Moderne Academie of Fine Arts

Course Description

All categories of dance are separated into levels that meet the needs of the specific dancer. Adult, teen, children’s and general classes are offered. Students graduate from one hour to one and a half hour classes upon reaching higher dance levels. This is usually at the intermediate level.

Ballet

The art of ballet is based on strict ballet principles from various schools of ballet theory including Cecchetii, French, and Russian. Courses are dedicated to the technical achievements of this highly disciplined art. Focus is on barre work, center variations, and overall grace.
In this course students will master ballet terminology and technique. Students will also develop an overall grace that is essential to other forms of dance.

Ballet/Tap Combination

We offer combination classes for the young beginner. Emphasis at the teacher’s discretion on each level and category of dance. Creative movement is intertwined with structured dance discipline and the love of movement, patterns, and space.
In this course children learn the beginning of ballet and tap, classroom and dance etiquette, and basic coordination skills.

Jazz

Jazz builds on the techniques of ballet and modern dance. It is uniquely American, and like American culture, jazz incorporates the traditions, history, and attitudes of many different countries. It is hard to pinpoint the description of style because it is constantly in flux. However, the most well known jazz dances are those that come from Broadway musicals such as West Side Story (Jerome Robbins), Damn Yankees (Bob Fosse), and Oklahoma (Agnes DeMille).
In this course students will learn jazz and modern movement with emphasis on technique. Various styles are incorporated to develop the well-rounded dancer with great lines and technical ability.

Tap

Tap is an American dance that was born when Irish step dancing, English clog dancing, and African traditional dance converged. In this course students will learn the fundamentals of tap terms, tap theory, and rhythmic patterns from the old masters such as Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson to the most recent like Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance uses the foundation of jazz and ballet to tell a story or express emotion. It is less rigid than ballet. Rather than utilizing strict ballet, lyrical dance stresses dancing with feeling and emotion. Students will learn how to use their body to express the story told by the music.

Hip Hop

Hip hop has its roots in jazz dance. It began in clubs and was popularized through music videos. Hip hop is performed along with music which has a strong beat such as rap. In this course students learn to feel the music and express the most recent movement of the times.

Pointe

Pointe is the natural extension of ballet using special shoes with a square toe, known as pointe shoes. Rigorous ballet training is necessary to develop the muscles needed to maintain pointe positions. Entrance into pointe class is at the discretion of the instructor. In this course students learn the traditional technique and variations of classical pointe.

Acrobatic

This traditional art form was popularized in Vaudeville acts. It uses mats to achieve these skills with an emphasis on safety. In this course children learn and improve their body awareness and balance. Courses cover general warm-up and flexibility skills as well as basic gymnastic stunts.

Mommy and Me

Children ages two and up will learn dance games, basic dance steps, stretches and classroom etiquette in a fun, safe environment with Mom or Dad. The curriculum uses books, instruments, and dance props to engage children in developing a sense of rhythm, coordination, balance and flexibility.