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OUR CLASSES

BALLET

The ballet class is one of the most challenging, yet most gratifying classes that we offer. Giving students precise technique, ballet offers a lot more than what meets the eye. It is the foundation for many other dance forms, such as jazz, tap, pep/cheer, hip-hop, and ballroom. Ballet teaches alignment, placement, balance and elegance. If you are a student of dance and looking for a great class, try BALLET – and give yourself a chance to experience art in its purest form.

PRINCESS IN TRAINING

Taught exclusively at Mia Bella! Our Princess In Training is the perfect way to introduce your toddler to the fundamentals of dance in a fun, stress-free atmosphere. Your little princess will learn elements of ballet, tap and even acrobatics! This class is the perfect setting to encourage the love of dance, and is an excellent tool for socialization of preschoolers. We know your daughter will have as much fun taking the class as we do teaching it!

JAZZ

A thrilling and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday. Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.

LYRICAL

With the grace of ballet, but all the emotion of contemporary, lyrical is one of the most popular disciplines for any dancer. Creating emphasis on long arm and leg lines, as well as proper balance and body placement, lyrical encourages the dancer to interpret the music, and use the choreography to express their emotions. Perfect for the dancer who wants to focus on more then just executing steps, but bringing life to their dance. This discipline is the entry level for the discipline of Contemporary, another exciting class offered here at Mia Bella.

CONTEMPORARY

The name “Contemporary Dance” describes a range of techniques and styles used in classes, workshops and dance choreography. Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. Contemporary dance is characterized by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.

TAP

Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.

HIP HOP

A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing. This dance form is a thrilling adventure. Dancers come to this specialty class in search of innovative and contemporary movement and great music in an atmosphere of safe self-expression and fun!

MUSICAL THEATER

CALLING ALL TRIPLE THREATS!!! If you have a love for all the Performing Arts, this is the class for you. Students in this class will focus on learning proper audition etiquette, enhancing vocal and acting skills, and of course, dance. For all students looking to make a career in the industry, or just like to sing, act, or dance with your friends, you won’t find a better class.