For Dancers Only has a comprehensive dance curriculum for young dancers, recreational dancers, dancers who desire to belong to a competition dance company, those dancers that aspire to have a career in dance, and for those dancers who just want to have fun with their friends in dance class!
All students are expected to come to class and studio events regularly and on time. Good attendance record for all students is necessary to achieve continued progress. All students are encouraged to make up their absences prior to the next scheduled class. Please notify the office in advance if your child will be absent as well as notifying the office when a make-up will be made. No adjustments to tuition will be made for missed classes.
FDO does not encourage students to leave the studio if a parent is not present for pickup. Please be on time to pick up your child, or notify us if you will be late.
If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, please attend a make-up class as soon as possible after the cancellation. If you are unsure about whether classes have been cancelled, please check our website. It will advise whether or not FDO will be open. Monthly tuition may not be adjusted.
Our Acro-Tumbling Program is a wonderful introduction to the art of acrobatics. Our Acro-Tumbling classes begin with a series of stretching and strengthening techniques and then moves on to have the children travel down the mats one at a time to practice their skills.
The children learn to hop on two feet, one foot, and bear walks. These skills are taught to enhance the children's coordination. Young children are taught the basic tumbles; forward rolls, straddle rolls, back bends, handstands, etc. As the session continues on, the children are taught various types of cartwheels, front and back walkovers, aerials, back handsprings, back tucks, etc. Acro-Tumbling is a great experience to open the children's mind to a world of acrobatics and fun!
Ballet technique is the foundational principles of body movement and form. A distinctive feature of ballet technique is turnout, which is the outward rotation of the legs emanating from the hip. There are five fundamental positions of the feet in ballet, all performed with turnout and named numerically as first through fifth positions. When performing jumps and leaps, classical ballet dancers strive to exhibit ballon, the appearance of briefly floating in the air. Pointe technique is the part of ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet.
Students typically learn ballet terminology and the pronunciation, meaning, and precise body form and movement associated with each term. Emphasis is placed on developing flexibility and strengthening the legs, feet, and body core (the center, or abdominals) as a strong core is essential for turns and many other ballet movements.
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. Pointe work is age 10+ for full program ballet students only, and upon approval
Contemporary dance is a style of dance which emerged in the 20th century as an outgrowth of modern dance and other 20th century dance techniques. Defining this style of dance can be difficult, as contemporary dance is an extremely fluid and very nebulous style of dance. Unlike traditions such as ballet, contemporary dance is not associated with specific dance techniques, but rather with a dance philosophy. In contemporary dance, people attempt to explore the natural energy and emotions of their bodies to produce dances which are often very personal.
In contemporary dance classes, students learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways, and they focus on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body connection. Students may learn choreographed works, or they may be encouraged to improvise dance pieces. A contemporary dance composition may take the from of a personal narrative, an allegory, a commentary on society, or an integration of cultures, and it can feature a wide variety of dance techniques, reflecting the melting pot nature of contemporary dance.
This style of dance is regularly seen on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. It has numerous styles that range from lyrical, contemporary, funk to musical theater. It is a versatile, contemporary and exciting dance form which taps onto your most energetic moods. The warm-up will include stretching, strengthening and conditioning of your body. It also introduces specific jazz movements, isolations, turn techniques, and floor work that will later be incorporated into dance combinations. The students perform movements across the floor that stress the technical approach to dance steps. Sessions will include the learning and performing of a dance combination -- a combination of movements using all the elements of dance and testing the dancer’s technique, coordination and memory. Because jazz technique requires a sound knowledge of ballet terminology and technique, we recommend that jazz classes be taken in conjunction with a ballet class.
Hip Hop is a cultural movement, best known for its impact on music in the form of the musical genre of the same name. It has its origins in the Bronx, in New York City, during the 1970s, mostly among African Americans, with some influence from the Latin American population of the area as well.
Hip-hop music incorporates a number of iconic elements, most notably DJing and rapping, along with things like beatboxing, sampling, and juggling beats on turntables. In early hip-hop music, DJs would loop portions of songs, highlighting the interest percussive patterns found in them, to create their own new, emergent beats. These beats were eventually coupled with a rhyming, chanting style of singing, referred to as rapping.
In the past decade, hip-hop has become ever more commercialized, while at the same time battling to keep its free and independent spirit. While mainstream ad campaigns appropriate aspects of hip-hop, major rappers become multi-millionaires, and aspects of hip-hop slang trickle down into a society unaware of their origins, a constant revitalization occurs at the grassroots level. The exporting of the hip-hop scene around the world has led to a new global hip-hop, incorporating traditional musical arrangements and native languages into the hip-hop forms. At the same time, hip-hop in the United States continues to innovate at the street level, constantly rejecting and challenging a consumer culture that more and more accepts it.
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz.The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements.The emergent lyrical style has a relatively recent history and a genesis based on the coming together of ballet with rock/folk/pop/alternative music and a variety of jazz dance styles and modern dance.
Tap is an excellent way to increase coordination of the mind and body and to develop a sense of rhythm, timing, and expression. It explores the use of smaller muscles of the feet and body, along with the larger ones. Significance is placed on the articulation of tap sounds while working to perform them “close to the floor” and on the “balls of their feet” along with “style and presentation.” Emphasis is placed on the fundamental rhythms, body alignment, vocabulary, level, accenting, shading and weight changes of tap dancing. Simple steps follow a warm-up involving flexibility and strengthening exercises. Steps are ultimately choreographed into short combinations. As the student advances, the steps and combinations become more intricate and challenging.
Stretch, Leap & Turn
A dance class that works on stretching, leaping and turning. Dancers learn the proper, safe way to stretch out their bodies, head to toe. Class begins working on and perfecting basic and classical leaps and turns, and then moves on to more advanced and competitive versions. Stretch bands and pilate mats are required.
An exercise regimen that is typically performed on a floor mat or with the use of specialized apparatus and aims to improve flexibility and stability by strengthening the muscles and especially the torso-stabilizing muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Long popular with dancers, Pilates recently has attracted a huge surge of athletes, models, actors and other body-conscious folks.