At Sharon Davis School of Dance, we teach ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and kinderkapers.

Ballet 
is a formalized type of performance dance, which originated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French courts, and which was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert dance form. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed, and also include mime, acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal).

En pointe (pointe) 
is a form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized shoes. There are different varieties of ballet en pointe, but for the most part they focus on grace and specific technique.

Tap 
is a form of dance in which a tapping sound is made when metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard surface. Because the dancers make sound, they are considered percussive musicians.

Jazz  
is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely tap, ballet, jazz music, and African-American rhythms and dance.

Lyrical 
is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. In short, "it is contemporary dancing which is a mix of ballet and modern but with a storyline." Lyrical is a deep, personal, emotional dance that is known by its connected and graceful movements of the body. The rhythm and beat of the dance is synced with the lyrics and mood of the song.

Hip hop 
dance refers to dance styles, mainly street dance styles, primarily danced to hip hop music, or that have evolved as a part of the hip hop culture. Hip hop dance can be seen as part of the hip hop culture in the US. By its widest definition, it can include a wide range of styles such as breaking, popping, locking, house dance and even electro dance.

Kinderkapers 
is our pre-ballet class for 3 year olds which includes some creative movement .

Photos by Jo Shoupe
www.joshoupe.com

Styles of Dance