At Star-Lite Dance Studio we teach a variety of popular and classical dances at both advanced and beginner levels. Classes are held nightly throughout the week, Monday through Friday, with morning classes available on Saturday and Sundays.
Our faculty are highly trained specialists who lead the instruction of all classes. Depending on the type of dance being taught (ie: a tap duet or a large production number) classes can range from having 2 students to containing over 30 students. Our goal is to always provide a friendly, inclusive and affirming atmosphere that students can feel confident in to reach their goals.
All classes start up in September of each year and wrap up at the end of the following June with a studio dance recital finale. Our program follows the traditional school calendar inclusive of holiday breaks and long weekends.
Creative movement involves the use of body actions to communicate certain actions, emotions, and feelings. By following a teacher's instructions, a child can develop physical skills as well as encourage the use of imagination. The foundation of the class incorporates basic movements related to jazz and ballet technique.
TAP 3 yrs & Up
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality - Making music with your feet! At Star-Lite a student will have the opportunity to train in both Rhythm and Broadway style tap by learning rhythm combinations and syncopated patterns conducive to both styles.
JAZZ 3 Yrs. & Up
Jazz is one of the most popular and energetic forms of dance. Jazz dance combines the technique learned in Ballet and translates it into faster more stylized movements. You will do progressions including jumps and turns. Jazz dance utilizes many styles of music. At Star-Lite our jazz classes include functional warm-ups and stretching. We love to perform high energy street jazz right up to fosse inspired broadway.
BALLET 3 Yrs. & Up
Ballet is the foundation of every style of dance. This classical dance form focuses on precise steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity. Traditional and modern styles are taught. Technical skills gained through ballet will show with every style of dance you do. Ballet creates a strong foundation of understanding body mechanics and alignment as well as helps to increase endurance, flexibility and strength through all styles of dance. Our competitive team is required to train in ballet performance classes as well as ballet technique classes and we strongly encourage all dancers who wish to pursue dance, participate in ballet classes.
HIPHOP 5yrs. & Up
This popular style of dance is seen in many of today’s music videos. A Blend of hip and pop music. Old school hip hop evolved in the 70′s and was primarily danced to funk and old school hip hop music. It is a funky and energetic style of dance that continually changes with today's popular music scenes and dance trends. It is a very popular dance form among the children today. WIthin hip hop there are a variety of techniques from popping and locking to animation and krumping. All of our hip hop teachers are experts in their style and aim to provide a foundation of hip hop movements in a fun and upbeat class experience.
ACRO 3 yrs. & Up
Acrobatics, or ‘acro’, is a dance style that focuses on balances, tumbling and movements that show off flexibility. Acro classes promote physical flexibility and teamwork using various jazz and acrobatic techniques. Safety, coordination and teamwork are all basic components of this class in addition to teaching basic and advanced acrobatics and dance. Acrobatics can include endurance holds, tricks and tumbling. Our acro teachers are well versed in spotting, support and safe execution of the progression of tricks and flips.
CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL 12 yrs. & Up
It is the combination of Jazz and Ballet put together in a very expressive style that is usually danced to slower paced music. It has gained popularity in both recreational and competitive fields with the emergence of popular tv programs like So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance. Contemporary or Lyrical classes aim to tell a story through movement. They can include improv techniques as well as incorporate movements inspired from modern dance techniques. Experience in both ballet and or jazz is helpful.
MUSICAL THEATRE 5 yrs. & Up
Loads of fun, this program combines dance movements with acting and performance skills. Routines are inspired by musicals and movies and involve characterization. Taught through a dramatic arts lens, these classes can involve lip syncing, acting, dancing and story telling.
MCMASTER CLASS ALL AGES
A Jazz class that will give students with special needs the opportunity to dance and express themselves through movement. This class will focus on stretching, exercising and the basics of Jazz. This program helps with a sense of body awareness, it helps with confidence and social skills. It allows for creative expression and individuality and provides exercise and healthy living. We want them all to have a full and rich experience.The class has a way of bringing children out of their shell. They make friends with people just like them; it gives them confidence that is hard to find anywhere else.