Get your child moving with
861 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
modernmovementds@gmail.com
(716) 836-8139

Celebrating our 12th year of dance excellence

We are proud to offer the following dance classes:

 

 

 "DANCE WITH ME" (ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years + 1 adult) - our version of "Mommy and Me."  Features dance, rhythm, and creative movement activities for the youngest students accompanied by an adult 18 years and older.  A fun and positive introduction into music and movement using props, games and dance basics.  This structured class will help students develop motor and coordination skills, learn how to follow directions from a teacher, and how to take turns.  Adults will actively participate with their dancer during this 5 week class. 

Fall Session #1 - Fridays, September 22 - October 20, 2017 form 5:30 to 6 p.m.

 

 

TINY TOTS (tap & pre-ballet/creative movement) (ages 2 to 4) - the perfect class for the young student ready to explore their love for dance!  Dancers will learn basic tap steps that will be included in our end of the year recital, as well as ballet basics and some light tumbling.  Dancers will also use props and dance games to increase their music awareness and movement creativity.  Dancer will perform a tap dance in the recital.

Offering 2 age levels - ages 2 to 3 and ages 3 to 4

Ages 2 to 3 year old class is great for the dancer trying out an independent dance class for the first time. 

Ages 3 to 4 year old class is for the dancer who has previous experience in a full year, independent dance class.  Dancer must be at

least 3 years old at the start of the session.

 

 

TAP/PRE-BALLET and TAP/JAZZ Combo Classes (ages 5 and 6) - two great options for the dancer ready to further their dance journey!  Both combination classes will perfect and expand on the tap basic learned in the Tiny Tots class.  Students can then decide whether they'd like to explore ballet or jazz along with their tapping.  Ballet students will learn the basics including tendu, plie, releve, arabesque and the positions of the feet.  Jazz students will focus on center work and progressions to begin learning basic jumps and turns, step ball changes, pivot turns, and more.  All styles will be performed in our end-of-the-year recital.  Dancers will perform 2 dances in our dance recital and will need 2 costumes.

Combine with our 5/6 year old JAZZ class Saturday mornings from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.!

 

 

TAP (ages 7 and up) - one of the oldest forms of dance, this style focuses on rhythm and timing.  Dancers learn how to use their feet as a percussive instrument to make a variety of different sounds and to build coordination.  Tap dancing is a skill that will last a lifetime!

 

 

JAZZ (ages 7 and up) - an upbeat style of dance in which dancers will learn a variety of leaps, jumps, turns, and dance combinations.  All jazz classes begin with a warm-up focused on stretching, followed by technique, progressions, and center work.  A variety of jazz styles will be explored.

 

HIP HOP (ages 4 and up) - a high energy style of street dance as seen on MTV and in the latest music videos.  A great way to have fun, build confidence, and get a workout!  Dancers will work on structured routines while also having the chance to freestyle in order explore their own natural movement.

 

BALLET (ages 7 and up) - Ballet is a highly technical form of dance performed to classical music. All ballet classes at MMDS include barre and center work. Barre is the foundation of ballet and teaches proper technique, focusing on proper turnout and body alignment to prepare dancers for center work. Center work focuses on performance while maintaining proper technique.  We strongly encourage all students to register for a ballet class as it will enhance every other style of dance.

         Level 1 & 2 Ballet: In this level, attention is paid to proper alignment and turnout, with a separate focus on the upper and lower body. Barre work includes, but is not limited to: pliés, tendus, degagés, rond de jambes, grand battements. Center work focuses on body alignment and balance through short adagio combinations as well as small jumps and pirouette en dehors. French ballet vocabulary is introduced at this level.

         Level 3 Ballet: In this level, the focus is on correct placement of the entire body during movement. Barre work adds: frappés, développés, grand rond de jambe and rond de jambe en l’air. Center work focuses on more complex adagio combinations, petit and grand allegro. Pirouette en dedan and fouetté turns are introduced.

        Level 4 Ballet - this level is by invitation only. A dancer must demonstrate a complete knowledge of ballet vocabulary. At this level barre and center work becomes more rigorous, challenging the dancer both physically and mentally.

 

 

 

LYRICAL (ages 12 and up) - Lyrical dance is a style which combines elements of ballet and jazz technique with expressive motions to tell a story.  It connects the dancer to the words and emotion of the music while teaching them to develop a high quality of movement and fluidity of expression.  A song's lyrics are the driving force and key inspiration for the movement.  Lyrical dancers must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

 

MODERN (ages 12 and up) - Modern dance rejects the structured principles of traditional ballet and allows for dynamic, creative, and interpretive movement. Classes at MMDS incorporate three of the predominant pioneers of Modern dance: Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Jose Limon.  Each modern class at MMDS begins with a dynamic warm-up focused on increasing flexibility, creating fluidity in motion, and expanding the dancer’s vocabulary of movement. Center combinations combine Graham’s grounded contract/release style; Horton’s flat back, pelvic hinges and lateral “T’; and Limon’s use of energy in relation to gravity through falls and rebounds. Each class will also explore various jumps, turns, and “tricks” that are consistent with and essential to modern dance.  Modern dancers must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

 

ACROBATICS (ages 4 and up) Acrobatics teaches flexibility and balance, strength and control, discipline and concentration.  Dancers will learn skills such as back bends, handstands, chin stands, cartwheels, walkovers, as well as balance & contortion tricks, and partner work.  All tricks are performed on mats to ensure the dancers’ safety.

 

CHEER DANCE (ages 6 to 10) - A class for students who are already cheerleaders and for those to hope to become one!  Cheer dance teaches precise movements and motion technique, coordination and flexibility- all skills needed to participate in the energetic sport.  In our 6 week session students will learn several jumps and chants, and finally a cheer dance, to bring their new skills together.  Winter session TBA. 

 

ADULT TAP (ages 18 too 100) - there's no age where you should stop dancing!  Offering all level tap and all level barre/jazz class.  Adult classes will be in the dance recital however participation in the recital is OPTIONAL.  More details here!

 

 

SOLOS, DUETS and TRIOS - Any student who wishes to perform a solo, duet or trio in the dance recital must be enrolled in the style of dance they wish to perform, as well as be enrolled in a ballet class.  The student wishing to perform a solo, duet or trio may miss up to 3 ballet classes during the dance year however more than 3 misses will disqualify that dancer from being eligible to perform a solo, duet or trio.  There is an extra charge associated with these private lessons and there may additional requirements to be met before