Ballet is the foundation for all dance styles. At DFJ it is required to be enrolled in a ballet class to enroll in lyrical, jazz, contemporary or modern. Tap and Hip Hop do not have the ballet requirement.
Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and eventually the use of pointe shoes.
Pointe training is offered to dancers that have completed our pre-pointe program and have been invited by the teacher. Pointe training is not for everyone, but everyone can benefit from, and enjoy ballet on flat shoes too!
Lyrical dancers usually perform to music with lyrics…the lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for movements and expressions. Music used for lyrical is typically emotionally charged and expressive.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Your little one will love learning ballet from highly trained and qualified teachers in dance and early childhood education. We utilize props and creative movement while instilling the discipline of ballet. They will learn basic terminology such as plie and tendu, and learn that they are speaking french; did you know that plie means to bend and tendu means to stretch?!
We introduce ballet training in a way that is fun and safe for everyone. The use of props and a class that flows, helps to grab each dancers attention for the full 45/60 minutes. Your little one will love flying across the floor in butterfly wings while learning what a chasse is, and executing a “fairy” pique very quietly as to not wake up the fairies with their toes! This is just a fraction of the fun we have in store for each ballet class!
Please email us today for more info or any questions you might have at danceforjoyNJ@gmail.com! Trial classes can be arranged year-round, free of charge, and registration is on-going through out the school year. We look forward to sharing the gift of dance with your little ones!
This class is an introduction to tap for our tiniest dancers. Students will learn basic rhythms utilizing props such as scarves, instruments and batons. Basic tap steps will be taught.