Dance Styles

Ballet (and Pointe)

We train our young dancers in the wonderful method developed by Enricho Cecchetti. We prefer this style because it stresses precise technique, clean lines, theory of movement, and elegant strength.

As our ballerinas master this technique, we begin to introduce them to Russian-style ballet, which contributes a delicate, expressive quality to the dancing. With this well-rounded training, our dancers will be comfortable in studios around the world.

Pointe classes are available for advanced dancers who have been approved for pointe work by their instructor.

Creative Movement

Many dance studios leave out the incredibly important aspect of creativity, but at FSB we look at dance not just as exercise but also as art. In Creative Movement, dancers get to experiment with props, storytelling, improvisation, games, music cues, and lots more!

This is a great way for you to discover how to do the movements of the other dance disciplines while having a lot of fun! Creative Movement also wakes up your brain and invites you to explore who you are.

Contemporary

Typically performed to pop or current folk music, Contemporary is one of the most popular dance forms today. It is a blend of Jazz, Modern, and Ballet, with an emphasis on contrasting dynamics such as fast/slow (or stop), high/low, and large/small. Contemporary is a very expressive art form. As the newest genre of dance, it is constantly evolving, which makes room for unlimited creativity.

Modern

Modern was a reaction to the rigid, centuries-old form of Ballet, and it contrasts itself with the use of contractions and expansions of the torso and off-balanced movements of the head. It uses gravity against the dancer to create energy and power in the movements, which is very exciting to watch or perform. It seeks to express the real life of emotions and implements flexed feet, legs, arms, and hands to toy with our notions of beauty. Our classes honor the Modern heritage as realized through the techniques of African, Graham, Ailey, Cunningham, St. Denis, Tharp, and others.

Acro

Acro is the most thrilling activity on the planet for dancers who love to be challenged, and it is extremely entertaining to watch! Pre-Professional Acro classes at FSB include acrobatics, tumbling, cheerleading partner stunts, gymnastics, circus skills, Acro Yoga, feats of strength, balance, and flexibility, and Jazz and Contemporary dance choreography. FSB's Acro Gym for Youth is a class that focuses on the gymnastic, yoga, and circus skills that will be incorporated into the dance choreography in more advanced Acro classes at FSB. Acro Gym makes use of flat mats, a balance beam, and other gym equipment.

Jazz

Jazz is a clever blend of African and Ballet, and it uses fun, up-beat music to showcase a dancer's individual style and originality. It includes unique moves, fancy footwork, hip and shoulder isolations, arm and hand flares, big leaps, and quick turns. Over the years it has become very popular with audiences and dancers--especially on Broadwawy--because it is so energetic and showy.

Tap

Our classes incorporate technique from traditions of Classical Tap and Rhythm Tap. Not only is it a lot of fun to let your feet become a percussive instrument, but Tap dancing also increases your balance, rhythm, and the agility and flexibility of your feet. Recently, a fabulous picture of our advanced tap dancers was featured in the State Journal.

Ballroom

We offer Private Lessons for couples or individuals: call 226-6443. Lessons can be scheduled at your convenience. We can study the type of dance you choose (Rumba, Swing, Salsa, Waltz, and other forms), and we will move at your speed. $36/half-hour for a couple.

We specialize in private lessons for engaged couples preparing for their First Dance during the wedding reception!

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