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Classes at Cindy's Dance Factory

Ballet - Ballet consists of slow, beautiful movements with arms and the entire body. Dancers learn the five positions. Depending on the dancers' level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) they will learn various turns and leaps. Class starts with barre work. (Exercises for strengthening muscles done at the ballet barre.) Next, different moves across the floor are performed. This is our technique portion of class. We usually practice the same basic techniques each week and sometimes add something new. Following our technique practice, we work on learning dance combinations and/or our performance dance. Ballet is the basis for all other kinds of dance. Ballets gives muscles strength and gives us grace and balance. Ballet teaches students great posture and confidence. Cindy's Dance Factory offers ballet as a combination class.

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Tap - Tap consists of fast foot movements to fast music in shoes with taps on the toes and heels. In tap we learn shuffles, hops, jumps, flaps, brushes, toes, stomps, stamps, heels, scuffs, and, depending on your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), a lot more. Tap teaches how to keep time with a fast song, keep your balance, and remember lots of dance moves in order. Tap class starts with exercises to warm up our feet (usually the same each week). Then we practice our technique doing tap moves across the floor. Through regular practice, students get better and better at these moves and become more confident dancers. New tap steps are added gradually as the students master each exercise. Last, we put these great tap steps together for tap combinations or our performance dance. Tap is a fun and challenging way to move your feet and body to fast music. Cindy's Dance Factory offers tap as a combination class with ballet.

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Jazz - Jazz is fun. Jazz dance is done to faster music than ballet music. Jazz dance is faster flowing moves to fun faster music. Jazz is non-stop movement using your whole body. It usually includes pointed toes and pretty arms. Class starts with a warm up to help us avoid injuries and pulled muscles. We then do our technique and practice this across the floor. Depending on your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), technique will include leaps, kicks, jumps, and turns. Next we practice some fun dance combinations or our dance performance number. Cindy's Dance Factory offers jazz dance to dancers who are 6 or older. Some ballet experience is recommended before beginning jazz dance. Cindy's Dance Factory sometimes offers this with a ballet/tap combination class.

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Lyrical - This type of dance is very flowing. It is a combination of ballet and jazz movements.

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Hip Hop - Hip Hop is one of the newest kinds of dance. Hip Hop is sharp, hard edge movements to music with a strong beat. Hip Hop uses flexed feet and strong straight arms. No flowing, pretty jazz moves are included in this style. Most dancers in today's music videos are doing Hip Hop dance. Cindy's Dance Factory teaches Hip Hop dance, but without inappropriate and suggestive moves. Cindy's Dance Factory also pays attention to the music and tries to find good Hip Hop music with positive messages. Class starts with a warm up to prepare the dancers' muscles. We then do different Hip Hop moves, turns and kicks across the floor. We then work on different Hip Hop combinations or our performance dance. Cindy's Dance Factory offers Hip Hop to dancers who are 7 or older. Hip Hop is a lot of fun and is fun to watch when a group synchronizes their dance moves. Cindy's Dance Factory offers this as a combination class with Poms.

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Poms - This type of dance is mostly strong arm movements while dancing using pom pons. This is not cheerleading. Poms is more like dance squad, pom squad, or drill team - much like dancers that perform at half time shows dancing with pom pons. Poms includes dancing and moving in different formations. Poms includes kicks. leaps and turns. Different balance is required to perform these moves with poms in your hands. There is no warm up for this because it is the second half of the Hip Hop class. We do practice technique across the floor. Cindy provides practice poms that stay at the studio for each dancer to use. We learn fun pom combinations or practice our performance dance. Cindy's Dance Factory offers poms to dancers who are 7 to 14 years old. Poms is offered as a combination class with Hip Hop. These classes are a lot of fun.

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Musical Theater - In musical theater we will cover basic jazz and tap technique, basic ballet (for balance, strength and coordination), and several styles of theatrical dance including "Broadway" jazz, chorus line, use of props, Fosse jazz, etc. We will also cover basic theater terminology, dialog ettiquette, monolog, pantomime, basic stage tech, and other elements of theater.

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World Dance - Introductions to five ethnic dance forms:

Spain - Flamenco - Wear shoes with a hard sole that stay on well to stomp your feet. A full skirt that's knee length or longer is helpful but not necessary.
India - Bharat Nahyam - Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in, bare feet.
Hawaii - Hula - Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in, bare feet.
Ireland - Irish Step - Wear comfortable clothes, shoes with a hard sole that stay on well (tap shoes work great if you have them).
China - Traditional Silk Dance - Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

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Flamenco - A Spanish ethnic dance. Wear shoes with a hard sole that stay on well to stomp your feet. A full skirt that's knee length or longer is helpful but not necessary.

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Clogging - Atype of folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance,[1] and traditional Cherokee dance in which the dancer's footwear is used musically by striking the heel, the toe, or both in unison against a floor or each other to create audible percussive rhythms.

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Zumba - A dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. The program combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun.

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Performing Group Dancers need to:

"Finesse" Group - age 12 and up

"Flair" Group - age 10 - 14

Auditions held in late summer. Watch "News" page for details. Come and learn a combination. Judges will critique dancers with positive comments and areas for improvement.

Call Cindy to register for your audition!

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