HIP HOP & ADULT HIP HOP N’ GROOVE
The term “Hip Hop” greatly limits the scope of a typical Hip Hop class. Hip Hop classes utilize a limitless variety of musical genres and dance styles, and the resulting outcome is a fun and energetic class that not only teaches Hip Hop choreography and technique, but also instills rhythm and precision in every student.
HIP HOP 1 & HIP HOP 1/2: NO PREVIOUS HIP HOP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – These classes are an introduction to the style of Hip Hop. Students engage in warm up exercises to build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Choreography is taught slowly and consists of basic footwork and timing.
HIP HOP 2: A MINIMUM OF 1 YEAR PREVIOUS HIP HOP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Students continue to develop their coordination and precision in this intermediate level class. Combinations and routines are more complex physically and musically. To support the skills necessary for this class, students are encouraged to take any additional dance classes.
HIP HOP 3: A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS PREVIOUS HIP HOP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – This advanced level class is for students who have a mature grasp on hip hop movement and choreography, and can incorporate individualism and self-expression. It is encouraged for dancers who are looking to train competitively and professionally. Attendance in at least one other technique (Jazz, Ballet or Tap) is required for all students.
ADULT HIP HOP N’ GROOVE: NO PREVIOUS HIP HOP EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – Groove classes incorporate trendy choreography with the strength and flexibility training that adult students need to stay fit and agile. The result is a confidence-building, calorie-burning body and mind work out. Sweat it out and find your groove!
DRESS CODE: Loose fitting attire and sneakers or hip hop dance shoes.