As a dance student in college, my favorite day of the week was Wednesday. Wednesdays were “alternative day”; every other day of the week was ballet technique. I loved taking ballet every day, but we all looked forward to doing something different on Wednesdays. Usually our alternative class was Pilates since one of the instructors held Pilates certification, but we also got the chance to take several other dance classes including Broadway Jazz, Hip-Hop, and even Hawaiian dance, African dance, and Kabuki (Japanese dance). Our dance program at Sam Houston State University was great about exposing us to various styles of movement and dance cultures.
Although we don’t have the luxury at Center Stage of seeing our dance students every day, we do offer the opportunity to experience vaious dance styles without having to sign up for five classes per week (or more)! Through our Saturday Dance Intensives, students have the chance to take Musical Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Leaps/Turns in addition to their regular weekly classes. From October through March, we offer one intensive each month. The intensives are 2 hours long allowing enough time for proper stretching, across the floor work, and a dance combination. The intensives are all taught by different teachers so students are not only exposed to different genres of dance but also different styles. Each teacher brings his or her own unique style and expertise to the intensive.
Below is a picture of our Ballet Intensive with the lovely Ms. Karen. The students are working on their turnout and strength with the use of Therabands.
Our next intensive is our Hip-Hop Intensive coming up Jan. 26th with Ms. Ally. Students 5-9 years old will dance from 10-noon, and students 10-up will dance from 3-5PM. Intensives are only $15 per student! Call the studio at (512) 259-0445 to sign up for the Hip-Hop Intensive or any of our other upcoming intensives. Intensives are open to all students.
Below is a picture of our Mini Hip-Hop Co. last year.
Jan. 26th – Hip-Hop
Feb. 16th – Jazz
Mar. 23rd – Lyrical/Contemporary